Thursday, April 14
The Builders and The Butchers w/ Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets @ Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC
The Builders and The Butchers are a talented folk rock band out of Oregon who brings a raucous sound to the stage, with vocalist Ryan Sollee oftentimes sounding quite a bit like Michael Stipe. Regardless of the sound comparisons, The Builders and The Butchers create a fun and energetic sound that can be envisioned as the soundtrack to rejoice to and dance to, but they also have crafted well layered songs with much more than lies on the surface, but that won't stop you from stomping your foot along and having a good time. Opening act Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets are an act to be sure to catch as well, another great folk artist who's poetic folk music can cut you to the core. He's an honest and raw songwriter that writes awfully relatable songs, but stays hovering over the line between personal and universal. An excellent show for sure.
Friday, April 15
Neil Young @ Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, NC
Though the show is sold out, it's still worth noting that Neil Young will be performing at the DPAC on Friday for what is sure to be an incredible show. The legendary Neil Young continues to put out new material to critical acclaim, and he's kicking off his latest solo tour in Durham on Friday. The show will feature songs from his newest album "Le Noise" along with classic tracks in both acoustic and electric forms, making for an entertaining night full of some of the best Neil Young songs you'll get. It's a dream show for any Neil Young fan and definitely one that sticks out amongst the finest this week.
Toro y Moi w/ Braids, Adventure @ Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC
A sold out Local 506 is the perfect setting for chillwave artist Toro y Moi, it's the perfect size for an intimate show but the packed in crowd will sure to be ecstatic to get to see this artist who's name has been on the lips of almost everyone lately. The tantalizing sounds produced by Toro y Moi's Chazwick Bundick have evolved since his first album, his latest effort "Underneath The Pine" features a much more fleshed out and idealized image, it's clear the Chaz has found a comfortable sound that pushes him far enough away from the chillwave movement that he was lumped into while still keeping his core fan base. Opening act Braids are a band that caught attention from Stereogum back in 2008 when they were a young dewy eyed band known as The Neighborhood Council, but since then they've changed names and their location, and they've evolved in ways that were previously unfathomable. The shoegaze-y pop sounds of Braids are the perfect compliment to headlining act Toro y Moi, who will have to be on the top of his game if he doesn't want Braids to go stealing the show.
Mount Moriah w/ The Moaners, Filthy Bird @ The Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill, NC
Mount Moriah is one of the premier North Carolina bands, and the songwriting of Heather McEntire is a big reason for that. Mount Moriah is a minimalistic group, but they speak in volumes through their hushed tones, and this free album release show at The Cat's Cradle is sure to prove just that. Mount Moriah's new self-titled LP is going to be released on Holidays for Quince Records and will be available for purchase at the show, as if that's not reason enough you get to see Mount Moriah along with two other incredible North Carolina acts. The Moaners and Filthy Bird will fit right in on the bill as two folk rooted artists, but both at completely different ends of the spectrum. The Moaner's stick closer to the core and traditional sounds, blending folk with blues and rock while Filthy Bird steers more towards a psychedelic pop sound. A fun filled night is sure to be ahead, plus it gives you an excellent excuse to head out and pick up the new Mount Moriah record which surely won't disappoint.
Saturday, April 16
Old Bricks w/ Wild Wild Geese, Nests @ Kings Barcade in Raleigh, NC
Yet another album release show, this time for Grip Tapes' Old Bricks. Old Bricks are a busy band, with each member being involved in multiple projects, but the band still finds time to make stunningly beautiful music, and they bring an absolutely chilling live show as well. Not only will you get to hear new material, but you'll get to take some home too which is quite frankly what the highlight of the night would be for me. Old Bricks are a band that provides for an emotional roller coaster of a live show, whether you immerse yourself in the lyrics or simply in the sounds you will walk away invigorated. It's reverb-heavy music filled with jaunting drum rhythms that drive the songs along, and when the band lets loose with those rhythms is when you begin to experience something special with their live act. Not to mention the openers aren't any push overs as well, Wild Wild Geese are a non-stop indie punk band that's filled with Triangle favorites who know how to keep the bodies swaying and the crowd singing along and Nests are bound to turn a few heads as well. Another night full of great local music celebrating local releases, and also this week's show of the week. Pick up the new Old Bricks album and check out their incredible live show.
Beats Antique w/ Eskmo @ The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC
Beats Antique are a unique combination of folksy world and electronic sounds. Ranging from Egyptian strings to Beirut-like brass to drum machine, Beats combines interesting orchestration and masterful playing to present a very fresh and enjoyable experience. Stop by if you want to add some good music to your weekend.
Monday, April 18
Westfalia w/ Busman's Holiday @ Johnny's of Carrboro in Carrboro, NC
No, that's not a typo. Westfalia, the old high school band of Josh Kimbrough (Butterflies), Joe Norkus (Embarrassing Fruits), and Bobby Britt (Big Fat Gap) is getting back together for this reunion show and will be playing songs from a decade ago! The band will also be releasing two brand new songs on cassette at the show and the set will feature Ross Connolly (of Butterflies) on drums. Don't pass this up, it'll be a good time for all and a gigantic blast from the past to say the least.