Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hear Here: Week of June 20

An unexpected absence last week means we've got to have an awesome Hear Here this week, so we'll start it off by introducing a new piece to Hear Here which announces noteworthy shows that have been added to the calendar for local venues so that you can become well aware of these awesome shows before they potentially sell out.  Some great stuff is in the works for the late summer/early fall in NC and there's some great shows going on this week too so lets get right to it.

Upcoming Shows:
Fleet Foxes w/ The Watchmen @ Raleigh Amphitheater on Wednesday September 21, 2011
Hearing that Fleet Foxes were coming to Raleigh Amphitheater made me giddy for a show like I haven't been in an incredibly long time, the chance to see one of the most talented bands touring today with another incredible act with The Watchmen as openers.  Tickets go on sale on Friday morning

Dntel (of Postal Service) w/ The One AM Radio, Geotic (Baths) @ Kings Barcade on Saturday August 20, 2011
Dntel is the lesser known half of the indie darlings The Postal Service with Ben Gibbard taking up the majority of the fame for the band, but make that as no discredit to Jimmy Tamborello as an artist.  Tamborello is an incredibly talented electronic artist whose last album featured guest spots by members of Grizzly Bear, Rilo Kiley, and Bright Eyes.  It's great to see fellow electronic standout artists like One AM Radio and Geotic (Will Wiesenfeld of Baths) on the bill as well, this will make for an incredible bill.

Cymbals Eat Guitars w/ Hooray for Earth @ Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC on Monday September 26, 2011
Cymbals Eat Guitars had one of my favorite albums of 2009 with "Why There Are Mountains" and the band's got an upcoming LP to be released on September 14 on Barsuk Records.  The band rocks a 90's indie sound that has it's own unique and contemporary spin to it, but the Modest Mouse and the like influences are clear in these excellently crafted songs.

Hear Here

Show of the Week:  David Bazan w/Centro-Matic, Sarah Jaffe 
Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC on June 25, 2011

Friday, June 19
Kooley High w/ Tom Hardy, HaLo @ The Pour House in Raleigh, NC
$6 in advance/$9 day of
Kooley High was an act I'd listened to before but didn't really grow to appreciate until I saw them live at Shakori Hills Music Festival in the spring of this year.  The energy that the band brings to the stage, the excitement of the crowd, the joy that they exuberate on stage, it all just adds up to an awesome experience.  Plus opening act HaLo is another excellent North Carolina hip-hop act that I've been dying to get the chance to see as well.  Sure to be an energetic and exciting show and an awesome way to spend a Friday night.

Saturday, June 20
David Bazan + Band w/ Centro-Matic, Sarah Jaffe @ Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC
$10 advance/$12 day ofDavid Bazan is one of the most consistent artists within the past few decades.  Bazan continues to put out raw and emotionally driven records and his latest effort is no different.  While Curse Your Branches may have had a more direct approach and message, Strange Negotations still has something unique of its own that shines through.  The joy of seeing Bazan play with a full band is nice to, it's always nice getting an artist that can put on entertaining shows whether it be solo or full band.  Bazan is one of my personal favorites, so it's easy for this show of the week decision.  Money well spent on this show!

The Honeycuts w/ Salt To Bitters @ The Cave in Chapel Hill, NC
Salt To Bitters are one of the more interesting local bands I've gotten the joy of finding out about over the past few months.  I had the joy of getting to see them do an absolutely acoustic show at The Tipsy Teapot with no mics out in the middle of the floor with upright bass, stomping feet, throaty shouts, cellos and good ol' fashion drinking songs.  Salt To Bitters have their own take on folk music and while singer Tony Raver may resort a bit too frequently of drinking, drinking, drinking, it's still not overkill and it's a cozy fit with the vibes given from the band.  Driven by Raver's quick ability to go from crooning in a country twang to shouting with a resonation akin to that of a punk singer.  A true joy to see live.

Monday, June 27
Dinosaur Jr. w/ Mac McCaughan plus Henry Rollins @ The Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC
$25 in advance/$28 day of
Dinosaur Jr. are the 90's indie favorites and they're going to be providing for an incredible experience at The Cat's Cradle on next Monday when they play their classic album Bug in it's entirety.  These shows coincide with Dinosaur Jr. re-issuing Bug in it's original cassette format for the first time in over twenty years and while they've sold out of the very limited 250 copy release, there will be a limited number still available at shows on this tour.  To top of the special vibes of the night not only will the fellow 90's indie titan of Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk) be opening for Dinosaur Jr., but Henry Rollins will be interviewing Dinosaur Jr. as well.  An incredible experience that is truly a once in a lifetime experience, worth every penny.

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