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Belle & Sebastian / Luke Temple at the Fillmore Miami Beach - 9/28/2014

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Belle & Sebastian with Luke Temple The Fillmore Miami Beach
9/28/2014
For the second year in a row we traveled to a foreign country to see our beloved Belle & Sebastian - Montreal last year, and Miami Beach this year.  Sure, Miami Beach isn't technically a foreign country but it might as well be - there were certainly more women walking around in thongs than you typically see anywhere else in this country. 

Our tickets were general admission so we got there early and got a good spot up front - I've seen B&S many times but always from far away; this time, only one row of people separated us from Stuart Murdoch and company.  They were performing as a thirteen piece with the regulars joined by a quartet of violin mercenaries from New York (as both the band and the crowd found out when Stuart talked to them during the set).  The band kicked off with the instrumental "Judy Is a Dick Slap," complete with Stuart playing a keytar, and it only got mor…

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers / Steve Winwood at PNC Arena - 9/18/2014

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers with Steve Winwood PNC Arena
9/18/2014
I don't often go to large "arena rock" shows - I think the last one I saw actually held in a basketball stadium like this one was REM (with Lucious Jackson opening!) at the Dean Dome back in 1995 or 1996.  For some reason I felt it incumbent to see Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers while it was still possible though, high priced tickets and nosebleed seats be damned...it's not often you get a chance to see someone who has written as many hit songs as he has. 

After paying twenty dollars for parking, more than I almost ever pay to actually see a show, we got inside and found that our section had been closed off and they upgraded our seats to better ones downstairs - score!  You can more or less guess the set list, basically a lot of his hits (both from his solo and Heartbreakers records) along a number of with tracks from his new album "Hypnotic Eye."  The crowd sing-along…

Whatever Brains / T0W3RS at Nice Price Books and Records - 9/19/2014

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Whatever Brains with T0W3RS Nice Price Books and Records
9/19/2014
It had been a dog's year since I last saw T0W3RS - they were a full band at that time, playing very enjoyable, catchy indie pop.  These days all that remains from that iteration are the name and frontman Derek Torres.  Now T0W3RS is just a one-man band, with Derek singing (and sometimes playing guitar) along with recordings in a very theatrical fashion as if he was performing a one-man play.  The music has also taken a shift to something between Bowie-esque glam and modern electro-pop, but the tracks are just as catchy as ever - Torres has a real way with hooks.  The packed house seemed way into it, especially this weird hippy guy standing next to me who was possibly putting on an even bigger show than Derek. 

The reason for the season tonight was the release party for the new double EP by Whatever Brains.  Since each EP is one side of a regular 12" record I'm not sure why it isn't just con…

PHOTOS: Hopscotch 2014, Day Three in downtown Raleigh - 9/6/2014

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Demon Eye, The Lincoln Theatre







Krill, Kings






The White Octave, Kings






Hopscotch 2014, Day Three in downtown Raleigh - 9/6/2014

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Hopscotch 2014 Day Three - Evening Performances
City Plaza, the Lincoln Theatre, Slims, & Kings 9/6/2014
The most important part of tonight's City Plaza show was getting there in time to see Death play "Keep on Knocking."  For some reason I thought they might play it early, and sure enough it was the second song in their set - for once my intuition pays off!  I had a friend wonder out loud if they played that song too early, as it's the best in their catalog and what I'd guess a lot of people were looking forward to the most.  The rest of the set was good though, lots of between song banter about their deceased brother (who was the original guitarist) and scorching instrumentation.  Particularly of note is how the bass is used almost like a lead guitar in the band, out in front of the mix.  If you haven't seen it, I definitely recommend the documentary on them

It had been a while since I last saw Mastodon, back in 2009 at the Cradle.  To be hone…

PHOTOS: Hopscotch 2014, Day Two in downtown Raleigh - 9/5/2014

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Enemy Waves (featuring Thurston Moore), Vintage 21






Tony Conrad, Vintage 21




Dark Rooms, Tir Na Nog






Big Pooh, The Pour House