Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle


May
2 Sat
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Guided By Voices

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 8:00 PM, Show at 9:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $30.00
DAY OF: $35.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: January 10, 2020 10:00 AM to May 2, 2020 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: May 2, 2020 12:00 AM to May 2, 2020 7:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Guided By Voices, Space Gun: Robert Pollard is the greatest rock songwriter of the last thirty years, an uninhibited explorer of the four Ps: pop, punk, psych, and prog. It's easy to take him for granted when he's releasing multiple records a year with various projects, as he has pretty steadily since disbanding GBV the first time in 2004. So it really meant something that Space Gun was the only GBV release of the year, and boy was it a great one -- another sign that the current lineup, along with producer Travis Harrison, might be the strongest band Pollard has ever played with. They unleash anthemic classic rock that harkens back to the best of mid-period GBV ("Space Gun," "See My Field"), impossibly catchy and sleazy '70s riffs ("Colonel Paper," "Daily Get Ups"), majestic reverb-drenched curios ("That's Good," "Blink Blank"), Kiwi Rock pop gems ("Ark Technician," "I Love Kangaroos") and heavier prog rock ("Sport Component National," "Evolution Circus"). If you haven't seen them live, I can't recommend it enough -- they hit you with one would-be smash hit after another on a Miller Lite-fueled high, which can ensnare even on-the-fence observers.

- Ben Yakas, Gothamist, "The Best Albums Of 2018"

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May
3 Sun
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The Residents

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $30.00
DAY OF: $35.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: May 3, 2020 12:00 AM to May 3, 2020 6:00 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: November 22, 2019 10:00 AM to May 3, 2020 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Constantly defying classification, THE RESIDENTS have been regarded as icons in the world of experimental music for almost fifty years. In addition to their groundbreaking work in the areas of trance, world fusion, electronica, punk, industrial and lounge music, the group has also been credited with being among the originators of performance art and music video, with their videos included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Their lengthy career has also taken them into the world of film and television music, having scored numerous films and TV series as well as several projects for MTV. In addition, the group is also thriving in the world of digital media having released ten DVDs, and two internet series.

Currently, in collaboration with noted video artist, John Sanborn, The Residents are creating a major multimedia event to be performed at the Museum of Modern Art on Jan 24 & 25, 2020. In addition, based on the recently discovered recordings of Alvin Snow, aka Dyin' Dog, the group is completing their 49th studio album, METAL, MEAT & BONE. Then, in the spring, The Residents will embark on another world tour, again featuring the music of Alvin Snow while also revisiting Duck Stab, one of the band's most popular albums.

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May
4 Mon
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Stereolab, with Deradoorian

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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 Public Onsale:
12:00 AM
May 4, 2020
May
5 Tue
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Andy Shauf, with Faye Webster

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

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: May 5, 2020 12:00 AM to May 5, 2020 6:30 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: October 25, 2019 10:00 AM to May 5, 2020 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Few artists are storytellers as deft and disarmingly observational as Andy Shauf. The Toronto-based, Saskatchewan-raised musician's songs unfold like short fiction: they're densely layered with colorful characters and a rich emotional depth. On his new album The Neon Skyline (out January 24 via ANTI-), he sets a familiar scene of inviting a friend for beers on the opening title track: "I said, 'Come to the Skyline, I'll be washing my sins away.' He just laughed, said 'I'll be late, you know how I can be.'" The LP's 11 interconnected tracks follow a simple plot: the narrator goes to his neighborhood dive, finds out his ex is back in town, and she eventually shows up. While its overarching narrative is riveting, the real thrill of the album comes from how Shauf finds the humanity and humor in a typical night out and the ashes of a past relationship.

His last full-length 2016's The Party was an impressive collection of ornate and affecting songs that followed different attendees of a house party. Shauf's attention-to-detail in his writing evoked Randy Newman and his unorthodox, flowing lyrical phrasing recalled Joni Mitchell. Though that album was his breakthrough, his undeniable songwriting talent has been long evident. Raised in Bienfait, Saskatchewan, he cut his teeth in the nearby Regina music community. His 2012 LP The Bearer of Bad News documented his already-formed musical ambition and showcased Shauf's burgeoning voice as a narrative songwriter with songs like "Hometown Hero," "Wendell Walker," and "My Dear Helen" feeling like standalone, self-contained worlds. In 2018, his band Foxwarren, formed over 10 years ago with childhood friends, released a self-titled album where Pitchfork recognized how "Shauf has diligently refined his storytelling during the last decade."

