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Steve Gunn is a dynamic guitarist based in Brooklyn, New York. A wizard at the instrument in his own right, Gunn has also worked with the likes of Kurt Vile, Hiss Golden Messenger and Cian Nugent . Gunn talked with Diversions editor Allison Hussey about the breadth of his work and his North Carolina connections.
Juan Wauters, former frontman of The Beets, released his first solo album, N.A.P. — North American Poetry , this fall. Originally from Uruguay, the singer and guitarist now proudly calls New York City his home.
Mac DeMarco is a young guitarist and songwriter whose 2012 breakout record, 2, launched him into a whirlwind of international success. Diversions editor Allison Hussey talked to DeMarco about changes he’s had to make and his latest record, Salad Days .
Alex Ross is a music critic for The New Yorker , whose latest major undertaking is a book on the cultural legacy of German composer Richard Wagner . Ross will deliver a lecture titled "Big Ballads of the Modern Heart: Sidney Lanier and Early American Wagnerism" this afternoon in Gerrard Hall. Diversions editor Allison Hussey talked to Ross about Wagner and the composer's long-lasting effects on the arts.
Chris “Critter” Eldridge is a flatpicking guitarist and member of barrier-blurring outfit Punch Brothers . Diversions Editor Allison Hussey talked to Eldridge about working with the Coen Brothers and Tony Rice .
Colin Stetson is a saxophonist who has worked with artists including Tom Waits , Bon Iver , Laurie Anderson and Arcade Fire . But he doesn't play just any sort of sax: he most regularly plays massive baritone or bass saxophones. The Daily Tar Heel's Diversions Editor Allison Hussey talked to Stetson about recording and striking a balance among his many musical endeavors.
Abigail Washburn is a world-class banjo player who is best known for her unique combination of American and Chinese folk music traditions. Tonight she performs with husband and fellow banjo star Bela Fleck at Memorial Hall. Diversions Editor Allison Hussey talked to Washburn about playing with Fleck and balancing being a mom and a touring musician.
Chris Thile is a mandolinist who can’t be pinned down by any convenient musical description. He’s collaborated with fellow label-defying masters like bassist Edgar Myer and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, in addition to leading the band Punch Brothers. His most recent project is a collection of Bach partitas and sonatas that were originally written for violin.
The Carolina Union Activities Board shook up its hip-hop-heavy season with its presentation of Iron & Wine Wednesday night. Even in a concert hall as massive as Memorial Hall, the performance felt intimate and was easily one of the best shows CUAB has scored in the past few years.
As Election Day approaches, presidential candidates aren’t the only ones with swing-state North Carolina on their minds.
Tuesday marks the release date of “A Church That Fits Our Needs,” the latest record from local orchestral indie-pop act Lost in the Trees. The album, the band’s third, features swelling string sections among other acoustic instruments to form a rich, dreamlike sound.
The Clearing is a record that almost didn’t happen for local duo Bowerbirds. Faced with illness and a temporary break-up, Beth Tacular and Phil Moore spent a year apart. The two got back together and wrote new songs. After recording most of them in Wisconsin, the band ended up having to spend months reworking them back home in Pittsboro.
Bitter Resolve is one of a handful of metal bands in the Triangle gaining steam on the local scene. Its slow but powerful tunes burn slowly and hit hard all at once. Frontman, guitarist and vocalist Robert Walsh talked Triangle metal and more with Assistant Diversions Editor Allison Hussey.
When people ask me what my favorite band is, I don’t have to think about my response. It’s Punch Brothers. The immediate followup question is usually some variant of, “I haven’t heard of them. What kind of music do they make?” It’s at this point that I always falter. I can rattle off the band’s entire history with ease, but I struggle to describe just what the group does.
The word “tramp” has never been synonymous with beauty. But singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten has turned the word around to title her newest record. With Tramp, Van Etten manages something beautiful. She explores intense personal territory with entrancing tunes, matching emotional lyrics with layers of instrumentation that create a thick, almost dream-like sonic atmosphere. She recently took the time to talk to assistant Diversions editor Allison Hussey about the new record, her time on the road and women in the music business.
Whether you’re in a relationship or living the single life, Dive has songs that will make your heart croon on Valentine’s Day.
The word “tramp” has never been synonymous with beauty. But singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten has turned the word around to title her newest record. With Tramp, Van Etten manages something beautiful. She explores intense personal territory with entrancing tunes, matching emotional lyrics with layers of instrumentation that create a thick, almost dream-like sonic atmosphere.
Tomorrow, WKNC, N.C. State University’s radio station, kicks off its two-night Double Barrel Benefit. Now in its ninth year, the event serves as the largest fundraiser for WKNC, David Mueller, bassist for Birds of Avalon, plays night two of the event with his side project Heads on Sticks. He talked to Assistant Diversions Editor Allison Hussey about Heads on Sticks and some of his favorite parts of the Triangle music community.
Performing under the name Tycho, Scott Hansen creates thick, swirling electronic music with his many synthesizers. Hansen also works as an independent graphic designer, and often weaves the two together to create a unique experience that engulfs the audience in light, color and sound.
Dive may have only had five favorite local records, but the truth is, 2011 was a great year for music in the Triangle. It brought the heartbreaking harmonies of Mandolin Orange and Mount Moriah; Systems’ dark, twisting metal; the beats and rhymes of Kooley High; Megafaun’s rich freak-folk. The year ended on a high note, but what will 2012 bring? This week, five local bands gave us the low-down on their respective new projects — and from the looks of it, this year is quickly getting off to a pretty sweet start.