Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog has been through the indie rock trenches, surviving for over a decade as a revolving cast of musicians, while somehow keeping a consistent sound and continuing to explore new sonic territory with each release.
Seldom do a banjo and a synthesizer find parallel roles throughout an album, but that is the case with North Elementary frontman John Harrison’s debut as Jphono1 with Living Is Easy. He blends harmonica, acoustic guitar and banjo with whirring synths, droning organs and programmed beats to create mellow tunes that could complement a sunny drive or a rainy day indoors. Jphono1 allows Harrison to add a bit more experimentation to his sound while giving his music a more intimate feel.
Exciting things are happening for Wilmington’s alt-country Onward, Soldiers, who recently put the finishing touches on its second album, Monsters.
Five towering racks of analog audio equipment loom over the occupants of the small, stuffy studio control room at ElectroMagnetic Radiation Recorders in Winston-Salem.
Five towering racks of analog audio equipment loom over the occupants of the small, stuffy studio control room at ElectroMagnetic Radiation Recorders in Winston-Salem, NC. The unassuming studio, a small, dumpy building with boarded windows, holds a history much more glamorous than its physical appearance, including the recording of several of the Avett Brothers’ early albums.
Even though Deer Tick has put out its fair share of heavier, up-tempo rock songs in the past, it was best known for its slower, more acoustic-laden ballads. For its fourth full-length, Divine Providence, it delves into its inner punk while revealing the darker side to the rock star lifestyle.
When a new Wilco album comes out, it’s impossible to know exactly which direction Tweedy and company will go. The band could stick to its Americana and alt-country roots that made up early albums like Summerteeth, or they could draw on its later ambient, shoe-gazing influences to release an album that consists mostly of noise — and both could be equally brilliant.
One of the many bands playing Phuzz Phest is Chapel Hill’s T0W3RS. Staff writer Lucian Crockett talked to Derek Torres about the band’s upcoming plans.
Coffee is a staple in nearly every college student’s life, but what’s good beyond the chain shops on Franklin Street? Dive staff writers visited South Rd. four different shops scattered around Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Which one suits your fancy? Caffe Driade At 1215 E. Franklin St., Caffe Driade is a bit of a walk from campus. But its secluded and intimate environment make it well worth the trip. Like its sister cafe, Open Eye, Driade carries beans from both shops’ parent business, Carrboro Coffee Company, which offers fair-trade and single-origin coffee and espresso beans.“Beyond our great product, people come here for the atmosphere,”said barista David Ruiz. “It’s a nice, cozy, magical location in the woods.
Lucian Crockett: Moby took the stage for the third show of the night at the Asheville Civic Center Arena. Despite his subdued lifestyle and vegan diet, the guy is a rock star, and he commanded the attention of the crowd throughout the show. It was also refreshing to see an electronic artist that doesn’t sit behind his computer for their entire show. Moby is an amazing musician, which he showcased by jumping between the bongos, the electric guitar and the keys as he ran through a set of his biggest hits. He closed the show with a song he hadn’t played in the U.S. in 20 years, which he celebrated by taking his shirt off and standing on a box. Check out photos from last night and see what we have to say about Moby, TV On The Radio, Holy Fuck, Flying Lotus, Chromeo and Zomby at Moogfest 2011. Make sure you follow us @DTHDiversions. Check out #Moogfest for the latest updates.
Don’t forget to catch alt-country rockers Deer Tick at Cat’s Cradle tonight. The show starts at 9 P.M. with Virgin Forest and Dead People opening up the show before the headlining act. Tickets will be available at the door for $16. The native Rhode Islanders are making the sixth stop of their tour at the Cradle in support of their new album, Divine Providence, which will be released next Tuesday, October 24. Check out a preview from the band’s upcoming album, Divine Providence: