Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle


Sep
18 Wed
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Tinariwen, with Lonnie Holley

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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DAY OF: $33.00

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DAY OF Public Onsale: September 18, 2019 12:00 AM to September 18, 2019 11:59 PM

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The new album by Tinariwen could well have been called Exile on Main Street. But other people have already thought of that. It also could have been called A la recherché du pays perdu ('Remembrance of a lost country'). Except that would have been a tad Proustian for musicians who grew up pretty much between a rock and a sand dune, in the midst of their goat herds and camel caravans. But the idea is apt. As is the painful paradox, if you consider that while Tinariwen were busy criss-crossing the globe on their recent triumphant tours (160 concerts played in the past three years), expanding their audience on all five continents, becoming one of the latest musical phenomena of truly universal calibre, the frontiers that encircle their desert home were closing down and double-locking, forcing them into exile to record this their 8th album.

Over the past five years, their beloved homeland in the Adrar des Ifoghas, a Saharan mountain range that straddles the border between north-eastern Mali and southern Algeria has, in effect, been transformed into a conflict zone, a place where nobody can venture without putting themselves in danger and where war lords devoted either to jihad or trafficking (sometimes both at the same time), have put any activity that contradicts their beliefs or escapes their control in jeopardy. Even though the 12 songs on this new record evoke those cherished deserts of home, they were recorded a long way away from them. And, as a result of this separation, at a time when the political, military and humanitarian situation in the region has never been so critical, the feelings and the emotions that the band managed to capture on record have never been so vivid.

In October 2014, making use of a few days off in the middle of a long American tour, the band stopped off at Rancho de la Luna studios in California's Joshua Tree National Park. The place has become the favoured refuge of the stoner rock tribe. Josh Homme and his Queens of the Stone Age were the first to make it their hive, and since then, whether in use by P J Harvey or the Foo Fighters, Iggy Pop or the Arctic Monkeys, neither the mixing console nor the kitchen ovens have had a moment to cool down. For Tinariwen, the geographical location of the studios - lost in the middle of that horizontal desert, that mineral immensity, where Man is reminded of his own insignificance in ways that can only, in the end, either kill him or sublimate him - proved to be particularly propitious in terms of creativity.
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Sep
19 Thu
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Snow Tha Product, with 3AM Sound, (J) Rowdy & The Nightshift, P3

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: May 17, 2019 10:00 AM to September 19, 2019 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: September 19, 2019 12:00 AM to September 19, 2019 11:59 PM

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Bilingual rapper and singer Claudia Feliciano, who goes by the name Snow tha Product, switches between hardened rhymes and bright melodic hooks with an emphasis on the former. Easily mistaken for a drug reference, Feliciano's performing alias was inspired instead by Disney character Snow White and the artist's desire to prevent her musical and personal lives from blurring into one another. Born in San Jose and raised in San Diego, she appeared as Claudia White on "Alguien," a 2009 single by Latin pop artist Jaime Kohen, prior to basing herself out of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. For several years she was an underground artist, though she eventually attracted some high-level guest appearances on her mixtape releases, including the likes of Tech N9ne and Ty Dolla $ign. In 2013, she went aboveground and started issuing singles for major-label Atlantic, such as "Play," "Doing Fine," and "Hola," which alternated between pop-oriented material and more aggressive, lighter-hearted tracks tailored for club play. In 2016, Atlantic released an eight-track EP, Half Way There..., Pt. 1. From there Feliciano had success with a series of singles and featured appearances. 2017 included the viral breakup anthem "Waste of Time," as well as "Nuestra Cancion, Pt. 2," both showcasing a smoother and more pop-friendly side of her style. The next year she continued with trappy singles "Help a Bitch Out (featuring O.T. Genasis)," "Dale Gas," and "Today I Decided" as well as the more lighthearted "Goin' Off" and "Myself (featuring DRAM)." She ended the year by contributing to several tracks on the VIBE HIGHER mixtape with Castro Escobar, Lex the Great, Jandro, and others. ~ Andy Kellman

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Sep
20 Fri
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The Fab Four at 55: Across the Universe

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $10.00

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ADVANCED Public Onsale: August 23, 2019 10:00 AM to September 20, 2019 11:59 PM

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Beatles tribute featuring:
The Backbeat, Sam Frazier. Rebecca Newton, Nancy Middleton, Jefferson Hart, Barry Gray, Glenn Jones, Lance White, Steve Eisenstadt, Jim Roberts, Tim Smith, Armand Lenchek, Mike Nicholson, Rob Sharer, Mike Babyak, Tom Collins-Meltzer, Charles Latham, Danny Gotham & many more.
Sep
21 Sat
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Whitney, with Hand Habits

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:30 PM
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ADVANCED: $25.00
DAY OF: $28.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: September 21, 2019 12:00 AM to September 21, 2019 11:59 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: May 17, 2019 10:00 AM to September 21, 2019 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Whitney make casually melancholic music that combines the wounded drawl of Townes Van Zandt, the rambunctious energy of Jim Ford, the stoned affability of Bobby Charles, the American otherworldliness of The Band, and the slack groove of early Pavement. Their debut, Light Upon the Lake, is due in June on Secretly Canadian, and it marks the culmination of a short, but incredibly intense, creative period for the band. To say that Whitney is more than the sum of its parts would be a criminal understatement. Formed from the core of guitarist Max Kakacek and singing drummer Julien Ehrlich, the band itself is something bigger, something visionary, something neither of them could have accomplished alone. The band itself is something bigger, something visionary, something neither of them could have accomplished alone.

Ehrlich had been a member of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, but left to play drums for the Smith Westerns, where he met guitarist Kakacek. That group burned brightly but briefly, disbanding in 2014 and leaving its members adrift. Brief solo careers and side-projects abounded, but nothing clicked. Making everything seem all the more fraught: both of them were going through especially painful breakups almost simultaneously, the kind that inspire a million songs, and they emerged emotionally bruised and lonelier than ever.

Whitney was born from a series of laidback early-morning songwriting sessions during one of the harshest winters in Chicago history, after Ehrlich and Kakacek reconnected - first as roommates splitting rent in a small Chicago apartment and later as musical collaborators passing the guitar and the lyrics sheet back and forth. "We approached it as just a fun thing to do. We never wanted to force ourselves to write a song. It just happened very organically. And we were smiling the whole time, even though some of the songs are pretty sad." The duo wrote frankly about the break-ups they were enduring and the breakdowns they were trying to avoid. Each served as the other's most brutal critic and most sympathetic confessor, a sounding board for the hard truths that were finding their way into new songs like "No Woman" and "Follow," a eulogy for Ehrlich's grandfather.

In exorcising their demons they conjured something else, something much more benign-a third presence, another personality in the music, which they gave the name Whitney. They left it singular to emphasize its isolation and loneliness. Says Kakacek, "We were both writing as this one character, and whenever we were stuck, we'd ask, 'What would Whitney do in this situation?' We personified the band name into this person, and that helped a lot. We wrote the record as though one person were playing everything. We purposefully didn't add a lot of parts and didn't bother making everything perfect, because the character we had in mind wouldn't do that."

In those imperfections lies the music's humanity. Whilst they demoed and toured the new songs, they became more aware of the perfect imperfections of the songs, and needing to strike the right balance, they eventually made the trek out to California, where they recorded with Foxygen frontman and longtime friend, Jonathan Rado. They slept in tents in Rado's backyard, ate the same breakfast every morning at the same diner in the remote, desolate and completely un-rock n roll San Fernando Valley, whilst they dreamt of Laurel Canyon, or maybe The Band's hideout in Malibu, or Neil Young's ranch in Topanga Canyon.

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Sep
26 Thu
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The Motet: Speed of Light Tour, with Mellow Swells

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:30 PM
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ADVANCED: $20.00
DAY OF: $23.00

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ADVANCED Public Onsale: June 28, 2019 10:00 AM to September 26, 2019 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: September 26, 2019 12:00 AM to September 26, 2019 11:59 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Throughout history, unity starts on the dancefloor. From ancient tribal cultures to neon night clubs, beats bring bodies together. Once grinding and grooving in unison, the movement generates friction, sparks, and light. That might just be the purest form of energy on the planet. The Motet harness such energy on their ninth full-length, Death or Devotion. In fact, the Denver septet-Dave Watts [drums], Joey Porter [keys], Garrett Sayers [bass], Ryan Jalbert [guitar], Lyle Divinsky [vocals], Drew Sayers [sax], and Parris Fleming [trumpet]-encode a message in their energetic mélange of boisterous badass funk, swaggering soul, and thought-provoking pop.

In the process, they challenge convention and arrive with a dynamic, diverse, and definitive statement.

"The essence is always going to be the groove, but we wanted to expand the idea of what a funk album could be," says Lyle. "Of course, you want a driving backbeat. However, with the division that's going on in this country and the world, I think it's every artist's responsibility to create a conversation. That conversation doesn't have to be political either. It can be about love or an introspective journey. I think the commentary should be on what it's like to be alive today. By drawing on funk, we create a fun, palatable musical vehicle for the message to go down. Our goal is for you to recognize we're all dancing on the same dance floor-even though our steps may look a little different."

