Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Charli XCX to play free show in Carrboro

Up and coming English pop star Charli XCX, featured on and co-writer of the hit songs "I Love It" by Icona Pop and "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea, and who just scored a big hit of her own with "Boom Clap," is coming to the Triangle next week for a big free show.

She'll play the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro on Tuesday, October 28. The show is part of Yahoo's On the Road series. To get tickets you can find the "Yahoo! On the Road Amped Up hub" on NC State's campus at Hunt Library Walkway or at Brickyard on West Broughton Drive on October 23, 24 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You enter the code YOTR3CXS at yahoo.com/ontheroad for a chance to receive a pair of tickets to the show.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Shovels & Rope announce winter tour

The married folk rock duo Shovels and Rope are riding the momentum from the release of their acclaimed new album Swimmin' Time and are gearing up for a new round of tour dates this winter in support of it.

When the duo returns to the Triangle they will play two nights at the Cat's Cradle in Carborro on February 7 and 8. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 24, via Ticketfly for $20.

Check out the music video for "The Devil is All Around" from Swimmin' Time below.

Review: The War on Drugs at Haw River Ballroom

Photo by Will Jackson
In front of a sold out crowd at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, The War on Drugs performed a spectacular show.

The War on Drugs share an amazing chemistry as a band. All of the band’s pieces, which for this show included two guitars, a bass, a keyboards, drums, and multiple brass instruments, fit together to form one sound. Very seldom does one sound rise above the others and break the ranks. Even as front man Adam Granduciel solos, his guitar doesn’t drown out the rest of the members, just complements them.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Album Review: Ex Hex - Rips

Ex Hex are here to have a good time and they don’t care if anybody joins them or not.

The first album, Rips, from the trio of Mary Timony, Betsey Wright and Laura Harris is 35 minutes of white hot punk and glam-inpired rock and it’s mostly nostalgia free. Ex Hex doesn’t sound like a band that’s paying tribute.

At first, it’s hard to hear past the historic sounds, but with each listen it melts away. After a while, you don’t hear The New York Dolls or Buzzcocks. You hear Timony singing — actually singing — for the first time. You hear Write's rambunctious bass lines. You hear Harris’ razor sharp rhythms on drums (“New Kid” in particular showcases Harris as a total badass behind the kit). You start to hear a band honestly expressing their idea of fun.

Chuck Johnson & Daniel Bachman share two sides of solo guitar at The Pinhook

All photos by Justin Weber
If you’re a fan of American primitive guitar music, there might not be a better place to be than Durham, NC at the moment. With The Pinhook regularly booking solo guitar acts and NC labels like Three Lobed, Bathetic Records and even Merge putting out solo guitar albums, fans from outside the area must be looking at the Bull City thinking we’re spoiled.

Chuck Johnson and Daniel Bachman certainly did nothing to change that assessment. Both played short sets — the show started around 9:20 and was over by 11 p.m. — but showed the breadth of the genre.