Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Photos: Merge Records' Unbelievable Things art exhibit opens in Chapel Hill with Shark Quest

All photos by Kevin Norris
On Friday night an exhibit of artwork featured in Merge Records' releases over the label's 25 year history opened at the LIGHT Art+Design gallery in Chapel Hill. Local instrumental band Shark Quest was there to kick off the three week run.

Check out photos of Shark Quest's first set at the event on Friday as well as photos of small sampling of some the art on display below. Be sure to stop by the gallery to check out the exhibit before it ends. It will be on display through Saturday, August 9.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Todd Snider announces fall tour, coming to Carrboro

Americana/alt-folk singer-songwriter Todd Snider has been leading a new band titled Hard Working Americans and released a self-titled debut album earlier this year, but this fall Snider will head back out on the road again on his own.

Snider will play the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro on Friday, October 24. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketfly for $20.

Check out the music video for "Down to the Well" from the Hard Working Americans' self-titled album below.

Sylvan Esso adds second show at Haw River Ballroom

After selling out their big Halloween show at the Haw River Ballroom, local electronic rising stars Sylvan Esso have added a second show to meet ticket demand.

The band will now also play the Saxapahaw venue on Thursday, October 30. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketfly for $15.

Sylvan Esso performed the song "Coffee" from their self-titled debut with Questlove on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon a couple of weeks ago. Check out that performance below.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Earth announces new album 'Primitive and Deadly,' fall tour

Washington drone metal band Earth will release a new full-length album on September 2 titled Primitive and Deadly and they'll hit the road after the release on an extensive U.S. tour in support of it.

The band will play Kings Barcade in Raleigh on Saturday, September 20. King Dude will open. Tickets are on sale now via Etix for $13.

Check out the loud and psychedelic track "From the Zodiacal Light" from Primitive and Deadly below.

New music from The Rosebuds - "Blue Eyes"

The release of The Rosebuds' new album Sand + Silence is a little more than two weeks away (it's out August 5) and the band has just released another fantastic new song from it.

The new song is the album's fourth track "Blue Eyes" that you may have heard at Duke Gardens if you were lucky enough to catch the band's show there a few weeks ago (see photos and a write up HERE). Check out "Blue Eyes" below.

The big Triangle Sand + Silence release will happen at the Cat's Cradle on Saturday, August 2. Tickets are available via Ticketfly for $15.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

James Vincent McMorrow announces fall tour

Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow released his sophomore album Post Tropical earlier this year and he'll return to the states this fall for a short tour.

McMorrow will play the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro on Thursday, November 6. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketfly for $20.

Check out the music video for the song "Gold" from the album Post Tropical below.

Video: Hiss Golden Messenger performs "Lucia" in England

As we've mentioned a few times recently, Hiss Golden Messenger's Merge Records' debut, Lateness of Dancers, is due out on September 9. On his current European tour he took the time to film a performance of a new song.

The filmmaking trio Before the Winter Fires used an old Beaulieu R16 film camera to shoot a performance of "Lucia" in Cornwall, England. Check it out below.

Hiss Golden Messenger will play a free Merge 25 day party at the Orange County Social Club on Thursday, July 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. with Amor de Días.