Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Guided By Voices announces fall dates, coming to Carrboro

Indie rock icon Guided By Voices released their 22nd album earlier this year titled Cool Planet and they're hitting the road this fall on a short tour in support of it.

The band will return to the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro Saturday, November 15. Bobby Bare Jr. will open. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketfly for $26.50.

Check out the music video for "Bad Love is Easy To Do" from Cool Planet below. It stars Rob Corddry, Brian Huskey, Rich Fulcher and Katy Goodman.

The Rock*A*Teens & The Love Language returning to Carrboro next week

Photo by Kevin Norris
After blowing the roof off of the Cradle last week on the second night of the Merge 25 festival, Georgia band The Rock*A*Teens will return to Carrboro for proper headlining show with local favorites The Love Language.

The two bands will play the Cat's Cradle Back Room on Wednesday, August 6. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketfly for $10.

Check out a video of The Rock*A*Teens performing "Never Really Ever Had It" at the 40 Watt Club in Athens earlier this month below and photos and a write up of their set at Merge 25 HERE. Check out a write-up and photos of The Love Language's set HERE.

New Politics announce fall tour, coming to Carrboro

Danish pop rocker New Politics are heading back out on the road this fall on a big North American tour in support of their breakthrough sophomore album A Bad Girl in Harlem.

The second stop of the tour will at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro on Wednesday, October 15. Bad Suns and Some Kind of Wonderful will open. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketfly for $17.

Check out the music video for the song "Tonight You're Perfect" from A Bad Girl in Harlem below.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Merge 25 Day 4: Caribou, Neutral Milk Hotel

All photos by Kevin Norris
The sounds emanating from the Cat's Cradle parking lot shifted dramatically on Saturday evening as the Merge 25 festival's penultimate act took the stage.

As the four members of Caribou dressed in all white and grouped around the center of the stage launched into "Leave House," the festival was transformed into a dance party.

Dan Snaith stood at the front of the cluster leading the band with samples, vocals and drumming. They hit their new single "Can't Do It Without You" from their new Merge album Our Love along the way.

Merge 25 Day 4: Bob Mould, Teenage Fanclub

All photos by Kevin Norris
Kicking off the second half of Saturday's big outdoor party was indie rock icon Bob Mould with Jason Narducy on bass (his second performance of Merge 25) and Jon Wurster on drums (his third performance of Merge 25.

The band hit the ground running with "The Descent," "Little Glass Pill" and the oh-so-catchy "I Don't Know You Anymore." The entire set was high energy, turned up to eleven and incredibly melodic. The band rolled through a few more songs from Mould's latest album Beauty & Ruin before jumping back to the Husker Du days for "Hardly Getting Over It."

Merge 25 Day 4: Ex Hex, Mikal Cronin

All photos by Kevin Norris
The second quarter of Merge 25’s outdoor show began with a needed breeze and some brief cloud cover rolling in. Ex Hex took the stage with host Margaret Cho to take a photo with the crowd in the background before performing songs off of their anticipated debut record, Rips, coming out this fall on Merge.

Mary Timony, Betsy Wright, and Laura Harris are already in excellent form. Wright and Timony play off each well on stage and are clearly having a ton of fun in this new group.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Merge 25 Day 4: Vertical Scratchers and The Love Language

All photos by Kevin Norris
With a giant stage positioned on the west end of the Cat’s Cradle parking lot and enough volume to be heard anywhere in Carrboro, the outdoor portion of Merge’s 25th anniversary festival, hosted by comedian Margaret Cho, definitely had the feel of a big time music fest.

Vertical Scratchers were the first band to take the stage around 1 p.m. while the crowd continued to trickle in. With the temperature climbing into the 90s and decibels punishing in close proximity, most of the early crowd gathered in shaded areas toward the back of the parking lot.