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PHOTOS: Jeff the Brotherhood at Berkeley Cafe - 6/13/2012

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Jeff the Brotherhood at Berkeley Cafe - 6/13/2012

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Jeff the Brotherhood
Berkeley Cafe
6/13/2012

I was immensely excited for this show.  Jeff the Brotherhood put on the best show of last year's Hopscotch festival, a packed, sweaty affair at Slims where the crowd was as receptive as any I've ever seen for a band in Raleigh.  Also, this weird girl spent much of the show dry humping my leg while I tried taking photos.  It's the little things that makes a show memorable you know?

No one dry humped me at the Berkeley Cafe, and the crowd wasn't nearly as excited and animated save the pack of girls who were posted up at the front of the stage right next to me...one of which kinda looked like Spicoli from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."  But the band still destroyed - particularly my ears and my brain - in the best way possible.  Lots of songs from their last couple of full-lengths "Heavy Days" and "We Are The Champions", plus a handful of new tracks that will presumably be on their upcoming record.…

PHOTOS: Hiss Golden Messenger / Michael Chapman at The Pinhook - 6/12/2012

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Hiss Golden Messenger








Michael Chapman

Hiss Golden Messenger / Michael Chapman at The Pinhook - 6/12/2012

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Hiss Golden Messenger
with Michael Chapman
The Pinhook
6/12/2012

Early Show!  Any time I can go see two different performers, get a tasty burger afterwards, and still get home before the Daily Show...that's a good night out.  The opener was Michael Chapman, who I honestly knew nothing about before this show was announced.  Turns out Chapman is a British folkie who recorded his first album in 1969, and is known for is fantastic guitar wizardry.  And after seeing him in person, I can verify that such adulation of his skills is well warranted.  There was some singing but by in large it was just this older gentleman and his guitar, and he had the whole crowd eating out of his hands.  I will now go back and research the back catalog of this fine musician, and I'd guess I'm not the only one from this Pinhook show who will be doing that.  Unless of course I was the only one not completely aware of him, which is certainly possible. 

I had seen Hiss Golden Messenger once before bu…

PHOTOS: The Clean / Times New Viking at the Local 506 - 6/8/2012

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The Clean / Times New Viking at the Local 506 - 6/8/2012

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The Clean
with Times New Viking
Local 506
6/8/2012

I was excited to see The Clean again - a number of years ago I saw them as the first act on a super bill with Yo La Tengo and Modest Mouse, and they might have been the best band of the night.  I clearly wasn't alone as the show was well attended by both young fans and old folks alike.  I can't claim to be any sort of super fan - going in I claimed that as long as they played "Tally Ho" (one of my all-time favorite songs by any band ever), I was going to go home a very happy man.  After the show, even if they hadn't played it I still would have been plenty pleased with the performance.  Luckily, that gem of a track got the live treatment as well.  Then again, do they ever not play their signature track?  I really have no idea, but somehow doubt it.

A combination of wanting to be up front to take photos of the Clean and a recommendation from my friend John led to getting to the 506 in time to see openers Times Ne…

Pop. 1280 at The Pinhook - 6/7/2012

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Pop. 1280
The Pinhook
6/7/2012

It appeared to me that Pop. 1280 was one of the new underground buzz bands, putting out a record on the oft talked about Sacred Bones label and getting a lot of high visibility press.  I decided to go check them out more or less on a whim, but also because I really dig seeing shows at the Pinhook, and was shocked at how few people were there.  I feel like I'm always late on the intake on the new hot shit music, could it be I was ahead of the trends? 

Anyways, the band was kind of a trip - they sounded like Shellac, Ministry and US Maple got greased up, stuffed in a sack and shaken.  Dark, industrial, aggressive, and pretty enjoyable.  The drummer had a sheet of tin roofing set up on a keyboard stand and banged on it extensively.  The singer, who was front man only, was tall and lanky with tight clothes and an angular haircut, looking kinda like a rock star caricature and a bad ass at the same time.  I'm not entirely sure I loved them, but they …