The Weather Station's Tamara Lindeman Rejected Shame and Flouted Fear to Make Her Winsome Fourth LP

The Weather Station headlines the Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro Thursday night with Jim Elkington.

In early September 2012, Tamara Lindeman sat in a Hillsborough barn and, to a small but rapt audience, played songs from her year-old LP, All of It Was Mine. It was a stop on the Ontario native’s first-ever American tour and a precursor to an “official” anchor date at the Hopscotch Music Festival.… …read more      

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The Measure of Everyday Life – Podcast 11/26/17

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In Dire Need of a Kidney Transplant, Charly Lowry Takes a New Look at Her Life's Work

The Dark Water Rising frontwoman had a tough 2017, but she’s taking on the new year head on.

Charly Lowry is going through a tough season, but she’s not about to let it best her. Lowry, the lead vocalist of local roots-soul combo Dark Water Rising, makes passionate music that intersects with her activism in standing up for Lumbee and Native American rights.… …read more      

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Supporters demand ‘Justice for Sam Smith!’

By Phebe Eckfeldt

Supporters demand ‘Justice for Sam Smith!'

Dec. 15 — Transgender activists, family members and supporters came out to show support for Sam Smith in his bid for freedom at a hearing today at Moakley Courthouse in Boston. Smith, a Black prisoner, has been imprisoned by the injustice system for more than 25 years, ever since he . . .

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Record Review: Fitness Womxn's Macho City Is a Roaring Catharsis

The Carrboro trio’s debut record offers affirmation and relief through its take-no-prisoners songs.

The world has always been hostile toward women and non-binary people, but the recent weeks of publicly relived tales of abuse and harassment at the hands of men have compounded this perpetual pain. But this means that Carrboro trio Fitness Womxn couldn’t have picked a better time to release Macho City, its debut LP and an essential, affirming force for these times.… …read more      

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Durham hosts People’s Tribunal

By LeiLani Dowell

Durham hosts People's Tribunal

Activists put courts, cops on trial By Tyler Stuart and LeiLani Dowell Durham, N.C. Comrades and community members in Durham will hold a People’s Tribunal on Jan. 13, putting on trial those who enforce racial injustice. The People’s Tribunal was created in part to challenge the charges laid against eight . . .

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Mastering Your Money – Podcast 12/10/17

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Our Twenty Favorite Local Records of 2017

Triangle bands put out a whole bunch of great records in a really terrible year. Here are some of the ones we liked best.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: 2017 sucked. But if you were paying even the slightest attention to what was happening in the Triangle’s busy music scene, you found plenty of bright spots.… …read more      

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Venezuela socialists win local election landslide

By Chris Fry

Venezuela socialists win local election landslide

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro celebrates the outcome the municipal elections. In a stunning victory for Bolivarian Venezuela, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won municipal elections in 23 of the 24 state capitals and the governorship in the state of Zulia on Dec. 10. “Overall, the PSUV and allies . . .

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Volume, A New Music Store in Hillsborough, Invites You to Sip as You Flip

Orange County’s newest record store opened near Hillsborough’s Weaver Street Market in October.

Tony Lopez would like to hang out and listen to his record collection with you, and match you to a perfect beer while he’s at it. A Durham native and longtime d.j. and bartender, he opened Volume in Hillsborough in October with Nathan Andrews, a friend since high school.… …read more      

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Lou Donaldson

By admin Jazz critics agree that “Sweet Poppa Lou” Donaldson is one of the greatest alto saxophonists of all time. He began his career as…
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Protesters say, ‘No pardon for Fujimori’s crimes’

By Greg Butterfield

Protesters say, ‘No pardon for Fujimori's crimes'

January 3 — Braving frigid temperatures, members of New York City’s Peruvian community and supporters held a lunchtime picket outside the Peruvian Consulate today to express their outrage at President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s decision to pardon the former U.S.-backed dictator Alberto Fujimori. Activists held flags and signs declaring: “No pardon . . .

