Monday, February 21, 2011

Hear Here: Week of February 21

Another week of great shows coming up in North Carolina for you to check out, and there is a little bit of something for everybody.  Lots of great local bands have some awesome shows coming up this week with awesome bills all throughout the Triangle!  Between the Birds of Avalon record release show, the return of The Get Up Kids, and a bill that's sure to keep Motorco rocking all night with American Aquarium and Onward, Soldiers.

Tuesday, February 22
Futurebirds w/ Filthybird @ Kings Barcade in Raleigh, NC
Birds of a feather flock together...or something like that.  It's coincidental that these two bands both have a familiar psychedelic-country sound, as it's best been described, with bird at the end of their names, but lets toss the band names aside and look at how great of a show this will be.  Filthybird had one of The Bottom Strings Top 10 albums of 2010, and they bring a great live presence with them.  Renee Mendoza's voice soars proudly above the mesmerizing twanging of the guitar, leaving everyone in the crowd swaying and bobbing their heads along.  It's hard not to find yourself lost in Filthybird quite frankly.  However, don't stay lost for too long because Futurebirds out of Athens, GA are going to blow the crowd away at Kings.  Combining the sounds of loud, distorted indie rock with the southern drawl of country, Futurebirds have the perfect blend of styles and have crafted quite the name for themselves from it.  Plus there's something awesome about hearing a steel guitar rocking alongside distorted guitars and reverberated vocals.  Certainly not a show to miss.

Thursday, February 24
Local Beer, Local Band w/ River City Ransom, IAMDYNAMITE, Rocket Surgeon @ Tir Na Nog in Raleigh, NC
River City Ransom are an indie-rock band out of Raleigh who you can't quite put a finger on, in a good way.  The band clearly draws influence from a copious amount of genres, but trying to pick and choose which one is which is something that River City Ransom isn't trying to do, they're just trying to have a good time, and a good time is guaranteed at Tir Na Nog.  River City Ransom belts out choruses that plant themselves inside of your brain and linger around for hours.  IAMDYNAMITE brings much of the same to the table, infectious choruses and driving, distortion tinged, rock music.  IAMDYNAMITE caught the attention of Matt Novelsky of Blue October with this sound, and he recorded the bands self-titled EP.  The show also features Rocket Surgeon, an indie rock band from Raleigh with elements of grunge and punk added into the mix.

Saturday, February 26
Birds of Avalon Record Release w/Lonnie Walker @ Kings Barcade in Raleigh, NC
$6 advance/ $8 door
Birds of Avalon are a band that will never make the same album twice, thats for certain.  Birds of Avalon are an ever-evolving band that continues to explore the depths of their music.  You can find the band trailing off into experimental, psychedelic sounds while still maintaining a core of pop melodies that soothe the soul.  Birds of Avalon are heading out to SXSW this year, and this shows marks the beginning of their tour and the release of their new record.  Opening for Birds of Avalon will be local powerhouse Lonnie Walker, the americana-punk-indie band that seems to pop up all over the Carolina scene.  Lonnie Walker bring a live show that draws you in immediately thanks to their wild energy and even wilder sound.  Lonnie Walker bring the party with them, because it's hard not to get into music so sincere, energetic, and outright fun.

American Aquarium w/ Onward, Soldiers @ Motorco in Durham, NC
American Aquarium are an alternative-country, americana, southern rock, whatever you want to call it, band that hail from Raleigh.  The band has been an absolute powerhouse when it comes to playing shows and putting out music.  But for being constantly on the go and constantly making music, they still know how to tear the roof off of a place, and expect as much at Motorco this weekend.  American Aquarium break boundaries of genres and find themselves in a league of their own, one that stands tall and proud in the NC scene.  Onward, Soldiers are another live favorite of mine, and one of the few bands to be able to hold a candle to the energy of American Aquarium.  Onward, Soldiers are completing work on their second album, one that's sure to leave a dent in the scene this year.  Save your energy up for this show, because it's going to drain every bit of it from you.

Last Year's Men w/ Gross Ghost, Americans in France @ The Cave in Chapel Hill, NC
In this VICE Magazine party, curated by The Love Language, you get some of the biggest rising bands in the Triangle playing together.  Last Year's Men, on Churchkey Records, bring their gritty garage rock to this lineup on the same night that they are playing Bull City Records Party in Durham.  Last Year's Men may be playing two shows on the same night, but I'd expect much of their usual energy and general awesomeness.  Gross Ghost is another act that people need to keep their eye on in 2011, because big things can come from this band.  Featuring Mike Dillon of Old Bricks, Gross Ghost is a powerhouse of an indie pop band whose colossal hooks reel you right in and don't let you go until they're done.  Arguably the most exciting part of this lineup comes from Americans in France, the lo-fi indie punk band that commands attention with their driving rhythms and melodies exchanged by Casey Cook and Josh Lajoie.  This is a lineup to die for, and it's free!  Just RSVP here.

Bull City Records 5th Year Anniversry Party w/ Des Ark, Midtown Dickens, Cantwell Gomez & Jordan, Maple Stave, Brad & Phill Cook, Wood Ear @ Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC
Does anything even need to be said about that lineup?  Some of the best names in Carolinas scene will be gracing the stage at Fullsteam Brewery on Saturday night for the 5th anniversary of local record store Bull City Records.  Between Brad and Phill Cook of Megafaun, Midtown Dickens, and a solo performance by Des Ark, Bull City Records has me giddy, and I won't even be going!  Fullsteam has great acoustics and provided one of the best experiences at Troika Music Festival last year in Durham, so this celebration of Bull City Records is sure to be a show to catch.  Plus, there's going to be food carts and raffles to win goodies from labels like Churchkey Records, Hometapes, Holiday For Quince, and more!

Sunday, February 27
The Get Up Kids w/ Minature Tigers, Brian Bonz @ The Cats Cradle in Carrboro, NC
$18 advance/$22 doors
The Get Up Kids are responsible for influencing countless bands throughout the past decade, and when they reunited the indie rock scene breathed a sigh of relief.  The Get Up Kids were one of the driving forces behind the "emo" uprising in the mid-90s and are now on the cusp of releasing a new album.  Bringing with them some up the most promising upstarts, The Get Up Kids continue to pack venues full of kids screaming along with every word.  However, while many are coming for the headliner they'll most likely get pleasantly surprised by the infectious indie pop of Miniature Tigers and Brian Bonz.  Miniature Tigers broke ground with their debut LP, "Tell It To The Volcano" and have since put out a second LP entitled "Fortress".  Brian Bonz is another artist with more influences than you could count, so pigeon-holing his music into one category would be doing it an injustice.  Bonz and his band bring a fresh indie rock/folk sound that grasps your attention with catchy hooks and crunching guitars.

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