Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Videos of Monotonix, Sir Arthur & Polar Bear Polar Bear





I've had two friends tell me that I steered them wrong by telling them to go see Monotonix, who put on a typical crazy show to a packed house Monday night at Pour House. Both of them told me explicitly they thought the band sucked. I guess I hadn't done a good job of explaining Monotonix to them. Monotonix isn't about good music, though their recorded output can be entertaining. Monotonix live is purely and simply about watching three Borat-looking dudes break stuff and abuse each other (and sometimes the audience). If you're not into that, you won't be into Monotonix.

Here's some video of them breaking stuff and abusing each other from the other night.

(VIDEO DELETED)





Before Monotonix were Sir Arthur, who are quickly becoming my favorite band in the area, though I really prefer it when they wear the '70s party suits.

Sir Arthur & the Royal Knights from Mann's World on Vimeo.




Finally, Polar Bear Polar Bear opened up, and I'm really no more enlightened as to who they are than I was last week. They sound a little like Interpol, and they like to dress up in Arctic wear and play surrounded by clouds of smoke-machine smoke. I think they're off to a good start, and I'd like to hear them again, though it honestly was a little gloomier than I wanted to hear while waiting for Monotonix.

Polar Bear Polar Bear from Mann's World on Vimeo.

This week's cool shows: Billy Bragg and Superchunk rock for Obama!



(Billy Bragg, Saturday, Nov. 1)

THIS WEEK'S SHOWS

Friday, Oct. 31: Halloween Party with Straight 8's, Tremors and Killer Filler, Slim's

Straight 8's and Killer Filler are both rockabilly/surf bands from Hillsborough. The Tremors are from Greensboro.

Friday, Oct. 31: The Avett Brothers, War Memorial Auditorium, Greensboro
Once again, the Avetts are putting on a sold out show. Next thing you know, they'll be in the actual Greensboro Coliseum, not the auditorium beside it.

SHOW OF THE WEEK!

Nov. 1: HUGE Obama rally in Chapel Hill

If you can handle getting up early after partying it down on Halloween, you'll get to experience one of the most amazing concerts all year. Personally I'd be most excited to see Billy Bragg, but since yours truly will be working, one of my spies will have to go and report on this show for me:

From Merge Records:

With help from the Obama Campaign and a bunch of great North Carolina
musicians, we've set up two concerts to promote voting and more
specfically voting EARLY to help turn NC blue for Barack Obama. The
Asheville show was last night - thanks to everyone who came out!

NC ROCKS FOR CHANGE free concert during the last week of EARLY VOTING in NC!

Chapel Hill, NC
11/1 @ Graham Terrace at UNC
(Adjacent to the Morehead Planetarium Early Voting Site)
VOTE on the LAST DAY OF EARLY VOTING!
9 AM until 1 PM
Enjoy Coffee, Doughnuts and Rock while you vote!

The dBs
Superchunk (acoustic)
Ivan Rosebud
Megafaun
I Was Totally Destroying It
Bowerbirds
Greg Humphreys
Regina Hexaphone
Portastatic
Billy Bragg

Check www.NCForChange.com for updates and information.




Nov. 1: Bowerbirds, Slim's

Raleigh acoustic folkies return to Slim's after an extended European tour.

Saturday, Nov. 1: Chip Robinson & the Heavy Outfit with The T's and The Loners the Pour House
Singer/songwriter and former Backslider Robinson returns with two of the rockinest bands in Raleigh opening.



Sunday, Nov. 2: Leadfoot with Bad Checks, The Pour House

Straight up rock. Bad Checks are one of my long-time favorite local bands (and no, I'm not related to members Robin and Cliff Mann), and they are responsible for one of THE classic local records, "Graveyard Tramp," which was re-released a while back on CD.


Mon, Nov. 3: Drive By Truckers and The Hold Steady, Lincoln Theatre



NEXT WEEK'S SHOWS


Wednesday, Nov. 5: the Mountain Goats, and Kaki King Cat's Cradle
"Present: the last happy hour of your life."



Saturday, Nov. 8: the Black Crowes, Lincoln Theatre
Apparently this is an outdoor show, so bundle up.


