Monday, August 28, 2006

Roman Candle and The Whigs, Friday, Aug. 25 at Cat's Cradle

Finally got to see Roman Candle (Myspace), who put on a great show Friday at Cat's Cradle (yes, I actually made it out of Raleigh for one night!). I interviewed them for Tiny Mix Tapes, and they were all super nice. Got some fairly good footage and some OK pics.

Roman Candle - "Something Left to Say" from Mann's World on Vimeo.

"Something Left to Say"

The biggest surprise of the evening was The Whigs (Myspace), an Athens band who absolutely blew me away. I found out later that they were a Rolling Stone band to watch, and while I usually don't put much stock in such accolades, this time the mag is right on the money. I truly regret not buying their CD while I was at the show.

The Whigs from Mann's World on Vimeo.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

My new favorite band ...

Has to be The T's, who I saw last night at Slim's. And of course it was a night when I didn't have my camera. Originally we set out to go dancing at Alibi, but ended up at Slim's by accident, which is where I saw The T's, who weren't on Slim's schedule.

This is the new band featuring Lutie from The Semantics, and three guys. They're incredibly tight with good vocals (three of them sing) and awesome guitar solos. At times during their set they reminded me of a harder rocking Pretenders, a more intricate Ramones, and, for some reason, Golden Earring. Actually, after their set, The Cult's "Electric" was playing, and I thought that was the closest thing to their sound. The odd thing was, during their set, I kept thinking they were playing covers, because their songs, or at least parts of their songs, sounded really familiar, but I could never put my finger on who or what they were covering. Usually when that happens I can identify immediately a song or band that someone is obviously ripping off. In The T's case, I think they just have a strong ability to take universally great riffs and rhythms and make them into new songs that are familiar but still fresh.

They've only played two shows so far, and their Myspace page doesn't have much info. They're playing Slim's with Snatches of Pink on Sept. 22, which should be an awesome show.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Thursday, August 10, 2006

My interview with Oakley Hall

Can be found here on TMT.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Urge Overkill, live at Slim's

Following yesterday's downtown live show in Moore Square, Urge Overkill played another set for a customer appreciation party at Slim's. Here are four movies from the show. Go here to see the photos.
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Every time I go to Slim's, I end up sitting in that booth up top, looking down at the album covers on the wall. The German Folk Songs album always catches my eye, so I thought I'd take a picture of it.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Pics and movies from Two Dollar Pistols and Hearts and Daggers

Two Dollar Pistols put on a great show last night at The Pour House. Watch out for a podcast on them, featuring new stuff, a short interview with John Howie Jr., and a treat for those who remember Howie's old band Finger. Check out the movies from last night.

Two Dollar Pistols from Mann's World on Vimeo.

Another one by Two Dollar Pistols from Mann's World on Vimeo.

Opening were Hearts and Daggers (Myspace), who impressed me just as much last night as they did when I first saw them back in March. Actually, the opening band were The Bo-Stevens (Myspace), who I enjoyed more than when I saw them the first time earlier this year.

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Two Dollar Pistols/Hearts and Daggers at the Pour House Friday

Anyone out there going to this?

Howdy folks. Hoping everybody is keeping it between the ditches.

2 big shows to tell you guys about this coming up weekend!

THIS FRIDAY: August 4th, @ The Pourhouse, downtown Raleigh.
Two Dollar Pistols, Hearts and Daggers, and The Bo-Stevens will be showcasing some of the finest hillbilly and country music coming out of NC these days. Doors at 8pm, show at 10pm. Tickets are $8.

THIS SATURDAY: August 5th, @ Hickory Tap Room, Hickory NC.
Hearts and Daggers will be playing with our good buddies the Bo-Stevens. Show starts around 10pm and is FREE! All you folks in Hickory and Charlotte, get your ass out there!!!! We'd love to see you.

See y'all around the bend.

Hearts and Daggers

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

My first Raleigh Bloggers meetup

Last night I went to my first Raleigh Bloggers Meetup at Cafe Cyclo. Had a great time talking to cool new people about podcasting, using Audacity, social networking sites and more. I also got links to several new blogs you should check out, including a new local music blog:
-- Specializing in roots rock,, deep blues and early soul. The blooger is local, but the music isn't. -- Personal blog of Josh Staiger. He also heads up the Meetup. -- A blog about interface design for Web developers -- Podcast on Web development Open source blog server -- Personal and professional blog. Ryan also runs Podcast Free America, which offers advice and information for podcasters of all skill levels.

I also got word today of another Raleigh-based music blog,, which, as you might expect, is devoted to Americana.