Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hear Here: Week of April 18

This is one of the biggest weeks North Carolina has seen in a while in terms of the music scene, with Hopscotch announcing what's sure to be a knockout lineup combined with the start of Shakori Hills, and with the Hopscotch Free Shows all around the Triangle, it's sure to be another exciting weekend of local music in North Carolina.

Show of the Week: Shakori Hills from April 21-24 in Pittsboro, NC

Tuesday, April 19
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit w/ Hayes Carll @ The Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, NC
$14 advance/$17 day of
Jason Isbell, former member of Drive-By Truckers, has blazed a new trail for himself since his days in the Truckers.  Isbell has crafted a brilliant band with the 400 Unit and he just released his second album with the band entitled, "Here To Rest".  Isbell is known for an invigorating and exciting show, the band will surely fill the Lincoln with energy and excitement as they power through the Americana anthems found on his three albums.

Sara Bareilles w/ Elizabeth & The Catapult and Ximena Sarinana @ The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC
Sara Bareilles broke out two years ago with the single “Love Song,” which peaked at #4 on the US charts in 2007.  Since then she has released another album, Kaleidoscope Heart, which promises the same energy and feeling as the first.  Bareilles is unique in the fact that she has never had training for either vocals or piano, but she has become a master of both.  She weaves intricate and catchy melodies and exudes high energy on stage.

Wednesday, April 20
Langhorne Slim w/ Holy Ghost Tent Revival @ The Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC
Langhorne Slim has been compared lyrically to Cat Stevens and visually to Woodie Guthrie and young Bob Dylan, and his music preserves the high energy and sense of liberty of all of those musicians.  The very title of his last album, “Be Set Free,” invites one to shed all his worries, and his music certainly stands up to that, a kind of country/folk romp.  Opening will be the famous Greensboro band Holy Ghost Tent Revival, a folk-fiesta themselves.

Thursday, April 21
Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival in Pittsboro, NC
Day One of Shakori Hills boasts quite the diverse yet awesome lineup.  The day starts at 4:00, but throughout the day festival-goers will get to hear Carolina favorites like Holy Ghost Tent Revival and Gray Young, plus incredible acts like Donna The Buffalo, Do It To Julia, Arrested Development, and Sarah Shook & The Devil.  Day one will kick the festival off in excellent fashion without a doubt.

Hopscotch Festival Announcement Party
w/ The Rosebuds, Heads on Sticks @ Tir Na Nog in Raleigh, NC
As a celebration of Hopscotch's lineup announcement happening on Wednesday, the Triangle will be given free shows all weekend to enjoy and give us a nice little taste of September.  The Rosebuds and Heads on Sticks will be kicking off the first day of free shows, with a special guest DJ to perform as well.  The Rosebuds have been everywhere again lately, with a new album coming out over the summer it's going to be great to get more chances to see the band again.  This is a show that you have no reason to miss, it's free and it's got some of Carolina's finest playing.  The subsequent nights offer a diverse combination of sounds, with night two being the garage rock favorites of Last Year's Men and Spider Bags at The Cave in Chapel Hill, NC and night three being Schooner and The Loners at The Pinhook in Durham, NC

Old Bricks w/ Lonnie Walker @ The Pinhook in Durham, NC
These are two bands who both bring everything they've got to the table when it comes to live performances, but they both give off very different vibes.  The frantic and manic styling of Lonnie Walker can get a crowd buzzing in an instant, and their energy just radiates amongst the crowd.  However, on the other hand you've got the  pensive poly rhythms and ethereal vocals of Old Bricks to juxtapose the vibes given off by Lonnie Walker.  These are two bands who never fail to put on a phenomenal show, there's no way you can go wrong with this one.

Friday, April 22
Shakori Hills Day 2 in Pittsboro, NC
Day two of Shakori is filled with even more excitement than the first day, and the same sequence basically applies for the rest of the weekend, it's truly a great lineup.  Friday's standouts include acts like Langhorne Slim, Mount Moriah, Midtown Dickens, Birds & Arrows.  We've got a couple of exciting Bottom String Sessions lined up for this day as well, stay tuned throughout the week for the announcement on some of these through our twitter page at http://twitter.com/thebottomstring

Hopscotch Festival Announcement Party
Spider Bags w/ Last Year's Men @ The Cave in Chapel Hill, NC

I Was Totally Destroying It! w/ Antibubbles, Prisms @ Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC
$4 advance/ $7 day of
I Was Totally Destroying It! will be playing their first show in NC since their album dropped, and this big album release party show at the Local 506 will be a great way to celebrate their return.  "Preludes" is the first of two full length albums that I Was Totally Destroying It will be releasing this year, so you'll surely be hearing a lot more about this band in the near future.  They've been going non-stop since the year began, and hopefully all the hard work pays off with the release of these two new albums.  Their sound seems to have truly blossomed into something unique that has infinite possibilities for growth.

Saturday, April 23
Shakori Hills Day 3 in Pittsboro, NC
Standouts include Greg Humpreys, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Donna The Buffalo, Kooley High, Joy Kills Sorrow, and Travelin' McCourys

Hopscotch Festival Announcement Party
Schooner w/ The Loners @ The Pinhook in Durham, NC

Sunday, April 24
Shakori Hills Day 4 in Pittsboro, NC
The last day of Shakori holds my most anticipated set in Tift Merritt, but that's not the only reason worth staying around for all of Sunday's performances. Donna and The Buffalo will have a special set with friends, Possum Creek will be bringing exciting bluegrass tunes, and Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion will be another great set to catch.  The weekend will be winding down, but the music doesn't slack off, Shakori is a weekend full of great vibes and great music.  There's a reason it's the show of the week!

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