Oct. 16, 2013 12:00
The sound emanating out of Nashville right now isn’t country or gospel, it’s synccore — generic, catchy indie rock and pop that sounds written specifically with that new Audi spot or a “We Are Men” bumper in mind. There aren’t finer examples than Moon Taxi and Machines Are People Too, and they’re at Ziggy’s on Wednesday....
Oct. 16, 2013 12:00
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 12:00
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. 9, 2013 12:00
For their upcoming LP, Wilmington’s Virgin Lung have honed their twisted prog riffs and shouted harmonies into a sound that’s still as anxious and angular as early Polvo, but severe and disciplined in structure. They’ll play this Wednesday at New York Pizza with support from Lower Cases and Capitals (featuring former YES! Weekly....
Oct. 9, 2013 12:00
If rock is at its best when it’s capricious and unpredictable, then Joy Formidable bassist Rhydian Davies handing his axe to an unprepared fan to bring the Welsh band’s shoegaze monolith to a close last Wednesday night at Ziggy’s was a gold-medal moment....
Oct. 9, 2013 12:00
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....
Oct. 2, 2013 12:00
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....
Oct. 2, 2013 12:00
On Thursday, swingin’ country rockers the Grand Ole Uproar support Modern Robots latest at New York Pizza. Flip to the Forecast for more on that. Brooklyn duo Graph Rabbit’s folk is dreamy and conceptual, and they’re taking on their gorgeous debut Snowblind....
Oct. 2, 2013 12:00
In order to visualize the career arc of Passion Pit over the few years of its existence, one has to take into account both the titanic propulsion they experienced almost immediately and the repressive gravity that brought them back to earth....
Sept. 25, 2013 12:00
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....

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