Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
|Beirut at The Cat's Cradle on December 8, 2011|
Exciting shows are rounding out 2011 in the Triangle, some of which find themselves being the highlight of the year for some showgoers. Beirut was just one of these highly anticipated shows that popped up late in the year and the annual American Aquarium set at The Pour House proved to be just as incredible as usual. Agatha was out shooting both Beirut and American Aquarium, as well as Jon Lindsay with Wiley Hunter and The Cazadores. On top of all of this photo goodness we've got video shots from The Sea and Cake at Local 506 back in November. Check out our captures from Around The Triangle after the jump!
Thursday, December 8, 2011
|David Thompson by Kooley High was released on|
Fat Beats on December 6, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Around The Triangle: Bottom String Session #16, Local Beer Local Band, Hammer No More The Fingers, Architecture in Helsinki
|Photo Credit: Agatha Donkar|
Thursday, November 17, 2011
|The Sea and Cake @ Local 506|
Photo Credit: Agatha Donkar
The beginning of a show filled weekend for me, I was stoked to get to see The Sea and Cake and Butterflies coming into this show, however, I walked away with a new found respect and love for the band that was sandwiched in between the two, Brokeback. This was my first show at Local 506 and I've got to say I thoroughly enjoy the place, I can't say for certain but the show looked to be about sold out. I had to leave before the end of The Sea and Cake's set if I wanted to have a ride home, but the crowd kept coming so I'd assume they reached capacity, because it was certainly a show worthy of such. Before the show I'd shot Bottom String Sessions with both Mandolin Orange and Sinful Savage Tigers and spent about two and a half hours inside of an incredibly busy Four Corners on the day of UNC's spectacle of a first game played on a gigantic boat. It was...uhm...something. I'm not big on college sports so lets just say that I wasn't into all of the fanfare but whatever floats your boat. Plus, "gopack".
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
|Mike Dillon of Gross Ghost from our "You Should Know"|
Show of the Week: Manchester Orchestra w/ White Denim & The Dear Hunter at The Cat's Cradle on November 17, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
|From Bombadil's album release show on November 12, 2011|
Mandolin Orange was joined by an array of talented local musicians for this session including Seth Barden on upright bass from Sinful Savage Tigers, Josh Oliver (formerly of The Everybodyfields), as well as Josh Moore. We got one Mandolin Orange original and two classic covers that ended up becoming glorious jams. Unfortunately the camera shit out on me for an excellent cover of "The Long Black Veil", but alas technology can't always be perfect. Check out all of the videos plus some excellent photos from Agatha after the jump.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
|Long View Center is the first new venue announced|
for Hopscotch 2012
From September 6-8 of 2012, Raleigh will be alive with the sounds of music once more, this time encapsulating fifteen venues and over 175 bands. The addition of two new venues and over twenty-five more bands than last year proves the continued growth of Hopscotch throughout the past few years, and with the bands brought in last year one can only imagine how Independent Weekly will try to top themselves in 2012. Either way it's a win-win situation for us fans.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
|Sharon Van Etten will play The Cat's Cradle on|
February 7, 2012 with Shearwater
|All That The Rain Promises by Bombadil was released|
November 8, 2011 on Ramseur Records
Celebrating their album release on November 12 at The Cat's Cradle with local favorites Future Kings of Nowhere and Jason Kutchma, Bombadil is set to fill the hole left in the Triangle music scene when they left it two years ago. A new found simplicity can be found in All That The Rain Promises, but their stripped down instrumentation and back-to-basics songwriting has shined a new light on the band. Filled with eloquence and beauty, Bombadil's latest effort is the album that their forlorn fans had all hoped for.
