Wednesday, April 15, 2009

This week's cool shows: Festivals! and Torche

There's almost too much to highlight this week. Shakori Hills Festival, Signalfest and Duo Fest are all great bets. I'm going with Duo Fest for show of the week because it's doing something slightly more unique than the other two, but if you've got all weekend to play, I'd suggest trying to hit up at least two fests, and possibly all three. Torche is the Tuesday night surprise show.


Superchunk with Hammer No More the Fingers, Cat's Cradle
Celebrate getting your taxes done with a local legend, and a local soon-to-be-legend.

Shakori Hills Music Festival, Near Pittsboro
This year's line-up features everyone from Des_Ark (solo) to the Apple Chill Cloggers.

Thursday - Sunday, April 16 - 19: Signalfest, various places, Chapel Hill
Electronic music festival, this year featuring Kid Koala, The Foreign Exchange, TeeBee, Wale, Noel Sanger, Jason Jollins, Olivia Block, New Wave Hookers, Sci-Fi, & The Malah and more.

More Signalfest events:
SIGNAL 2009 is only a few days away. I want to make sure you know about all of the events, so check out the below links for some of the SIGNAL shows that weren't created through this group but are just as much a part of the festival as those that were. Also, check out the daytime events!

Thu 4/16 - Opening Night Party @ Talulla's

Fri 4/17 - Experimental Music @ Nightlight

Fri 4/17 - Electro/B-More/etc @ Vespa

Sat 4/18 - Progressive/House @ Vespa

Sat 4/18 - Sonic Art @ Nightlight

Daytime Events

Fri 4/17
Red Bull Workshop Session with NICOLAY @ Talulla's

Sat 4/18
Red Bull Info Session with Daz-I-Kue @ Vespa
Red Bull Info Session with Kid Koala @ Mansion 462

Thursday, April 16: John Howie Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff with Gambling the Muse, Pinhook
John Howie is an alt-country legend 'round these parts, with a deep, soulful voice. His latest combo also features Matt Brown on drums, Nathan Golub on pedal steel guitar and Jesse Huebner on bass & harmony vocals.

Thursday, April 16: Magic Babies with The Huguenots, Tir na Nog
Two bands with Nuggets-style pop sensibilities.

Thursday, April 16: IRATA with Count Von Count, Reservoir Bar
I love reading D-listed, which always refers to The Kills' Jamie Hince (who also happens to be Kate Moss's boyfriend) as "Count von Count". I have no idea if this is the name inspiration for these Delaware sludge rockers who, incidentally, sound nothing like the Kills. (and the Kills, incidentally, will be at Cat's Cradle on April 28).

Greensboro's Irata are heavy and ambient.

Thursday, April 16: A Rooster for the Masses , Local 506

Friday, April 17: North Elementary, Pinhook

Friday, April 17: Kenny Roby, Sadlack's
Mercy Filter leader, ex-Six String Drag frontman performing solo.

Friday, April 17: The Whistlestop, Pour House
Country gospel all-star band.

Saturday, April 18: Girls Rock N.C. second annual fundraiser, Parker & Otis
Girls Rock N.C. puts on the popular rock camp for girls each summer at the Arts Center in Carrboro.
Here's the announcement sent out through Facebook:

April 18th, from 7-9 pm, Girls Rock NC will host our second annual fundraiser for our programs and scholarships for campers. For only $10, you can join us for a night of food, drinks, live music and incredibly cool items for all budgets that will be auctioned off to support our incredible organization. Remember we're a volunteer organization, so the 18th of April is also a great night to come meet the women who work hard to bring the programs to life, and you can join us with your incredible ideas and energy! Now's the time to change the world, right? Why not help girls find and use their voices, and change the soundtrack of the future? See you at 7 pm at Parker & Otis in downtown Durham, NC! Introduce yourselves!

Friday, April 18: Duo Fest with Beloved Binge and Mecca Normal, Bull City Headquarters
Also listen to WXDU and WKNC for more info and interviews.

,a href="">Check out the interview I did with Jean Smith of Mecca Normal for New Raleigh.

