Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hear Here: Week of July 18

This a week I've been looking forward to for a while now, we've got some incredible shows happening in the state this week and in particular I'm incredibly excited for the free Deja Fest in Raleigh this weekend!  Before we get to that though we've had some pretty exciting shows announced for the fall as well including the likes of Ra Ra Riot, Cut Copy, and tUnE-yArDs.  In other news the Okkervil River show on September 13 at The Lincoln Theatre just had opener Wye Oak added, making these tickets even more in demand so get them in advance if you plan on going!

Show of the Week: Deja Fest in Raleigh, NC w/ Surfer Blood, Wye Oak, Hooray For Earth & more on July 22-23

Upcoming Shows
Cut Copy w/ Washed Out, Midnight Magic @ The Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC on Tuesday, September 27
Cut Copy's dancy tunes will surely fill The Cat's Cradle perfectly, it's a great venue to have high energy shows like this at.  Imagine a massive dance party of a headlining act in Cut Copy and an ethereal and mind blowing experience of seeing Washed Out's Ernest Greene display his mastery of chillwave, now imagine that all on the same night.  It's going to be a pretty incredible show and it's a standout amongst an already packed schedule for The Cat's Cradle this fall.

Girls @ The Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC on Saturday, September 17
What did I say about The Cat's Cradle's packed out schedule?  September is going to leave me broke if I go to all of the shows I'm wanting to attend but quite frankly I couldn't be happier at getting the chance to see so many of these awesome shows.  Girls took the scene by storm with their 2009 release Album and on September 13 the band will release their sophomore full-length Father, Son, Holy Ghost, just in time for their Cat's Cradle show!  Girls have a firm grasp on their music's direction, knowing exactly when they should pull out an anthemic chorus and when they should show a bit of refrain and let their ever-entertaining melodies and hooks guide the listener through their adventure of a listen.

Ra Ra Riot w/ Delicate Steve, Yellow Ostrich @ The Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC on Friday, October 28
Ra Ra Riot have started making it a habit of stopping through the Triangle and it's a pretty awesome one at that.  I got to see Ra Ra Riot open for Death Cab For Cutie in support of DCFC's Narrow Stairs and their live show is absolutely stellar, rivaled by few.  Ra Ra Riot displays a massive amount of charisma on stage, allowing their highest highs and lowest lows to really strike the listener right in the chest.  They know when to be pitch perfect with the records and when to sway a bit and let the live energy take the band where they need to go, it's a joyous experience and another highlight of the fall season for me.

tUnE-yArDs w/ Pat Jordache @ The Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC on Wednesday, October 5
tUne-yArDs absolutely floored me upon my first listen, it was one of those experience's where I couldn't really tell whether I enjoyed it or comprehended it but I knew that it was different and inventive.  After letting their album  W H O K I L L play through I fell in love with the band.  Merill Garbus' voice is capable of lifting you up from your seat and taking you on a journey throughout all of her influences and experiences through the fascinating poly rhythms that drive the songs or the unique melodies that weave them together.

Shakori Hills 2nd Annual NC Stars In The Round- A Shakori Hills Benefit @ Shakori Hills in Pittsboro, NC on Saturday, August 20
Shakori Hills Community Arts Center is still in the process of purchasing the land that Shakori events are held on and each year brings the group closer and closer and for this year's NC Stars In The Round event the group is pulling out some pretty incredible names to help raise money for this great cause.  To start the event off The Mipso Trio will be opening and will be followed by a Singer-Songwriter Circle featuring Andrew Marlin (of Mandolin Orange), Charly Lowry (of Dark Water Rising), Justin Robinson (of Carolina Chocolate Drops), and more.  To top it all off The Old Ceremony will be headlining this event.  Visit Shakori Hills' website for more details!

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Wednesday, July 20
John Butler Trio w/ Ian Ball from Gomez @ The Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, NC
$29.50 in advance/$34 day of
John Butler Trio are Australian natives that know how to put on one hell of a show.  These festival favorites blend together the stylings of a jam band with a rootsy combination of funk, bluegrass and blues and when you get the chance to hear their natural talents and chemistry then it's absolutely breath taking.  While the pricing is enough to steer some away, it's worth the cost if you're a fan of the jam band scene.  Opening act Ian Ball of Gomez is going to be another enjoyable set as well, although it was originally slated to be the entire band they had to pull out due to vocalist Ben Ottewell's vocal loss.  Despite the lack of Gomez it's still sure to be a great show for those willing to fork out the $30 cost.

Friday, July 22
Deja Fest Day 1 in Raleigh, NC
w/ Hooray for Earth, BJ Barham, J Timber, Cowtown String Band, Nests, Old Bricks, The Larchmont Trash, The Hell No, Static Minds, Double Dare ft. Apple Juice Kid, Nick Catchdubs
Deja Mi is holding Deja Fest to coincide with the dropping of their awesome media sharing website/application.  As a sponsor of Hopscotch they've worked in cooperation with the festival to come up with probably the best group of free shows in the state all summer.  Day one features local favorites like BJ Barham of American Aquarium, Nests and Old Bricks, but also pulls out some pretty awesome names like Hooray for Earth as well.  Being held throughout all of downtown Raleigh in venues like The Pour House, Tir Na Nog, Slims, Kings and Neptunes, Deja Fest is going to fill the streets with good vibes for this awesome weekend.

Saturday, July 23
Deja Fest Day 2 in Raleigh, NC
w/ Surfer Blood, Wye Oak, Active Child, Free Energy, AC Slater, Jack The Radio, Patty Hurst, Urban Sophisticates, Shifter, Thien, DJ SPCLGST, Nixxed, Chocolate Rice, DJ Forge, F#@! The Biters, Lord Walrus
Day 2 of Deja Fest features some heavy hitters with less focus on local acts.  Bands like Surfer Blood and Wye Oak have been on the tips of everyone's tongues lately with Surfer Blood opening for The Pixies and Wye Oak tearing it up on Jimmy Fallon this week, it makes for a truly special event this Saturday when the Triangle gets to see these incredible bands for free.  Not to mention Free Energy, locals Jack The Radio, and a pretty versatile lineup to follow.  Deja Fest is going to serve as an excellent warm-up for Hopscotch in September, there's absolutely no reason for you to not be out all day Saturday enjoying the sounds of free music!  More information on Deja Fest can be found at http://www.dejami.com/dejafest/

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