Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle


Nov
15 Fri
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Allah-Las, with Tim Hill

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $17.00
DAY OF: $20.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: July 26, 2019 10:00 AM to November 15, 2019 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: November 15, 2019 12:00 AM to November 15, 2019 11:59 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Nov
16 Sat
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Gaelic Storm

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $26.00
DAY OF: $29.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: May 3, 2019 10:00 AM to November 16, 2019 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: November 16, 2019 12:00 AM to November 16, 2019 11:59 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
This is a seated show.

It’s hard to imagine a band just coming into their own after 20 years of success, but that’s exactly what makes a true anomaly. This multi-national, Celtic juggernaut grows stronger with each live performance, and as you can imagine, after two decades and over 2000 shows, it is a true force to be reckoned with. With their latest release, Go Climb a Tree, their music has never sounded more representative of themselves as musicians and as live performers.

The band attributes their continued success to their fanatic audience, and it’s a well-diversified crowd for sure. The country-music folks adore the storytelling, the bluegrass-heads love the instrumentals, Celtic fans love their devotion to tradition, and the rockers simply relish the passion they play their instruments with. Each band member, in their own way, expresses a deep gratitude for their fans, but it’s best summed up in the words of Patrick Murphy: “The fans are the ones that have given us this life. We’re here for them.”

On Go Climb a Tree, co-founders of Gaelic Storm, Steve Twigger and Patrick Murphy, along with longtime friend and co-writer Steve Wehmever, are again at the helm of song-writing duties. The album has everything—party drinking songs (“The Beer Song”), patriotic anthems (“Green, White and Orange”), beautiful folk songs (“Monday Morning Girl”), spritely instrumentals “”The Night of Tomfoolery”), perfectly poppy songs (“Shine On”), and even a raucous pirate song (“Shanghai Kelly”). When speaking of the overall concept of the album, Patrick Murphy gives some insight: “With all the craziness and division in the world, we wanted to make an album about ‘contemplative escapism.’ Go Climb a Tree certainly isn’t about dropping out of the conversation, it’s just about taking a short hiatus to recharge the batteries before you take on the world again.”

Gaelic Storm takes a true blue-collar, hard-nose approach to touring, consistently traveling the US and internationally over 200 days a year, forging a unique path in the Celtic music world. “You have to see us live. We are the true working-mans’ band,” says Ryan Lacey, who joined the lineup in 2003. “We still, and most likely always will, tour most of the year, and that’s how we constantly hone our craft.”

The dedication to live shows date all the way back to the mid-1990s, when Gaelic Storm kicked off its career as a pub band in Santa Monica, California. Due to their discovery at the pub, by the end of the decade, the musicians had appeared in the blockbuster film Titanic (where they performed “Irish Party in Third Class”). This laid the groundwork for a career that would eventually find them topping the Billboard World Chart six times, making appearances at mainstream music festivals, and regularly headlining the largest Irish Festivals across the country, all the while gaining a reputation as a genre-bending Irish rock band, whose songs mix Celtic traditions with something uniquely creative.

Looking to the future, Gaelic Storm is excited about what lies ahead. They’ve added a new fiddle player, Katie Grennen, and she has affectionately become the “purple squirrel” of the band, meaning she is the perfect new addition. Pete Purvis who joined the band in 2005 said, “With the addition of Katie, the band has never sounded better, we’re gelling on a whole new level, and the idea of sharing these new songs with our fans is exciting!”

Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube
Nov
17 Sun
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Crumb, with Divino Niño, Shormey

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $20.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: June 14, 2019 10:00 AM to November 17, 2019 11:59 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
AdHoc Presents

Crumb is the collaboration of Brooklyn-based musicians Lila Ramani (guitar, vocals), Brian Aronow (synth, keys, sax), Jesse Brotter (bass), and Jonathan Gilad (drums). The friends came together in 2016 with the goal of developing and recording a collection of songs Ramani had written in high school and college, the work ultimately resulting in the band's first two EPs, 2016's "Crumb" and 2017's "Locket." Encouraged by the warm reception online and at shows, the band evolved into a full time touring and recording project.

In June 2019, Crumb will release Jinx, their first full-length album and best distillation to date of their singular blend of psych-rock and jazz. On Jinx, Ramani continues to helm the songwriting, with Aronow, Brotter, and Gilad each bringing distinctive ideas to match her ethereal, intimate vocals and luminous guitar lines. Informed by two years of nearly non-stop touring, the songs sweep and swell to capture the beguiling live spirit of Crumb shows, while taking listeners one step further down the band's dizzying, hypnotic path.

Crumb has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from each ticket sold will go to Partners In Health and their work saving lives, revitalizing communities, and transforming global health, and to the Florence Project and their work providing direct legal and social services for detained adults and children under threat of deportation.
Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Nov
22 Fri
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Office Hours

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 9:00 PM, Show at 10:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $10.00
DAY OF: $12.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: November 22, 2019 12:00 AM to November 22, 2019 9:00 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: September 18, 2019 12:30 PM to November 22, 2019 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Office Hours is a dance party and live video art show from a collective of disc-jockeys, wave technicians and visual artists at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Starting as the final assignment for an independent study within UNC's Media and Journalism school, this experimental audio-visual performance was the brainchild of producer Nicholas Byrne. Bridging his early musical background with professional experience as a video editor for record labels, Nicholas envisioned a live show in which musical and visual elements were crafted side-by-side, complementing and reacting to each other for a more holistic sensory experience.

Artists Scott Diekema and Webb Hinton joined Nicholas to develop Office Hours's unique visual style. Scott uses circuit benders to mix and distort the show's live camera feeds with VHS animations, painting reactive analog visuals onto a network of CRT televisions that invite audience participation. Webb's expertise in animation, live video software, and stage design allow for the team to experiment with emerging and legacy technologies each and every show.

Office Hours relies on a talented group of student DJs and artists not only for their musical talent, but also for production assistance in pulling the show together. Collaborators include Elinor Walker, Amy Vaughn, James Creissen, Michael Gu, Austin Robichaud, Karma, J Dasani, and Funeral.

By blurring audio-visual boundaries, Office Hours aims to create a fun, immersive concert experience.

If you have any questions, just come to Office Hours.

Line-up: TBA

Instagram: @officehours.tv
Nov
25 Mon
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New Found Glory, with Hawthorne Heights, Free Throw, Jetty Bones

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $27.00
DAY OF: $32.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: August 2, 2019 12:00 PM to November 25, 2019 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: November 25, 2019 12:00 AM to November 25, 2019 11:59 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify | YouTube | Apple Music
Nov
27 Wed
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La Dispute, with Touche Amore, Empath

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $25.00
DAY OF: $28.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: August 23, 2019 9:00 AM to November 27, 2019 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: November 27, 2019 12:00 AM to November 27, 2019 11:59 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
La Dispute has never been a band prone to settling. The five-piece from Grand Rapids, Michigan, is responsible for some of the most uncompromising, experimental hardcore music of the last decade. From their 2008 debut (in their current formation) Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair, to 2011's Wildlife, to 2015's Rooms of the House, La Dispute have continually pushed themselves to find new ways to portray some of the most difficult and universally affecting subject matters. Casting a wide stylistic net that includes - but isn't limited to - jazz, blues, spoken word, screamo and prog rock, La Dispute have developed a sound that, while constantly evolving, is unmistakably theirs.

A lot of structural change has taken place around the band since Rooms of the House that has forced them to adapt. La Dispute has always kept a tight grip on their own reins. Their first two records came out on Californian independent label No Sleep - trusted home to many of the bands they cut their teeth alongside - while Rooms of the House was released through their own label, a subsidiary of Vagrant records. After Vagrant was bought out by BMG in 2014, the band found themselves looking for a new home, ultimately finding one in Epitaph. Their fourth full-length, Panorama, is the first fruit of this new relationship.

Recorded between November 2017 and August 2018, Panorama is in many ways a continuation on a theme. It's a highly ambitious and deeply affecting body of work that filters narrative storytelling through a personal lens, like a set of Joan Didion essays set to music. It's heavier and weirder than previous efforts, taking the intensity of Wildlife and the patience of Rooms of the House and using them as pillars upon which to build something new. And, in doing so, they have broken through their own ceiling and set a new one.

Panorama has not been without its challenges, both creatively and practically. Only three members were living in Michigan when they started writing, with drummer Bradley Vander Lugt now living in Australia. Out of necessity, the incubation period for ideas began with back and forth over the internet, but the bulk of the writing had to be done together in their hometown of Grand Rapids. So, finding a time when Brad could make the trip with his family, they blocked three months off to write and rented a studio space to work 9-5 through the week. For over two months, they worked in separate rooms on individual tracks based on a rough concept and outline that Jordan had put together. They had around seven tracks finished when they came to the decision that no one was happy with them. With only the weeks before Brad was due to fly back to Australia left to work with, they scrapped everything and started all over again.

"In general, I think working apart when we were all there together was a waste, but I think we had it in our heads that there was a direction we should be going. That we needed to pick up where the last record left off and push further in the direction of quieter, more structured songs, but that never felt right," Jordan says in retrospect. "Feels a bit silly to say, but when we started over we all more or less just went by instinct. What happened felt right, and that's really where the record started."

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Dec
6 Fri
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Our Last Night – Let Light Overcome The Darkness Tour, with I See Stars, The Word Alive, Ashland

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 6:15 PM, Show at 6:45 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $20.00
DAY OF: $25.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: May 17, 2019 10:00 AM to December 6, 2019 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: December 6, 2019 12:00 AM to December 6, 2019 11:59 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube
Dec
7 Sat
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Southern Culture On The Skids

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 8:00 PM, Show at 9:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $15.00
DAY OF: $18.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: December 7, 2019 12:00 AM to December 7, 2019 11:59 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: September 6, 2019 10:00 AM to December 7, 2019 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Southern Culture On The Skids has been consistently recording and touring around the world since its inception in 1983, when Rick Miller was a grad student at UNC-Chapel Hill. The current lineup (Dave Hartman - drums; Mary Huff - bass and vocals; Rick Miller - guitar and vocals) has been playing together for over 30 years. The band's musical journey has taken them from all-night NC house parties to late night network talk shows, and from performing at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan to rockin' out for the inmates at NC Correctional Facilities. Their music has been featured in movies and TV, and used to sell everything from diamonds to pork sausage, and their legendary live shows are a testament to the therapeutic powers of foot-stomping, butt-shaking rock and roll.

SCOTS' DIY roots go all the way back to the days of making cassette demos in the dirt floor basement of the original band house. "It was a beat down house we found in the woods, covered in kudzu vines", Rick recalls. "We hunkered down there and came up with the sound and ideas we've been refining and tweaking ever since; a blue plate special of musical genres, all mixed together to give up new flavors and combinations."

Links: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
Dec
12 Thu
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Twin Peaks, with Lala Lala, OHMME

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $18.00
DAY OF: $20.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: December 12, 2019 12:00 AM to December 12, 2019 11:59 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: July 19, 2019 10:00 AM to December 12, 2019 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Chicago's Twin Peaks have gleefully embraced change ever since their 2010 formation to become one of the city's most essential rock bands. With their fourth album Lookout Low, the sonic and creative leap the five-piece takes feels like a total revolution in their youthful sound. The 10-track effort was recorded and cut live over three weeks in Wales with legendary producer Ethan Johns. Thanks to the band's dedicated approach to rehearsing and demoing out their material before hitting the studio, the songs burst with life and the undeniable magic of their live show.

2016's Down In Heaven connected with audiences in a big way, seeing the band taking over late night on CONAN, while landing festival slots at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo & Coachella, and tours supporting luminaries like Spoon, Cage The Elephant, and Wilco.

Armed with four excellent and collaborative songwriters, each member upped their game on Lookout Low. Guitarist Cadien Lake James' mind-bending opener "Casey's Groove" is expansive and reassuring, bassist Jack Dolan's "Unfamiliar Sun" is patient and affecting, guitarist Clay Frankel translates heartache into catharsis on the title track, while multi-instrumentalist Colin Croom reaches new performing heights on "Ferry Song." Lookout Low shows that Twin Peaks is less a band and more a brotherhood, one that's endured for almost a decade.
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Dec
14 Sat
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Horton's Holiday Hayride, with Reverend Horton Heat, Voodoo Glow Skulls, The 5678's, Dave Alvin

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $25.00
DAY OF: $28.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: December 14, 2019 12:00 AM to December 14, 2019 11:59 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: July 18, 2019 10:00 AM to December 14, 2019 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Loaded .38s, space heaters, and big skies. Welcome to the lethal, littered landscape of Jim Heath's imagination. True to his high evangelical calling, Jim is a Revelator, both revealing and reinterpreting the country-blues-rock roots of American music. He's a time-travelling space-cowboy on an endless interstellar musical tour, and we are all the richer and "psychobillier" for getting to tag along.

