Returning home can be the most rewarding and reflective of journeys, as it’s often a means of coming full circle.
In some ways Brooklyn-via-Columbia, Mo., indie rockers White Rabbits have the sounds of their musical affiliates permanently embedded in their music.
As Bowerbirds, Beth Tacular and Phil Moore have crafted delicate, captivating folk songs that make the heart swell.
The Best Picture frontrunner tramplesover its “talkie” competition by breathing life into along-forgotten genre. If “The Artist” does win Best Picture at this year’s Oscars, it will be the first silent-film winner since 1929.
Considering the importance of collaboration for many local musicians, a mixture is the perfect way to describe the community of artists, genres and bands that comprise the Trekky Records family.
When Matt Park’s former group Veelee disbanded, Park retreated and did what he knew best in order to handle the situation: kept making music.
J. Capri, the newest addition to the Triangle’s almost-underground hip-hop club, is quick to recognize the strength of the region’s growing scene.
If anyone can make a compilation of traditional hymns and rework them into folk songs, Jeff Crawford is the right man to do it. As music director of The Gathering Church in Durham, Crawford combines his experience as church music director with his presence in the local music scene as a producer and musician to render a new album that seamlessly combines tradition with variation, the old with the new.
For former Carolina Chocolate Drops founding member Justin Robinson, it’s the intersection of various instruments, a bluegrass background and a bit of Gothic-sounding folk that makes it hard to define his latest endeavor of Justin Robinson and the Mary Annettes.
On Normal, Charleston trio Run Dan Run creates an album that embodies elements of indie rock with a vengeance. The group’s sophomore release may draw heavy comparisons to the work of Broken Social Scene, but it manages to harness some of its own creativity.
Every week, Medium will post a story or review from the vault, #tbt style. This week: a Future Islands Q&A from former Assistant Diversions editor Elizabeth Byrum. Originally published on the Diversions blog on Oct. 31, 2012, this Q&A is in anticipation of the Future Islands' 1000th concert this Sunday.
The second annual Phuzz Phest took place in Winston-Salem April 4-6. Diversions went to the Camel City to check out North Carolina’s best bands and to discover some new favorites. After a successful day one, I returned to Phuzz Phest for the evening on Friday, managing to see The Love Language, one of my longtime favorite groups take the stage at The Garage.
The second annual Phuzz Phest took place in Winston-Salem April 4-6. Diversions went to the Camel City to check out some of North Carolina’s best bands and to discover some new favorites. What better way to start off a weekend-long music festival (especially after a terribly stormy drive over) than with the folk country goodness of Mount Moriah? Add in a serene auditorium in an art museum, and you’ve hit the spot.
There’s something invigorating about exploring any sort of unknown. On the Toddlers’ 19 EP, maybe it’s Nathan Toben’s soaring and powerful croon a la Roy Orbison, the tangled layers of instrumentation that balance delicacy with harshness or the overall mesmerizing and melancholic breed of “pop noir” that perpetuates a sense of mystery in the best way possible. Dive Verdict: ?????
On the music genre spectrum, one would place noisy rock and heavy metal far, far away from the more tender and swooning tendencies associated with folk. But here in the Triangle, you shouldn’t be surprised to find musicians who dabble, quite wonderfully so, in both extremes.
The Dead Tongues Desert Rock Way back in 2009, Ryan Gustafson released the glorious and highly-praised country rock Donkey LP that had listeners (at least this one) begging for a follow-up. Dive Verdict: ????1/2
Chaz Bundick has had a busy past few years. He’s the name behind electro-pop outfit Toro Y Moi, and Anything In Return is impressively his third full-length in three years. But what was named as a key part of 2009’s “chillwave” movement is now a distinct project that has appropriately matured in its own vein. Feel-good, laid-back, Anything In Return is simultaneously a build on and a departure from Bundick’s two previous LPs. He has created more creative distance with each of his albums, but it certainly isn’t a bad thing. There’s a more polished feel to the album, a refreshing result of the greater infusion of smooth jazz and striking synth. Dive verdict: ???½
Christmas isn’t here quite yet, but the feeling is certainly in the room. Dive Verdict: ???1/2
Dive Verdict: 3 of 5 stars
Mike Hadreas walked to his keyboard on stage at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro like a shy schoolboy, sat down and began to play the first track from Put Your Back N 2 It, “AWOL Marine.” The lights were dimmed so low that his boyfriend and co-keyboardist Alan Wyffels faded into the red-tinted darkness, while Hadreas’ voice quivered ever so slightly.