The Party earned a spot on the Polaris Music Prize 2016 shortlist and launched Shauf to an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden as well as glowing accolades from NPR, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and more. "That LP was a concept record and it really made me want to do a better album. I wanted to have a more cohesive story," says Shauf. Where the concept of The Party revealed itself midway through the writing process, he knew the story he wanted to tell on The Neon Skyline from the start. "I kept coming back to the same situation of one guy going to a bar, which was basically exactly what I was doing at the time. These songs are fictional but it's not too far off from where my life was," Shauf explains.

For The Neon Skyline, Shauf chose to start each composition on guitar instead of his usual piano. He says, "I wanted to be able to sit down and play each song with just a guitar without having to rely on some sort of a clever arrangement to make it whole." The resulting album finds its immediacy in simplicity. While the arrangements on folksy "The Moon" are unfussy and song-centered like the best Gordon Lightfoot offerings, his drive to experiment is still obvious. This is especially so on the unmoored relationship autopsy "Thirteen Hours," which boasts an arrangement that's both jazzy and adventurous.
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May
9 Sat
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Poolside

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 8:00 PM, Show at 9:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $20.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: January 31, 2020 10:00 AM to May 9, 2020 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Poolside began as a recording project in a converted Los Angeles backyard pool house in early 2011, producing sunny tracks of subaquatic indie dance music in this makeshift recording studio. Surfacing first in the form of a YouTube video for the catchy track "Do You Believe?" Poolside were soon gaining local and national attention, with DJs like James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, techno legend Derrick May, and disco don Todd Terje spinning these tracks at events and a growing online following. Throughout 2011 Poolside continued making waves with a sound called "daytime disco" through tracks like their cover of Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" and original tunes. In 2012 Poolside worked on a remix for longtime disco punks The Rapture and held fans over with a new single and video for a song called "Slow Down" as they prepared to release their debut album. That album, Pacific Standard Time, was self-released in July of 2012.

After the album's release, remixes for artists like Matthew Dear, Little Dragon and Fool's Gold soon followed, as well as rehearsing and touring with a live band and doing DJ sets around the world. As thoughts turned to a second album, Poolside went on ice for a year to regroup, beginning to work in earnest on another album in the Fall of 2016. While still revolving around the sunny, laid-back disco sound of PST, these sessions yielded the additions of up-tempo dance songs and more guitars, and generally more fleshed-out arrangements. Poolside surprise released their second album Heat in 2017.

Poolside returned in July of 2019 with "Can't Stop Your Lovin' (feat. Panama)," their first new music in over two years. They spent the summer and fall touring with Kacey Musgraves and Tycho and released a second standalone single "Greatest City" in October.

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May
10 Sun
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Greg Dulli, with Joseph Arthur

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:30 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
VIP: $100.00
ADVANCED: $33.00
DAY OF: $38.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: January 24, 2020 10:00 AM to May 10, 2020 12:00 AM
VIP Public Onsale: January 24, 2020 10:00 AM to May 5, 2020 8:30 PM
DAY OF Public Onsale: May 10, 2020 12:00 AM to May 10, 2020 11:59 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Without desire, most of the world's problems would be solved and it would be a miserable place to live. For the last 30 years, Greg Dulli has been the poet laureate of the bizarre whims and cruel tangents of desire. A foremost authority on the sell-your-soul rewards of carnal lust, the high voltage epiphanies of chemical enhancement, and the serotonin lows left in their wake. The front man of the Afghan Whigs has long been on a first-name basis with his demons, most of whom eventually relented and let him pour them a shot. But then there are the known unknowns at the heart of our nature, the intractable difficulties of love and death, and the recurring human desire for survival and rebirth.

