A&E Music Reviews
Triangle Arts and Entertainment reviews new music release and performances in the Triangle
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 ›
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.”
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.
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.
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.
As anyone tightly packed in the Lincoln Theatre Friday night can attest, Future Islands is not your average indie-rock band.
The Sea and Cake played at Cat’s Cradle last night to a modest crowd of loyal fans.
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.
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.