With the awesome bit of Beaufort Music Festival I got to catch last weekend (A solo set from Justin Townes Earle being the highlight of that night which consisted of American Aquarium and Onward, Soldiers as well) the summer certainly kicked off well for me, and now the summer shows begin to pour in. The next few months have some pretty awesome lineups coming to the Triangle, Asheville, and Eastern NC as well. Check out some of this week's top shows below:
Show of the Week: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. @ Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC on Thursday, May 19
Tuesday, May 17
Here We Go Magic w/ Caveman @ Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC
Off the heels of a new release, "The January EP", Here We Go Magic is once again back to Chapel Hill to play the 506. Here We Go Magic is an experimental pop group that has vocal melodies that tend to echo influence from acts like Paul Simon but backed up by interesting poly-rhythms and catchy synth riffs. Here We Go Magic is an aptly titled band because the sounds they can produce are certainly capable of mesmerizing at times. A live act that's sure to fill the 506 full of reverberated vocals and good times, Here We Go Magic is an excellent way to spend ten dollars that's been burning a hole in your pocket.
Wednesday, May 18
The Pinkerton Raid w/ Allison Weiss, Troubel @ The Pinhook in Durham, NC
The Pinkerton Raid is a culmination of more genres than one could really attempt to put into words, elements of Americana with atmospheric post-rock sounds with a bit of jazz sprawled amongst it as well. A live act to surely be seen, but the brightest of this lineup for me is the two other acts playing. Allison Weiss is an open book of a songwriter, often singing confessional yet catchy songs. Starting up a grassroots following on her own, Weiss is now playing with a full band and moved from Athens, GA to Brooklyn in late 2010 so get the chance to see her while you can because she's definitely an act to be seen. Heartbreaking songs set to a catchy pop tune, it's the juxtaposition that keeps you coming back for more. Plus local Raleigh act in Troubel is another great Americana/Folk group with a knack for harmonies and catchy but rootsy choruses.
Thursday, May 19
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. w/ Generationals @ Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC
$10 in advance/$12 at the door
Dale Earndhardt Jr. Jr. is an electronic pop group that picked up steam at SXSW by playing at the Paste showcase and plenty of people started to pick up on this catchy and attention grabbing name, and now they've been added to the Austin City Limits lineup as well. And it's great that they did because they're definitely an incredible up-and-coming act that will be excellent to see flourish into something truly great. Their full length album, called "It's A Corporate World" is set to drop on June 7th and count me in as one of the ones waiting anxiously for this to come out because tracks like "Morning Thought" which has already been released from the album already sound phenomenal. And while it will be hard to steal the spotlight from a band that's as consistently on point as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Generationals would be one of the few able to do so. They're a band similar to Dale Jr. Jr. but closer to acts like Vampire Weekend and Smith Westerns as well. Their songs are infectious and dance-able, so expect the energy to be great at the 506 on Thursday for this incredible lineup. Definitely my favorite show of the week!
Saturday, May 21
The Old Ceremony w/ Dexter Romweber and the New Romans @ The Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill, NC
$10 in advance/$12 at the door
The Old Ceremony is a North Carolina act that continues to come up when talking about who's who in the state, and rightfully so. The Old Ceremony's Django Haskins crafts together beautiful tunes and has done so for seven years and four albums. He's still piecing it all together as well because each release has turned out something new to catch the listener's attention. Being involved with the performances of Big Star's "Third", touring with Cake, The Polyphonic Spree, The Mountain Goats, and much more, The Old Ceremony have gained quite the following and quite the recognition. If you're a fan come check out what's sure to be a great show and if you've not listened to this band yet then do yourself a favor and see for yourself why The Old Ceremony have earned their title as one of the state's finest.