Therein lies Random Desire, the first solo album under Dulli's own name, following canonized stints at the helm of The Afghan Whigs and The Twilight Singers. The title is a play on "random selection," which refers to a process that researchers use to pick participants for a study. When using this method, every single member of a population has an "equal chance of being chosen as a subject." Recontextualized, it allows us to realize the randomness of existence, the odd alchemy of emotions, chemistry, and circumstance that baffle us to no end. The reasons why artists write songs and why listeners need them. And even if the answers are evasive, that's no excuse to quit searching.

Random Desire started in the aftermath of the last Whigs record, 2017's In Spades, which Pitchfork named one of the best rock records of the year, hailing it as a "heavy, menacing work of indie rock majesty...thrilling and unsettling." Drummer Patrick Keeler was about to take a short sabbatical to record and tour with his other band, The Raconteurs. Dulli's longtime collaborator, bassist John Curley went back to school, and there was the tragic death of the band's guitarist, Dave Rosser.

In response, Dulli returned to his teenage bedroom roots, finding musical inspiration via the model of one-man-band visionaries Prince and Todd Rundgren. The Los Angeles-by-way-of-Hamilton Ohio native wrote nearly every part of the record from piano lines to drums to bass riffs. As always, the music came first and the lyrics were completed later. Recording and writing way stations included his home in Silver Lake, the village of Crestline high up in mountains above San Bernardino, and New Orleans. But the bulk was finished amidst the arid beauty and stark isolation of Joshua Tree at the studio of engineer Christopher Thorn. Dulli handled most instrumentation, but an all-star cast of characters appear across the track-listing including The Whigs' guitarist Jon Skibic and multi-instrumentalist Rick G. Nelson, Mathias Schneeberger (Twilight Singers), Mark McGuire (Emeralds), pedal steel wizard, upright bassist, and physician Dr. Stephen Patt, and drummer Jon Theodore (Queens of the Stone Age, The Mars Volta).

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$33.00 - $100.00
May
11 Mon
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Barns Courtney, with Wilderado, Chaz Cardigan

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
VIP 1 PACKAGE: $125.00
VIP 2 PACKAGE: $75.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: November 15, 2019 10:00 AM to May 11, 2020 12:00 AM
VIP 1 PACKAGE / VIP 2 PACKAGE Public Onsale: November 15, 2019 10:00 AM to May 4, 2020 8:00 PM
DAY OF Public Onsale: May 11, 2020 12:00 AM to May 11, 2020 11:59 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
The title of Barns Courtney's new album will no doubt be familiar to anyone who's ever searched for something online and found themselves face to face with nothing. But 404 is an album that explores feelings of loss and bereftness inspired by life's habit of throwing up its own error pages, with Barns exploring absence, frustration, and the never-ending search for something that seemed like it would always be there until one day, suddenly, it wasn't: his childhood. "It's painful knowing that something has gone, whether it's a good time, a good feeling, a pleasant section of existence, or something physical. I'm always wondering: if you were to go back and find places you knew as a child, what would they look like?" Barns says.

There was a time not so long ago when a 16-year-old kid who'd spent his teens ricocheting between Seattle and Ipswich thought he was about to be the biggest star in the world. He and some mates got a deal with the biggest of all the big labels, then spent three years working with one of the planet's hottest producers. What could go wrong? Well, plenty. "My entire life since I was 14 had been an upward trajectory," is how Barns remembers it. "Then suddenly at the age of 22 I'm dropped, I'm totally, woefully unprepared for the real world. No qualifications. I didn't bother learning to drive, because I thought I'd be driven everywhere. Thank God I didn't have any success - I would have been a complete ass."

The years in the wilderness that followed formed the basis of Barns' 2017 debut album The Attractions Of Youth, a blistering shot of blues-driven rock that got this singular pop performer's foot back in the door. Songs like Glitter & Gold and Fire became viral smashes, prompting a swell of support on both sides of the Atlantic that saw Barns performing on Conan O'Brien and opening for everyone from The Who, to Blur, to Ed Sheeran. Which brings us to 2019 and a body of work that finds this reflexive, meticulous pop storyteller delivering a minutely crafted album with big tunes, flashes of humour and no shortage of ambition. Kickstarted by 2018's sparky, Atari-referencing single 99, it's an album that delves back beyond the arrested development of Barns' early-20s and into the teens he spent in Seattle and then Ipswich.

"The record's partly about the bizarre modern formalisation of fun, and the strange ritual that we all go through from childhood into adulthood," is how Barns describes one aspect of the music. And layered on top of that all, because there really is quite a lot going on in this album, is Barns' experience of being out of town - and taking time out of real life - then coming back down to earth with a bump. "You go off and live this fantastical existence, play these shows and have fun, and you come back and you expect everyone to be the same as they were when you left," he notes. "But they've all grown up. It's like Peter Pan coming back from Neverland."

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$22.00 - $125.00
May
12 Tue
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JoJo - Good To Know Tour

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
VIP: $155.00
ADVANCED: $30.00
DAY OF: $33.00

TICKET SALE DATES
VIP Public Onsale: February 28, 2020 10:00 AM to April 28, 2020 8:00 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: February 28, 2020 10:00 AM to May 12, 2020 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: May 12, 2020 12:00 AM to May 12, 2020 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Every ticket purchased online for JoJo includes your choice of a CD or digital copy of the new album, Good To Know, released in spring 2020. You'll receive instructions via email on how to redeem your album within 7 days of your ticket purchase. US/CAN residents only, offer not valid on resale tickets.

JoJo [born Joanna Levesque] is a chart-topping, award-winning singer, songwriter, and actress who, at just 28 years old, is already a veteran of the music industry - but she is ready to write her next chapter. Now signed to Warner Records through a joint venture with her own Clover Music, JoJo has begun with new releases "Joanna" and the Doc McKinney-produced "Sabotage (feat. CHIKA)," and is looking ahead to her new album to come in spring 2020. Having released her self-titled debut album when she was just 13, JoJo's breakout smash "Leave (Get Out)" made JoJo the youngest-ever solo artist to have a debut #1 single in the U.S. and to be nominated for "Best New Artist" at the MTV Video Music Awards. The album went on to sell over four million copies and became the singer's first Platinum record, which she followed with a string of additional hits, most notably the Top 3 single "Too Little Too Late" from sophomore album The High Road. In 2016, JoJo made a heralded return to music with her first new album in 10 years, Mad Love. - debuting Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 and earning her unanimous critical acclaim from the likes of TIME, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Cosmo, Entertainment Weekly and more. Last year, JoJo re-recorded and re-released her first two albums (JoJo and The High Road) under her own label Clover Music, after years of legal battles with her former label that prevented the albums from existing on digital platforms. She has also pushed herself outside the confines of genre, recently collaborating with artists ranging from PJ Morton [on the GRAMMY-winning R&B hit "Say So"] and Jacob Collier [lending her vocal stylings to the jazzy "It Don't Matter"] to Tank on his latest "Somebody Else."

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$30.00 - $155.00
May
13 Wed
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Bob Schneider (solo)

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
DAY OF: $23.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: May 13, 2020 12:00 AM to May 13, 2020 6:00 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: February 14, 2020 10:00 AM to May 13, 2020 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
This is a seated show.

Blood and Bones

One of Austin's most celebrated musicians, Bob Schneider, released his 2018 album, "Blood and Bones" - his 7th studio album since his 2001 solo debut Lonelyland - via his Shockorama Records imprint. "Blood and Bones" captures Schneider at a unique, and distinct place. "Most of the songs are about this phase of my life," he admits. "I'm re-married, I have a 2-year-old baby daughter who was born over two months premature because my wife had life threatening preeclampsia. So dealing with that traumatic event while getting older and looking at death in a realistic, matter of fact way, experiencing the most joy I've ever experienced along with feelings of utter despondency in a way that would have been impossible to experience earlier in my life, all comes out in the songs. My relationship with my wife is the longest committed relationship I've ever been in, so there was a lot of unchartered territory there to write about."

