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Celtic Woman Might Be a Bit Too Perfect

March 26, 2017

Fresh off their recent Grammy nomination, a new iteration of Celtic Woman brought their Celtic Woman: Voices of Angels tour to the Durham Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 23rd. Celtic Woman (“woman” singular) features three uniquely gifted vocalists — Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, and Éabha McMahon — and violinist/harpist Tara McNeill. McFadden brings the… Read More ›

On Jan. 27th, Rick Springfield and Richard Marx Made DPAC Patrons Feel Like Family

Last Friday night, 1980s musical icons Rick Springfield & Richard Marx played for a few thousand of their closest fans at the Durham Performing Arts Center, and made them feel like family. Both artists, accustomed to large stadium tours, seemed to enjoy the intimacy of this musically stripped-down show; and they spent the evening telling… Read More ›

Christian Cool Collective

Chill vibes and good spirits surfed into town Saturday night as Switchfoot and Relient K hit The Ritz in Raleigh, NC. Opening act Relient K has been a chameleon of sorts, switching genres from the spiritual Christian rock to the secular alternative rock. Hailing from Canton, Ohio, the band are the type of act you would… Read More ›

Good Goings with The Goo Goo Dolls

The Goo Goo Dolls rocked the city Saturday night at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater. Having 1st seen them live at the very same venue back in 2011, their performances still gives me butterflies. As the lyrics to their 2013 song “Rebel Beat” goes: “There’s no worries, there’s no care, feel the sounds that’s everywhere.” That… Read More ›

Dashboard Confessional is Taking Back Sunday

Entering the Charlotte’s Metro Credit Union Amphitheater (formerly Uptown Music Factory) Tuesday night, speakers blared in my ears as the sounds shook my mind and vibrated into every thought I was having. The North Carolina stop of The Taste of Chaos Tour commenced in 90-degree temperatures, an early 2000’s nostalgia trip as co-headliners Taking Back… Read More ›

The call of Death Cab For Cutie

I’m a major fan of Death Cab For Cutie. I can recite the lyrics to most of their songs and reference the album/EP they appeared on off the top of my head. I can even recall the first time I heard them, these musical stalwarts influencing the 2000’s indie rock scene and summarizing most of my… Read More ›

Oh What a Night… with Janis Joplin

No rain on Gavin’s parade

An early onset of drizzle during the opening acts played no factor Friday night in the kickoff concert of the weekend Rock n Roll Marathon Series, operated by the City of Raleigh and presented by WRAL. “I don’t want to be anything other than me” sang the crowd of the Red Hat Amphitheater in chorus with show headliner,… Read More ›

N.C. State LIVE presented Yamato: The Drummers of Japan Feb. 20th in Stewart Theatre (photo by Masa Ogawa)

The Yamato Drummers Rocked Stewart Theatre on Feb. 20th for N.C. State LIVE!

High energy. Dynamic. Dramatic. Engaging. Funny. Amazing. All are adjectives that describe N.C. State LIVE’s one-night-only Feb. 20th presentation of Yamato: The Drummers of Japan, a seven-person group of drummers who really rocked the Stewart Theatre in NCSU’s Talley Student Union in Raleigh. With a powerful sense of showmanship, incredible drumming skills, and the energy… Read More ›

Twice the delight from Rob Thomas & Plain White T’s

Unexpected circumstances didn’t deter those immersed in Charlotte’s Uptown Amphitheater at NC Music Factory Tuesday night from coming to see Grammy Award winning artist and lead singer of pop rock multi-platinum superstars Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas. Apart of The Great Unknown Tour supporting the album released this year and bearing the same name, the show… Read More ›

The 90’s ARE all that as Dashboard Confessional & Third Eye Blind will attest

Alt met Emo as two of the biggest acts from the late 90’s/early 00’s joined together for a co-headlining extravaganza Tuesday night at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater. Roots rock band Augustana started off the show, playing to the crowd by swapping out the names and places referenced in their songs with the city of Raleigh…. Read More ›

The Decemberists: All grown up and still with the whale

Despite clouds and precipitation, attendees at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC Wednesday night were treated to the one-two punch of Shovels and Rope & The Decemberists. From neighboring Charleston, South Carolina, Shovels and Rope are the husband and wife duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, who combined their individual solo careers to… Read More ›

The Pat Metheny Unity Group, which played The Carolina Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 9th, includes (from left) Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams, Giulio Carmassi, and Pat Metheny

On Aug. 9th, the Pat Metheny Unity Group Rocked The Carolina Theatre Like No Other Jazz Group

  The Pat Metheny Unity Group, which played The Carolina Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 9th, includes (from left) Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams, Giulio Carmassi, and Pat Metheny Only a genius would have the guts to open a set with the 42-string Pikasso guitar. That genius is Pat Metheny. And he blew away everyone… Read More ›

“American Idol” Season 13 Top 10 Rocks DPAC

The instant the familiar opening notes of the “American Idol” intro sounded this past Sunday night, the audience at the Durham Performing Arts Center erupted; and they didn’t stop cheering and screaming their appreciation until the last note of the last song. For those who think “American Idol” has jumped the shark, the appearance of… Read More ›

