Chuck Johnson with Libraness and Heather McEntire The Pinhook 9/29/2013
can be tough to motivate and get out of the house for a rock show on a
Sunday night, but when that show involves Libraness all of the sudden I
get a burst of energy and a fire under my ass.
First though was Heather McEntire, best known as the front
woman of awesome local band Mount Moriah. It was just Heather, her
guitar and her amazing voice, performing a small set of songs she said
she wrote in the week before the show while holed up sick at home. The
fact that she can knock out a grip of quality tracks while hopped up on
cold crunchers is equal parts impressive and jealousy-inducing.
Hopefully some of these tunes make their way to future recordings
because I liked them a lot. Maybe Heather needs to get sick more
What made Ash Bowie (best known as one the guitarists and
vocalists of Polvo) decide to bring back his side-project solo moniker
Libraness escapes me, but I'm damn glad he d…
Schooner with D-Town Brass and See Gulls The Pinhook 9/24/2013
This was the record release party for Schooner's new record "Neighborhood Veins." A record that has been in the works for so long there have been multiple "Chinese Democracy" jokes made to the band by me - my latest favorite is to refer to the new album as "Durhamese Schoonocracy." And that, folks, is why I'm yet to be hired as a comedy writer.
The first band of the night was See Gulls, who I knew nothing about. They were a four piece of local ladies that included Maria Albani on drums (she can also be found in Organos, helping out with Schooner, and probably a dozen other projects). If what they said on stage is to be believed, this was their first show. Good or bad, there is something exciting about seeing a band's first show - luckily this was one of the good ones. They showed lots of promise of good things to come. My best description of their music would be jangly indie pop…
with Killer Mike
Boi was supposed to be one of the headliners at this past Hopscotch
Music Festival, but after hurting his leg he had to postpone his show.
It was a real bummer at the time, but in hindsight having another great
show to go to a couple of weeks later only increased the entertainment
value of Hopscotch. As an added bonus, they gave away a lot of the
tickets for free for this show, to make up for him missing the
festival. I would have gladly paid a king's ransom for the show,
assuming a king's ransom is somewhere no more than fifty bucks or so.
Opening the show was Killer Mike. He played
Hopscotch last year and wasn't even scheduled at this year's festival,
so a free show out of him was extra super awesome icing on the already
tasty cake. He was one of my highlights that year and this was a very
similar performance - just him and his man DJ Trackstar, lots of songs
from his album "R.A.P. Mus…