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
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
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
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
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
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
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 . . .
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, . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
By Chris Fry
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 . . .
By Sue Davis
After Devin P. Kelley murdered 26 people and wounded 20 others in a Texas church on Nov. 5, the media reported studies showing a clear correlation between mass murders and domestic violence. Kelley had been found guilty of kicking, beating, choking and constantly threatening his first spouse with a loaded . . .
By Gary Wilson
A recent front-page headline of the New York Times read, “To Evade Sting of U.S. Sanctions Nations Ponder Digital Currency.” (Jan. 4, 2018) The deception in this report begins with the seemingly harmless phrase “U.S. Sanctions.” The implication is that enforcing U.S. sanctions is a righteous move against rogue states. . . .
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, . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .