Monday, December 22, 2014

Best of 2014: Justin's Favorites

There is an endless amount of music that treats the South as nothing more than an opportunity for cheap connection. Mentions of Alabama pines or red clay or any other of the numerous southern symbols are nothing more than lures for whoops of recognition. 

Fortunately, 2014 brought us many great records that were of the South, but not satisfied with simple nostalgia. Sturgill Simpson and Hurray for the Riff Raff turned traditional country and blues on their heads with songs about psychedelic drug experiences and the misogyny present in murder ballads.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Merge Records signs Waxahatchee, new album out in 2015

As Merge wraps a big year celebrating their 25th anniversary, they're keeping their eyes focused on what lies ahead. In addition to recently signing Australian band Twerps, the label has just added another big name to their roster, singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield, better known as Wahaxatchee.

Merge will release a new Waxahatchee album in early 2015 but a specific release date and additional details have not been announced yet.

Waxahatchee has played the Triangle quite a bit in recent years. One of those shows was at the Hopscotch Music Festival in 2013. Check out a write-up and photos from her set HERE.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Burt Bacharach announces 2015 dates, coming to Durham

Legendary singer-songwriter, composer and pianist Burt Bacharach has written 73 songs that have been top 40 hits in the U.S. and in early 2015 he'll be playing a lot of those hits when he hits the road.

Bacharach will play the Carolina Theatre in Durham on Wednesday, March 4. Tickets are on sale now via the venue box office and Ticketmaster for $47 to $210.

Check out the complete tribute to Bacharach at the White House when he received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize in 2011 below. It features performances by Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Diana Krall, Lyle Lovett, Mike Myers, Michael Feinstein, Rumer, Arturo Sandoval and ShelĂ©a as well as Bacharach himself at the end performing his hit "What the World Needs Now."

Bombadil announces new album 'Hold On,' release show & share "Amy's Friend"

Local quirky pop band Bombadil have just announced that they will release a new album on March 24 via Ramseur Records titled Hold On and they will have a big album release show in the Triangle.

The band will celebrate Hold On at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro on Saturday, March 21. Sinners and Saints will open. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 19, via Ticketfly for $12.

Check out the second track from Hold On titled "Amy's Friend" below.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Peter Hook & The Light announce spring tour playing Joy Division albums

Bass player Peter Hook of Joy Division and formerly of New Order will hit the road on a U.S. tour in the spring with his band The Light and they will be playing the Joy Division albums Unknown Pleasures and Closer in their entirety and also opening the show with a set of New Order songs.

The tour will stop at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro on Friday, May 1. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 19, via Ticketfly for $25.

Check out a video Peter Hook and The Light performing the Joy Division classic "Love Will Tear Us Apart" in Mexico City two years ago bellow.