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Lake Inferior 10″ release show at Local 506, Nov. 12

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See a good show, get a new 10″ release and check out what one of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s newest student organizations is up to this Thursday at the Local 506.


Lake Inferior's "Pegasaur," courtesy of the band's Myspace

Carrboro’s Lake Inferior will play to promote their new  “Pegasaur” 10″, which UNC’s student-run label Vinyl Records is releasing on the same date. (Did I mention the $7 admission price includes a copy of the new release?)

The upbeat electronic indie rock outfit were chosen by UNC students as label signees in an online contest after a concert last school year, (Lafcadio Shot Back and My Boy Rascal were the other winners).

Their experimental sound comes across as a little Paul Simon-y if he was currently in college and primarily listened to electronic music, (which is quite good in my opinion). Just check out “Gepeddo” on their Myspace page (linked above) and then watch the classic video “You Can Call Me Al.”

Judge if you think I’m completely crazy for making the above comparison:

According to the label’s Twitter, advance copies of the “Pegasaur” are available at Bull City Records in Durham. [map]

If you still aren’t convinced of Lake Inferior’s talent, check out a review of the Vinyl Records showcase from UNC’s Fall Fest by The Daily Tar Heel‘s Diversions blog.

The rest of the lineup includes rockers The Honored Guests of Chapel Hill and noise rockers Gift Horse of Athens, Ga.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and Gift Horse start playing at 9 p.m. $7 at the door. [map]

Sample more of Vinyl Records’ talent by downloading its free 2009 sampler. It has 1o tracks that feature all three current Vinyl artists and an intro by Lexicon.


Written by Elizabeth Lilly

November 9, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Halloween all over the Triangle

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in Chapel Hill

  • Local 506: Cover bands Some Girls (Rolling Stones), The Julies (60s psyche) and Southern Girls (Cheap Trick) should make for a rocking good time. Doors at 9:30 p.m., show at 10 p.m., $5 at the door. Note that this show is non-smoking. [map]EccentrikFestival
  • Mansion 462: Eccentrik Festival VI: The Mariner’s Revenge, an annual steampunk/gothic fest hosted by Mistee Kantrip with Unwoman (San Francisco-based cellist/singer), Veronique Diabolique (Durham-based French goth)and Vernian Process (San Francisco-based dark/whimsical post-punk). Show starts at 9 p.m. [map]

in Durham

  • The Pinhook: Halloween Bash with cover bands Girl Ramonas (female Ramones), Heart of Glass (Blondie) and Amps Do Furnish a Room (Television). Show starts at 10 p.m. [map]
  • The Broad Street Cafe: Halloween party with Once and Future Kings (Raleigh-based dystopian indie rock). Show at 10 p.m. with a costume contest and prizes at 11 p.m.  [map]

in Raleigh

  • Berkeley Cafe: Halloween show with UNTOLD, (Raleigh-based alternative rock)  ReAlign, Facedown, Melville Toast (Melville-based blues rock). All ages show, $5 with a costume, $8 without. [map]
  • The Pour House Music Hall: 15th annual Phat Smashing Pumpkin Jam. Doors and show at 9 p.m. $5 and must wear a costume for entry. [map]

Written by Elizabeth Lilly

October 27, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Jupiter One, Tripp, Wylie Hunter at Players Club, Oct. 16

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Local acts Tripp and Wylie Hunter will open up for New York-based Jupiter One in recently renovated Players Club in Chapel Hill on Friday, Oct. 16.

The headliner will play the show as a break in its tour with Regina Spektor and grace the stage of the bar that’s most commonly known for its naughty schoolgirl-themed parties but has hosted music-related events such as Anoop Desai “American Idol” watch parties. This concert is one of the bar’s first in carving a name of its own as a local music venue since its summer renovation.

Chapel Hill’s Tripp is currently selling their light-hearted powerpop wares while promoting their 2008 self-released album “Good Boy Charm.”

Check out their performance of “St. Jane” at Local 506:

Other Chapel Hill opener Wylie Hunter plays his pop rock as an solo acoustic singer-songwriter in the vein of John Mayer.

