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Grizzly Bear [Live]

Grizzly Bear rock Union Park to massive crowd, Chicago Photo: Leigh Ann Hines Grizzly Bear consists of Ed Droste (singer/songwriter), Christopher Bear (drummer), Chris Tayler (woodwinds player/bassist) and Daniel Rossen (singer/songwriter/guitarist). They’ve had a steady rise and growing buzz since their 2006 release of Yellow House. Since then, they’ve toured extensively, supported Radiohead, TV On […]

Built To Spill [Live]

Built To Spill headline first night of Pitchfork Music Festival 2009 Photo: Leigh Ann Hines Built T Spill took stage in Chicago to an excited crowd. They headlined the first night at Pitchfork 2009. As the the sun set over the park Built To Spill took to the Aluminum Stage and finished out the first […]

Live: The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips Close out Pitchfork Music Festival 2009 Photo: Leigh Ann Hines The Flaming Lips headlined the closing night of the Pitchfork Music Festival 2009. And oh what a closing it was. Each year Pitchfork gets better and better, and this year was no exception. The Flaming Lips was the icing…and cherry… on the […]

Live: Frank Turner

Frank Turner opened up for The Offspring at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville New jersey. Actually, he’s supporting them for the east coast portion of their tour and from the sounds of his tour diary, it’s been a great time. First, Starland Ballroom is situated in the middle of nowhere. Really, it’s sort of all by it’s lonesome with no neighboring businesses. I had high hopes that this would be a fantastic show, but, well, it wasn’t. Let me rephrase that, the actual performance by Frank Turner was fantastic, but the NJ Offspring crowd wanted nothing to do with him and made it pretty rough.

Live: The Swell Season

From the moment Glen Hansard stepped on stage at Meymandi Concert Hall, the audience was in his grip. The Swell Season captivated us all for over 2 hours…2 hours and 20 minutes to be exact. It started with Glen stepping onto the front edge of the stage to loud applause, but once he began to sing, it became perfectly silent except for the sound of his voice and guitar. Not a rustle or whisper. Everyone was transfixed by him and the music. Gorgeous.

Live: British Sea Power

British Sea Power graced Cats Cradle Tuesday night (May 6) to an eager crowd of fans. The first hint that this would be different than every other show at the Cradle is the shrubbery. Greenery surrounding mic stands, amps, drums. It’s the closest the Cradle has ever been to a park. This band, on this night, was…well…fun. They have a noisy and brash rock sound combined with a bit of pop.

Goodbye Schoolkids Records

Schoolkids Records, one of the two remaining independent music stores in Chapel Hill, closed down March 22, 2008. A free farewell show was held at Cat’s Cradle on April 5th, featuring a lineup of great local bands.

Live: Biffy Rocks The Cradle…

What can I say. There’s something about these guys that I love. Their latest album released in 2007, ‘Puzzle’, is stellar as are their previous records. Puzzle is a little more pop-ish, but still hits the mark beautifully. I’m not sure if anything can touch ‘Blackened Sky’ or ‘The Vertigo of Bliss’ as both of those previous records are pretty much faultless to my ears, but Puzzle is a top-notch album.

Live: Atlas Sound At Local 506

I’m always a bit apprehensive about what I’ll get when I go to a show with a band like Atlas Sound. It was the same concern I had before seeing Deerhunter, Bradford Cox’s other band. Both tend to have strong ambient leanings n their recordings and sometimes those don’t always play out well for a live audience. That wasn’t the case for Deerhunter, who would blast through their rock songs with enthusiasm, and it wasn’t the case with Atlas Sound.

Live: Super Furry Animals

Super Furry Animals live at Cat’s Cradle 29 Jan 2008 Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals © Photo by Leigh Ann Hines The Super Furry Animals, the Welsh five-piece, are known for their shenanigans on stage, usually employing some sort of gimmick, arriving on a golf cart, wearing yeti costumes, giant projection screens, homemade Power […]