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Troika Music Festival, Nov. 5-7

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If you’ve been waiting around for months to finally see that great local band that you’ve heard so much about, now’s your chance.

Troika serves as Durham’s own music festival with performances in venues all around Bull City throughout three nights. Some local event sponsors include Merge Records, Duke student-run radio station WXDU and the Durham Performing Arts Center.Troik

This event is affordable (and college-student friendly) with a full-festival pass priced at $20 or $8 for a night. However, if you’re feeling super thrifty, there is at least one free show each night (one Thursday, two Friday and four Saturday).

Rock, Paper, Scissors, a new addition to this year’s festival, features live music, and art from local craftsmen and band merchandise for sale on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Check out the vendor list.[map]

There’s no lack of quality in talent whatsoever, so I’ll take the lazy, yet thorough way out and post the entire schedule:

Thursday, Nov. 7

Festival Kickoff at Durham Central Park (free) [map]

Backstage at the DPAC [map]

The Pinhook [map]

Duke Coffeehouse [map]

Broad Street Cafe [map]

Friday Nov. 8

West End Wine Bar (free) [map]

Marvell Event Center [map]

Trotter Building [map]

Duke Coffeehouse

Broad Street Cafe

Bull McCabe’s (free)

Saturday, Nov. 9

Rock, Paper, Scissors at Trotter Building (free)

West End Wine Bar (free)

Marvell Even Center

The Pinhook

Duke Coffeehouse

Trotter Building

Broad Street Cafe

Bull McCabe’s (free)

Check out a map of all the venues (courtesy Troika’s Web site).

If you can’t make it to Durham, head over to the Indy and download some free tracks from festival performers. (If you love free stuff check out Free-cession in the Triangle for all kinds of free activities!)

Can’t get enough Troika here? Follow the festival’s Bullbot and check out his blog.

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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

The Beast album release at Duke Coffeehouse, Oct. 16

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Durham-based hip-hop group The Beast will kick off the release of its debut album “Silence Fiction” Friday, Oct. 16, at Duke Coffeehouse. The self-produced CD marks its first full length, but the group has practiced its blend of jazz, soul and hip-hop  on EPs “Belly” in 2008 and “Catalyst” in July.

But don’t take P. Diddy’s word for it, download  “Catalyst” for free here to check out their sound and see the band and Nnenna Freelon (who’s a Grammy award winner, mother of the band’s emcee Pierce Freelon and song “A Prelude to a Kiss” played during the closing credit’s of Oct. 10’s “Mad Men”) lay down the EP’s track “Once Again” in the studio.

Carlitta DurandKooley High and Freebass 808 open. The show starts at 8 p.m. and costs $10 at the door. [map]

For more info on The Beast visit its Web site.

Written by Elizabeth Lilly

October 13, 2009 at 12:23 am

Where in Durham can I go see free music…

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…and eat?

…and have a drink?

…at open mics?

…and sing karaoke?

Written by Elizabeth Lilly

October 3, 2009 at 2:32 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]