Death or Devotion earmarks an important point in the band's own journey. Since emerging in 1998, the boys have cooked up eight full-length albums and entranced countless crowds. 2016's Totem saw them welcome Lyle behind the mic and Drew on sax. Shortly after, they kicked off what has become an annual tradition by selling out the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater for the first time. "It was my six-month anniversary and first show for a hometown crowd," recalls Lyle. "I've got 10,000 people looking at me like, 'Who the hell is that?'," he laughs.

That night would be chronicled on the fan favorite Live at Red Rocks. In the meantime, the group maintained a prolific pace of 100 shows per year in support of Totem. Along the way, The Motet started recording Death or Devotion during intermittent sessions at Scanhope Sound in 2017.

For the first time, Lyle, Drew, and Parris (who joined in 2018) worked on a Motet record together from start-to-finish.

"On Totem, the train was already moving, and I was just a train hopper," says Lyle.
"Drew, Parris, and I came onboard within the same year. Now, we're all bringing our pieces to the puzzle. For me, I brought that R&B style. Funk is the common ground, but the music is a result of different inspirations: namely Drew's hip-hop and reggae knowledge, Ryan's psychedelic jamming, Dave with the worldbeat, Joey with his encyclopedic understanding of punk, and Garrett being the best bass player to exist. We found a really cool balance between the funkiness and songs that challenge your emotional headspace more than typical pop."
The Motet Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | SoundCloud | Spotify | YouTube
Mellow Swells Links: Website | Instagram
Sep
27 Fri
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RIDE, with The Spirit of the Beehive

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $30.00
DAY OF: $33.00

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ADVANCED Public Onsale: May 17, 2019 10:00 AM to September 27, 2019 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: September 27, 2019 12:00 AM to September 27, 2019 11:59 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Andy Bell, Mark Gardener, Loz Colbert and Steve Queralt formed Ride in Oxford in 1988. A defining act of the shoegaze scene and signed to Creation Records in 1989, they went on to release four albums: 'Nowhere,' 'Going Blank Again,' 'Carnival of Light' and 'Tarantula.'

After a lengthy hiatus, Ride reformed in 2014. Comprised of Andy Bell, Mark Gardener, Loz Colbert, and Steve Queralt, the band sold out headline tours around the world to a plethora of critical acclaim, as well as show stopping turns at festivals including Coachella, Primavera and Field Day.

Produced by Erol Alkan, new album 'Weather Diaries' is packed with all the classic elements that made Ride one of the defining bands of the early '90s. Trembling distortion, beautiful harmonies, pounding rhythms, shimmering soundscapes and great songwriting all combine to make an album that's ambitious in scope, timeless and thoroughly addictive. The album is out now through Wichita Recordings and sees the band reunited with label co-founders Dick Green and Mark Bowen, who worked with Ride during the band's early years on Creation Records. It also brings the band back together with mixer Alan Moulder (Arctic Monkeys, Smashing Pumpkins, The Killers) who mixed their seminal 1990 album 'Nowhere' and produced it's follow up 'Going Blank Again.'

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Sep
28 Sat
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Abbey Road LIVE! - 50th Anniversary of "Abbey Road"

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:30 PM
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ADVANCED: $15.00
DAY OF: $18.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: September 28, 2019 12:00 AM to September 28, 2019 11:59 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: July 23, 2019 3:00 PM to September 28, 2019 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
"one of the world's premier Beatles cover bands"
-US News and World Report

"unquestionably expert at what they do"
-Indyweek

50 years ago, as Woodstock became the defining moment of the '60s generation, the Beatles recorded and released their own crown jewel: Abbey Road, their final and most iconic studio album. The image of John, Paul George and Ringo walking the London crosswalk is perhaps the most famous album cover of all time.

Come and experience some Beatles magic as Abbey Road LIVE! delivers its signature performance: the entire Abbey Road album, start-to-finish. Featuring classics such as Come Together, Here Comes The Sun and the epic "side 2 medley", Abbey Road has been widely recognized as the Fab Four's finest musical work. And the album performance will be just part of the evening: fans will be treated to a second set of Beatles tunes spanning the band's 8-year, 200 song career.

Abbey Road LIVE! is not your typical look-alike Beatle tribute act. Don't expect mop-top wigs and phony British accents. Rather, this band is about bringing some of the more complex Beatles music to life in a raw & spirited fashion, while remaining true to the original recordings.