Nov. 8: The T's Slim's

Party for bass player Lutie Cain's sister, Lisa.



Tuesday, Nov. 11: Diplo with Abe Vigoda, Cat's Cradle
Diplo is the DJ/boyfriend of MIA, and is also responsible for bringing Brazilian baile funk to the hipster masses with his "Favela on Blast" CD.


UPCOMING IN GENERAL

Nov. 21: Double Negative with Rocket Cottage Slim's

Raleigh's hardcore kings, soon to be heading to Europe and playing ATP.



Nov. 23: Karen Mann's Birthday Bash with Sir Arthur & the Royal Knights and Dirty Little Heaters Slim's

Come out and help yours truly celebrate the fine, Nuggets-style rock of Sir Arthur, and the angry-female rawk of Dirty Little Heaters.


Nov. 29: The Loners with Pinche Gringo, Slim's




Dec. 6: Death Metal Fest, Volume 11

Huge concert for Obama this weekend

Just got this from the folks at Merge:


Please help us get the word out!

With help from the Obama Campaign and a bunch of great North Carolina
musicians, we've set up two concerts to promote voting and more
specfically voting EARLY to help turn NC blue for Barack Obama. The
Asheville show was last night - thanks to everyone who came out!

NC ROCKS FOR CHANGE free concert during the last week of EARLY VOTING in NC!

Chapel Hill, NC
11/1 @ Graham Terrace at UNC
(Adjacent to the Morehead Planetarium Early Voting Site)
VOTE on the LAST DAY OF EARLY VOTING!
9 AM until 1 PM
Enjoy Coffee, Doughnuts and Rock while you vote!

The dBs
Superchunk (acoustic)
Ivan Rosebud
Megafaun
I Was Totally Destroying It
Bowerbirds
Greg Humphreys
Regina Hexaphone
Portastatic
Billy Bragg

Check www.NCForChange.com for updates and information.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

This week's cool shows: Monotonix, Future Islands and more!


(Monotonix, Pour House, Monday)

THIS WEEK'S SHOWS

Thursday, Oct. 23: Hearts & Daggers, Tir na Nog
Hearts & Daggers play fine tragic outlaw country, the kind where someone's barn burns down or mule gets shot and everyone, including the mule, gets hammered off bad moonshine.

Thursday, Oct. 23: Future Islands with EAR PWR, Berkeley Cafe
check out my video of Future Islands from their super-packed show at Slim's in March. This show is in celebration of artist/Jackpot bartender Bart Tomlin's birthday, and apparently also includes a burlesque show and a DJ. Ear Pwr are from Asheville.



Friday, Oct. 24: Caltrop with Blag'ard and In the Year of the Pig, Local 506

Caltrop and In the Year of the Pig are two of the absolute heaviest bands around here, and this is a repeat of an amazing double bill I witnessed at Nightlight back in May.

Friday, Oct. 24: Opeth with High on Fire, Lincoln Theatre
Not local, but sure to be the heaviest show you'll see this week.


Friday, Oct. 24: Steep Canyon Rangers, The Pour House
Also at Cat's Cradle on Dec. 5
Fine bluegrass from Asheville


Saturday, Oct. 25: Squirrel Nut Zippers, Cat's Cradle
Mid-'90s hitmakers reform, but without Tom Maxwell, the voice behind their biggest hit, "Hell."


Saturday, Oct. 25: The Barrister's Ball, Downtown Music Center
OK, this isn't a show, but if you've ever been to a Barrister's Ball, which spent several decadent years at Kings, you'll probably be glad to see this party's return. As always, attendees need to dress as either a cop, a robber, a catholic schoolgirl, a hooker or pimp. And, as always, there will probably be an after party that makes the actual ball seem mighty tame.