Monday, November 7, 2011
The rest of Mangum's tour dates are as followed:
Thursday, November 3, 2011
|Bombadil @ Hopscotch|
Photo Credit: Agatha Donkar
Show of the Week: Bombadil w/ Future Kings of Nowhere, Jason Kutchma @ The Cat's Cradle on November 12, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Around The Triangle: Wild Flag, Blitzen Trapper, Sinful Savage Tigers, Emily Stewart & The Baby Teeth
|Wild Flag @ The Cat's Cradle on October 21, 2011|
All of this week's photos as well as our latest Bottom String Session can be found after the jump!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
|Liam Finn @ The Casbah on October 17, 2011|
|Last Night of the Revel is being released|
on October 22, 2011 at The Station
in Carrboro, NC
The Station is an absolutely incredible location for this release show, the vibes that will surely be radiating throughout the room will encapsulate the listeners with the sincerity and how relatable Sinful Savage Tigers' sound truly is. Plus the show is free, so there's really no excuse to not go and check out these locals celebrating the release of this great collection of songs. The album's opener "Chocolate Cake" draws back feelings of nostalgia, simplicity, going back home and most importantly, getting some of that chocolate cake. The album is filled with moments like this, filled with tinges of southern anthems, but most importantly they don't just allow themselves to fall into the same old thematic same-old same-old.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
|Howard Levy of The Flecktones|
Activities are abound at Shakori, with everything from a Jazz Workshop on the Front Porch on Friday with Peter Lamb & The Wolves to a Puppet Parade throughout the festival on Sunday afternoon. While you may not always have a band you want to be checking out at Shakori, you're guaranteed to be able to find something to keep yourself preoccupied until the tunes start back up. I wore myself thin this weekend at Shakori and between running here, there, and everywhere in that perfect fall weather I wound up with Bronchitis after the weekends festivities (I'm sure the massive amounts of campfire smoke didn't help either, nor did the handful of hours of sleep I got throughout the weekend) but still I couldn't find a negative thing to say about the entire weekend.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
|Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival is held October 6-9, 2011|
|Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks @ Haw River Ballroom|
on October 1, 2011
The full sets of Agatha's photos can be found over at her photoblog
Friday, September 23, 2011
The Bottom String will also be covering Bombadil in November as our "You Should Know" band, highlighting some of our areas finest local talents and quickest rising up-and-comers. We've got our first "You Should Know" with Gross Ghost coming up soon, so keep your eyes peeled. But for the time being check out these excellent new songs from Bombadil's upcoming full length:
Sunday, September 11, 2011
|The Flaming Lips @ City Plaza|
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
|The Love Language played to a packed|
Lincoln Theatre for Night One of Hopscotch
Friday, September 2, 2011
8 artists, filmmakers, and musicians from around the United States and Canada will be making music videos for the song of their choice from the record, the first of which has already been released. "Same Eyes" was chosen by visual artist Jerstin Crosby and the video for it can be found below. Organos will be playing a set Saturday at Hopscotch Music Festival next weekend at 11:30 @ Deep South along with Andrew Cedermark, The Tomahawks, and Frontier Justice. Concha is scheduled to be released in Spring 2012.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Bela Fleck & The Flecktones top off new Shakori Hills lineup additions
|Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are one|
of many new names added to the Shakori
Monday, August 15, 2011
|TRKFest was held Saturday August 13, 2011 at|
Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, NC
For the rest of Agatha's shots from TRKFest 2011 check out her Flickr account
Thursday, August 11, 2011
|Chatham County Line @ Cat's Cradle|
All photo credit goes to Agatha Donkar unless otherwise noted.This week's photos come from Chatham County Line's Cat's Cradle on Saturday, August 6 with Justin Robinson and The Mary Annettes and Onward Soldiers' July 30 show with The Pneurotics and Effingham
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Before I started The Bottom String I promoted shows in New Bern and now one year later I'm heading off to Raleigh to jump in feet first with this blog. The first year of The Bottom String went better than I could have ever dreamed of, I got to speak with some of my favorite artists, met one of my biggest inspirations, and better yet started to hear feedback from the bands that I was helping get coverage of. The thanks I've received from the bands and the readers for simply running this website has been heartwarming. However, even over the past year the North Carolina music scene has gotten exponentially deeper with the addition of Hopscotch, Moogfest, and consistently amazing local and touring bands playing at all of these great local venues. As such we must accommodate this growing scene, so The Bottom String has some growth of it's own to announce.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
|Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival will be held October 6-9|
in Pittsboro, NC
The group is holding a Shakori Hills Benefit on August 20, 2011 for the second year in a row, NC Stars In The Round, an event that gathers names like Andrew Marlin (of Mandolin Orange), Justin Robinson (of Carolina Chocolate Drops), and Charly Lowry (of Dark Water Rising) in a singer-songwriter circle, plus a headlining slot from The Old Ceremony. This fall's festival will be held October 6-9 and the festival recently announced a handful of artists in what will be the first wave of announcements. With names like The Old Ceremony, Toubab Krewe Eilen Jewell, and Bret Dennen this fall's festival is already shaping up to be an exciting one.
