Thursday, October 30, 2014

Merge to reissue M. Ward's 'Transistor Radio' in December

Rounding out a year of fantastic reissues from their catalog as part of their 25th anniversary celebration, Merge Records will close out the year with a vinyl reissue of M. Ward's 2005 album Transistor Radio on December 2.

In addition to the 180-gram vinyl reissue of the album itself, the release will also include a bonus CD with four previously unreleased recordings. Check out one of those recordings, a four-track demo of "Here Comes the Sun Again," below.

The reissue isn't the only release Ward has coming out on December 2. He and Zooey Deschanel, aka She and Him, will release a new album of covers on that day titled Classics. It will be the duo's first release for Columbia Records instead of Merge. Check out their cover of Dusty Springfield's "Stay Awhile from the album below.

John Darnielle to appear on 'Ask Me Another' in Durham

Singer-songwriter, novelist, and Durham resident John Darnielle, of the Mountain Goats, will make an appearance on the popular NPR quiz show Ask Me Another in November. The show airs on Sundays at 1 p.m. on WUNC as well as on other NPR stations around the country. It is also available as a podcast.

The quirky quiz show will record at the Carolina Theatre on Wednesday, November 19. Tickets are on sale via the venue box office and Ticketmaster for $22.

Darnielle just released a novel earlier this year titled Wolf in White Van. The Mountain Goats latest album is 2012's Transcendental Youth although Merge Records reissued the band's 2002 album All Hail West Texas in 2013. They are expected to tour again in 2015 and new music will likely also surface then as well.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wayne Coyne to speak at new films series in Durham

The Carolina Theater is starting a new film series in Durham in December dubbed Film: Acoustic and is hoping to make it a monthly event at the venue in the new year. The series, organized by the Modern School of Film, brings in a celebrated guest to screen a favorite film and then discusses it.

The series will kick off on Monday, December 15, with Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips presenting a 40th anniversary screening of the 1974 Italian film The Night Porter. Coyne is only planning to speak and not perform, according to Indy Week. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 31, via the venue box office and Ticketmaster for $20.

The Bronzed Chorus to cover 'Siamese Dream' at special Halloween shows

Greensboro rockers The Bronzed Chorus and their friends Owen Burd and Kate Weigand will make their way to the Triangle for two special shows this week where they will cover the Smashing Pumpkins' 1993 album Siamese Dream in its entirety. They go by the name Rocket when they serve as a Pumpkins tribute band.

The first show will be at Tir Na Nog in Raleigh on Thursday, October 30, as a part of the Local Band, Local Beer series. Octopus Jones and Wool are also on the bill. The show is free.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Will Hoge announces fall solo dates, coming to Raleigh

Nashville singer-songwriter Will Hoge has been working on his eighth full-length album which should be out next year, but first he is heading out on the road to play a trio of solo shows this fall to try out some new songs.

One of those solo shows will be at the Southland Ballroom in Raleigh on Thursday, November 20. Tickets are on sale now via Etix for $15.

Hoge released the first single from his forthcoming album a few months ago titled "Middle of America." Check out the lyric video for the song below.