Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Catching up: Cool shows and new music

I feel like I write this post every few months or so, but this time I have good reason to be out of touch. I recently started a new job in public relations, and I love it, but as I'm settling in I've had a lot less time to think about blogging. I expect that will change as I get more comfortable in my job, especially since March is shaping up to be a stellar month to see live music in the Triangle.

And this week starts with one of the biggest shows of the month: COC's homecoming show with Valient Thorr, Torche and A Storm of Light, Saturday at Lincoln Theatre. COC is riding high with this week's release of their stellar new, self-titled album -- the first in six years, and the first in a very long time with just core members Woody, Reed and Mike Dean.  But other than COC, I'm probably most excited about A Storm of Light, whom I haven't seen but have heard good things about. Hear Reed talk about the record, and the band's history, on

Next weekend I'll be at Pinhook on Friday, March 9 for the Scott Kelly (Neurosis)/Eugene Robinson (Oxbow) show. A local group called WOWOLFOL, with members of Hog, Lurch, Future Kings of Nowhere, MAKE, and Hammer No More the Fingers, will play their first show as well. The next night, Richmond doomsters Windhand will be at Slim's.

On Wednesday, March 14, I'll be running back and forth between Pour House for stoner band Karma to Burn and Slim's for New Hampshire blackened doom band Vattnet Viskar. Wolf has some good info on that band plus a video here. EDIT: Just got the word that Karma to Burn are not playing but that Truckfighters (from Sweden) will be worth the show.

The following weekend is the big Racing the Cure megashow to benefit Oliver Gant, son of New Raleigh co-founder Jedidiah Gant (Friday, March 23). I'm really debating whether or not I want to deal with the insane crowd at Kings for The Avett Brothers. I admit it would be fun to see them in a club (something I never did), but I also get really freaked out being in overly crowded clubs, and that night Kings is going to be insane.

The next night, one of my favorite N.C. alt-country bands, The Debonzo Brothers, will have their CD-release at Slim's. Check out a cut from their new album, "One Damn Heart," below.

The Debonzo Brothers - "Break My Heart"

Unfortunately, the Debonzo Brothers show on March 24 clashes with another great show in Carrboro: Caltrop's CD-release show with Black Skies, Pipe and Dave Heumann of Arbouretum. You really can't go wrong with either show.

Finally, the month winds down on Monday, March 26, with Alcest, Deafheaven, MAKE and Grohg at Kings.

Finally, I'll leave you with a little new music.

First is a new song from Viva La Venus, whose new album, "Bleeding on the Edge of Happiness," is out now.

Viva La Venus - "Hesitate"

And Horseback is streaming a new song over at Brooklyn Vegan.
Horseback - "On the Eclipse" (Streaming via Brooklyn Vegan)

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

This week's cool shows: Mark Holland and more

I truly meant to get this online this morning, to get the word out as soon as possible about this awesome benefit for the family of an extremely brave little boy. If you've ever had a love one battle cancer (and I have) you know it's a very draining experience, emotionally, physically and financially. Two-year-old Oliver Gant, son of New Raleigh co-founder Jed Gant, is battling a very rare cancer, and proceeds from this benefit will help the Gants, and benefit organizations that fight cancer. New Raleigh has some excellent details here.

As it turns out, this benefit sold out almost immediately -- most likely due to the fact that the Avett Brothers will return to their roots and play an extremely rare club show at Kings. I'm glad I got my tickets when I did, and I hope you got yours. Kudos to the Indy's Grayson Currin for putting on this amazing show.

In other news, I have a feature article on Mark Holland (Jennyanykind, Jule Brown, Applesauce and various other projects) in today's Independent Weekly. Mark was a lot of fun to talk to, and a lot of fun to watch at the Station. I wasn't able to work the drunk couple who fell the stage during Holland's show into the article. Maybe they'll show up and do a repeat of their shenanigans Feb. 15 at the Blue Note in Durham.

This Thursday, Tir na Nog hosts a metal night with Grohg, Hog and Man Will Destroy Himself. Grohg, of course, has inspired a bit of controversy based on their membership, which includes some folks who don't normally play in metal bands (including Stu McLamb from the Love Language), and the fact that they were given a write up on New Raleigh before they played a show. Some of my friends have said they are going to refuse to see or listen to the band because of this. I don't think that's fair, so I'm going to go to the show and check them out. If they suck, I will let you know, and if they don't suck, I'll let you know that too. But I'm not going to make any assumptions on them without listening to them. Besides, Hog and MWDH will make this show worth seeing regardless.

Also this week:

Thursday: Yandrew (members of Bowerbirds & Lost in the Trees) / The Hill and the Wood + more tba at Nightlight
Friday: Holy Ghost Tent Revival at Lincoln Theatre (glad to see Chris Malarkey from the Pour House now booking this venue, and hope he takes my advice to get more metal there).
Friday: Old Ceremony at Pour House
Saturday: American Aquarium and Samantha Crain at Pour House
Sunday: Sharon Van Etten at Cat's Cradle
Wednesday, Feb. 15: Love Hangover at Kings

Coming up:

March 3: COC, Torche and Valient Thorr at Lincoln
March 10: Windhand at Slim's
March 26: Alcest with Deafheaven, MAKE amd Grogh at Kings
May 4: Decibel Mag tour with Watain, Behemoth, The Devil's Blood and In Solitude at Amos Southend in Charlotte

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Photos and video from the Bull City Metal Fest

 (Church of Wolves, night one)

(Knives, night one)

 (Bitter Resolve, night one)

(Bitter Resolve, night one)

(Shadow of the Destroyer, night two)

(The Body/Braveyoung collaboration, night two)

(Black Tusk, night two)

Here are a few photos and some videos from this weekend's 2nd Annual Bull City Metal Fest, which took place at the Casbah in Durham. I admit that I originally wasn't as excited about this year's line up as I was about last year's. But I think I had a better time this year. I got to see a few local bands I'd somehow missed (Bitter Resolve, Knives), experienced the amazing Body/Braveyoung collaboration, and ended the weekend with one of my favorite current bands, Black Tusk. My only recommendations for improving the weekend would be to spread it out over three days, either Thursday-Saturday nights, or Friday and Saturday with an afternoon show on Sunday. A 10-hour show on Saturday is just too much for me.