Deep Chatham is a folk and bluegrass group out of Asheville that’s celebrating the release of its second album, Flood, this weekend. The band characterizes its grassroots ferocity as “rabbit folk,” with influences ranging from traditional bluegrass to punk rock. Diversions Staff writer Charlie Shelton talked to the band about the new album, how they got here and the road to come.
Rapper-producer tag team Analog Rascals burst into Chapel Hill’s music scene this month with the one-two punch of singles “gringo starbuxxx” and “Angel Up,” the latter of which features Peter Vance of Morning Brigade. Keeping an aggressive schedule, the duo plans to release its debut album, No Linger in the Past, on April 1, along with a third video.
It just seems like yesterday that I was putting off the inevitable midterm paper by scrolling through various actor and TV show pages on Imdb.com when I came upon ‘Scandal’: a new drama from the brilliant creator of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Shonda Rhimes. The pilot episode had been posted online before its actual debut (sort of a testing the waters situation to see if the show will even get a full season renewal). I watched it.
Friday, March 22 Blood Red River Local 506, Chapel Hill Doors 9 p.m., Show 9:30 p.m., $10 Blood Red River along with New Town Drunks, Phatlynx and Infidels is playing at the Norton Records Benefit to raise money to restore Norton Records’ warehouse after Hurricane Sandy swept through the east coast.
Each week, Dive brings you “Behind the Reel,” a weekly blog where staff writers provide commentary on all things related to the film industry. Staff writer Alexandria Agbaje writes about the sub par films she was recently subjected to over spring break.
American Nomad, the latest from folk rockers The Apache Relay, promises much in the vein of alt-country arrangements and rootsy instrumentation. However, the album falls short where it counts — in its songwriting. Dive Verdict: ?????
Rhiannon Giddens, instrumentalist and lead singer of the Grammy award-winning band Carolina Chocolate Drops, is partnering with her sister Lalenja Harrington for the gospel album I Know I’ve Been Changed. Dive Verdict: ?????
In his second release, Impossible Truth, Nashville-based guitarist William Tyler dazzles with complex acoustic fingerpicking that transports listeners from a grim apocalyptic reality to a dreamlike escape — only to bring them back down, all without uttering a word. Dive Verdict: ????1/2
“The Wizard of Oz” is that classic obligatory movie we always watch during the holiday season. Despite the wizard being the go-to guy for Dorothy in the film, the origins of the man behind the curtain were unknown until now. Dive Verdict: ??1/2
Parenthetical Girls of Portland, Ore. specializes in complex, baroque-influenced pop. Its latest project, Privilege, was released in a series of EPs that, pieced together and abridged, made a complete album. Singer and songwriter Zac Pennington spoke with staff writer Bo McMillan about the blood, sweat and tears of Privilege.