Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Reigning Sound return in July with 'Shattered'

Just in time for the Merge 25 Festival in Carrboro in July, Asheville garage rock 'n rollers Reigning Sound will return with their first new album in five years.

The album, recorded at Daptone's studio in Brooklyn, is titled Shattered and will be released by Merge Records on July 15. Check out the title track from the album below.

Just over a week after releasing the new album, Reigning Sound will be in town to celebrate Merge's 25th anniversary. The band will play the Cat's Cradle on Thursday, July 24, with Superchunk, The Rock*A*Teens, The Clientele, Telekinesis, Eleanor Friedberger, Amor de Días and Hiss Golden Messenger. Tickets for that night's show are still available via Ticketfly for $49.

Schoolkids Records to start serving beer today

Back when Schoolkids Records was first talking about the move from Hillsborough Street to Mission Valley, other than the added space that the new location would provide for in-store performances, one of the much talked about new features was the onsite bar.

That feature will go into effect at 5:30 p.m. today, April 23, when Schoolkids Records will tap their first keg and start serving beer in the store. So as you peruse what remains of Saturday's Record Store Day inventory, checking out the latest releases or just enjoying the company of other music fans, you'll be able to wet your whistle while you do so.

The store has two in-store performances this week. Singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk will play at 4pm on Thursday, April 24, and Jon Langford will play at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 25.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Maxwell announces Summer Soulstice Tour, coming to Durham

R&B singer-songwriter Maxwell will set out on his first big tour since 2010 this summer as he embarks on the Summer Soulstice Tour. He was supposed to tour in 2012 but had to cancel the tour due to vocal swelling and hemorrhaging.

The singer will perform at the Durham Performing Arts Center on Saturday, July 26. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, via the venue box office and Ticketmaster for $49 to $125.

Maxwell hasn't released a new album since 2009's BLACKsummers'night. Check out his performance of "Pretty Wings" from the album on Ellen below.

Kings of Leon announces 'Mechanical Bull' 2014 tour

Photo by Dan Winters
Tennessee rockers Kings of Leon are heading out on a big summer/fall tour this year in support of their sixth full-length album Mechanical Bull released last fall.

The band will return to Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh on Wednesday, September 17. Young the Giant and Kongos will open. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 25, via Live Nation for $29.50 to $65.50.

Check out the music video for the song "Temple" from Mechanical Bull below.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Rufus Wainwright returning to Durham this fall

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright will hit the road later this year on a series of North American tour dates that will bring him back to the Triangle this fall for another big show.

Wainwright will return to the Carolina Theatre in Durham on Saturday, November 8. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 25, via the venue box office and Ticketmaster for $47 to $111.50 (ouch). The venue pre-sale will begin tomorrow, April 22, via Ticketmaster.

The tour is dubbed the Best of Rufus Wainwright after his recent release of Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright. Check out a recent performance of "I Don't Know What It Is" and "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk" from the collection below.

Old Crow Medicine Show announces NC shows with Shovels & Rope

One of the most popular string bands around, Old Crow Medicine Show, will hit the road this summer and have just announced a pair of North Carolina shows with South Carolina rising stars Shovels and Rope.

The pair of groups will play the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh on Wednesday, August 20. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 25, via the Duke Energy Center box office and Ticketmaster for $25 to $45.

The next night, Thursday, August 21, they'll play the Uptown Amphitheater in Charlotte. Tickets for that show will also go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 25, via Live Nation for $27.50 to $45.