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Tuesday
April
21
Obnox, Flash Wands, Winston Facials
Duke Coffeehouse, Durham
OBNOX!! Bim puts on the best show you'd ever want to see, *and* you get the crazed wall-of-sound freakout that is Winston Facials, plus Flash Wands, who share 100% of their members with Flesh Wounds. This show is sponsored by WXDU and it's going to be flat-out nuts.

photo: Obnox - Hopscotch 2014
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Tuesday
April
21
Artillery, Striker, VX36, Dahlmers Realm
Pour House, Raleigh
Add the Pour House to the list of venues to check regularly for random metal shows, I guess. Artillery were an early-90s Danish thrash metal band who broke up in '93. They've been back together for a few years. Their current vocalist is operatic without being absurd, so I'm not that into it.

Striker are from Alberta. They're NWOBHM-inflected thrash & they're a lot sillier, it would seem, than Artillery -- in a good way.
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Tuesday
April
21
Love and Valor, This Frontier Needs Heroes
The Cave, Chapel Hill


Tuesday
April
21
Thornbro, The Koolest, No9to5
Local 506, Chapel Hill


Wednesday
April
22
Sleater-Kinney, THEESatisfaction
The Ritz, Raleigh
It's the middle of April and I still haven't heard another album that comes anywhere close to unseating Sleater-Kinney's "No Cities To Love" from my #1 of 2015 slot.
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Wednesday
April
22
Rod Abernethy, Steve Howell, Caroline Mamoulides
Neptunes, Raleigh
Another in Rod Abernethy's ongoing "Songs from Downstairs" series.
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Wednesday
April
22
Doom Asylum, Ami Dang, Earthly, Eyes Low, Gigi Alien
Nightlight, Chapel Hill
Doom Asylum are part of a growing lo-tech/analogue/live synth scene happening in Chapel Hill -- they make semi-urgent/ominous synthetic music that's beat-driven but maybe too nervous to really dance to.
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Wednesday
April
22
The Dear Old Blighties, Nathan Arizona and the New Mexicans
The Cave, Chapel Hill


Wednesday
April
22
Hope for Agoldensummer, The Tender Fruit
The Pinhook, Durham


photo: The Tender Fruit - The Pinhook, Durham, May 2, 2009


Wednesday
April
22
Wild Child, Cottontail
Local 506, Chapel Hill


Wednesday
April
22
Guster, Kishi Bashi
Lincoln Theater, Raleigh


Wednesday
April
22
Hearts and Daggers, This Frontier Needs Heroes
Slim's, Raleigh


photo: Hearts and Daggers - Cat's Cradle - Feb 17, 2007
music in the groovo.org player: Hearts and Daggers


Wednesday
April
22
Antoine Dufour, Craig D'Andrea
Pour House, Raleigh


Wednesday
April
22
Jarabe de Palo, Los Hollywood, Bocanegra
Motorco Music Hall, Durham


Thursday
April
23
Jimmy Webb, Karla Bonoff
Carolina Theatre, Durham
Jimmy Webb wrote the greatest song ever written, "Wichita Lineman," as well as an absurdly long list of other hits, including "MacArthur Park." He has written extensively about the craft of songwriting, and was around when the center of gravity of American Popular Song shifted from New York to LA. He has seen it all, basically.
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Thursday
April
23
Jeff Rosenstock, Chumped, Almost People
Cat's Cradle Back Room, Carrboro


Thursday
April
23
Frank Fairfield, Daniel Bachman
The Pinhook, Durham
If you like high starched collars, you'll love Frank Fairfield.
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Thursday
April
23
The Bronzed Chorus, Goodbye, Titan, Nest Egg
Tir Na Nog, Raleigh


Thursday
April
23
SOON, Midnight Plus One, Heaven
Slim's, Raleigh
SOON is a local supergroup featuring members of Bitter Resolve and the Love Language. They sound kind of like a cross between Bitter Resolve and the Love Language. Which works, actually, quite well.
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Thursday
April
23
Bvnnies, Witch Tit, Shroud Eater
The Maywood, Raleigh
Shroud Eater = nice & sludgy stoner metal from Miami. Plus two fairly new locals.
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Thursday
April
23
The Dave Rawlings Machine
Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw
This show was just added a couple of days ago, as is the habit nowadays with Dave Rawlings & Gillian Welch. And just so we're clear: The Dave Rawlings Machine includes Gillian Welch.
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Thursday
April
23
Melissa Swingle, David Dondero, The Dear Old Blighties
Nightlight, Chapel Hill


