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  • By Shirley Griffith January 23, 2015 Wednesday evening I walked into the Neighborhood Theatre around 6pm to hand over posters for an event on a later date. Already excited for the show the night held (powerful rockers Ex Hex and King Tuff), I stopped mid-step,...

  • 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 Karyn Dobbie January 20, 2015 Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester make up Black Violin. Think Bach concerto with looped hip-hop style beats. The classically-trained duo challenges traditional classical music by fusing the distinct sound of the violin with hip hop...

  • By Miranda Stryker From sharing bills at small venues, to internet friends, to official collaborators united in the city of Durham, North Carolina, Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn made impressive progress together in 2014. After Sylvan Esso’s debut self-titled album dropped in early May, YouTube...

  • By Brent Hill January 17, 2015 Over the course of thirteen years and five albums, The Whigs have tried to capture the urgency of rock and roll with one goal in mind: to set it free at their live shows. Because in urgency is truth....

  • By Shirley Griffith January 21, 2015 In an effort to keep new, fresh music at my fingertips without having to rely on Pitchfork or (god forbid) Billboard, a friend and I have set up a forum on which we send each other daily tunes that...

  • By Kelli Raulerson Photos by Daniel Coston January 4, 2014 “I thought I liked beets until I had a beet,” says Dan. “Then realized, nope, I don’t like beets – that’s not cranberry sauce.” “It’s the same with pickles in deviled eggs,” adds Wes. “Nobody...

  • By Jason Eddins Photos by Liza Cox January 2, 2014 Widespread Panic made a triumphant return to Charlotte on New Year’s Eve. For the third time in the last four years, they closed out the year at Time Warner Arena for anyone in the Queen City...

  • By Phil Pucci I’ve been following Museum Mouth since I fell in love with their song “Outside” on Tears in My Beer, an album they released in 2010. It’s a song about having a complete loss of songwriting inspiration in the wake of a breakup....

  • By Phil Pucci It’s time for the second installment of pre-gaming for Reverb Fest – Eskimo Kisses. This time I will be chatting with mahatma Terrence Richard of Junior Astronomers. What makes this band one of the most beloved in Charlotte? Why is it that...