And the band's creative exuberance is infectious. At a typical Abbey Road LIVE! show, audiences young and old can found gleefully singing along with every word, many relishing the chance to hear this monumental music performed live -- something the Beatles themselves never did, as they stopped touring in 1966, before much their best music was released.
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Sep
29 Sun
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Carrboro Music Festival

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 2:00 PM, Show at 2:30 PM
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PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Free show!

The 2019 Festival will be held on Sunday, September 29th. Kickoff events will be held on Saturday, September 28th. This year marks the 22nd Anniversary of the Festival.

The main event will be held on Sunday and will feature a wide-variety of acts at venues all over Downtown Carrboro. Saturday's kick-off event will feature bands at Carrboro Town Commons, beginning at 2:00pm. following the Farmer's Market. A free, ticketed, show will be held at the Cat's Cradle at 8:30pm.

The Carrboro Music Festival is an effort to host a free two-day event that showcase Triangle-area performers and the varied musical styles they represent. All of the performers donate their talents to foster a strong sense of community and to reveal their talents to a wider audience.

The event is a product of a coordinated effort by the Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department and the Carrboro Music Festival Planning Committee.

This program is supported by the Town of Carrboro and the Carrboro Tourism Development Authority. Generous support is also provided by the local business community. Please visit the sponsorship page for a complete list of sponsors.

Taxicab Preacher 2:30pm
The 8:59s 3:30pm
The Upward Dogs 4:30pm
Raid The Quarry 5:30pm
The Grand Shell Game 6:30pm
Arrow Beach 7:30pm
Henbrain 8:30pm
Lud 9:30pm
The Holler and Shout 10:30pm

Links: Website
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Oct
1 Tue
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Mt. Joy, with SUSTO

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
VIP: $70.00
ADVANCED: $20.00
DAY OF: $23.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: April 12, 2019 10:00 AM to October 1, 2019 12:00 AM
VIP Public Onsale: April 9, 2019 10:00 AM to September 24, 2019 8:00 PM
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 1, 2019 12:00 AM to October 1, 2019 11:59 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
"These dreams are more than paper things," sings Matt Quinn on Mt. Joy's infectious folk-rocker "Astrovan," a warm, yearning bit of road-trip philosophy that posits the existence of a Deadhead Jesus cruising the dusty highways of the countryside, nursing a roach on his way to only He knows where. It's an auspicious line from a band predicated on the revival of teenage dreams.

Mt. Joy started off as a rekindling of shared musical ambitions between Philadelphia high school friends Matt Quinn (vocals, guitar) and Sam Cooper (guitar). Reunited in Los Angeles thanks to the ebbs and flows of adult life, the pair met multi-instrumentalist Michael Byrnes through a Craigslist ad. They named themselves Mt. Joy as an ode to a mountain in Valley Forge National Park near Sam's childhood home, and together, with Byrnes' roommate Caleb Nelson producing, they recorded three songs and sent them out into the world, hoping for the best. "I knew I still wanted to write songs, but the realities of life made that dream seem pretty impossible," Quinn says.

Much to the band's amazement, "Astrovan" accomplished the impossible. Without initial promotion or fanfare, the song took off on Spotify, racking up 5 million streams to date. "The irony of 'Astrovan' was that song was really about being stuck in a life and wanting to have the opportunity to pursue a dream, and in an instant it gave us that opportunity. " Quinn says. Mt. Joy quickly transitioned from a part-time calling into a full-fledged band rounded out by Byrnes on bass, Sotiris Eliopoulos on drums and Jackie Miclau on keyboard.

Come 2017, Mt. Joy hit the road, and hit it hard: They played tour dates alongside the likes of The Shins, The Head and The Heart, The Lone Bellow, and Whitney, and popped up at some of the summer's biggest festivals, including Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza and Made In America. "We were put on some big shows very quickly," Quinn says. "The growth for us has been exponential - we've really just become a family that's constantly pushing each other and the live show to be great." They eventually caught the attention of Dualtone Records and began work on their debut album.

Steeped in folk-rock tradition and powered by the intuitive creative connection between Quinn and Cooper, the songs on 'Mt. Joy' depict Quinn wrestling with his own conscience, where the mundane and the fantastic collide as he processes tragedy, society, and love. Opener "I'm Your Wreck" describes "monsters in (the) closet, using up the wi-fi" as it cycles from its desperate, spiraling verses to its swinging, stubbornly optimistic coda, while the loping, plaintive chords of "Younger Days" meditate on a frayed psyche and the fear of choosing the wrong path. "Sheep," with its collapsing, hoarse-voiced cry of "freedom was paid in blood," is a post-Trump salvo on the responsibilities of the fortunate to overcome political and social despondency. And on "Silver Lining," perhaps the album's brightest moment, Quinn surveys the damage of hard drugs and the vicious cycle of addiction, as the song's melancholic sentiment kicks into its fervid, defiant chorus, all shout-along vocals and trilling guitars.