Sunday, Oct. 26: Benefit with The Dry Heathens and Black River, the Pour House
Benefit for Stephen Campbell


SHOW OF THE WEEK!
Monday, Oct. 27: Monotonix, with Polar Bear, Polar Bear and Sir Arthur & the Royal Knightsthe Pour House
This crazy Israeli trio puts on a show that just has to be seen to be believed. And you can see it in the video I shot of them back in April! I know almost nothing about Polar Bear, Polar Bear, except that at least two people have told me they are good. I remember being told that they were so-and-so's new band, but I can't remember who that particular so-and-so is. OK, I know that doesn't help one bit. I know for a fact that Sir Arthur rocks, and is worth the price of admission alone -- but when in the hell are they going to put up a myspace so I don't have to keep linking back to my original blog post on them???




NEXT WEEK'S SHOWS

Friday, Oct. 31: Halloween Party with Straight 8's, Tremors and Killer Filler, Slim's

Straight 8's and Killer Filler are both rockabilly/surf bands from Hillsborough. The Tremors are from Greensboro.

Friday, Oct. 31: The Avett Brothers, War Memorial Auditorium, Greensboro
Once again, the Avetts are putting on a sold out show. Next thing you know, they'll be in the actual Greensboro Coliseum, not the auditorium beside it.


Nov. 1: Bowerbirds, Slim's

Raleigh acoustic folkies return to Slim's after an extended European tour.

Saturday, Nov. 1: Chip Robinson & the Heavy Outfit with The T's and The Loners the Pour House
Singer/songwriter and former Backslider Robinson returns with two of the rockinest bands in Raleigh opening.



Sunday, Nov. 2: Leadfoot with Bad Checks, The Pour House

Straight up rock. Bad Checks are one of my long-time favorite local bands (and no, I'm not related to members Robin and Cliff Mann), and they are responsible for one of THE classic local records, "Graveyard Tramp," which was re-released a while back on CD.


Mon, Nov. 3: Drive By Truckers and The Hold Steady, Lincoln Theatre



UPCOMING IN GENERAL
Wednesday, Nov. 5: the Mountain Goats, and Kaki King Cat's Cradle
"Present: the last happy hour of your life."



Saturday, Nov. 8: the Black Crowes, Lincoln Theatre
Apparently this is an outdoor show, so bundle up.


Nov. 8: The T's Slim's

Party for bass player Lutie Cain's sister, Lisa.



Tuesday, Nov. 11: Diplo with Abe Vigoda, Cat's Cradle
Diplo is the DJ/boyfriend of MIA, and is also responsible for bringing Brazilian baile funk to the hipster masses with his "Favela on Blast" CD.


Nov. 21: Double Negative with Rocket Cottage Slim's

Raleigh's hardcore kings, soon to be heading to Europe and playing ATP.



Nov. 23: Karen Mann's Birthday Bash with Sir Arthur & the Royal Knights and Dirty Little Heaters Slim's

Come out and help yours truly celebrate the fine, Nuggets-style rock of Sir Arthur, and the angry-female rawk of Dirty Little Heaters.


Nov. 29: The Loners with Pinche Gringo, Slim's




Dec. 6: Death Metal Fest, Volume 11

Video from last night's Rosebuds show



Yes, Slim's was packed for last night's last-minute Rosebuds show, though not as packed as I assumed it would be. Since I haven't heard the new CD, I can't tell you what new songs they played. I was in the back of the club for most of the show because I just can't stand being in a crush of people in a small club.

I did manage to get up front to capture "Get Up, Get Out," and as you can see from the video, I was practically onstage with the band. In fact, I was worried a couple of times that the bass player was going to accidentally whack me with his headstock! My favorite part of this video is when Kelly goes out into the crowd. I'm not sure who I like more: The dude with the amazing stache in the front row, or the dude with the cigarette hanging out of his mouth just clapping away to the song.

The Rosebuds, "Get Up Get Out" from Mann's World on Vimeo.



The show didn't start getting crowded until after opening band The Shame Club (from St. Louis) played, which actually IS a shame because they were great -- though probably not exactly what many Rosebuds fans would have been into. Ricky Bacchus compared them to BTO, with a bit of Queen thrown in. I thought they sounded a lot like the Hellacopters, which is one of my all-time favorite bands. I hope they swing back through here again.

Shame Club from Mann's World on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Rosebuds TONIGHT at Slim's

OK, this one slipped up on me a little too quickly to get into the weekly update (or, once again, maybe I'm too late with the weekly update). But this is, by far, the show of the week.

