Feb. 9, 2012 10:15
It took some coaxing from the unassuming Jeff Mangum before the murmur of voices was mildly audible, and it wasn’t until nearly the end of his set that his hundreds of new back-up vocalists actu...
Feb. 1, 2012 10:39
It’s conventional wisdom that the best sights at a concert belongs to the people who buy the tickets. The closer you are, the better the perspective. It’s just an accepted, seldom argued point. Then there’s the case of Future Islands’ vocalist Samuel T. Herring, and spending a moment in his shoes would shoot holes all through that belief....
Jan. 18, 2012 10:57
When keyboardist and long-time O’Jays musical director Dennis “Doc” Williams introduced the Philly Soul titans to the sold-out Durham Performing Arts Center crowd last Sunday by claiming, “Can’t nobody sing a ballad like these brothers,” he forgot to mention that they’re pretty solid in the dance category as well....
Jan. 11, 2012 10:40
“Big Daddy Kane in the house,” soul diva Sharon Jones called out from the stage at a Dap-Kings performance at the Cat’s Cradle back on May 11, 2010....
Jan. 4, 2012 11:13
“I think it fits the mood,” Lucero frontman Ben Nichols said as he announced the band was just about to play “Wasted” for the first time in six months....
Dec. 21, 2011 02:44
Twenty years from now, when classic-rock radio is still on an endless rotation of Steppenwolf and Deep Purple and My Morning Jacket is a nostalgia-fueled arena headliner without a nationwide FM presence, the cold reality of obsolescence might finally dawn upon the rockists of yore....
Dec. 14, 2011 09:59
In a more reasonable world, no one would ever have to closet their love of Hall & Oates. There was a period in the ’90s through the early 2000s when the Philly hit machine went from critical infallibility to purveyors of what Larry David might have called “vanilla bullsh*t” once time’s oppressive grip began to take hold....
Nov. 30, 2011 10:57
They’re all still around to some extent — except maybe that last one — and during a visit to the Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum by the British heavy metal gods, one still has to wonder: “Where the hell are these people in the daylight hours?” Moreso in music than in just about anywhere else, trends appear and trends evolve....
Nov. 23, 2011 10:31
“We swore we’d never do this again,” proclaimed Numero Group cofounder Ken Shipley, introducing the label’s Eccentric Soul Revue before a crowd of a few hundred retro soul fanatics at Durham’s Carolina Theatre on Saturday night. One look at the mammoth production onstage and it’s easy to see why a small archivist label might shy away from the touring business....
Nov. 16, 2011 10:37
Following an opening set by Pixies’ indie-rock descendents Surfer Blood, the headliners greeted the 1,551 at the War Memorial with clips of Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel’s “Un Chien Andalou,” paired with an ominous soundtrack, but lacking in spilled vitreous humour (thankfully)....

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