Friday, December 29, 2006

Kevin's weekend picks

Friday, December 29 - The Avett Brothers, Langhorne Slim and War Eagles, Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band @ Lincoln Theatre (folk/rock/indie)*
Friday, December 29 - The Noises 10, Modern Skirts @ The Pour House (pop/indie)

*The Avett Brothers' show is SOLD OUT. I hope you bought your tickets in advance.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Kevin's weekday picks

Thursday, December 28 - Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell, B.J. Barham (of American Aquarium) @ The Pour House (folk/rock)

As you can probably tell, the shows have been slow around the holidays, but here's a little something for this week.

Monday, December 25, 2006

RIP 'Godfather of Soul'

Soul legend James Brown died in an Atlanta hospital this morning. He was 73.

What can we say? He was one of the true legends of soul music. He was an amazing singer, songwriter and showman. He will be missed.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas from Clear Channel

Fans of Sunny 93.9 may be disappointed to learn that the station is straying from its adult contemporary format.

When the station ends its 55 day run of Christmas music Tuesday (don't even get me started on that), the station will switch to a "Rhythmic AC" format. Don't know what that means? You're probably not alone. Program director Chris Shebel told the News & Observer listeners can expect to hear artists like Kool & the Gang, Earth Wind & Fire, Jennifer Lopez and Madonna.

The station will also air Whoopi Goldberg's morning show (yes, someone gave her a radio show) called "Wake Up With Whoopi" during the morning drive, from 5-9 a.m.

Sunny also won't be so "sunny" anymore, dropping its current moniker. No word what the new name will be.

Before you ask, yes, Sunny 93.9 is owned by Clear Channel Communications. Just two months ago, Clear Channel rocked the boat by switching up 106.1 (once classic rock station WRDU, now country station The Rooster) and 100.7 The River from a sort-of adult alternative format to one with a little more emphasis on classic rock and bands like Boston.

Who knows what sort of musical void they're trying to fill with this move, but when you're pulling in $2.7 billion dollars a year and own more than 1,200 stations nationwide (thanks, FCC), who needs a reason?

Friday, December 22, 2006

Already over: 2006.

The year 2007 is fast-approaching, and while many of us are still trying to get used to the fact that Christmas is mere hours away, it's once again time to look back at the past year and think, "What happened?"

So while we're going back to come up with our favorites, here's a question for you. What was the best concert you saw in '06? Favorite album? Post in the comments and we'll get back to you with our picks.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Annuals to play Conan

Tune in to Late Night with Conan O'Brien on Thursday, Jan. 18 to see local band Annuals. The band, which has been garnering quite a bit of national attention lately, will be back on home turf just days later, Monday, Jan. 22, to play a show at Cat's Cradle with The Dears.

Kevin's weekday picks [UPDATED 12.19]

Monday, December 18 - Trekky Records presents: Christmas at the Cradle w/ The Mountain Goats, The Strugglers, Bellafea, Prayers and Tears, David Karsten Daniels, Bowerbirds, Ben Davis, Erie Choir, Billy Sugarfix, En Garde @ Cat's Cradle (indie)
Tuesday, December 19 - Red Collar, We Landed On The Moon, The Busy World, Pluto Is A Planet @ Cat's Cradle (indie/rock/pop)

Friday, December 15, 2006

Kevin's weekend picks

Friday, December 15 - Forward Russia, Snowden, Conshafter @ Local 506 (indie rock/alternative)
Saturday, December 16 - Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey, Roman Candle, Caitlin Cary, Lynn Blakley, Django Haskins, plus more @ Local 506 (folk/rock/pop)*

*This is a Christmas CD Release & Benefit. Proceeds will benefit the Interfaith Council.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Knowledge is power

It's a sad fact these days that the "music business" is much more about business than music, and your business savvy could potentially get you farther than your best song.

Keep yourself and your band from getting screwed over by learning some of the basics of the business of music.

Raleigh-based music management firm Murphy to Manteo will host a crash course entitled "On the Record — Breaking Your Band" at the Berkeley Cafe on Sunday, Jan. 28 from 2-4 p.m.

The directors of MTM, who have in the past managed acts such as Hootie and the Blowfish and Cowboy Mouth, will provide and overview of how record labels work, what booking agents look for in a young band, the importance of publishing and the roles of attorneys, producers and managers.