REVEREND HORTON HEAT have been the outlet of this creative mind for 29 years, leading to 10 full-length albums, 3 "best-of" collections, 2 DVD releases and thousands of memorable live performances. Never reaching platinum status or having a #1 radio single hasn?t been a problem for the Rev either, the band has continually been a mainstay of late night television and has toured with legendary acts such as Johnny Cash, Motorhead, Marilyn Manson, The Ramones, and many more, all of whom hold the Rev in the highest regard, as a true music industry legend.

Now, entered into a fresh new partnership with Victory Records, REVEREND HORTON HEAT show no signs of slowing down in 2014. January 21st marks the release of their 11th studio album, appropriately titled REV. The album marks a much lauded return to riff-laden, out-of-control rock 'n roll that fans fell in love with when they first heard "Psychobilly Freakout". The album's first single has already turned heads; "Let Me Teach You How to Eat" is REVEREND HORTON HEAT at its finest: tongue-in-cheek and so catchy, it won't leave your head for weeks.

The band has an incredible tour history and, with major shows and tours already booked throughout the year, will make sure you get the chance to dance one more time! Jim Heath and Jimbo Wallace have chewed up more road than the Google Maps drivers. For twenty-five psycho(billy) years, they have blazed an indelible, unforgettable, and meteoric trail across the globe with their unique blend of musical virtuosity, legendary showmanship, and mythic imagery.
Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Spotify
Dec
17 Tue
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Daughters / HEALTH, with Show Me the Body

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 6:30 PM, Show at 7:30 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $22.00
DAY OF: $25.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: December 17, 2019 12:00 AM to December 17, 2019 11:59 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: August 16, 2019 10:00 AM to December 17, 2019 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
If anybody else said it, you might flip them off on principal alone... However, by titling their 2018 fourth full-length and debut for Ipecac Records, You Won't Get What You Want, Daughters send a crystal clear message. The quartet-Alexis Marshall [vocals], Nick Sadler [guitar], Jon Syverson [drums], and Sam Walker [bass]- follow the same internal compass that guided them to blur the lines of fickle heavy music sub-genres in the first place and quietly ignite a cult fervor typically reserved for grindhouse phenomena.

In fact, the best way to describe the philosophy and the sound of the quartet is simply: rock 'n' roll.

"I've always felt we decide what a Daughters record is," Alexis states. "It's not a sound or an aesthetic. Daughters is the name of our group and, we will do whatever we want to do with it."

"We've changed our sound from record to record since the beginning," says Nick. "We always had a very broad interest and taste in music across the spectrum. We are a rock band at heart, expect not to expect anything."

There was a time expecting another Daughters record might've been met with disappointment. On the heels of their 2010 self-titled offering, the members engaged an indefinite hiatus. One fated dinner and two sold out hometown shows in Providence in 2013 saw them pick up where they had left off. Throughout the next four years the band recorded, eventually culling down a Dropbox of 150 ideas to the ten comprising You Won't Get What You Want. In the end, if you want a Daughters record, you'll get it here.
Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Bandcamp


HEALTH Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify | YouTube


Show Me the Body Links: Website | Soundcloud | iTunes | YouTube
Jan
10 Fri
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Hiss Golden Messenger

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $25.00
TWO NIGHT PASS: $45.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED / TWO NIGHT PASS Public Onsale: September 27, 2019 10:00 AM to January 10, 2020 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
$1 from every ticket goes to support the Durham Public Schools Foundation whose mission is to foster community support for public schools and invest in our students, educators and families to ensure success and equity for every student.

