Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hear Here: Week of June 27

With the amount of incredible shows being announced for North Carolina lately, it looks like we're going to have one of our best years for live music yet in the state.  Between the recently announced free festival in Raleigh, Deja Fest and the other big show announced yesterday, Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw this week alone has been an exciting one for new shows in the area but there's even more to be excited for believe it or not.  Plus no sense in getting ahead of ourselves with excitement when we've got great shows like Fucked Up tonight at Kings.  Either way, lets get started

Show of the Week: Fucked Up w/ JEFF The Brotherhood, Double Negative on Tuesday June 28 @ Kings Barcade in Raleigh, NC

Upcoming Shows

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks on Saturday, October 1 @ Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, North Carolina
Stephen Malkmus is best known for being the primary songwriter behind the massive 90's rock band Pavement who had one of the most talked about reunions in recent memory last year.  Malkmus is back on the road yet again now with The Jicks and is slated to have a new album coming out within the year as well.  Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks got started shortly after Pavement broke up and it's been three years since we last heard a new record from the band so getting the chance to see them at such an incredible venue after being out of commission for so long will be an excellent treat.  This is a show you need to scoop tickets for while you still can because it will surely sell out.  Tickets are on sale through The Cat's Cradle's website.

Tim Kasher (w/band) w/ Aficianado and TBA on Sunday, August 28 @ The Tipsy Teapot in Greenville, North Carolina
Arguably the biggest show that Greeville has ever seen will feature the prolific songwriter Tim Kasher of Cursive playing at the incredibly intimate Tipsy Teapot in downtown Greenville.  It's a great room that's filled with great vibes from Greenville's dedicated fan base who usually are seen out at each Spazz-based benefit.  Jeff Blinder has done it yet again and continues bringing great music to eastern North Carolina, something we don't get too often.  Tim Kasher will be releasing an exclusive EP for the shows on this tour as well, an EP entitled Bigamy: More Songs From The Monogamy Sessions, featuring seven new songs recorded around the time of his debut solo album The Game of Monogamy.  This is a must see show for all of those in eastern North Carolina, it's surely going to be one of the highlights of the year for me in terms of shows.


Tuesday, June 28
Fucked Up w/ JEFF The Brotherhood, Double Negative @ Kings Barcade in Raleigh, NC
$12 in advance/$14 day of
Fucked Up is a name that's been popping up everywhere for years, and rightfully so because they're one of the most talented punk bands making music today.  They've recently put out arguably their most ambitious record to date with a 70+ minute rock opera called David Comes To Life which has been receiving heavy acclaim from critics.  The band does punk eloquently, as masters of their art they've also perfected their incredibly exhilarating live show that's bursting at the seams with energy.  Faced with a wall of sound and a surely rambunctious crowd, this is going to be one hell of a show.  Openers in JEFF The Brotherhood have also been making a name for themselves lately, having a buzzworthy set at Bonnaroo didn't hurt and the band returns to Raleigh in September for a set at Hopscotch so this is one to definitely check out.  Jeff The Brotherhood features an excellent blend of fuzzed out punk rock with slow riding melodies and they're another highly touted live band.  Lump in the great local punk act of Double Negative and you've got yourself the show of the week!

Wednesday, June 29
Rob Delaney @ The Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC
$13 in advance/$15 day of
This seated comedy show at The Cat's Cradle features the famed writer/comedian Rob Delaney.  Delaney is known for his hilarious stand-up comedy but has been featured as a writer on a multitude of different shows.  The shows openers are Jon Wurster and Mac McCaughan of Superchunk who will be performing a comedy act and an unnamed special musical guest as well.  It's not very frequently that The Cat's Cradle brings comedians to the stage but when they do it's usually an awesome time and this incredibly talented comedian will surely offer much of the same.  Check this show out!

Saturday, July 2
The Charming Youngsters w/ Creepoid, Itchy Hearts, Nothing, Early Morning Warning @ The Tipsy Teapot in Greenville, NC
An absolutely packed lineup for another great show at The Tipsy.  Headlined by Greenville favorites of The Charming Youngsters, this is a show full of incredibly diverse acts that's bound to be one hell of a night.  The Charming Youngsters jangly indie pop sounds have been filling the ears of Greenville concert-goers for years now and they only keep getting better.  Their live show is absolutely infectious, whether you know the songs or not you'll find yourself dancing around and wanting to sing along...so certainly get yourself acquainted.  On top of local favorites, Creepoid is making their Greenville return for what's sure to be another awesome set.  This psychedelic fuzz-pop band wowed the crowds at Spazzfest 2 back in March and they'll surely do the same at The Teapot yet again with their slow churning melodic fuzzed out anthems.  The hidden gem of this whole show surely lies in Itchy Hearts though, a band based out of Virginia.  Perfectly blending alt-country, americana, folk, bluegrass, and punk, Itchy Hearts is led by Andy Cobb who belts out his heartfelt and personal lyrics in a Dylan-esque manner but seemingly more toned and polished.  An absolute joy to see live and even to listen to their recordings, do yourself a favor and check this show out!

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