Bands are encouraged to bring their CD, publicity photo and press kit to the seminar. One act will be randomly chosen for a free mini-consultation and critique at the end of the event.

Tickets for the seminar are $12 in advance or $15 at the door and can be purchased at Berkeley Cafe, Schoolkids Records in Chapel Hill and Raleigh or by visiting or by calling their office at 859-5333. The Berkeley Cafe is located at 217 West Martin Street in Raleigh.

Monday, December 11, 2006

The Raleigh Expatriate

Editor's Note: Welcome to what we hope is a recurring feature here at Triangle Music, The Raleigh Expatriate. This is our chance to share with you what North Carolina-bred musicians are doing outside of the home state. Enter Lilit Marcus, a former North Carolinian and UNCG alum, who has since moved on to the bright lights of New York City. Lilit (read more about her at her blog, Lilit in Stereo) will be your tour guide to all things Raleigh on the New York scene. And for her first assignment, what better expatriate to report on than Ryan Adams?

I admit, it’s a bit of a cliché: girl from North Carolina dreams of moving to New York City. On the way there she falls in love with music by a boy from North Carolina who moved to New York City. The cliché came full circle last night when I (now into year three of living in Gotham) finally got to see Ryan Adams perform. It was the third of his three consecutive shows at Town Hall, a venue that’s more sit-down Broadway theater than downtown rock club. Everyone had assigned places to sit and couldn’t bring their refreshments in, lest they ruin the carpet. Maybe the adult venue fits with Adams’ latest life change: he announced to the audience that he is now seven months sober. Usually, a jeans and T-shirt guy, Adams may have used his newfound energy to create a wacky stage outfit: he wore knee high black vinyl platform boots and tied his shaggy hair into pigtails.

If the announcement of Adams’ sobriety came as a surprise to many audience members, the set list wasn’t as much of a shock. Adams had declared that he wouldn’t repeat a single song over the three shows, and most of the fans had found the previous nights’ set lists online. The two earlier lists leaned heavily on selections from Heartbreaker, Gold, and Adams’ two albums with The Cardinals. Most of the gems were saved for the final show: he opened with a lovely rendition of “Come Pick Me Up” and segued into “When the Stars Go Blue,” reminding everyone who has heard the Corrs or Tim McGraw covers that the original is always the best.

From there, Adams showed why he’s such a diverse musician: he brought in harmonica for a slow, bluesy “Hallelujah,” and switched to piano for “Blue Sky Blues.” Despite the hecklers yelling out song requests, a staple at Adams shows (and yeah, there was a “Summer of ‘69” request, and yeah, everyone booed him), the audience was in love with Adams, singing along to each song. The songs with the biggest reactions were probably for “Starting to Hurt,” a rare loud note in a mostly subdued evening and “Blue Sky,” the best track from Adams’ latest album, 29. There was no encore, and no special guest star (the previous night, Norah Jones had showed up to duet on “Dear John”). But I got to hear the song I’d come a long way to hear, and that made the whole night an even bigger success.

Kevin's weekday picks [UPDATED 12.14]

Tuesday, December 12 - Chris Pureka, Laura Blackley @ Local 506 (folk/indie)
Thursday, December 14 - Mighty Lester, Edsel 500 @ The Pour House (blues/r&b)

Friday, December 08, 2006

Kevin's weekend picks [UPDATED 12.09]

Friday, December 8 - The Comas, 1986, Schooner @ Cat's Cradle (indie pop/rock)
Saturday, December 9 - Dirty5Thirty, The Urban Sophisticates, Social Memory Complex, L in Japanese @ Cat's Cradle (hip-hop)

Monday, December 04, 2006

Kevin's weekday picks

Tuesday, December 5 - Pernice Brothers, Elvis Perkins @ Local 506 (indie/pop/folk)
Wednesday, December 6 - Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin, The Changes, Can Joann @ Local 506 (indie pop/rock)
Thursday, December 7 - Micah Dalton, Tyler James (early show) @ The Pour House (pop/soul/acoustic)

Friday, December 01, 2006

Kevin's weekend picks

Friday, December 1 - Steep Canyon Rangers, Big Fat Gap @ Cat's Cradle (bluegrass)
Saturday, December 2 - The Bravery, Radio 4 @ Lincoln Theatre (rock/alternative)