Describing the Durham-based Hiss Golden Messenger is like trying to grasp a forgotten word: It's always on the tip of your tongue, but hard to speak. Songwriter and bandleader M.C. Taylor's music is at once familiar, yet impossible to categorize: Elements from the American songbook-the steady, churning acoustic guitar and mandolin, the gospel emotion, the eerie steel guitar tracings, the bobbing and weaving organ and electric piano-provide the bedrock for Taylor's existential ruminations about parenthood, joy, hope, and loneliness-our delicate, tightrope balance of dark and light-that offer fully engaged contemporary commentary on the present. And then there's an indescribable spirit and movement: Hiss Golden Messenger's music grooves. There's nothing else quite like it.
For over ten years, Taylor has spearheaded this prolific, perpetually evolving group. He's toured and recorded relentlessly, earning devotees along the roads, deep in festival pits, and across the seas, delivering earnest performances that morph from jammy freakout to private prayer in a matter of measures.
"The work that I do requires me to be in a certain emotional place," says Taylor. "My music depends first and foremost on being in a heightened emotional state and putting my vulnerability on display."
This vulnerability is also central to Taylor's steadily growing fanbase, which continues to discover universal themes in his deeply personal work. The critical acclaim and attention for Hiss Golden Messenger-including features in The Atlantic and The New Yorker, glowing album and live reviews in Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and Consequence of Sound, and barn-burning performances on ​Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Seth Meyers-affirm the emotional power of Taylor's work.

This raw emotion is especially apparent on Hiss Golden Messenger's new album, Terms of Surrender. Out September 20 on Merge Records, Terms follows Taylor's journey through a tumultuous year of trauma and psychological darkness, hoping and working towards redemption and healing, and the conflicting draw of home and movement. "Another year older," Taylor sings on album opener "I Need a Teacher." "Debt slightly deeper. Paycheck smaller. Goddamn, I need a teacher."

Later, Taylor tracks the complex dynamic between father and grown son on "Cat's Eye Blue," singing, "Is this wicked word too bad to be spoken? You let the heart attack in. One taste and it's broken." He later pivots towards his relationship with his own daughter on "Happy Birthday, Baby."

Happy birthday, baby
Go love your brother now
It's a strange gift, maybe
Girl, you know me better-better than I know myself

I'm trying to repay you
All these miles that I roam
And when I'm far away, baby
Know that I love you and sing this little song

Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
$25.00 - $45.00
Jan
11 Sat
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Hiss Golden Messenger

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
 More Information
TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $25.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: September 27, 2019 10:00 AM to January 11, 2020 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
$1 from every ticket goes to support the Durham Public Schools Foundation whose mission is to foster community support for public schools and invest in our students, educators and families to ensure success and equity for every student.

Describing the Durham-based Hiss Golden Messenger is like trying to grasp a forgotten word: It's always on the tip of your tongue, but hard to speak. Songwriter and bandleader M.C. Taylor's music is at once familiar, yet impossible to categorize: Elements from the American songbook-the steady, churning acoustic guitar and mandolin, the gospel emotion, the eerie steel guitar tracings, the bobbing and weaving organ and electric piano-provide the bedrock for Taylor's existential ruminations about parenthood, joy, hope, and loneliness-our delicate, tightrope balance of dark and light-that offer fully engaged contemporary commentary on the present. And then there's an indescribable spirit and movement: Hiss Golden Messenger's music grooves. There's nothing else quite like it.
For over ten years, Taylor has spearheaded this prolific, perpetually evolving group. He's toured and recorded relentlessly, earning devotees along the roads, deep in festival pits, and across the seas, delivering earnest performances that morph from jammy freakout to private prayer in a matter of measures.
"The work that I do requires me to be in a certain emotional place," says Taylor. "My music depends first and foremost on being in a heightened emotional state and putting my vulnerability on display."
This vulnerability is also central to Taylor's steadily growing fanbase, which continues to discover universal themes in his deeply personal work. The critical acclaim and attention for Hiss Golden Messenger-including features in The Atlantic and The New Yorker, glowing album and live reviews in Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and Consequence of Sound, and barn-burning performances on ​Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Seth Meyers-affirm the emotional power of Taylor's work.

This raw emotion is especially apparent on Hiss Golden Messenger's new album, Terms of Surrender. Out September 20 on Merge Records, Terms follows Taylor's journey through a tumultuous year of trauma and psychological darkness, hoping and working towards redemption and healing, and the conflicting draw of home and movement. "Another year older," Taylor sings on album opener "I Need a Teacher." "Debt slightly deeper. Paycheck smaller. Goddamn, I need a teacher."

Later, Taylor tracks the complex dynamic between father and grown son on "Cat's Eye Blue," singing, "Is this wicked word too bad to be spoken? You let the heart attack in. One taste and it's broken." He later pivots towards his relationship with his own daughter on "Happy Birthday, Baby."

Happy birthday, baby
Go love your brother now
It's a strange gift, maybe
Girl, you know me better-better than I know myself

I'm trying to repay you
All these miles that I roam
And when I'm far away, baby
Know that I love you and sing this little song

Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Jan
18 Sat
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AMERICAN AUTHORS and MAGIC GIANT - Band of Brothers Road Show, with special guest PUBLIC

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $25.00
DAY OF: $28.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: January 18, 2020 12:00 AM to January 18, 2020 11:59 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: September 20, 2019 10:00 AM to January 18, 2020 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
American Authors Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | SoundCloud | Spotify | YouTube


Magic Giant Links: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Spotify | YouTube
Jan
20 Mon
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Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $22.00
DAY OF: $25.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: September 27, 2019 10:00 AM to January 20, 2020 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: January 20, 2020 12:00 AM to January 20, 2020 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Cracker's tenth and most recent studio effort, the double-album, Berkeley To Bakersfield, finds this uniquely American band traversing two different sides of the California landscape -- the northern Bay area and further down-state in Bakersfield.

Despite being less than a five-hour drive from city to city, musically, these two regions couldn't be further apart from one another. In the late '70s and '80s a harder-edged style of rock music emerged from the Bay area, while Bakersfield is renowned for its own iconic twangy country music popularized, most famously, by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard in the '60s and '70s. Yet despite these differences, they are both elements that Cracker's two cofounders, David Lowery and Johnny Hickman, have embraced to some degree on nearly every one of their studio albums over the last two decades. On Berkeley To Bakersfield, however, instead of integrating these two genres together within one disc, they've neatly compartmentalized them onto their own respective regionally-titled LPs.

As Lowery explains, "On the Berkeley disc the band is the original Cracker lineup -- Davey Faragher, Michael Urbano, Johnny and myself. This is the first time this lineup has recorded together in almost 20 years. We began recording this album at East Bay Recorders in Berkeley, CA. For this reason we chose to stylistically focus this disc on the music we most associate with the East Bay: Punk and Garage with some funky undertones. To further match our sense of place we often took an overtly political tone in the lyrics."

"This Bakersfield disc represents the 'California country' side of the band. Throughout the band's 24-year history we've dabbled in Country and Americana but this time we wanted to pay homage to the particular strain of Country and Country-Rock music that emerges from the inland valleys of California."

Cracker has been described as a lot of things over the years: alt-rock, Americana, insurgent-country, and have even had the terms punk and classic-rock thrown at them. But more than anything Cracker are survivors. Cofounders Lowery and Hickman have been at it for a quarter of a century -- amassing ten studio albums, multiple gold records, thousands of live performances, hit songs that are still in current radio rotation around the globe ("Low," "Euro-Trash Girl," "Get Off This" and "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me" to name just a few), and a worldwide fan base -- that despite the major sea-changes within the music industry -- continues to grow each year.
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Jan
21 Tue
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Too Many Zooz, with Birocratic

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:30 PM
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ADVANCED: $18.00
DAY OF: $20.00

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DAY OF Public Onsale: January 21, 2020 12:00 AM to January 21, 2020 11:59 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: September 13, 2019 10:00 AM to January 21, 2020 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
The curious thing about being a fan of brasshouse? You're pretty much talking about being into one solitary but extremely unforgettable band: the amusingly monikered Too Many Zooz.
The musical style was "branded" by drummer King of Sludge, who recognized that there was no worthy existing classification for the New York trio, whose other two members are the equally unclassifiable Leo P (saxophone) and Matt Doe (trumpet).

