Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spider Bags sign with Merge Records, new album later this year

Just weeks after adding local troubadour M.C. Taylor, better known as Hiss Golden Messenger, to their roster, Merge Records has just added another local act to their ever-growing/evolving stable of acts. Chapel Hill rockers Spider Bags have just signed to the label who will release a new album from the band later this year.

As we mentioned yesterday, Spider Bags will play this summer Music in the Gardens series at Duke Gardens on Wednesday, June 18. Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, April 22, via Duke Performances for $13 ($10 for Duke students and employees).


Chatham County Line, Dex Romweber Duo & Tonk playing Schoolkids on Record Store Day

The seventh annual Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 19, and Schoolkids Records in Raleigh is gearing up for another big day of exclusive releases and fantastic in-store performances.

The store will host sets by Chatham County Line previewing songs from their forthcoming album Tightrope (1:30 p.m.), Dex Romweber Duo (2:45 p.m.) and Tonk (3:45 p.m.).

Local record labels Merge and Yep Roc each have exclusive releases coming out on Saturday. Merge has reissues from Spoon and Breadwinner while Yep Roc has releases from The Minus 5, The Autumn Defense and Josh Rouse, Wesley Stace, Southern Culture on the Skids and Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Merge acts dominate 2014 Music in the Gardens lineup

Continuing with the grand festivities celebrating their 25th anniversary, Merge Records has partnered with Duke Performances this year to present the label's acts at all but two of this summer's Music in the Gardens series at Duke Gardens.

Things will kick off on June 3 with King Khan and the Shrines and the series will roll on with Spider Bags (who have just signed with Merge, more on that later), The Rosebuds, Hammer No More the Fingers, Richard Buckner and Portastatic (check out photos and a write-up of their performance during the first Music in the Gardens series HERE). The two non-Merge acts on this year's Gardens' schedule are Plume Giant & Poor Rich Boy and Hammer No More the Fingers. Check out the schedule below.

Jake Bugg announces short US tour, coming to Raleigh

Young up and coming British singer-songwriter Jake Bugg is coming stateside this summer to play the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee and he has a scheduled a few more US dates around that appearance.

Bugg will play the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh on Thursday, June 19. Tickets officially go on sale on Friday, April 18, via Etix for $22, though as of late Monday night they were already available to purchase.

Jake Bugg released his sophomore album Shangri La last fall. Check out the music video for the song "Messed Up Kids" from the album below.

Widespread Panic announces summer tour, two nights in Raleigh

Veteran Georgia jam rockers Widespread Panic are hitting the road again this summer on a big tour that will kick off with two nights in Raleigh with New Orleans jazz band Galactic.

The pair will play the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh on June 5 and 6. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 18, via the Duke Energy Center box office and Ticketmaster.

Check out the band performing the songs "The Last Straw," Neil Young's "Time Fades Away" and "Junior" at a show in Reno last month below.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cut Copy announces 2014 tour, coming to Carrboro

Electropop/synth rock band Cut Copy is heading back out on the road this year on a world tour in support of their latest album Free Your Mind and they'll return to the Triangle in June.

The band will play the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro on Thursday, June 12. Classixx will open. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketfly for $25.

Check out the music video for the title track from Free Your Mind below.