Tickets for Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival are already on sale now at early-bird prices. Early-bird prices last until August 14th so if you're trying to get a great deal on tickets then now is the chance to do so. Ticket prices and festival lineup are as followed:
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
|Haste Make | Hard-Hearted Stranger by Mandolin Orange|
will be released on September 24, 2011
Haste Make | Hard-Hearted Stranger, the new double album from Mandolin Orange was recorded over the span of the past year with Haste Make being recorded with Jeff Crawford and James Wallace in Winter 2010/2011 at Arbor Ridge Studios and Arbor Ridge Studios West in Chapel Hill and Franklin, NC respectively, produced by Jeff Crawford and Mandolin Orange. Hard-Hearted Stranger was recorded in the summer of 2011 at Rubber Room Studios in Chapel Hill and features only Andrew and Emily, produced by Andrew himself.
Monday, August 1, 2011
|Troika Music Festival will not return to Durham, NC|
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Surfer Blood, Wye Oak, and Free Energy capture the crowd at Deja Fest + Jack The Radio's Bottom String Session
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Show of the Week: Deja Fest in Raleigh, NC w/ Surfer Blood, Wye Oak, Hooray For Earth & more on July 22-23
Friday, July 15, 2011
|Hopscotch Music Festival is held from September 8-10|
in downtown Raleigh, headlined by The Flaming Lips
and Guided By Voices
The Ed McKay Artist and Author series last year featured names like Chuck Dee, Andrew Whiteman (Broken Social Scene), and local Grammy-winning producer 9th Wonder, but this year's boasts even bigger and better names for the unique and invigorating series that gives the fans a bit closer of a look into these artist's perspectives.
Hopscotch's second year of Day Parties continue to bring the heat as well, there's some incredible lineups already set up and even more to be rolling out between now and September. Some highlights include The Rosebuds & Friends outside of The Lincoln Theater with The Rosebuds, Hammer No More The Fingers, Ben Sollee, and The Big Picture just to name a few. DiggUp Tapes Saturday show has a pretty awesome lineup as well with Lonnie Walker, Birds of Avalon, Quiet Hooves, Thank You, and surprise guests. Check out the full list of Day Parties below along with the Ed McKay Artist and Author series information. You can get more information about Hopscotch Music Festival from their website at http://www.hopscotchmusicfest.com. The number of All-Show 3 Day Passes are dwindling though so pick one up while you still can!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
|Eleanor Friedberger's Last Summer was released on July|
12, 2011 on Merge Records
Monday, July 11, 2011
Show of the Week: The Ladybug Transistor w/ James Husband, T0W3RS @ Kings Barcade in Raleigh, NC
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Show of the Week: Fucked Up w/ JEFF The Brotherhood, Double Negative on Tuesday June 28 @ Kings Barcade in Raleigh, NC
Monday, June 27, 2011
|deja Fest, held on July 22 and 23 is a|
free music festival held in downtown
Raleigh in cooperation with Hopscotch
The lineup and schedule for Deja Fest are as followed:
Thursday, June 23, 2011
|Moby is among the 11 new artists added to|
Asheville's Moogfest held October 28-30
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
|Gillian Welch will headline Winoca Fest in Wilmington, NC|
on August 27, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
|Loud Planes Fly Low was released by The Rosebuds|
on Merge Records on June 7, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Midtown Dickens will be releasing their third album on Trekky Records which according to Trekky's blog will be released in early 2012 and is to be produced by Scott Solter (The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, Spoon). As if that wasn't enough good news for fans of the band, it was also announced that they'll be joining fellow Durhamite John Darnielle on a west coast tour with The Mountain Goats set to kick off next week. The dates for said tour are listed below
Thursday, June 9, 2011
|Brice Randall Bickford by Brice Randall Bickford|
will be released on June 14, 2011 by Trekky Records
This new self-titled record being released on his new label (local powerhouses of Trekky Records) opens up a realm of possibilities for Bickford and hopefully this gives the band a chance to drop the woes of their old name and start getting the recognition they truly deserve. Bickford has crafted yet another brilliant album filled with lush orchestration and powerful lyricism. The album release show will be held Saturday, June 11 at The Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC with a Carolina star-studded lineup featuring names like Phil Cook (of Megafun), Django Haskins (of The Old Ceremony), Lee Waters, and Heather McEntire (of Mount Moriah). The album will be officially released in Trekky's own LP + CD + MP3 format on June 14.