"Brasshouse is a high energy musical conversation," Matt insists. "Though I honestly don't think there is a good way to describe it in words. It's about many different feelings and sounds and emotions."

Or as KOS so decisively puts it, "I don't really care about what's happening in music -- I just make art that I enjoy making."

It's exactly this indifference to convention and trend that has garnered Too Many Zooz a fanbase that KOS describes as "wide-ranging and fanatical." One of those fans? In 2016, Beyonce asked them to perform with her at the Billboard Music Awards...and it's quite possible they got just as much attention as did she.

After two years, a gazillion live performances and four EPs, their debut album Subway Gawdz (an unsubtle reference to their birth in the underground stations of NYC), was released to enthusiastic acclaim in 2016. Its sound was truly like nothing else, with inescapable grooves that take in dub, soul, funk and ska, utterly exhilarating horn blasts that shoot right up your spine, and, of course, equal doses of fun and attitude.

And right now, TMZ are riding higher than ever, surely poised for the leap into genuinely widespread international recognition that was likley inevitable since they first set foot in an NYC subway station. Indeed, following a deal with Ministry of Sound, their single "Warriors" racked up major play on Radio One (if you think you haven't heard it, when you hear it, you'll quickly realize you already have), followed by high-profile remixes from the likes of Armand Van Helden and KDA.

Then, UK sensation Jess Glynne penned lyrics and added vocals to morph the song into "So Real (Warriors)," which has been generating massive buzz while climbing the European charts. In the meanwhile, a live video for "Car Alarm" has furtively racked up more than 500K views in one week.

But surely signaling their mainstream "arrival"? A Canadian KFC commercial featured the band and their songs -- so don't be surprised if listening to their music suddenly makes you hungry.

Though they've also been up to more serious matters. Leo, in fact, was asked to play at the BBC Proms Charles Mingus tribute at a sold-out Royal Albert Hall in August 2017 -- certainly no small honor.

Yet for all this, the forward plan for Too Many Zooz, is, as ever, constant touring. The reason is simple: it's their outrageous, electrifying live performances that consistently continue to add the numbers to their growing worldwide legion of fans. Autumn 2018 will take them coast to coast, from Seattle to Houston to Philadelphia, and across Europe, with stops in Krakow, Strasbourg and Marseille, amongst others.

"I don't think there's any recording that can do a live performance justice," reckons Matt. "You'll see people of all different colors, creeds, genders, ages, sexuality at our shows. I really can't find a constant between them...besides liking our music -- haha."

But for everything that's happened in the last couple of years, the trio aren't actually all that surprised by their success.

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Jan
22 Wed
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Marco Benevento

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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ADVANCED Public Onsale: October 4, 2019 10:00 AM to January 22, 2020 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: January 22, 2020 12:00 AM to January 22, 2020 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
It's impossible not to hear freedom and excitement coursing through the veins of Marco Benevento's new studio album, 'Let It Slide.' Produced by Leon Michels (The Arcs, Lee Fields), the record introduces a gritty, soulful edge to Benevento's brand of high-octane keyboard wizardry-an uptempo, uplifting sound he playfully describes as "hot dance piano rock." For all Benevento's virtuosity on the keys though, the songs here are driven primarily by intoxicating grooves, with spare drums and minimalist bass lines underpinning infectious, intentionally lo-fi vocal hooks. The resulting vibe is a timeless one, filtering elements of vintage R&B and soul through modern indie rock and pop sensibilities and peppering it with the kind of adventurous improvisation that Benevento's come to be celebrated for worldwide.

Acceptance is a recurring theme on the record, and Benevento's songs often find themselves recognizing that contentment can come only once you've freed yourself from the chains of desire and regret. Upon close listen, one can find Benevento's own personal philosophies subconsciously bubbling up throughout the songs. "You'll feel better, I'll just say / When you finally let it go," he sings on the funky "Say It's All The Same," which features vocal contributions from bandmate Karina Rykman. The hazy "Solid Gold" celebrates the simple joy of being in the moment with someone you love, while the Lennon-esque "Lorraine" (co-written with Simone Felice) grapples with loss and change, and the anthemic "Send It On A Rocket" contemplates loneliness and connection.

