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.

Stu McLamb, Phil Cook & The Beast join Girls Rock benefit

A few weeks back we told you about a big benefit show for Girls Rock of North Carolina featuring a solo set by the Mountain Goats. Now that show has grown bigger with the addition of Stu McLamb and Friends, Phil Cook, and The Beast.

The show will happen at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw on Friday, June 27. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketfly for $15.

The night is dubbed Boys Rock for Girls Rock and will celebrate the music of female singers and songwriters. The male lineup will be "Paying homage to a wide-range of musical genres through covers, collaborations and mash-ups," according to the event listing.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dom Flemons announces new solo album 'Prospect Hill'

Former Carolina Chocolate Drop Dom Flemons is back this summer with a new full-length solo album titled Prospect Hill. The album will be out on July 22 via the Music Maker Relief Foundation. Check out the full album track list below. According to a press release, the album reportedly "finds Flemons digging deeply into ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern folk music, string band music, jug band music, fife and drum music, and ballads."

Flemons will play the Charlie Poole Music Festival in Eden on Friday, June 13.

Check out a video of Flemons performing the song "Po' Black Sheep" with his new touring trio below.