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, . . .
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
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
Old Rigs, out now on PotLuck, is the result of several years’ rumination.
Ten years is an eternity in rock ‘n’ roll, where waiting too long to release new product can lose a band its audience. But in the case of Erie Choir, which has just released its first LP in a decade, the struggles and life changes that occurred between releases have informed Old Rigs, the proudly unprolific band’s long-awaited second album.… …read more
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 . . .
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
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
This weekend, at least, he’ll be at the Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro as Howard Ivans.
Ivan Howard grins when he talks about crossing over Kanye West. Early in October 2014, Howard—the cofounder of longtime Raleigh pop favorites The Rosebuds and a native of city suburb Fuquay-Varina—was about to wrap up weeknight band practice for an annual Halloween-themed crew he’d assembled in Portland, Oregon.… …read more
The former Everymen frontman marinates in contemplation and complex emotions on his latest LP.
For the past several years, New Jersey-born Chapel Hill transplant Michael Venutolo-Mantovani has served as frontman for the raggedly lovable Everymen, a commendably unhinged garage and blue-eyed soul outfit. The band’s take-no-prisoners live sets and general sense of abandon narrowly obscured an attention to cerebral songcraft and a latent sentimental streak.… …read more
The band celebrates its self-titled effort Friday night at Kings.
Young Yonder doesn’t make good of the young part of its name; neither its members nor its preferred genres are new to the scene. But as for “yonder”—a term of Middle English origin that has attained a distinctly Southern association—the Raleigh sextet delivers.… …read more
As with past Boulevards releases, the record works because Jamil Rashad is a mini-superstar.
Smuggling heartbreak into feel-good pop is a delicate art. There are the classic examples: Morrissey’s doom and gloom over Johnny Marr’s sunny guitar lines, or Mark Morrison’s scorned confidence on “Return of the Mack.”… …read more
The Durham transplant marries a mischievous literary sensibility to an uncanny knack for big-ticket hooks and snarling guitars,
Durham transplant Colin Sneed has married a mischievous literary sensibility to an uncanny knack for big-ticket hooks and snarling guitars, a cocktail he renders with the insouciant panache of a gutter-rat intellectual. These proclivities date back to Sneed’s days fronting the Oxford, Mississippi, power-pop terrors Unwed Teenaged Mothers, and they’ve stayed consistent throughout the course of a prolific and frequently thrilling solo career.… …read more
The duo headlines the Cat’s Cradle main room Saturday night in Carrboro.
For some music fans, a band intentionally shooting for catchiness is, on principle, a cheap move. But another school of thought holds that producing a truly original, memorable melody can be just as challenging—and worthwhile—as composing some crazy prog-rock symphony.… …read more
By Anne Pruden
Brooklyn protest, Jan. 7. Brooklyn, N.Y. — An emergency demonstration in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood on Jan. 7 drew several dozen protesters supporting tenants of a four-story apartment building. Despite below-freezing temperatures for over a week, the residents have been denied any heat for more than 20 days. “No heat, . . .
Since 2013, she’s been helping bands record their best selves at Mitch Easter’s renowned Kernersville studio.
It’s approaching 9:30 p.m. on a Sunday night. A snowy, wet weekend is drawing to a close; most folks at home are probably winding down into their end-of-day exercises.… …read more
Huddie Ledbetter, aka Lead Belly, stopped at Raleigh’s Central Prison with folklorists John A. Lomax and Alan Lomax in December 1934.
Before Johnny Cash recorded “Rock Island Line,” before Pete Seeger sang about studying war no more, and before Nirvana did a harrowing version of “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” on MTV Unplugged, there was Lead Belly. Mentored by the titanic bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lead Belly was a singer, guitarist, and storyteller, one whose work helped define these artists and American vernacular music in the twentieth century.… …read more
By Chris Fry
“The young women shown assaulting the soldiers ‘should finish their lives in prison’” was the view expressed by Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett on Dec. 20. He was talking about a small group of Palestinian women who confronted heavily armed Israeli soldiers during protests in the West Bank village of . . .