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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Twerps announce full-length Merge debut & new 7"

As we first mentioned a few months ago, Australian indie pop band Twerps signed to Merge Records and now they have announced the details of their debut full-length for the label as well as a new 7" single that will precede it.

The new album titled Range Anxiety will be out on January 27. Check out the music video for the song "Back to You" from the album below.

Speaking of "Back to You," the song will be released as a 7" single on November 4 with the b-side "Always Waiting." The first 100 pre-orders of Range Anxiety from Merge will receive the 7" for free.