The songs on "Blood and Bones" reflect this. Recorded quickly with producer Dwight Baker, who has worked with Schneider on 6 of his previous releases, the album highlights the chemistry that Schneider and his backing band of Austin's very best musicians have developed while relentlessly playing live, most notably at the monthly residency Schneider has held at Austin's Saxon Pub for the last 19 years. "I didn't want to overthink the songs," Schneider says. "I really respect Dwight's ability to make great calls when it comes to what works and isn't working when we are recording the songs. I felt pretty good about the quality of the songwriting, so I figured that would come through in the end if we just went in and played them the way I do live."

While the performance and production are stellar, the songwriting finds Schneider in a particularly reflective mode. Sure, there are live favorites like "Make Drugs Get Money" and "Texaco" that will get even the most reserved crowds dancing. But more often the album finds Schneider reflecting on marriage, parenthood, and mortality. "I wish I could make you see how wonderful everything is most of the time, but I'm only blood and bones," he sings on the title track, a meditation on the beauty and the limits of marriage. Later, on "Easy," he tells his daughter "it's always been a scary thing to do, to let my heart fall down into the endless blue, but it's easy with you." Through it all, there is a clear sense of mortality, of just how fleeting all of this is. "The hours and days stack up in the mirror," he sings on "Hours and Days". "We're just snowmen waiting for the summer" he sings on "Snowmen", before adding "we can't bring them back, can't bring nothing back."

One thing Schneider has excelled at in his career is bringing audiences back. Though he has received little national press or major label support, he has managed to become one of the biggest acts in Austin, if not in Texas. His fans, who often discover him from being brought to his shows by their friends, are fiercely loyal. Many have attended dozens or even hundreds of shows. Thanks to these fans, Schneider has won more Austin Music Awards than any other musician, including Best Album, Best Songwriter, Best Musician, and Best Male Vocals, rounding in at 59 total awards to date.

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May
14 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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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $20.00
DAY OF: $23.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: December 20, 2019 12:00 PM to May 14, 2020 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: May 14, 2020 12:00 AM to May 14, 2020 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts, Yola's show at Cat's Cradle originally scheduled on Thursday, January 23rd has moved to Thursday, May 14th. All tickets previously purchased will be honored on Thursday, May 14th.

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May
29 Fri
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Hank, Pattie & The Current, with Dirty Grass Players

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $12.00
DAY OF: $15.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: February 20, 2020 10:00 AM to May 29, 2020 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: May 29, 2020 12:00 AM to May 29, 2020 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Bluegrass ambassadors Hank Smith and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw join forces once again with their original and energetic new soulgrass band, Hank and Pattie. Hank and Pattie take traditional bluegrass and infuse it with their own flair, drawing from a melting pot of styles including Latin and Jazz, which adds up to an authentic and unique reflection of American music. While some of the music sounds old school and some sounds fresh and new, their overall musicianship, vocal harmonies, impassioned delivery and innovative arrangements captivate all generations of music lovers.

Hank and Pattie are backed by an all-star band comprised of North Carolina musicians Jonah Freedman on Bass and vocals, Billie Feather on guitar, and Robert Thornhill on mandolin and vocals.

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Jun
5 Fri
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24-7 Spyz

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:30 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $15.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: February 28, 2020 10:00 AM to June 5, 2020 6:30 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
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Jun
6 Sat
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Bombay Bicycle Club, with Liza Ann

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $32.00
DAY OF: $35.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: February 14, 2020 10:00 AM to June 6, 2020 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: June 6, 2020 12:00 AM to June 6, 2020 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
It might seem odd to describe Bombay Bicycle Club as veterans given that nobody in the band is older than 24, but this is the London quartet's fourth album, each one more successful than the last, which is a notable achievement in today's climate of rapid ascents and sudden declines. Their steady rise is something that rarely happens anymore -- a band given space by their label, Island, to evolve unpredictably with each release and take their audience with them.

So Long, See You Tomorrow is their richest, boldest and most euphoric album yet, and their first UK number one. This autumn, following a string of international festival appearances including Glastonbury, Reading/Leeds, Latitude, Fuji Rocks and Lollapalooza, the band will play their first ever UK arena date at London's Earls Court. They have a healthy, ever-growing following in continental Europe and the US, too, with all of their dates having sold out. The more risks Bombay Bicycle Club take, the bigger they get.