Taken together, the self titled 'Mt. Joy' LP is a startlingly open document, wracked with the anxieties and fears that come just as life seems to start working out. It's a natural reaction from a wary band like Mt. Joy - the result of a sort of professional vertigo, as they've gone from virtual unknowns to hot young commodity in little over a year. But there's a sense of hope underlying everything, girded by the fact that the Mt. Joy LP is an impressive, honest portrayal of a young band facing that moment where dreams become reality, and finding beauty in the exhilarating uncertainty of it all.
$20.00 - $70.00
Oct
5 Sat
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Electric Six

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 8:00 PM, Show at 9:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $13.00
DAY OF: $15.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: July 26, 2019 10:00 AM to October 5, 2019 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 5, 2019 12:00 AM to October 5, 2019 11:59 PM

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Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube
Oct
6 Sun
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Built to Spill - Keep It Like a Secret Tour, with Prism Bitch, Love As Laughter

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $28.00
DAY OF: $32.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 6, 2019 12:00 AM to October 6, 2019 11:59 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 15, 2019 1:00 PM to October 6, 2019 12:00 AM

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Oct
7 Mon
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Luna performing Penthouse, with Olden Yolk

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: May 3, 2019 10:00 AM to October 7, 2019 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 7, 2019 12:00 AM to October 7, 2019 11:59 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Luna was a New York band formed in 1991 by singer/guitarist Dean Wareham after the breakup of Galaxie 500. The band made seven studio albums before disbanding in 2005. After a ten-year break, they reunited and toured in 2015, and in 2017 released a new LP - A Sentimental Education and an EP of instrumentals - A Place of Greater Safety.

Other recent reissues include a deluxe 2xLP version of their classic Penthouse album (on Rhino) and another 2xLP set Lunafied that collects all the covers the band record-ed in the 1990s.

Now scattered around the country (Los Angeles, New York and Austin) the band re-tains the same lineup that operated from 1999 to 2005: Dean Wareham on vo-cals/guitar, his wife Britta Phillips on bass, Sean Eden on guitar, and Lee Wall on drums.

A Luna Timeline:

1992. Dean Wareham recruits Justin Harwood (ex-Chills) on bass and Stanley Demeski (ex-Feelies) on drums to record Lunapark for Elektra Records. After completing the al-bum, the band places an ad in the Village Voice and thus adds Sean Eden on guitar. Eden, who is Canadian by birth and a trained actor, plays lead guitar on the excellent Indian Summer EP (aka the Slide EP).

1993. The band records their second album, Bewitched, featuring "California," "Tiger Lily" and "Friendly Advice."

1995 Luna's classic third album, Penthouse (1995) is recorded in New York City, fea-turing guests Tom Verlaine (Television) and Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab). The band signs to Beggar's Banquet in Europe. Rolling Stone calls it "one of the essential recordings of the '90s"

1997 Lee Wall replaces the travel-weary Stanley Demeski on drums, and the band rec-ords Pup Tent, their fourth album for Elektra.

1998 Luna recorded their fifth album The Days of Our Nights.

1999 Justin Harwood moves back to his home country (New Zealand), and is replaced on bass by Britta Phillips.

2000 finding themselves between contracts, the band quickly records a live album - Luna Live! for the Arena Rock label.

2002 the band sign to Jetset Records, record Romantica, co-produced by Gene Holder (DB's) and Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev). Romantica was followed by the mini-LP Close Cover Before Striking.

2004 Luna record their Rendezvous album in Brooklyn, NY. Produced by Bryce Gog-gin with minimal overdubs, it captures the band more-or-less live.

2005 After a farewell tour, on February 28 the band play their last show at New York's Bowery Ballroom.

2015 After ten years away, the band announces a commemorative world tour. The lineup is the exact '99-'05 group: Dean Wareham and Sean Eden on guitar, Lee Wall on drums, and Britta Phillips (now married to Mr Wareham) on bass.

2016 Captured Tracks label release a vinyl box set comprising Luna's five albums rec-orded for Elektra and a bonus LP of rarities.

2017 Double Feature Records release the band's first new material since 2004, the co-vers LP A Sentimental Education and instrumental EP A Place of Greater Safety.

