• By Shirley Griffith September 18, 2015 This past September weekend was Hopscotch Music Festival’s sixth year, complete with its most eclectic line-up yet. This festival caters to all genres, all peoples, at all hours, so it’s not hard to find yourself whisked away in the...

  • By Phil Pucci August 27, 2015 Hopscotch Music Festival is set to celebrate its sixth year with what is arguably their most eclectic lineup yet. The festival, which will be held in downtown Raleigh next Thursday through Saturday, maintains its reputation for carefully handpicking a...

  • By Brent Hill August 5, 2015 Photos: Danny Clinch Adam Duritz is sitting alone in a Miami hotel room surrounded by dirty laundry when he tells me how much he misses his bed. “I really like my bed back home,” he says over the phone....

  • By Kelli Raulerson It’s hard to believe that it’s been 25 years since indie rock institutions Merge Records and the band Superchunk were formed in 1989. It’s doubtful that the then-22 year-old Mac McCaughan (co-founder of Merge, along with partner Laura Ballance) had any clue...

  • By Shirley Griffith Photo: Carter Short November 20, 2014 Friday night in NoDa was the kind of night I’d have expected from a more noticeable metropolis like Brooklyn, Atlanta or Chicago. Despite the bitter cold temperatures, throngs of bundled music lovers littered the streets and...

  • By Daniel Coston November 10, 2014 A few months ago, a friend sent me the song “Turtles All the Way Down” in an email. No comments, context or pre-conceived notions. Hearing this song, which I can only describe as psychedelic country soul, reminded me of...