Wednesday, October 26, 2011

This week's cook shows: Shit Horse, Scratch Acid and more!



I wrote about the Zen Frisbee Halloween show featuring Shit Horse for this week's Indy. In case you don't see it, here's the gist: Shit Horse put on a great show at Hopscotch despite technical difficulties, and you should go see them Monday night at Local 506

Here are some other shows you should check out this week (assuming, of course, that you're not going to be in Asheville for Moogfest this weekend). 


Thursday: RBT with Hessian at Dive Bar

Friday: HNMTF with Wesley Wolfe at Nightlight

Sunday: Boris at Cat's Cradle



Monday: Screaming Females at Nightlight

Wednesday: Scratch Acid (next week's show of the week!) at Cat's Cradle

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New .mp3s from Black Skies, Bombadil and Sinful Savage Tigers!


I've been bad about posting on a regular basis. Planning to remedy that by posting some new music for you tonight. Tomorrow I'll post my weekly can't miss shows. All three of the bands in this week's new music post have shows in the next couple of weeks so you'll be hearing about these shows again soon.


Black Skies will hold their CD-release party Nov. 9 at Kings with Cough and Church of Wolves. You can stream the band's latest, "On the Wings of Time," on their Bandcamp page.




 
Bombadil - "Laundromat"
Bombadil will have their CD-release party on Nov. 12 at Cat's Cradle.




Sinful Savage Tigers - "The Fort Garry Horse"
Sinful Savage Tigers will be at Americana Revue Night at the Station in Carrboro: Nov. 10th. Josh Oliver (of the Everybodyfields and Jill Andrews) will open the show. Free (donations welcome).




Sunday, October 16, 2011

Kenny Roby and Caroline Mamoulides at Sadlack's




Despite the somewhat somber tone of these photos, Friday's show with Kenny Roby and Caroline Mamoulides at Sadlack's was a virtual laugh riot. Kenny was nailing the one-liners left and right, and Ronnie Monroe livened things up (I guess that's really the only way to put it) with his interpertive dancing. Sorry, but no video from that night, which I really kind of regret in retrospect. Kenny also did something unusual in that he covered Elvis Costello's "Every Day I Write the Book."I had never thought about how much Kenny sounds like Elvis until right then, and the similarity was uncanny. 

I've known Caroline Mamoulides for a while now, but actually had no idea that she is a singer-songwriter in her own right. Friday's show was one of her first playing live. I liked her songs, even if they were pretty sad (her own description), and I'm looking forward to seeing her again. See more photos








Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Come to the Doggie Fun Fest and Cherry Bomb Ball!


You know, I can give you 5,000 reasons why you should check out the Doggie Fun Show and Cherry Bomb Ball, a dual-event benefit for the Independent Animal Rescue. But the main thing is this: Look at that face! Seriously, look at that awesome sweet face! That, folks, is Miss Cherry, a sweet pup who is now able to walk again thanks to IAR. That's an organization that does great work and deserves some serious love. Sunday's Doggie Fun Show at Phydeaux and Oct. 21's Cherry Bomb Ball at Kings are both going to be awesome love fests for this very worthy organization.

If you know anything about local music, you know Caitlyn Cary and Skillet Gilmore. They were Cherry's foster parents/eventual adoptees. They live in my neighborhood, and I often saw them walking Cherry in a stroller, of all things, after her injury. And if you read this blog on a regular basis you know I lost my buddy, Mr. C, in March after 14 and 1/2 years together. I now have a new buddy, Sir Alex, who is doing well, and barking up a storm, in his new home. Thus I'm already partial to anything that helps dogs, but this benefit truly is going to be super amazing. Here are the details.



Doggie Fun Show: Sunday's event (Oct. 16) will take place from 4-6 p.m. at Phydeaux, a really cool, well-stocked pet supply store in Seaboard Station. I get most of my supplies from here so I can personally vouch for this place. Dog owners can enter their pups in a variety of contests, including Best Kisser, Best Costume, and Cutest Ugly dog. Yours truly will be there taking photos, so if you want to come out and tell me how badly my writing sucks, please do so! Just make sure you donate to IAR first. If you would like to enter your pooch, registration is $5 in advance, $7 day of event. And if that's not enough, Big Boss will be there too!

Cherry Bomb Ball Best in Show and Live Music: The winners from the Oct. 16 event will gather at 7 p.m. at Kings for the final judging and great live music from Schooner, The Tender Fruit, Birds & Arrows and Small Ponds. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 of show.

I truly hope to see everyone out at both of these events. Independent Animal Rescue does amazing work, not just for Cherry, but for animals in need throughout the Triangle. They're a great organization, and I'm very proud to be helping them in whatever way I can.




Sunday, October 09, 2011

This week's cool shows: The War on Drugs, J. Roddy Walston and Thou

Looks like I'll be spending a good part of my week at Kings.

(Thou)
Incredibly prolific NOLA doom/sludge band Thou starts off the week on Monday. Proselyte -- including members of Phantom Glue -- and Chapel Hill's MAKE open. You can download Thou's 23 albums here.



Tuesday at Kings is The War on Drugs -- my official show of the week, and a show that's pretty much guaranteed to sell out. Go ahead and get your tickets now. Seriously, everyone I know is talking about this one. New Raleigh is even giving away copies of the band's Secretly Canadian latest, Slave Ambient, and the latest release by show opener Carter Tanton. Fans of both Bob Dylan and My Bloody Valentine will  fine something to love with this band. Check out the video for "Baby Missiles" below.


The War on Drugs "Baby Missiles" from Secretly Jag on Vimeo.




And on Thursday J. Roddy Walston and the Business will bring their boogie-piano glam rock to Kings. Bright Young Things and J. Kutchma open this show.




Thursday, October 06, 2011

Photos and video of The Atlas Moth and KEN Mode




(The Atlas Moth)




(KEN Mode)
The Atlas Moth's "An Ache for the Distance" was one of my most-anticipated albums of the year, and it totally lived up to my expectations, so I was really looking forward to their show at Nightlight. The only other time I had seen them was during the disappointing Kings show with Nachtmystium and Zoroaster about a year ago. The difference between last year's show and this year's was like night and day. The band sounded good, the crowd was larger and more appreciative, and the photos were much better -- even with the band's psychedelic LED light show. 

I was certainly aware of KEN Mode, who have been getting a lot of press lately, but I'l admit their recorded music didn't really grab me. The aggressive and angular live show, however, was a whole 'nother story, and made me want to give them another listen. See more photos