2018 Run-Out-Groove releases the double LP Lunafied - containing all the covers the band recorded during the 1990s.

At their best, it's hard to believe there is any other kind of music besides this simple, graceful, chiming chug - the Guardian

Dean Wareham has an unlikely quiver of a voice that, for whatever ungodly reason, sounds as if he's survived something his music alludes to but never gives away - Jerry Stahl

One of indie rocks' most beloved live acts - Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone

Links: Website
Oct
10 Thu
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Witt Lowry Nevers Road Tour, with Xuitcasecity, Whatever We Are

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $16.00
DAY OF: $18.00

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ADVANCED Public Onsale: July 12, 2019 10:00 AM to October 10, 2019 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 10, 2019 12:00 AM to October 10, 2019 11:59 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Connecticut rapper, Witt Lowry, may have graduated with a degree in graphic design, but it wasn't until he decided to rap for a career that he found his true passion. Naturally, his rhymes convey a quick wit and clever phrases (as he wanted his moniker to suggest). With gritty, urgent, and powerfully confessional rhymes, Lowry breathlessly spat cutting lines aimed at spreading hope to his fans, therapy for himself, and some sophomoric boasting for good measure. After two mixtapes, Witt's last project, "I Could Not Plan This" released September 2017 and hit the #1 spot on iTunes Hip Hop in all major markets around the world, as well as hitting the Billboard Top 200, Heatseekers, Independent Albums, Digital Albums & Top Album Sales Charts. He then completed a headline, 34 date US tour and 13 date international tour late 2017 into early 2018.

Witt is currently gearing up to release his next album "Nevers Road" Late-Summer 2019.

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Oct
11 Fri
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Violet Bell - Honey In My Heart Album Release

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $10.00
DAY OF: $12.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: August 1, 2019 7:00 AM to October 11, 2019 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 11, 2019 12:00 AM to October 11, 2019 11:59 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Partially Seated Show

Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez are floating in the Eno River, someplace between Durham and Hillsborough.

A fierce summer sun beats down. Minnows nudge them. They float, holding onto large rocks and letting the current point their feet downstream. Kids wade by, headed from the gentle waterfall to the inches-deep ford.

As two humans navigating life together, Ross and Ruiz-Lopez are present; the only moment is now and the only location is here. As a band, as North Carolina progressive folk duo Violet Bell, they are present; a recording is not expected to be the platonic ideal, the authoritative version of a song, but just one brief window of its lifetime. And that sense of letting go and leaning in, of accepting that spirit and heart count far more than the myth of the perfect take, is central to Violet Bell's debut LP, Honey in My Heart.

"When you're standing on the edge of fear and you have that deep desire to control... I think it is ego stuff, because the ego is the one that gets scared. Being willing to make a choice that we're going to hold this space open - we're going to suspend fear for now," Ross says, "If we let go and let it flow, we'll come out with something that feels alive."

Accordingly, Honey in My Heart is vibrant, full of ebbing and flowing emotion; full of passion, fear, hope, angst, frustration, humor - all the messy emotions comprising the worthwhile chaos of the human experience. Stylistically, the songs take familiar Americana textures and bend them in surprising directions. The album draws from all over the spectrum, ranging from folky psychedelia to subtle jazz and experimental indie-pop. Honey in My Heart is what happens when two musicians at the top of their craft share the same sandbox.

On the album's lighter side, the ebullient "Summer Skin" lampoons bro-country's unrealistic descriptions of women. "She's out on a boat in her white bathing suit / with a drink in her hand / she looks like an ad / except her farmer's tan and her scabs," Ross sings, describing a real Southern woman in the summer, replete with poison ivy and tick bites. "Let Me Forget" is a bittersweet Americana road song with a Jeff Buckley-reminiscent R&B chorus. "Swimming Towards Sharks" takes rape culture by the horns - "I see my body in the water / blooming blood red flower / circling, closing in / that's my body in the water," Ross sings over deceptive quiet, then explodes with a swirl of ferocious violin. Indeed, many songs explore the concept of gender duality and the impact of traditional gender roles in our culture.

To make these songs feel alive, Violet Bell rewrote its own norms and expectations. Honey in My Heart was recorded largely live. If there were mistakes in the best take, that didn't stop it from being the best take.

"We didn't do any scratch tracks," Ross says, "Once we got into the room together, it felt so good. The songs are just what came out." By consciously rejecting elements of studio culture dogma, Violet Bell was able to discover the joys of embracing the process, like the broken Mellotron that gives "Path You've Never Seen" a fascinating glitchy character without much digital production to speak of.