Doors are at 7:30 p.m., the show begins at 8 p.m. and the cost is $5/$10. [map]

For more info check out the Facebook event here.

Written by Elizabeth Lilly

October 14, 2009 at 12:18 am

Max Indian at The Pinhook, Oct. 1

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Experience one of Chapel Hill’s infant bands at Durham venue The Pinhook this Thursday, Oct. 1. However, don’t expect novice musicianship as  members, like so many in the incestuous local music scene, dip their toes in multiple projects like Luego, Roman Candle, The Tomahawks and Mount Moriah, to name a select few.

Recent music fixture Max Indian (Nick Jarger, Carter Gaj, Jeff Crawford, James Wallace, Jamie McFarlane) combines the retro with current indie rock and catchy, not kitschy elements of pop-rock. OK and maybe a little bit of folk rock.

Check out a video of the band performing “Free as the Wind” from their “You Can Go Anywhere, Do Anything” release show at Local 506 last year.

Floridians Lighthouse Music open at 9 p.m. with the headliner at 10 p.m. Check out The Pinhook’s music calendar and blog. [map]

Curtains of Night, Black Skies at Local 506, Sept. 26

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Introduce yourself to some local metal this Saturday, Sept. 26, when Chapel Hill venue Local 506 hosts a lineup that transcends the town’s milder toe-tapping indie rock reputation, but don’t expect it to sound anything like the more publicized hair-sprayed niche of metal that conjures Motley Crue.

Black Skies Photo Credit: AlisonNickles

Black Skies, Photo Credit: Alison Nickles

Chapel Hill’s Curtains of Night (Nora Rogers on guitar and Lauren Fitzpatrick on drums) take it slow and steady with aggressive distortion and punctuating screams on local label Holidays for Quince.

Carrboro’s Black Skies (Kevin Clark on guitars, vocals and Michelle Temple on bass) merge plentiful cymbal crashing and chugging guitars with a few southern rock-ish riffs to create stoner metal for those partial to head banging

(Want to get in on what you hear? Black Skies is currently looking for a new drummer.)

Doors open at 9:30 p.m. and Make kick off the show at 10 p.m. A Local 506 membership is required to attend shows, but it can be purchased at the door for $3 in addition to the show’s $10 admission. Be prepared to show you’re ID as all attendees must be at least 18 years old. Buy tickets on etix, CD Alley or at the venue.

Written by Elizabeth Lilly

September 25, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Where in Chapel Hill/Carrborro can I go see free music…

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…and eat?

…and drink coffee?

…at open mics?

…and sing karaoke?

…before football games?

Expect more in this series as I’ll cover free music in other areas of the Triangle.

12th annual Carrboro Music Festival

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Once a year businesses in downtown Carrboro open their doors for the day-long festival that serves as a free sampler of the CaCarrboroMusicFestivalrrboro-Chapel Hill music scene. This year 24 venues ranging from RBC Centura to Armadillo Grill will host more than 160 performances throughout the compact area with the earliest kicking off at 1 p.m. and the latest at 11 p.m.

There is something for almost anyone as featured genres range from Americana to hip-hop to improvisational jazz.

For fans of classic bluegrass, Big Fat Gap will play at Fifth Season Gardening/Glasshalfull at 6:15 p.m.

Folk rock duo Birds & Arrows, which has a similar sound to M. Ward and the milder ballads of The Avett Brothers, will perform at Open Eye Café at 7 p.m.

Listeners of Jucifer and Mastodon will find solace in Caltrop at the Rock Stage at Southern Rail at 9:15 p.m.

For a full performance schedule visit here.

As for traveling to the festival, UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus is a little over a half mile to the area and Chapel Hill Transit buses run regularly for free with Carrboro stops on routes. Triangle Transportation Authority bus routes run from anywhere else in the Triangle and a free bio-diesel shuttle will run from a park and ride lot at Carrboro Plaza from noon to 8 p.m.