Dubbed "one of the most talented keys players of our time" by CBS Radio, Benevento's released six critically acclaimed solo albums over the last decade, performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall and Newport Jazz to Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, and worked in the studio and on the road with the likes of Richard Swift (The Shins, The Arcs), Jon Brion (Spoon, Aimee Mann), A.C. Newman (The New Pornographers), and Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers, The Lumineers) among others. "It's safe to say that no one sees the keyboard quite like Marco Benevento's genre-blind mashup of indie rock, jazz and skewed improvisation," the LA Times raved, while NPR said he combines "the thrust of rock, the questing of jazz and the experimental ecstasy of jam," and Rolling Stone praised "the textures and colors available in his keyboards and arsenal of manipulated pedals and effects," along with his "deceptively rich, catchy melodies and straight-ahead grooves."
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Jan
23 Thu
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YOLA - Walk Through Fire World Tour, with Amythyst Kiah

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $20.00
DAY OF: $23.00

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ADVANCED Public Onsale: September 20, 2019 10:00 AM to January 23, 2020 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: January 23, 2020 12:00 AM to January 23, 2020 11:59 PM

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Jan
25 Sat
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The Road to Now

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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ADVANCED Public Onsale: September 27, 2019 10:00 AM to January 25, 2020 6:00 PM

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This is a seated show
The Road to Now explains the history behind important events and outstanding individuals of today's world. Created in 2016 by Dr. Benjamin Sawyer and Bob Crawford, a founding member of the Grammy-nominated band The Avett Brothers, The Road to Now has brought historians, politicians, journalists and artists to the table for conversations that illuminate the map that brought us to where we are today.
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Feb
1 Sat
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Jawbox

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 8:00 PM, Show at 9:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $28.00
DAY OF: $30.00

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DAY OF Public Onsale: February 1, 2020 12:00 AM to February 1, 2020 11:59 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: September 13, 2019 10:00 AM to February 1, 2020 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Jawbox: An Impartial Overview

J. Robbins: voice, guitar
Bill Barbot: guitar, voice
Kim Coletta: bass guitar
Zach Barocas: drum kit

Jawbox was formed in Washington, DC in 1989 by J. Robbins, bassist Kim Coletta, and original drummer Adam Wade. The group released their debut 7" in 1990 on their own DeSoto label.

Grippe, released on Dischord Records in 1991, was Jawbox's first full-length outing. That year saw second guitarist/singer Bill Barbot join the line-up in time to create a denser sound for 1992's Novelty, also released on Dischord.

Zach Barocas assumed drumming duties in April '92, ushering in a new era for the group with his contributions to the rhythm section and the band's songwriting, as first exhibited on 1994's For Your Own Special Sweetheart.

Tours of all sizes and durations throughout Europe and the U.S. were part and parcel of Jawbox's routine back then. Equally explosive at Red Rocks or a Roman squat, they were in all cases a galvanized, well-oiled band.

They released their last album, the self-titled Jawbox LP, in 1996, and after another year of touring, broke up in 1997. Although Atlantic Records released the last two albums, Dischord has since made all of the band's full-lengths available.
The group reunited briefly in 2009 for an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The performance was a one-off, and there was no subsequent talk of any other shows of any kind for years.

In early 2017, however, Zach contacted his former bandmates to see what they thought about playing some shows. The resulting conversations were at first casual, but eventually moved the band to action, and by June they began rehearsing for the shows that now comprise An Impartial Overview.

It's been an exciting time, reacquainting not only with the music but also with each other. However much the members of Jawbox have played elsewhere over the years, there is no doubt that the chemistry and energy they bring to this band remains unique for each of them.

The sets will draw from most of their discography with an emphasis on the Robbins/Coletta/Barbot/Barocas recordings, especially For Your Own Special Sweetheart and Jawbox, which albums mark the peak of their creative and performative time together. Longtime fans will be in familiar territory: Coletta's irrepressible presence; Robbins's heartfelt guitar and vocal harmonic roar; Barbot's razor-sharp vocal and guitar challenge and complement; and Barocas's exacting flail and crash continue to coalesce as they always have, as a single functioning musical unit.

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300 E. Main St.
Carrboro, NC
United States