Jan. 17, 2014 03:29
Amplifier releases its sixth issue Zine craft has come a long way since the time of a teenage Shane MacGowan gluing photos ripped out of Melody Maker onto pages of hand-scrawled decretum. For star...
Dec. 18, 2013 10:07
If it weren’t obvious from his set lists, there’s hardly a songwriter from the Golden Age of Country to whom Jamey Johnson doesn’t feel he owes a debt. The gruff, burlap-voiced and perpetually touring country dark horse is almost self-effacing in his commitment to playing the music of his influences with every show....
Dec. 11, 2013 10:03
If the Black Flag show back in late summer could serve as a warning, be very wary of aging punk bands carrying original billing, for they are always not what they seem. To call Greg Ginn’s current version of Black Flag a s***show would have been a slight to necrophiliacs....
Nov. 20, 2013 09:58
Swannanoa native Malcolm Holcombe’s story is somewhat typical thus far of the tortured songwriter: toil brilliantly but remain overlooked, fade into obscurity and ultimately become forgotten, before a glorious revival. Holcombe has been stuck on the toiling phase for decades now, possessing an extremely devoted but smallish fan base....
Nov. 13, 2013 09:28
“Hey Buckethead, what’s in the bucket, man?… Hey Brain, whatchu thinkin’ about?” In the 21-year-old video for “Animal Behavior” by Praxis, Bill Laswell’s mutated funk-metal freak out, Bootsy Collins’ colorful commentary was among the most......
Nov. 6, 2013 10:35
When Chapel Hill Appalachian pop outfit Mipso play the Carolina Theatre this Friday night in support of folk-life historian and master picker David Holt, it won’t just be a homecoming for the Greensboro-born bassist Wood Robinson or High Point-born Joseph Terrell, the stage could be symbolic of the future of the band....
Oct. 30, 2013 10:28
The first wave of Minnesotan funk and soul in the mid ’70s was a blast of cold air to a genre that had gone deeper and deeper into bouncy groove and warm horns. Bands like 94 East and Flyte Tyme brought flanged-out guitars, icy synths and detached vocals into the mix, and the scene that would give birth to Prince and Morris Day would arise from it....
Oct. 23, 2013 11:01
If there’s a single, surefire way to turn on the holiday spirit in late October, it’s by catching Robert Earl Keen on a good night. “Merry Christmas from the Family” is a guaranteed staple of his sets come December, but around the time of his Thursday night set at Ziggy’s is when the Texas songwriter usually starts feeling a little more festive....
Oct. 16, 2013 10:04
Even though he’s one of the preeminent bassists of modern and avant-garde jazz, Chris Wood has had his hands full for more than 20 years holding down a groove alongside drummer Billy Martin that can contain the fantastical bouts of weirdness to which Hammond B3 god John Medeski is prone....
Oct. 9, 2013 09:46
You’ll never catch anyone saying that the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival doesn’t come at the right time of year. The biannual Chatham County music festival precisely bookends the beginning and end of the summer festival season, greeting on the way in and offering one last shot for a four-day camping experience on the way out....

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