An evening with Rob Thomas proves both personal and entertaining

A mixed crowd of fans, young and old, assembled into Durham’s Performing Arts Center and erupted into boisterous, unison applause for Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Rob Thomas as he took the stage and began to croon, “Don’t you wanna go for a ride/Just keep your hands inside”

Conservative Precision at the North Carolina Symphony

The North Carolina Symphony played for an appreciative nearly full house Saturday night at Meymandi Music Hall in Raleigh. The program featuring Ludwig Van Beethoven‘s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67 opened with a zippy allegro by Edward Elgar, followed by Concerto No.25 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, K.503 by Wolfgang Amadeus… Read More ›

The Kirby Cultural Arts Complex presented "Shana Tucker: ChamberSoul Cello & Songs" on Sept. 28th

Shana Tucker’s Chamber Soul Sounds Slay the Kirby

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/cellist Shana Tucker didn’t have to travel very far on Saturday, Sept. 28th, to play at the vintage theater in the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex in Roxboro, NC. “Wow, it’s nice to drive up 501 from Durham through these pretty farms and past horses and cows,” she told the audience between songs. “Especially since… Read More ›

Duke University presented "A Duke and Durham Music Festival," with Terence Blanchard and the John Brown Big Band and Kate McGarry & Keith Ganz's Duo Palooza on Sept. 21st at The Carolina Theatre

Big Band Provides Big Sound for Duke’s Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Its Integration

For some of audience enjoying the musical festivities planned for four days (Sept. 19-22) during the 50th Anniversary of the Integration of Duke University, the events were bittersweet. “Wish we didn’t have to celebrate this occasion,” one woman said as she settled herself at The Carolina Theatre, in anticipation of an evening with the John… Read More ›

The Legendary Wailers Continue to Rock

The legendary reggae band, The Wailers, were among four bands that recently stopped in Raleigh at Red Hat Amphitheater as part of The LP Tour.

Frank Smith “Nineties”

The soundscape is awash with a sea of reverb in a cavernous atmosphere that is simultaneously spacious and intimate.

Band Together’s 3rd annual “battle of the bands” event to benefit Tammy Lynn Center

Four Local Bands aim to be the “Last Band Standing” on March 2 Band Together’s 3rd annual “battle of the bands” event to benefit Tammy Lynn Center   Raleigh, N.C. (Jan. 31, 2013) — Four of the best NC-based bands are slated to go head-to-head in the Triangle’s most energetic and philanthropic music battle. Band… Read More ›

Ralph Stanley: the Papaw of Bluegrass

Continuing his 66-year long legacy in old timey mountain music, Ralph Stanley proved to be the Papaw of bluegrass. Backed by the five talented Clinch Mountain Boys, including his grandson and front man guitarist Nathan Stanley, Dr. Stanley and his skillful musicians played to a devoted sold-out audience at The ArtCenter last night. Ralph opened the first set standing coolly between the band members and leading the vocals on the popular “Man of Constant Sorrow.”

Live Review: HipSlack

Last night at The Big Easy, the foursome Raleigh–based band HipSlack “rocked the hip hop,” the reggae and other rock favorites that kept the mixed Friday night crowd dancing.

Change of Heart Band

Album Review: Change of Heart

Reminiscent of alternative rock bands like Queens of the Stone Age, Deftones, Hawthorne Heights, and Story of the Year, Change of Heart’s sound is riff-oriented, melodic post-hardcore rock with heavy drum beats, but differs in its Christian-inspired lyrics and gentle vocals.

Live Review: Tanlines

Electro-pop duo Tanlines, based out of New York City, came to Motorco in Durham last Friday night as part of their last minute debut tour of the southern states. Jesse Cohen (percussionist) and Eric Emm (guitarist and main vocalist) mix calypso and tribal beats with upbeat synth-driven melodies and plaintive vocals. They create both dance-floor worthy pop and simplified, contemplative ballads, with the new wave, 80s influence ever-present.

Live Review: Future Islands

As anyone tightly packed in the Lincoln Theatre Friday night can attest, Future Islands is not your average indie-rock band.

Sea and Cake Live

Live Review: The Sea and Cake

The Sea and Cake played at Cat’s Cradle last night to a modest crowd of loyal fans.

Live Review: Kishi Bashi and Tinariwen

Violinist, beatboxer, and electronic one-man-indie-band Kishi Bashi, introduced Tinariwen last night at The ArtsCenter in a performance that could have easily been a stand-alone headliner. When Grammy-award winning “soldier musicians” Tinariwen took the main stage at The ArtCenter following Kishi Bashi, both group and audience got their Sahara Desert blues groove on.

Live Review: Long Live Los Lonely Boys

Last night Grammy award-winning Tejano-inspired rock group Los Lonely Boys brought the funk, the blues, and the irresistible Latin rhythms to The ArtsCenter.