"I feel like we've found the balance, making it interesting and intelligent but not highbrow or elitist," says frontman Jack Steadman. "You want to satisfy the people who like the technical side of music but someone listening on the radio should be able to sing along."

Bombay Bicycle Club are Jack Steadman (vocals, keyboards and guitar), Jamie MacColl (guitar), Suren de Saram (drums) and Ed Nash (bass). They grew up in north London and signed to Island after leaving secondary school at 18, releasing their guitar-driven debut, I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose, in 2009. Their second album, Flaws, in 2010, saw an unexpected change of direction: folky and intimate, it was nominated for the Ivor Novello for Best Album. Their third album in as many years, A Different Kind of Fix, arrived in 2011. Living up to the title's promise, it was a dramatic departure, with agile rhythms, sampled loops and vertiginous swirls of guitar.

So Long, See You Tomorrow is yet another leap forward, a beautiful collection of songs that owe more to experimental electronica than to indie-rock. In fact, the whole album is one giant loop, because it is bookended with the same melody -- the beatific title track effectively segues back into the surging, string-laden opener, Overdone. Compounding the sensation is the last lyric the listener hears: "Keep going round and round and round..."

Jack, who writes all the band's songs, can trace his absorption in loops to the first music he made as a teenager, using a simple pre-GarageBand software program called eJay. "Everyone talks about how our albums have been different, but from my point of view, this was there the whole time," says Jack. "I started recording music at 15 on my computer and it was far more experimental than any of the Bombay stuff." (This he attributes to "getting into stuff like Boards of Canada and discovering psychoactive drugs -- a lethal combination!")

Rhythm is the key to So Long, See You Tomorrow. The show-stopping first single, "Carry Me," is a tough, restless dance anthem, its vocal refrain looped like a sample. Echoing the album's theme of circularity, the interactive video, which allows viewers to animate the band, was inspired by the great 19th century stop-motion photography pioneer Eadweard Muybridge.

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Jun
11 Thu
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Bayside, with Senses Fail, Hawthorne Heights, Can't Swim

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: $29.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: January 30, 2020 12:00 PM to June 11, 2020 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: June 11, 2020 12:00 AM to June 11, 2020 5:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
At their inception, BAYSIDE consciously stood apart from the pack and has maintained that commitment to integrity and earnestness for over 18 years. Skipping over pop-punk clich├ęs like landmines and forcefully resisting the fake rebellion and thinly veiled misogyny too often dominating the "scene" around them, BAYSIDE takes their cues from Nirvana and Green Day, never the rulemaking bros.

Originating in Queens and eventually establishing personal lives and careers that extend across the country, BAYSIDE became a staple of pop-punk and alt-rock world, powered by the strength of sing-a-long ready anthems that are both deeply personal and welcomingly universal. Songs like "Devotion and Desire," "Sick, Sick, Sick," "I've Been Dead All Day," and "Blame it on Bad Luck" are cherished by the BAYSIDE faithful, the lyrics brandished like badges of misfit honor.

BAYSIDE represent a lifestyle, a counterculture, and a deeply held conviction, diverse in thought and background but united by a shared desire for authentic expression. It's a spirit that permeates an impressive and storied discography, including Sirens and Condolences (2004), Bayside (2005), The Walking Wounded (2007, celebrated with a 10 Year Anniversary tour in 2017), Shudder (2008), Killing Time (2011), Cult (one of Kerrang!'s Top Albums of 2014), and Vacancy (2016).

Take away the distortion, the aggression, and the reckless ferocity that defines much of punk rock, and a great song is still a great song. With a spirit of deconstruction and re-imagination running counter to some bands' lazy cash-grabbing collections, BAYSIDE returns refreshed and reinvigorated with Bayside Acoustic Volume 2. Twelve years since the band released the fan-favorite EP, Acoustic, BAYSIDE puts forward an incredible blend of instantly recognizable fan-favorites and deep cuts. BAYSIDE's latest release throws off convention in search of the distilled melodic essence and emotive power of their catalog. These aren't "stripped down" versions of BAYSIDE songs so much as they are completely new discoveries, refashioned and broadened by possibility.

