Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Merge acts dominate 2014 Music in the Gardens lineup

Continuing with the grand festivities celebrating their 25th anniversary, Merge Records has partnered with Duke Performances this year to present the label's acts at all but two of this summer's Music in the Gardens series at Duke Gardens.

Things will kick off on June 3 with King Khan and the Shrines and the series will roll on with Spider Bags (who have just signed with Merge, more on that later), The Rosebuds, Hammer No More the Fingers, Richard Buckner and Portastatic (check out photos and a write-up of their performance during the first Music in the Gardens series HERE). The two non-Merge acts on this year's Gardens' schedule are Plume Giant & Poor Rich Boy and Hammer No More the Fingers. Check out the schedule below.

Jake Bugg announces short US tour, coming to Raleigh

Young up and coming British singer-songwriter Jake Bugg is coming stateside this summer to play the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee and he has a scheduled a few more US dates around that appearance.

Bugg will play the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh on Thursday, June 19. Tickets officially go on sale on Friday, April 18, via Etix for $22, though as of late Monday night they were already available to purchase.

Jake Bugg released his sophomore album Shangri La last fall. Check out the music video for the song "Messed Up Kids" from the album below.

Widespread Panic announces summer tour, two nights in Raleigh

Veteran Georgia jam rockers Widespread Panic are hitting the road again this summer on a big tour that will kick off with two nights in Raleigh with New Orleans jazz band Galactic.

The pair will play the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh on June 5 and 6. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 18, via the Duke Energy Center box office and Ticketmaster.

Check out the band performing the songs "The Last Straw," Neil Young's "Time Fades Away" and "Junior" at a show in Reno last month below.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cut Copy announces 2014 tour, coming to Carrboro

Electropop/synth rock band Cut Copy is heading back out on the road this year on a world tour in support of their latest album Free Your Mind and they'll return to the Triangle in June.

The band will play the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro on Thursday, June 12. Classixx will open. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketfly for $25.

Check out the music video for the title track from Free Your Mind below.

Bad Company & Lynyrd Skynyrd annouce summer tour

After joining forces for for a tour last year, British classic rock supergroup Bad Company is once again teaming up with southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd for a summer tour that will bring the bands to the Triangle's big shed.

They'll will play the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh on Tuesday, July 15. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, via Live Nation.

Bad Company hasn't released a new studio album since 1996's Stories Told & Untold, but their most recent release is 2011's live album/DVD Live at Wembley. Check out "Feel Like Makin' Love" from the album below.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Oak City 7 free concert series announces first 2014 acts

The Posies - photo by Julian Ochoa
The Oak City 7 free concert series will return to downtown Raleigh every other Thursday starting on May 29 and the first performers of the 2014 season have just been announced.

The season will kick off on May 29 with the Atlanta Rhythm Section and will continue with Fastball on June 26, Kings X on July 10 and will close with The Posies on August 21. There are still may dates still to be announced and support acts for the aforementioned shows are also TBA. We'll keep you posted as more acts are announced.

The Oak City 7 runs from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in City Plaza every other Thursday. Check out the full list of dates below.