Wednesday, June 25, 2008

This week's cool shows: Suburban Sweethearts, The Loners and more!

(Photo by Mike Spence)

Wednesday, June 25: I Was Totally Destroying It with Soft Company and The Never, Local 506

Thursday, June 26: The Loners with Rocket Cottage, Tir na nOg

Perennial favorites, who always put on a good show.


Friday, June 27: Suburban Sweethearts, Slim's
Local supergroup featuring members of the Bleeding Hearts and Sir Arthur, with guitar god Erik Sugg.

Saturday, June 28: The Rock 'n' Shop Market, Tir na nOg

Buy cool stuff from local designers, and hear music from Red Collar and the Secret Theatre. 1-5 p.m.

Sunday, June 29: The Lonely H, Slim's

YOUNG group of kids who love classic rock, and play it like they invented it.

Thursday, July 3: Weesefest, The Pour House
Annual birthday celebration for the Pour House doorman, with The T's and Patty Hurst Shifter

Friday, July 4: Black Skies, with Tooth and Ruscha, Reservoir
Super heavy show in honor of our nation's founding. Here's the video I shot recently of Black Skies.

July 4-6: Heavy Rebel Weekend
If you love hot rods and rockabilly, you might want to take a road trip to Winston-Salem this weekend.

Sunday, July 6: Boris with Torche, Cat's Cradle

Very likely the heaviest show you'll hear all month. Torche opened for The Sword when they played Lincoln Theatre in May.

Wednesday, July 9: Joan Armatrading, Lincoln Theatre
Legendary West Indian/English singer-songwriter.


July 11: Regina Hexaphone, Sadlack's -- also at The Cave on July 12
Check out the video from last year.

July 11: A Rooster for the Masses, Pour House
ARFTM's awesome Danish guitarist is, sadly, moving back to Denmark. Check them out before he goes.

July 11: The Club is Open Festival with Kerbloki and Hammer No More the Fingers, Local 506

July 12 & 13: The Club is Open Festival, Cat's Cradle
Friday: Roman Candle, Red Collar, Future Kings of Nowhere, Lud and American Aquarium.
Saturday: Ben Davis and the Jets, I Was Totally Destroying It, Animal Music, Shakermaker, Salvo Hunter

July 16: Nomo with Polynya, Local 506
I don't know anything about Nomo, but Polynya put out an amazing pop album this year. Here's what I had to say about it, along with an .mp3.

July 18: Caltrop CD-release party with The Curtains of Night, Local 506

Amazing heavy band from Chapel Hill. Check out the videos here and here.

July 18: Dropsonic, Slim's
If you missed their May show, you owe it to yourself to see this one. Here's the video I got of them back then.

July 19: The Cartridge Family with Kennebec, Pour House

The Cartridge Family always rocks. Kennebec doesn't play as often as they should, so you should check them out.

July 22: Colossus, Reservoir
Old-school NWOBHM-style metal from Raleigh. Check out the video.

July 26: Avett Brothers, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary


Old 97s at Moore Square, Raleigh FREE!

This unfortunate bit of scheduling pits two bands with similar audiences against each other in different cities on the same day. Old 97s have the advantage of being free and within stumbling distance of several bars. And, the Connells, Richard Bacchus & the Luckiest Girls, and The Poonhounds all open. But the Avett Brothers really could not be hotter right now, and this will be a couple of days after the release of their new CD. Avett Brothers start at 7 p.m. with an opener, and Old 97s start at 9:30, so theoretically you might be able to catch most of both.

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