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Oct
12 Sat
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Langhorne Slim and The Lost At Last Band, with Katie Pruitt, Kate Rhudy

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: October 12, 2019 12:00 AM to October 12, 2019 11:59 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: July 26, 2019 10:00 AM to October 12, 2019 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
As the phenomena of instant connection and the need for constant self-improvement further implant their tendrils into our culture, the ability to truly connect with each other and ourselves has begun to fade. As we all reach for our smartphones to gaze upon the manufactured perfection of the lives of those we admire, we lose sight of what makes our own lives important.

Nashville's Langhorne Slim interlaces this theme throughout his new album. "Everyone's searchin' for something better around every corner, but it's already right here," Langhorne says. "We're all born whole -- through livin' we fall apart..."

The songs on Langhorne Slim's newest album, Lost At Last Vol. 1, out November 10, 2017, challenge the idea of social rigidity: the attitude that there's a "correct" way for us to live and a side we should be on. He urges the world to see through the idea that by following that path and focusing only on fitting the mold, one will have lived a good life. He re-interprets the sound of the free-spirited yet vulnerable everyman heard on 2015's The Spirit Moves and brings forth anew the call for us to abandon "the fold" and re-connect with ourselves and each other.

Langhorne Slim is no stranger to the world of popular culture and commercial success. Lost At Last Vol. 1 is his sixth full-length album; throughout his career he has been defined by reflective songwriting and passionate delivery. Slim's last album cycle alone garnered him his third appearance on Conan O'Brien's late-night show, as well as a feature on CBS Saturday Morning, and the highest charting debut of his career. O'Brien, a personal fan of Slim stated, "After one listen, I became an instant, almost obsessive fan." Slim has consistently toured on his own, and has appeared on extensive worldwide runs throughout his career with artists such as The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Gregory Alan Isakov, Josh Ritter, The Devil Makes Three, Sara Watkins, and more. He's also appeared on many festival stages, such as Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Outside Lands, Lollapalooza, and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Lost At Last Vol. 1 is a record that Langhorne wanted to do differently from the start. "Almost immediately after recording our last record, The Spirit Moves," Slim says, "I felt a deep desire to make another album. One that would take a step sideways in order to take a step forward; one that would be very personal and raw...in the making of this record, I made a deal with myself to trust my own voice and vision more than I ever have before, and to go willingly wherever it led."

The title alone reflects his need to pen a great wealth of songs, as if the thoughts and inspiration took on a life of their own and just needed to come out. Recorded over the span of around six months in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Catskill, NY, and clocking in at about 34 minutes, it's a short but intense listening experience. Several songs are under two or three minutes long, but they pack vivid imagery into concise packages in a way that shows a significant diversion from the songwriting on his previous records. Slim keeps his record-making in the family with this release; longtime band member Malachi DeLorenzo co-produced the record along with Kenny Siegal, and DeLorenzo also mixed several tracks in addition to playing drums on the record.
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Oct
16 Wed
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Melvins, Redd Kross, with Toshi Kasai

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 7:45 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $25.00
DAY OF: $28.00

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

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Melvins Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp


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Oct
17 Thu
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Watch What Crappens

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
VIP: $75.00
ADVANCED: $25.00
DAY OF: $28.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: June 21, 2019 10:00 AM to October 17, 2019 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 17, 2019 12:00 AM to October 17, 2019 11:59 PM
VIP Public Onsale: June 21, 2019 10:00 AM to October 12, 2019 8:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
This is a seated show.

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$25.00 - $75.00
Oct
18 Fri
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Ra Ra Riot, with Bayonne

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 8:00 PM, Show at 9:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $17.00
DAY OF: $19.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 18, 2019 12:00 AM to October 18, 2019 11:59 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: August 16, 2019 10:00 AM to October 18, 2019 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Ra Ra Riot - Wes Miles (vocals), Mathieu Santos (bass), Milo Bonacci (guitar), Rebecca Zeller (violinist), Kenny Bernard(drummer) - introduced its unique brand of indie pop to the world in 2006 and got off to a fast start. After signing toBarsuk, the band released four critically acclaimed records over the next 10 years including 2016's ​Need Your Light​,which earned praise from NPR, Pitchfork, Entertainment Weekly, Stereogum and more. That album spawned the band'sbiggest hit to date, "Water," a collaboration with longtime creative partner Rostam Batmanglij, which has streamedmore than 75 million times globally. On August 9, 2019 the band returned with ​Superbloom​, an impossibly radiantalbum, a selection of songs powered by the most imaginative yet indelible melodies they've ever dreamed up. At thesame time, the band maintains the offbeat eclecticism they've embraced since first forming as a baroque- pop outfitback in the mid-2000s, embedding ​Superbloom​'s lavish arrangements with elements of psychedelia, new wave, punk,and country. Lead tracks, "Bad To Worse," "Flowers" and "Belladonna" have quickly become fan favorites.

