Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hear Here: Week of May 9

After such a busy week in the Triangle last weekend with the 4-night stay of The Love Language which featured some incredible surprises such as full length albums being played at each show (Night 3 was White Light/White Heat, have fun kicking yourself for missing that one!), plus the Interpol show and Phosphorescent.  But this week features some exciting shows all around the state, one of the most talented metal bands to come from NC in Between The Buried and Me has a show in Asheville, and the son of legendary Steve Earle, Justin Townes Earle, will be headlining the Beaufort Music Festival for the eastern part of the state.  Another week filled with incredible live shows for the tobacco state!

Show of the Week: Beaufort Music Festival in Beaufort, NC (FREE!)

Tuesday, May 10
The Love Language w/ On the Take @ The Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC
Sticking around in North Carolina after a four night stint in Raleigh, The Love Language graces The
Grey Eagle in Asheville. The Love Language is an excellent, critically acclaimed band from Raleigh,
born from the misery of musician Stuart McLamb. They have that command of emotion one gets from
sorrow, and the band has blossomed into one of my favorite North Carolina acts.

Thursday, May 12
Ted Leo (solo) w/ Pujol @ Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC
$10 advance/$12 day of
A show thats been a few months of waiting is finally coming to many anticipated Ted Leo fans who will surely show up in the masses for this solo show at the 506.  Since 1999 Ted Leo has been playing in Ted Leo and The Pharmacists and has built quite the name for himself and quite the fanbase.  Ted Leo's music blends elements of punk, indie rock, and pop into a usually upbeat and singable tune, it's infectious in every sense of the word and with a solo set you're sure to get some songs all throughout his lengthy career.  Plus the opener of Pujol is no push over either, having releases on Jack White's Third Man Records, Pujol brings sort of garage southern rock sound.  An excellent compliment to a solo set from Ted Leo and it'll be an awesome show without a doubt.

Friday, May 13
Beaufort Music Festival in Beaufort, NC
Day One w/ Chatham County Line, Jeanne Jolly, Tony Williamson, Bag of Toys
Beaufort Music Festival has always had great artists throughout the years and they always have a finger right on the pulse of the North Carolina music scene, bringing in great artists in the previous years like Holy Ghost Tent Revival and The Rosebuds just to name a few from last year.  This year's lineup has some great North Carolina acts spread amongst the days, plus a few excellent touring artists as well.  Day one is headlined by the bluegrass group out of Raleigh, NC, Chatham County Line.  Chatham County Line weaves together excellent songs that are best heard live without a doubt, seeing them all crowded around a microphone and harmonizing together in beautiful fashion is really something that everyone needs to see, especially at an event like this where you can see it for free.  Day Two of the festival features another North Carolina group that's been picking up steam pretty quickly, Onward, Soldiers.  Onward, Soldiers gives the Americana rock sound a more contemporary spin by providing elements of indie rock as well as incorporating the rootsy and bluesier sounds of the old days.  Not to mention theres the phenomenal headlining act of Justin Townes Earle.  Justin Townes Earle is the son of Steve Earle and named after Townes Van Zandt.  He was practically destined for greatness, but he's certainly living up to the name with great albums like "Midnight At The Movies" and "Harlem River Blues".  Justin Townes Earle has a soothing voice with the perfect amount of twang and he can truly dig deep for a song, singing out with honesty.  This free two-day music festival is without a doubt something to check out.  Great artists are playing both days and it's providing a great show for Eastern North Carolina, something you don't get too often.

Lost in the Trees w/ The Toddlers, Towers @ The Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill, NC
Lost in the Trees have been making waves amongst the nation lately, it seems like everywhere you turn somebody has something great to say about the band, and there's no wonder why when you listen to the band or get the chance to see them live.  Lost in the Trees has an aura that seems to fill the room the minute they take the stage, it's therapeutic to hear the hauntingly beautiful songs that make up "All Alone In An Empty House" or the grandiose sounds of the "Time Taunts Me" LP as well.  Between the harmonies of vocalist Ari Picker and Emma Nadeau and the brilliantly orchestrated sounds of their string, brass, and percussions, the band crafts moving and heartfelt songs that fill up rooms like The Cat's Cradle with utter silence among the crowd, something that you don't get very often with bands these days.  Lost in the Trees are certainly a band to drop everything for and just take it all in, they're a unique band that continues to flourish and evolve as artists and their live show is an absolute must see.

Saturday, May 14th
Between the Buried and Me w/ Job For A Cowboy & The Ocean @ The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC
Between the Buried and Me are a death metal band hailing from our own Raleigh, NC. Now, I don't
care much for metal, but these guys are something to see. Their heavy guitars and throat screams really
rock, and their energy is unbelievable. Asheville will be their last stop before venturing on a European
tour, so stop by if you can.

Beaufort Music Festival in Beaufort, NC
Day Two
Justin Townes Earle, Onward Soldiers, The Amateurs, Harvey Dalton Arnold Blues Band, The Broadcast, Downbeat Project, and more
For more info on Beaufort Music Festival check out their website here

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