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Here And Gone: Kurt Vile sings of 21st-Century anxieties

Kurt Vile has tapped into something. The Philadelphia-based singer, songwriter and guitarist makes music that is psychedelic and trippy, with rippling echoes, clouds of reverb, ...
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A spiritual comeback for guitarist Eric Gales

Guitarist Eric Gales was pretty stoked when I spoke to him last week, just before the snow started falling. Gales, who’s originally from Memphis, Tennessee, ...
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Highly mobile N.C. band Drag Sounds help christen new record ...

Drag Sounds make artisanal rock-and-roll. That totally made-up designation might not have much to do with their sound, which has clear debts to bands like ...
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Reflecting on local music, politics and the view of 2017

There’s a popular consensus that 2016 has been one of the worst years in recent memory. The country feels terminally divided and on the brink ...
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Singer and songwriter Clay Howard releases new EP

Like many people, singer and songwriter Clay Howard was initially motivated to make music by a sense of style. Howard got his first electric guitar ...
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The sophisticated soul of Carolyn Malachi

The plain-spoken truth can be startling. Especially in an age when people go out of their way not to hear it. Singer, songwriter and producer ...
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The grunge metal of Citizen Zero

Some rock is on a mission. There’s plenty of loud guitar-based rock music that’s all about excess and the extremes of pleasure-seeking. But there’s a ...
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Nashville-based Forlorn Strangers play Winston-Salem’s Muddy Creek Music Hall

A lot of roots/Americana bands tend to romanticize the pull of the land, the rhythms of labor, the poetry of crops and seasons. The founding ...
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Floating With Carri Smithey

Elon-based Singer/Songwriter Teams Up With Greensboro’s The Ends For Debut Carri Smithey isn’t one to take all the credit. Smithey, who sings and writes much ...
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Dispatches at SECCA explores media saturation in 21st century

“Dispatches,” a new exhibit at SECCA, explores media saturation, surveillance, online activism, gender identity, political fervor, the plight of refugees and environmental degradation in the ...