|TRKFest 2011 will be on August 13|
and will be headlined by Bowerbirds
TRKFest will also feature local arts, crafts, and clothing for sale, make your own tye-dye TRKFest shirt, shadow puppets, and much more. The event marks more than just a great day of music, it's a joining of the NC music community for an awesome fun-filled day in the sun. Food and drinks will be available as well from Carolina Brewery, Pie Pushers, Parlez-Vous Crepe, and OnlyBurger.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
|Titus Andronicus is one of the 14 new bands added|
to the Hopscotch lineup
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Show of the Week: Brice Randall Bickford w/ Phil Cook, Django Haskins, Lee Waters, Heather McEntire @ The Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
|Passion Pit will headline Moogfest 2011 along with|
The Flaming Lips, Tangerine Dream, Crystal Castles and more
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Show of the Week: Okkervil River w/ Titus Andronicus, Future Islands @ The Cat's Cradle in Carborro, NC
Sunday, May 29, 2011
|"We're Gonna Run" by Birds & Arrows was released on|
307 Knox Records on May 7, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
|"Nursing Home" by Let's Wrestle was released on|
Merge Records on May 17, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
This week has some good shows in store, from the noise of The Death Set to the folksy P. Wolf and Avi. It's a good time to get out and see some summer shows, if you can.
Show of the Week: Kopecky Family Band w/ Mynameisjohnmichael @ The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC ($10)
Wednesday, May 25
The Death Set w/ Win Win @ Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC
The Death Set will grab your attention instantly with their catchy lyrics and riffs. Their songs make you feel all-around better and a little more alive, like just waking up from a weird dream. They have a very interesting and gratifying use of sound effects that integrates perfectly and makes for wonderfully inventive songs.
Win Win are in the same vein as The Drums, with interesting melodies and a generally feel-good sound, but a little less hyper and more deliberate with their songs.
Kopecky Family Band w/ Mynameisjohnmichael @ The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC
These guys started out in Nashville in 2007, when late night wistful conversations of life and the future turned into a band. Since then they've had an impressive track record. The six have been seen at festivals the likes of CMJ, SXSW, and soon Bonnaroo. They can really get the “rock” in indie rock down, but they meld it with gentler strings so it isn't just more indie rock, and their lyrics are thoughtful and elegant. The Family only have three EPs out so far, but they are all excellent, being produced by the likes of Russ Long of Wilco and Chris Grainger of None the Richer.
Mynameisjohnmichael is the result of a challenge to John Rouchell to write, record, and release 52 songs in one year. They have opened for acts like Phoenix and Surfer Blood and have seen their share of festivals and tours, and their music sounds mature and developed. You can really hear the influence of Rouchell's New Orleans origin, and the music is easygoing and fun to listen to.
Thursday, May 27
P. Wolf and Avi @ The Cave in Chapel Hill, NC
Patrick Wolf and Avi Vinocur are from the San Francisco, but are no strangers to North Carolina; Wolf also plays in Chapel Hill bands Semi-Formal and Attic Orchestra. Together, they produce some good folksy acoustic music, with clearly southern influences, to the extent that one would be surprised that they grew up in California and Connecticut. You'll hear touching lyrics and skillful finger picking from these two, whose last album, from 2010, is a really promising record.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Show of the Week: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. @ Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC on Thursday, May 19
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
|"Fortescue" was released on April 25, 2011 and is|
available for purchase on Bandcamp
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Show of the Week: Phosphorescent w/ Family Band @ Kings Barcade in Raleigh, NC
Saturday, April 30, 2011
|"Pretty Money" was released on April 26, 2011|
Friday, April 29, 2011
|Photo by Kathryn Friedman|
Before the interview though Langhorne performed a brand new song called "Leander Apple" which can also be found on the Youtube channel or beneath the interview below