Unburned by any expectations or preconceived notions, the band made the record quietly and at their own pace, steadily mining their past to build a new vision for the future. Musicianship and artistry is paramount, with a purposeful urgency throughout. "I didn't have a studio, an electric guitar, or an amp setup in my house for many years of being in the band," explains frontman Anthony Raneri. "I wrote everything on an acoustic. It always had to be good without the bells and whistles."

Bayside Acoustic Volume 2 was crafted in Franklin, Tennessee with Jon Howard, a musician and producer who has worked with Paramore, Dashboard Confessional, and New Found Glory. Howard is part of a hyper local community outside of Nashville that includes members of those bands, plus guys from Yellowcard, Saves The Day, Grammy winning producer Nick Raskulinecz, and Raneri, among others.

"When we went into it, we said, 'this can't just sound like us playing the stuff on acoustic guitars instead of electric guitars.' We were really adamant about that," says Reneri. "We're always trying to show that we're better than your average pop-punk band. This was a chance to demonstrate all of the different things we can do."

It was liberating for Raneri and longtime members Jack O'Shea (lead guitar), Nick Ghanbarian (bass), and Chris Guglielmo (drums) to tear down the walls, playing the songs any way they wanted, as 'though they had just been written for the first time.

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Jun
15 Mon
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The Growlers

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $30.00

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ADVANCED Public Onsale: January 24, 2020 10:00 AM to June 15, 2020 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Led by singer Brooks Nielsen and music director/guitarist Matt Taylor, The Growlers have forged their own twisted path on the global music scene since their founding in 2006 in Dana Point, California. They're the party band that grew into a traveling circus, spawning their own annual event (Beach Goth) and growing an international fanbase, while releasing six studio records that trace a line from garage psych ballads to edgy radio pop.

On their first three records - Are You In Or Out? (2009), Hot Tropics (2010), and Hung at Heart (2013) - The Growlers combined reverb-rich waves of vintage surf rock with the dark, slow-burn melancholy of outlaw country. Chinese Fountain (2014) introduced a new, disco-infused direction that saw them move away from their swampy roots and relocate to Los Angeles. The band teamed up with producer Julian Casablancas (and frontman of The Strokes) to make City Club (2016), infusing their sound with Casablancas' angular melodies and speaker- popping mixes. 2018 brought Casual Acquaintances, a raw collection of City Club-era demos and outtakes that - even as b-sides - ranks with the band's finest material.

Between records they toured constantly, raising their status as icons of the Los Angeles music underground, capable of drawing arena-sized crowds for their hometown shows. On their latest, self-produced record Natural Affair (2019), The Growlers move their DIY aesthetic into an even sturdier, synthier, dancier sound, bolstered by Nielsen's finest lyrics to date: social commentary, rhymes, and ruminations on the pleasures (and perils) of modern love.

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Jun
17 Wed
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Pinegrove, with Hovvdy

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $21.00
DAY OF: $25.00

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ADVANCED Public Onsale: January 31, 2020 12:00 PM to June 17, 2020 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: June 17, 2020 12:00 AM to June 17, 2020 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Pinegrove's new album begins with a breath and ends with a shimmering exhalation. In between is Marigold, an urgent, multivalent meditation-and an expanded take on the blend of alt-country, indie rock and cerebral humanism that's inspired the band's ardent fan community. Marigold marks their Rough Trade Records debut, offering what songwriter Evan Stephens Hall calls a "heart-first" perspective.

Those familiar with Pinegrove will recognize signature elements of the band's sound: literary yet conversational lyrics, geometrically interlocking guitars, the dynamic shifting shadows of rhythm and structure. But this effort marks the most spacious, bold, and well-defined iteration of the project yet.

