Oct. 9, 2013 09:46
On one hand, with a list of stewards that continues to grow entering its 12 th year, Greensboro Fest has become the hot potato of independent music festivals. Maintaining the free, not-for-profit primer to the city’s musical offerings for newcomers and collegians has undoubtedly been a labor of love, but a labor nonetheless....
Oct. 2, 2013 11:32
Since forming in 2009 out of jam sessions at the home of a developmentally challenged mutual friend, Greensboro Afro-jazz unit the Brand New Life have prospered despite enduring a near constant state of transition....
Sept. 25, 2013 10:04
But don’t confuse Farrar with being a gangster rapper. His message is one of contrition as he moves further beyond that lifestyle, but also don’t call him a conscious rapper. Farrar paints gritty, Bellowsian portaits of real, imperfect and, most often, the downright broken human experience, but it’s an experience that’s all his own....
Sept. 12, 2013 11:18
With Raleigh’s City Plaza aglow from the Hopscotch Music Festival’s mainstage lighting rig operating at high capacity, Canadian turntable savant A-Trak made an observation that was fairly common among the weekend’s performers, but probably not to him: “I guess everybody might not know my name....
Sept. 4, 2013 01:06
Just take a deep breath. Parsing the lineup of this weekend’s Hopscotch Music Festival will humble even the most astute music junkie. It’s a three-day, 15-venue, 175-band survey of all that is right with independent, underground and just plain off-the-beaten path music, requiring a righteous amount of due diligence....
Aug. 28, 2013 12:12
As tempting as it might have been for Mobb Deep to take the album anniversary-oriented tour low road for their reunion in time to observe 20 years as one of hip hop’s hardest, and greatest, duos ever, too much would have been left on the table. Their 1993 debut Juvenile Hell....
Aug. 28, 2013 12:12
Season 2, Episode 1 of “Treme,” David Simon’s underappreciated Valentine to the city of New Orleans: Crescent City ex-pat Delmond Lambreaux (played by Rob Brown) performs on a New York City stage before a enamored audience....
Aug. 21, 2013 10:10
It’s an inevitable consequence of today’s overactive music coverage and the album release cycle: There are always a few albums that don’t garner the accolades they deserve....

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