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  • Decades later, amazing vocals are back in the lead spotlight By Stephanie Harris If you’ve never heard Lisa Fischer’s lead vocals on the 1991 R&B Grammy Award-winning ballad “How Can I Ease the Pain,” chances are you’ve heard her vocals gracing the tracks of another...

  • 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 Nick Bequette Photos by Kim Casanova For the anniversary of their break out, self-titled record, Social Distortion is on tour and celebrating by playing the album in it’s entirety. Upon it’s release in 1990, their first record on a major label was a big...

  • By Branna Calloway Photos by Bridgette Aikens August 30,  2015 On the way to a dentist appointment in Manhattan to help preserve the amiable gap-toothed smile that fans have fallen madly in love with, we had a chance to chat with rising singer/songwriter Melanie Martinez....

  • By James Willamor  Hopscotch Music Fest returns to downtown Raleigh for the sixth time from September 10 through the 12. In addition to the official festival lineups each evening, numerous free day parties are hosted each afternoon. “Hopscotch day parties are a part of the...

  • By Nick Bequette August 27, 2015 Drag The River have never been your typical “Alt-country” band. They come from punk music. The band’s founding members, Jon Snodgrass and Chad Price have been in bands, such as All and Armchair Martian, before and during their tenure...

  • By Sean Titone August 26, 2015 Mac McCaughan is a busy man. He’s the co-founder of Durham-based powerhouse record label Merge Records (home to Arcade Fire, Destroyer, The Mountain Goats and Neutral Milk Hotel, just to name a few) and the frontman of American indie...

  • By Kelli Raulerson August 25, 2015 The storybook setting for Newport Folk Festival is something straight out of a New England travel guide. Set on Newport Bay with panoramic views including the east passage of Narragansett Bay, Fort Adams was built in 1799 as a...

  • Album Release Show for Midnight By Drea Atkins August 23, 2015 Grace Potter has been kicking the music scene in the teeth since 2002, when her original band Grace Potter and the Nocturnals was formed in Waitsfield, Vermont. Their collective sound has surfed from blues...

  • By Elizabeth Thomas August 18, 2015 Umphrey’s McGee has so much to offer, it’s hard to put them inside a single genre mold. While they’re definitely improvisational, a night at an Umphrey’s McGee show could entail progressive rock-and-roll, heavy jam, upbeat dance or even a...