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Our recommendations for the coming month of concerts

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Many concerts are coming to Triangle venues this month, such as the Ritz in Raleigh. Photo courtesy of Scott Chemlar.

Chapel Hill and the Triangle’s music scene always attracts a diverse group of artists and performers — which can leave you feeling a little overwhelmed. We're here to help. Each month, we, the editors of Art & Entertainment desk, will be sharing our recommendations for artists coming to the area.

Local 506

The Frights

Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m.

$12 advance. $15 day of. 

Imagine if The Beach Boys were a punk garage band and you have The Frights. The San Diego-based band was originally started as a joke — playing a 30-minute set so well they decided to become the real deal.

They’re best-known for their song “You Are Going to Hate This,” combining angry, lo-fi vocals with a strong, straight-forward drumbeat. Some other tracks to check out are “Crust Bucket” and “C&C.”

Sam Burchfield & The Scoundrels

Aug. 25, 9:00 p.m.


Hailing from Athens, Georgia, Sam Burchfield is an emerging folk artist who has opened for Ben Rector of “Brand New” fame. Burchfield’s music is undeniably folksy with tinges of funk, soul and more instrumentation than is often found in folk.

Burchfield’s biggest tracks so far have been “Here Tonight” and “Strawberry Blonde.”

Cat’s Cradle

Ellis Dyson & The Shambles

Sept. 2, 9:00 p.m.

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Ellis Dyson & The Shambles, whose origins can be traced back to UNC, are celebrating the debut of their new album, "Henhouse,” with this release party at the Cradle. 

Swing, murder ballads and old-time music combine to make The Shambles’ music. Songs to listen for are “Carolina I’m Listening” released in 2015 and the newly released “Looking Low and Getting High.”

McCafferty and Remo Drive

Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m. (in the back room)

$10 advance. $12 day of.

Midwestern bands McCafferty and Remo Drive deliver two individual brands of emo-indie rock. While McCafferty is evocative of The Front Bottoms, Remo Drive delivers a high-energy sound.

Great tracks to listen to are “Trailer Trash” and “Dead Bird II” by McCafferty, and “Yer Killin’ Me” and “Crash Test Rating” by Remo Drive.


Frankie Cosmos

Sept. 24, 8:00 p.m.

$14 advance. $16 day of. 

After dropping out of college, Greta Kline began focusing on her music under the stage name Frankie Cosmos. Her sound is best described as organically quirky as she effortlessly straddles the line between folk and pop. 

Her song “Sinister” illustrates that strength, but she shines most as a versatile artist in her synth-pop track “Young.”

Red Hat Amphitheatre

Ms. Lauryn Hill and Nas

Sept. 20, 6:00 p.m.

$71.50 to $265

Lauryn Hill established herself as a force to be reckoned with the release of her debut album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” Combining elements of soul, rap and reggae into her sound, she changed the field of R&B, especially with songs like “Doo Wop (That Thing)” and “Ex-Factor.”

Nasir Jones always imagined if he would one day rule the world with his lyrical rhymes — and he did. Under stage name Nas, the rapper fought his way up in the rap game and self-appointed himself as “King of New York.”

He is best known for his collaboration with Hill called “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That).”