Formed in 2010 by childhood friends Evan and drummer Zack Levine, Pinegrove have released three previous albums - Everything So Far (2015), Cardinal (2016), and Skylight (2018) - to massive critical acclaim, garnering them a widespread and devoted listenership. They've described their sound as variously as introspective party music, or energetic music in the folk tradition; in any case they have combined catharsis and inventive structures with irrepressible melodies, resonant lyrics and emotive twang. Marigold finds the band expanding into the latter, spreading out over varying tempos and swelling pedal steel. But in surprising moments, the album can suddenly unfold into the band's heaviest, most unbound offerings yet-a cavalier disregard of genre in favor of something honest and unique.

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Jul
26 Sun
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Built to Spill

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $25.00
DAY OF: $29.00

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DAY OF Public Onsale: July 26, 2020 12:00 AM to July 26, 2020 6:00 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: February 28, 2020 1:00 PM to July 26, 2020 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
New Built to Spill lineup features Melanie Radford and Teresa Esguerra.

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Aug
8 Sat
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Weyes Blood, with Ana Roxanne

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

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ADVANCED Public Onsale: January 24, 2020 10:00 AM to August 8, 2020 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: August 8, 2020 12:00 AM to August 8, 2020 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Natalie Mering, known professionally as Weyes Blood, is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. Mering was raised in a musical family and began writing songs under the moniker Wise Blood at age 15, later changing the spelling to Weyes Blood. She spent some formative years in the underground noise music scene, playing in bands Jackie-O Motherfucker and Nautical Almanac.

Mering released her debut album, The Outside Room, in 2011 on Not Not Fun Records, followed up by 2014's The Innocents on Mexican Summer. Her breakthrough occurred in 2016 with the release of Front Row Seat to Earth. With this record, she gained recognition for her distinctive style of melodic, orchestral, and melancholic songwriting melded with apocalyptic themes.

This is further refined on 2019's strikingly beautiful and critically-acclaimed Titanic Rising (Sub Pop). The record received high placements on year-end and decade-end lists from publications such as Pitchfork, Uproxx, Paste, Uncut, Dazed, The Guardian, and NPR. Live performance highlights include sold-out tours in the US and Europe, as well as opening for Kacey Musgraves in the fall and signing with Lana Del Rey at the Hollywood Bowl.

Mering's voice sounds at once classic and new -- her music could exist as comfortably in the '70s as it does in our current age of anxiety and tension, making her a unique cultural commentator on society's current condition.

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Sep
18 Fri
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Bikini Kill

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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Bikini Kill is a feminist punk band that was based in Olympia, WA and Washington, DC, forming in 1990 and breaking up in 1997. Kathleen Hanna sang, Tobi Vail played drums, Billy Karren (a.k.a. Billy Boredom) played guitar and Kathi Wilcox played bass. Sometimes they switched instruments. Bikini Kill is credited with instigating the Riot Grrrl movement in the early 90's via their political lyrics, zines and confrontational live show.

The band started touring in June 1991. In addition to touring the US several times, they also toured Europe, Australia and Japan. Bikini Kill recorded and released a demo tape, two EP's, two LP's and three singles. Their demo tape was self-released,while their first two records came out as a full length CD/Tape and their singles were posthumously collected on CD.

Bikini Kill believed that if all girls started bands the world would change. They actively encouraged women and girls to start bands as a means of cultural resistance. Bikini Kill was inspired by seeing Babes in Toyland play live and attempted to incite female participation and build feminist community via the punk scene. They used touring as a way to create an underground network between girls who played music, put on shows and made fanzines. This independent media making and informal network created a forum for multiple female voices to be heard.

Ticket delivery will be delayed to arrive one week before the show. This is to prevent scalpers, resellers, and other forms of ticket fraud.

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Sep
21 Mon
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Oh Sees, with Mr. Elevator

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

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: February 14, 2020 12:00 PM to September 21, 2020 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: September 21, 2020 12:00 AM to September 21, 2020 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Psych-punk psychic warrior, ear worm-farmer, and possessor of many stamped passport pages John Dwyer does not let up. His group Oh Sees (aka Thee Oh Sees, OCS, The Oh Sees, etc) have transmogrified to fit many a moment - from hushed druggy folk to groovy demonic pop chants to science fictional krautrock expanse and beyond - to suit his omnivorous whims.

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300 E. Main St.
Carrboro, NC
United States