The Rosebuds, tonight (Oct. 22) at Slim's, $5. Get there early because it will be packed.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

This week's cool shows: Red Elvises, Poonhounds, and more!




THIS WEEK'S SHOWS
Thursday, Oct. 16: The Magic Babies with Violet Vector & the Lovely Lovelies, Tir na Nog



Friday, Oct. 17: The Red Elvises with The Poonhounds, The Pour House
Red Elvises are a bunch of guys from the former Soviet Union who now live in California. Poonhounds feature local soundman extraordinare Jac Cain and Winston rockabilly king Dave Quick on guitar. Check out my videos of the Poonhounds.



Saturday, Oct. 18: Monsters of Mock, Lincoln Theatre
with Tres Hombres, Night Prowler Tuesday's Gone and more
Yes, I admit I have a soft spot for tribute bands. These are three of the best around. Tres Hombres got their start at the late, lamented Great Cover Up.


Sunday, Oct. 19: Richard Bacchus & the Luckiest Girls, Slim's


Monday, Oct. 20: Dirty Little Heaters, Local 506


NEXT WEEK'S SHOWS


Thursday, Oct. 23: Hearts & Daggers, Tir na Nog
Early show



Thursday, Oct. 23: RTX with Radio Moscow, Volume 11



Friday, Oct. 24: Caltrop with Blag'ard and In the Year of the Pig, Local 506




Friday, Oct. 24: Opeth with High on Fire, Lincoln Theatre



Friday, Oct. 24: Steep Canyon Rangers, The Pour House
Also at Cat's Cradle on Dec. 5

Saturday, Oct. 25: Squirrel Nut Zippers, Cat's Cradle




Sunday, Oct. 26: Benefit with The Dry Heathens and Black River, the Pour House
Benefit for Stephen Campbell


UPCOMING IN GENERAL
Friday, Oct. 31: Halloween Party with Straight 8's, Tremors and Killer Filler, Slim's



Friday, Oct. 31: The Avett Brothers, War Memorial Auditorium, Greensboro



Nov. 1: Bowerbirds, Slim's

Raleigh acoustic folkies return to Slim's after an extended European tour.



Sunday, Nov. 2: Leadfoot with Bad Checks, The Pour House





Mon, Nov. 3: Drive By Truckers and The Hold Steady, Lincoln Theatre




Wednesday, Nov. 5: the Mountain Goats, and Kaki King Cat's Cradle
"Present: the last happy hour of your life"




Saturday, Nov. 8: the Black Crowes, Lincoln Theatre


Tuesday, Nov. 11: Diplo with Abe Vigoda, Cat's Cradle




Nov. 29: The Loners with Pinche Gringo, Slim's




Dec. 6: Death Metal Fest, Volume 11

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

This week's cool shows: Here Lies ..., The T's and more!


(The Magic Babies by Chris Harris)

THIS WEEK'S SHOWS

Thursday, Oct. 9: I Was Totally Destroying It with Rongorongo, Tir na Nog
IWTDI apparently has a new bass player. I don't know much about Rongorongo, except that they're from Chapel Hill and they count Enya, Smashmouth, DMX and Steely Dan among their influences. That kind of made me not want to check them out. But in the interest of telling you what's going on, I did give their myspace a cursory listen, and heard more Oingo Boingo and Smiths than anything else.



Thursday, Oct. 9, Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise, Local 506

From the Cradle's Web site (they're sponsoring the show):

Featuring Julian Koster, William Cullen Hart, Scott Spillane, Laura Carter, Eric Harris and more performing the music of The Music Tapes, Circulatory System, Scott Spillane, The Gerbils, Elf Power, Olivia Tremor Control, Nesey Gallons and more.

Including the world premiere of the movie "Major Organ and the Adding Machine."



Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10 and 11: Slave to the Metal Fest, The Brewery
I don't know anything about this fest or any of the bands. Here's the lineup:

Hosted my Mistress Juliya

One Less Hero
Sigalia
Redemption Was Never Promised
Armored Uprise
Fates Burden
Age of Despair
Cloacal Kiss
One Shot One Kill
Killing Avarice
The Lineage

Doors at 6 pm

October 11, 2008

Slave to the Metal Music Fest - Day 2
Hosted by Mistress Juliya

Six Foot Orchard
Steryle
Any Port in a Storm
Seventh Denial
Kauchn
The Harbingors Way
BroadSlab
Hellrazor
IV Chambers Broken
Worse Than Birth

Doors at 5 pm


Saturday, Oct. 11: Tinfoil Fuse, Dive Bar

Loud, aggressive metal. Kind of a supergroup of folks from various Eastern N.C. metal bands (Trashed Gypsy, Shallow Grave, Cutterhead).

SHOW OF THE WEEK!
Saturday, Oct. 11: Here Lies ..., Berkeley Cafe
I had to miss their last show at the Cy Rawls benefit, which turned out to be a complete shame because it was very shortly before Cy's death, and I understand the show was very poignant. I plan to be at this show.


Saturday, Oct. 11: The T's with The Magic Babies, J. Betski's
I'm a little surprised at this one. J. Betski's is an upscale (and delicious) German restaurant in Raleigh's Seaboard area, so I really wouldn't expect to see a rock show there (even though T's guitarist Andy Kerr is one of their waiters).



Tuesday, Oct. 14: The Heartless Bastards, Cat's Cradle
Ohio alt-country-ish group that reminds me more than a little of Geraldine Fibbers, only with singing that's kind of kooky rather than whacked-out crazy.



NEXT WEEK'S SHOWS

Thursday, Oct. 16: The Magic Babies with Violet Vector & the Lovely Lovelies, Tir na Nog



Friday, Oct. 17: The Red Elvises with The Poonhounds, The Pour House



Saturday, Oct. 18: Monsters of Mock, Lincoln Theatre
with Tres Hombres, Night Prowler Tuesday's Gone and more


Sunday, Oct. 19: Richard Bacchus & the Luckiest Girls, Slim's


Monday, Oct. 20: Dirty Little Heaters, Local 506



UPCOMING IN GENERAL
Thursday, Oct. 23: Hearts & Daggers, Tir na Nog
Early show



Thursday, Oct. 23: RTX with Radio Moscow, Volume 11



Friday, Oct. 24: Caltrop with Blag'ard and In the Year of the Pig, Local 506




Friday, Oct. 24: Opeth with High on Fire, Lincoln Theatre



Friday, Oct. 24: Steep Canyon Rangers, The Pour House
Also at Cat's Cradle on Dec. 5

Saturday, Oct. 25: Squirrel Nut Zippers, Cat's Cradle




Sunday, Oct. 26: Benefit with The Dry Heathens and Black River, the Pour House
Benefit for Stephen Campbell


Friday, Oct. 31: Halloween Party with Straight 8's, Tremors and Killer Filler, Slim's



Friday, Oct. 31: The Avett Brothers, War Memorial Auditorium, Greensboro



Nov. 1: Bowerbirds, Slim's

Raleigh acoustic folkies return to Slim's after an extended European tour.



Sunday, Nov. 2: Leadfoot with Bad Checks, The Pour House





Mon, Nov. 3: Drive By Truckers and The Hold Steady, Lincoln Theatre




Wednesday, Nov. 5: the Mountain Goats, and Kaki King Cat's Cradle
"Present: the last happy hour of your life"




Saturday, Nov. 8: the Black Crowes, Lincoln Theatre


Tuesday, Nov. 11: Diplo with Abe Vigoda, Cat's Cradle






Nov. 29: The Loners with Pinche Gringo, Slim's




Dec. 6: Death Metal Fest, Volume 11

Friday, October 03, 2008

Cy Rawls passes away

The details are on the Cy Rawls blog: http://cyrawls.blogspot.com/

and David Menconi has a piece on his blog:
http://blogs.newsobserver.com/beat/cy-rawls

My personal condolences to Cy's family and friends. If there's
anything good that came out of this sad situation, it's that Cy's
illness has shown how a community can truly come together to help one
of its own.