Here's the full line-up: Event Lineup:
2:00 PM -- DOORS
3:00—Battle Rockets (Chapel Hill)
3:30—Sawteeth McTweedy (Durham)
4:00—Basalt (Greensboro)
4:30—Scientific Superstar (Durham)
5:00—Ottvovonbismark (Milford, PA / Wilmington, NC)
5:30—Phon (Raleigh)
6:00— Sequoya (Durham)
6:30—Victor Victor Band (Philadelphia)
7:00—Veg Dinner Break!! (Potluck-style)
8:00—Spacelab (Chapel Hill)
8:30 -- Saint Peter Pocket Veto (Winston-Salem)
9:00—All Your Science (Durham) and “Backpack Drumset” (Documentary on All Your Science)
9:45—Beloved Binge (Durham)
10:15—Mecca Normal (Vancouver,BC) // Media One Sheet:
11:00—Veelee(Chapel Hill)
11:30—Curtains of Night (Chapel Hill)
12:00-- Trophy Wife (DC)

Saturday, April 18: Earth Day celebration, Old Capitol building, Raleigh
With The Connells, Violet Vector & the Lovely Lovelies and The Huguenots. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. This is an early, family-friendly celebration with info on green living plus a sustainable design competition. Free!

Saturday, April 18: Starmount, Sadlack's

Saturday, April 18: Rookie of the Year, The Brewery
From Fayetteville.

Sunday, April 19: Saturday, April 18: Rookie of the Year, The Brewery">Rock for Pets, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary
With Rootzie, The Loners, The Heavy Pets, Arielle Bryant, and The Bomb Sniffin' Dogs.

Monday, April 20: 420 Fest with H.O.W. and Black Skies Volume 11
H.O.W.'s acronym allegedly stands for "High on Weed", which makes them the obvious choice for a 420 celebration.

Monday, April 20: Jeff Carroll & the Desmonds, Local 506
Jeff was a member of various bands, including The Big Kids in Greensboro in the early 90s.

Tuesday, April 21: Dreadg with Torche and Maps and Atlases The Brewery
The under-the-radar show of the week. Miami's Torche is one of the most creative metal bands out there today. Kind of a weird, but potentially interesting, pairing with Maps and Atlases, who are not metal AT ALL.

Wednesday, April 22: Saint Solitude, the Cave
One-man band from Asheville. Dup Crusson plays guitar and keyboards at the same time and describes himself as Billy Corgan's birthmarks, Morrissey's gladiolas, Neko Case's animal dreams, Ian McCulloch's hair products, the church that R.E.M. used to live and rehearse in, and Richey Manic's razorblade. I think the Ian McCulloch and Morrissey references are the most appropriate.

Wednesday, April 22: I Was Totally Destroying It, NEXT WEEK'S SHOWS

Thursday, April 23:
The Proclivities, Tir na Nog

Thursday, April 23: Left Outlet with Mad Happy and The Names, Pour House

Thursday, April 23: North Elementary, Local 506

Friday & Saturday, April 24 & 25: Slim's 10-year anniversary party Slim's

Friday, April 24: Music on the Porch II, Center for the Study of the American South
"Concert and Conversation featuring Heather McEntire, Adam Price, Eric Roehrig, and Lee Waters; moderated by Katherine Doss." 5 p.m.

Friday, April 24: N.C. State Earth Day Celebration with Lonnie Walker

Friday, April 24: Milagro Saints, Sadlack's

Friday, April 24: Napalm Death, Volume 11 Tavern

Friday, April 24: Pet Overpopulation Patrol benefit, Duke Coffeehouse
This concert has been canceled.

Saturday, April 23: Midtown Dickens with Filthybird, Local 506

Saturday, April 25: Viva la Venus, Dive Bar

Saturday, April 25: American Aquarium with Red Collar and Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Pour House

Tuesday, April 28:
Wednesday, April 29:
Amon Amarth, Volume 11 Tavern

Thursday, April 30: Hammer No More the Fingers, Tir na Nog

Thursday, April 30: Whatever Brains with Rocket Cottage, Slim's

Friday, May 1: Tift Merritt, Fletcher Theatre

Friday, May 1: The Huguenot
with Americans in France, Local 506

Friday, May 1: Grappling Hook, The Reservoir
CD-release party.

Friday, May 1: Abe Quinn's birthday bash with The T's, and The Infamous Sugar, Slim's

Sunday, May 3: Junior Boys, Cat's Cradle

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