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Legal Eagle Review – Podcast 12/10/17

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Mahavishnu Orchestra’s John McLaughlin Looks Toward Retirement After Half a Century of Groundbreaking Guitar Work

On his final U.S. tour, McLaughlin stops in Durham with Jimmy Herring Sunday evening.

Even if John McLaughlin had never released a single solo album or formed his pioneering fusion band Mahavishnu Orchestra, he would still be regarded as a visionary who changed the game for guitarists and profoundly altered the course of rock and jazz. After all, he was the iconoclastic six-string firebrand who provided a good portion of the grit in Miles Davis’s earth-shattering late-sixties and early-seventies jazz-rock recordings.… …read more      

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Legal Eagle Review – Podcast 12/3/17

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Program of the Week, Dec. 27: Legal Eagle Review

By admin Sundays at 7 p.m. The Legal Eagle Review is hosted by NCCU Professors Irving Joyner and April Dawson. Sponsored by NCCU’s School of Law and…
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Mastering Your Money – Podcast 11/26/17

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’Friends of labor’ and state repression

By Martha Grevatt

'Friends of labor' and state repression

Carl Williams, United Mine Workers organizer, District 19 in Harlan County, Ky., 1934. 2017 marked the 80th anniversary of many important labor struggles. The victory of the Flint sit-down strike against mighty General Motors breathed confidence into the whole working class. There were over 500 other recorded sit-downs in 1937, . . .

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Singer-Songwriter and Producer Joe Henry Shares in Durham

Singer-Songwriter and Producer Joe Henry Shares in Durham

Joe Henry has been a sui generis songsmith since the mid-eighties, traversing and transcending genres over the course of fifteen albums. As a Grammy-winning producer, he’s helmed projects by legends like Solomon Burke, Mose Allison, and Allen Toussaint, as well as Hayes Carll, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, and tons of others.… …read more      

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Record Review: Raleigh's Naked Naps Explore Urgency on Year of the Chump

Tracks on the duo’s latest LP often go in several unexpected places, almost as if determined to repeat as few riffs as possible.

A seismic moment occurred in the late sixties when power trios rejected the two-guitar model made standard by the Beatles and eliminated one guitar. Taking away the bass yields an even more primal concoction, yet, as bands like the White Stripes, Black Keys, and the Kills have proven, that blunt guitar-and-drums essence hasn’t lost its currency.… …read more      

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Carmen Lundy

By admin Carmen Lundy began her professional career in Miami, FL as a jazz vocalist and composer when there were very few young, gifted and…
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No justice in 1946 racist lynching

By Dianne Mathiowetz

No justice in 1946 racist lynching

The burial of George Dorsey and his sister, Dorothy Malcolm, in Bishop, Ga., in 1946. The Atlanta Journal Constitution announced in an exclusive report Dec. 28 that the FBI had “quietly closed its investigation into the murders” of two Black couples by a racist mob in 1946 at Moore’s Ford . . .

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Where Have All the Hero Themes Gone?

Over the past century, our understanding of good and evil has been shaped by film scores. How much have they changed?

On Saturday, Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall will be filled with the sounds of some of the most famous characters in musical culture—not Beethoven and Brahms, for a change, but Superman, Batman, and Captain Jack Sparrow. Led by Wesley Schulz, the North Carolina Symphony begins its Young People’s Concert Series with a new “Heroes and Villains” program.… …read more      

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Following a Divorce, a New Record, and a Move to Morrisville, Lydia Loveless Finds a Fresh Focus

Loveless plays two acoustic shows in the Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro this weekend.

If you try to call Lydia Loveless on her cell phone and she doesn’t pick up, you’ll get the following message: “Hello, you have reached firebrand cowpunk badass Lydia Loveless.… …read more      

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The Measure of Everyday Life – Podcast 12/3/17

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