Ra Ra Riot have continued to create some of the most fun live environments in indie rock, headlining worldwide andsharing tours with Jimmy Eat World, Third Eye Blind, Young The Giant, Death Cab For Cutie, The Postal Service, The Shinsand others and impressing on festival stages including Coachella, Austin City Limits, Icelandic Airwaves Festival,Lollapalooza and more. They look forward to bringing ​Superbloom​ to life on stages around the world over the next year.

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Oct
19 Sat
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Moonchild, with Devin Morrison

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
VIP: $75.00
ADVANCED: $22.00
DAY OF: $25.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: July 26, 2019 10:00 AM to October 19, 2019 12:00 AM
VIP Public Onsale: July 26, 2019 10:00 AM to October 13, 2019 5:00 PM
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 19, 2019 12:00 AM to October 19, 2019 11:59 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Moonchild is a combination of three independent, strong-willed spirits-Amber Navran [vocals, tenor saxophone, flute, keyboards, synth bass, drum programming], Andris Mattson [trumpet, flugelhorn, keyboards, synth bass, guitar, drum programming], and Max Bryk [alto saxophone, clarinet, keyboards, synth bass, drum programming]. The resulting union yields an ever-evolving fusion of alternative R&B and neo-soul. For as singular as each personality may be, they all participate equally in writing, producing, tracking, and mixing their records, collaborating as true equal partners. Not only do they create as a unit, but they also evolve, grow, and transform as one.

"Our chemistry as writers was pretty instantaneous from the start," explains Andris. "The first tune we came up with, we all sat on a piano bench together and wrote as a unit. Nowadays, each of us has our own studio setup and are constantly making beats and writing songs on our own. We'll often send each other emails of beats we made and then get together to expand them into full songs. We have so much trust in each other during the writing process."

As Moonchild, the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts-never more so than on their fourth full-length, Little Ghost [Entertainment One].

After that first shared piano bench session at the University of Southern California, the group unveiled their debut Be Free in 2012. Please Rewind followed three years later, and 2017's Voyager saw them ascend to new critical peaks. NPR Music touted the record among, "Five R&B Albums You Slept On In 2017," and JAZZ FM named them "Soul Act of the Year" for 2018. "Cure" toppled 8 million Spotify streams, and "The List" exceeded 7 million plays on Youtube.

Along the way, the trio performed headline shows everywhere from the United States and Europe to Asia, and supported other tours for the likes of The Internet, Kamasi Washington, and more. As they began writing and recording Little Ghost in 2018, the individual progression of each musician informed and elevated the creative process. While laying down tracks at a Lake Arrowhead retreat, Andris dove further into the guitar, incorporating it at the core of the new music.

"The three of us are always experimenting with new programs and gear and trying to improve our craft individually," he goes on. "I've been so into guitar, so that's a big shift from previous Moonchild albums. The acoustic and ukulele really expanded our sound. The keyboard-driven sounds and horns are still there, but they're intertwined with guitar."

"The evolution connects to the title," adds Amber. "At the end of a star's life, the gas expands into space and leaves a really beautiful nebula, and there is one up there called Little Ghost. We thought it was a cool concept of expansion, mirroring what we were doing as a group."

The first single "Too Much to Ask" illuminates that expansion. Andris pairs an electric piano patch with the guitar and ukulele over a skittering groove as Amber's raspy delivery rolls from a near-whisper to a soulful swoon.

Moonchild will be partnering with charities nationwide to support causes that work to positively impact local communities. $1 from each ticket sale will be donated, details forthcoming.

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$22.00 - $75.00
Oct
20 Sun
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The Band CAMINO, with Valley

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Nashville-based band, The Band CAMINO, write lovelorn songs about perseverance and personal growth. Comprised of members Jeffery Jordan, Graham Rowell, Spencer Stewart, and Garrison Burgess, The Band CAMINO have released two EP's (2017's Heaven and 2016's My Thoughts On You), and an array of anthemic and gleaming singles that have collectively amassed over 70 Million streams in the U.S. alone. With their Elektra Records debut on the horizon, The Band CAMINO's mutual trust and eclectic songwriting attests to the worth of putting an honest effort in.

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 Public Onsale:
12:00 AM
Oct 20, 2019

300 E. Main St.
Carrboro, NC
United States