Thursday
April
23
Family and Friends, The Collection
Local 506, Chapel Hill


Thursday
April
23
Clyde's on Fire, Christiane
The Cave, Chapel Hill


Thursday
April
23
Bear Girl, Iselia, Pretend Surprise, Youth League
Deep South (The Bar), Raleigh


Fri-Sun
April
24-26
Art of Cool Festival
various downtown venues, Durham
This is it, the second annual [highly ambitious] Art of Cool Festival, which has set out to either celebrate, or singlehandedly generate local demand for, a certain strain of soul/jazz hybrid. You can learn any/everything you want to know about this Durham-grown international music festival at its website.
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Friday
April
24
Dexter Romweber
The Station, Carrboro


photo: Dexter Romweber
music in the groovo.org player: Dexter Romweber


Friday
April
24
Red Honey, Carina Point, Lovesucker
The Cave, Chapel Hill


Friday
April
24
Joe Pug, Field Report
Cat's Cradle Back Room, Carrboro


Friday
April
24
Le Weekend, JPhono1, The Kneads
Nightlight, Chapel Hill
Le Weekend are the wildest pop band in the Triangle.

photo: Le Weekend - debut show - Duke Coffeehouse - Nov. 11, 2006
music in the groovo.org player: Le Weekend
video(s) on their page(s): Le Weekend
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Friday
April
24
Sam Brown Band, Daddy Lion, Patrick Turner
The Kraken, Chapel Hill


Friday
April
24
Smallpools, Grizfolk, Vinyl Theatre
Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw


Friday
April
24
Adam Pitts
Deep South (The Bar), Raleigh


Friday
April
24
The Magnolia Collective, Amigo, The Affectionates
Local 506, Chapel Hill


Friday
April
24
Audiostrobelight, The Water Between, Six Shots Later, Days in May
The Maywood, Raleigh


Friday
April
24
The Stops, The Bleeding Hearts
Slim's, Raleigh
Two bands whose promo photos include women who aren't in the band. WTF is up with that?
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Friday
April
24
The Broadcast, Psylo Joe
Pour House, Raleigh


Saturday
April
25
Bob Dylan
Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham
This show is entirely sold out, which says something about something.
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Saturday
April
25
Twilighter
The Station, Carrboro


photo: Twilighter - The Cave - August 18, 2007


Saturday
April
25
T0W3RS, White Laces, thefacesblur
Kings, Raleigh
If this past weekend's Shakori Hills festival marked the final performance of the latest T0W3RS Large Band, then this show must mark the first performance in the New T0W3RS Era.

photo: T0W3RS at the Pinhook, May 30, 2014
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Saturday
April
25
Pipe, Former Action Figures, Fontanelles
The Kraken, Chapel Hill
It's Kraken co-owner Jody Kidney's birthday, and they're celebrating with this all-star lineup. Former Action Figures boasts all the original members & all the same songs as an old Durham band with "blue-green" in their name.

photo: Pipe - XXMerge - Cat's Cradle - July 24, 2009
music in the groovo.org player: Pipe
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Saturday
April
25
Diali Cissokho and Kairaba, The Kodiak Farm Boys, Black Masala
Cat's Cradle, Carrboro


Saturday
April
25
The Pinkerton Raid, Sinners & Saints, Fake Swedish
The Cave, Chapel Hill
Fake Swedish just released a great new EP on Bandcamp, their first new material in 10 years. They're back and as good (or better) than ever.
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Saturday
April
25
American Gonzos, Flimsy, Sons of Mung
Deep South (The Bar), Raleigh


Saturday
April
25
Necrocosm, Agony Divine, Dying Eyes of Sloth, Edge of Humanity
The Maywood, Raleigh


Saturday
April
25
Tyrone Wells, Dominic Balli, Emily Hearn
Cat's Cradle Back Room, Carrboro


Saturday
April
25
Sponge Bath, Faster Detail, Timeghost, Ora Iso, Millefleux
Nightlight, Chapel Hill


Saturday
April
25
The Flats, Northbound, Brother Beast, Sunnyvale
Local 506, Chapel Hill


Saturday
April
25
Vampirates, Future Crimes, Drunk in a Dumpster
Slim's, Raleigh


Saturday
April
25
Spaceship Days, John Custer & the Immortals, Amanda Daughtry, Lauren Nicole Band, Jocelien
Pour House, Raleigh


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