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PHOTOS: Mandolin Orange / Joan Shelley at Kings - 11/19/2016

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Mandolin Orange







Joan Shelley






PHOTOS: Jonathan Richman at the Cat's Cradle Back Room - 11/13/2016

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PHOTOS: Guided By Voices at the Cat's Cradle - 11/12/2016

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Guided By Voices at the Cat's Cradle - 11/12/2016

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Guided By Voices
Cat's Cradle
11/12/2016
It was nearly twenty years ago that I saw Guided By Voices for the first time in this same club, standing only a couple of feet to the left from where I stood on this night.  "Under the Bushes, Under the Stars" tour if I'm not mistaken - June of 44 opened.  It was a damn good time.  These days, Robert Pollard might do a few less high kicks and drink a few less beers during the performance, but not much else has changed.  The band has nearly always rotated members, and of course this time was no different  - frequent collaborator Doug Gillard made up one-half of the guitar corp, and the other half was a real treat - Bobby Bare Jr, an alt-country star with a long solo career who I guess decided it might be fun to learn 50 or 60 short pop songs.  GBV didn't play any of his songs or anything, but he was still a nice addition to the performance. 

The band had the set down to a science - play a couple of new songs, the…

PHOTOS: Ted Leo / Outer Spaces at the Pinhook - 11/10/2016

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Ted Leo



Outer Spaces




Ted Leo / Outer Spaces at the Pinhook - 11/10/2016

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Ted Leo
With Outer Spaces
The Pinhook
11/10/2016
Until I saw the listing in the Pinhook calendar, I hadn't thought of Ted Leo in ages.  I knew he had a band with Aimee Mann that played occasionally, but otherwise he had sort of disappeared, at least from my radar.  I decided why not go see him perform and find out what the hell he's up to these days?  It was a solo gig, no Pharmacists in sight - just him, his electric guitar, and a super fancy microphone running through a very elaborate amp set-up.  I'm assuming the mic was fancy based on how good his vocals sounded - that is, exactly like the record.  If the songs weren't slightly different, you'd almost think he was lip-syncing they sounded so much like the records.  He would talk to the crowd a bit, play a classic song or two, talk to the crowd some more, play a new (or newish) song or two, more talking...you get the idea.  Any time he played one of those classic songs the crowd treated it like a singal…

PHOTOS: Superchunk / Skylar Gudasz at Dorton Arena - 10/19/2016

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Superchunk







Skylar Gudasz

Superchunk / Skylar Gudasz at Dorton Arena - 10/19/2016

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Superchunk
With Skylar Gudasz
Dorton Arena
10/19/2016
The folks that used to handle the music booking for the North Carolina State Fair made a great decision last year - instead of throwing a lot of money at washed-up and never-has-been rockers, country crooners, and family friendly fare, give a little money to a local agency who can book local musicians and actually support local North Carolinians, one of the main reasons to even have a state fair.  The hard work of local scribe Grayson Haver Currin probably helped them make this decision to change by digging up just how much money the Fair folks were losing on the crappy, mostly unwanted acts they used to book - it was going so wrong, why not try something else?  Long story short, a bunch of shit changed behind the scenes at the State Fair and now I get to see Superchunk in Dorton Arena for free after walking around eating junk food all day. 

First though was Skylar Gudasz, their opener for the night.  I got to the venue i…