Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hear Here: April 12-17

Show of the Week: Wavves @ Kings Barcade
Sunday April 14
Friday April 12
Lonnie Walker w/ Oulipo @ Harris Field on NCSU Campus in Raleigh, NC
When you combine WKNC, Lonnie Walker, Oulipo and free food there is literally no way to lose.  While the event will most likely have to be moved to the Wolves Den at Talley Student Center due to the impending doom of a thunderstorm, that will make no difference in how wonderful this show will be.  I've been waiting for what feels like ages to see Lonnie Walker once again, and from what I've heard their return at Kings was something truly special.  Combine the long awaited return of Lonnie Walker with the exciting live act of Oulipo and you've got a recipe for a fantastic experience.  Oh, did I mention it's free?

Mount Moriah w/ Mac McCaughan & Airstrip @ Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC
$10 in advance/$12 at the door
On the heels of a fantastic sophomore full-length, Mount Moriah will be playing a massive show at Cat's Cradle on Friday.  Joined by Mac McCaughan of Superchunk and the booming indie rock of Aitstrip, it's going to be a night filled with exciting music from diverse acts.  Miracle Temple was an album that displayed dynamic growth for Mount Moriah, getting to see these new tracks live will be a fantastic live experience.  Mount Moriah's shows are so special because Heather McEntire's vocals just ooze with passion.  Her voice is commanding, so much that it's hard not to focus all of your attention on the visceral live show that you're experiencing.  There's some shows where you'll find disenfranchised concert goers glued to cell phones and chatting amongst themselves, but Mount Moriah compels you to put down those phones and connect with their powerful songs.  That's what makes their shows show special, their ability to connect with the crowd through sheer talent.

Saturday April 13
Beach Fossils w/ Body Games @ Kings Barcade in Raleigh, NC
$10 in advance/$12 at the door
Kings is always home to some of the most energetic shows in the Triangle, at least from personal experience.  Frenetic rock groups can feel at home, and this weekend at Kings proves just that.  Saturday night the frenzied guitar-driven pop of Beach Fossils will be filling the venue with equally energetic fans.  While Beach Fossils are an exciting up-and-coming act, this show's pull comes just as much from the fresh new local group Body Games.  Body Games is another one of those new local groups that's filled with talented musicians from fellow groups.  Dax Beaton of Lake Inferior is at the helm of Body Games, but Derrick Torres of T0W3RS and Lilac Shadows fills in on bass for this promising synth-pop act from Raleigh and it makes for fantastic results.  Expect a night full of danceable pop goodness!

Sunday April 14
Show of the Week
Wavves w/ FIDLAR & Cheatahs @ Kings Barcade in Raleigh, NC
$15 in advance/$17 at the door
I must admit, when I first heard King of the Beach I was immediately sucked in.  Wavves' absurdly catchy hooks are hard not to love.  Nathan Williams' songs are sincere yet simple, it's fantastic music to turn up and rock out to.  I expect the live show to be one that encompasses an array of Wavves' diverse sounds.  While King of the Beach felt like a surf-pop-punk experience, their latest album Afraid of Heights feels like previous efforts were pumped full of grunge influence.  Wavves' anthemic pop tunes will be the perfect way to end this night filled with a blend of garage punk and melodic indie rock. Cheatahs' guitar driven indie-rock feels reminiscent of acts like Superchunk while FIDLAR will surely be a wild set filled with spastic punk tunes that will get the crowd amped for the headliners equally energetic set.  This is going to be one hell of a show!

Generationals perform at Local 506 in Chapel Hill
on Sunday April 14
Generationals w/ Splashh @ Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC
$10 in advance/$12 at the door
This is the perfect display of that aforementioned problems of too many awesome shows.  Wavves is going to be incredible, but it saddens me to know that I'll be missing Generationals yet again.  Generationals create infectious hook-driven indie pop that's got a blissful shimmer.  Their songs can compel you, or at least me, to have a personal one-man laptop driven dance party.  That's my mark of an awesome band.  Openers Splashh provide a similar approach, upbeat pop music with soaring vocals and driving rhythms.

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires w/ Paul & The Tall Trees @ Cats Cradle in Carrboro, NC
Damn.  That was all I could think when I first heard the soul pouring from Charles Bradley.  The former James Brown impersonator wears his influence on his sleeve in the best way possible, resulting in well deserved comparisons to great vocalists like Otis Redding.  Bradley's music is driven by tight instrumentation with funky guitar riffs and a sharp horn section.  It's hard not to fall in love with Charles Bradley's music, his sound is sincere and compelling.  His vocals are filled with passion and punch and on Sunday they'll commanding the crowd and bringing the soul to a lively Cat's Cradle crowd.

Wednesday April 17
Bleached w/ Hunters & Gross Ghost @ The Pinhook in Durham, NC
The perfect way to break up the monotony of the work week, this mid-week blast of garage rock is gonna kill.  Bleached are a melodic female fronted punk group.  The guitars are bright blasts of distortion and the vocals are reverb-washed pop melodies with punk snarl.  Combine this exciting act with a local favorite in Gross Ghost and you've got a stellar night at The Pinhook.  Gross Ghost is an equally exciting band that blends pop sentiments with distorted surf-punk stylings, making this an excellent lineup and an awesome way to let loose on a weeknight.  We all need it every once in a while!

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