We caught up with electronic producer and multi-instrumentalist Gryffin on his Castle in the Sky tour stop in Carrboro to chat about Rick and Morty, his emotional and uplifting brand of music, and performing a set with both live and mixed elements.
Drove back up to Chapel Hill this week to speak with Brian McGee (Sneakers Award, Plow United) about baby-making music, complex songwriting, and the 1980s-2000s fashion revival.
We hit up the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in downtown Raleigh this past weekend and spoke with Austin, TX four-piece Wood & Wire about natural hair lubricant, how to properly judge a live bluegrass show, and the dirty things in music that went over our heads as children. Some homeless people got in on the fun this week as well.
We’re back to prowling the local scene after Hopscotch (minus Dave this week) with guests John Booker & Rachel Hirsh (BRUXES, I Was Totally Destroying It, 120 Minutes). We talked about playing shows as a cover band, touring and recording with Motion City Soundtrack, and how hip hop is the only genre testing limits in this day and age. There’s also a distinct emo theme to this episode.
Check out BRUXES and I Was Totally Destroying It. Also, be sure to hit up Deep South The Bar, where John books shows, for some live music, especially on 9/22 for Get Sad Y’all, Raleigh’s first emo night.
Our final stop for Hopscotch ’17 was a set of steps near the Lincoln Theatre in downtown Raleigh to catch up with Advance Base (real name: Owen Ashworth). We went over how your music tastes and habits change when you have children, the ways to find new music before the internet, and the quality of Disney songs.
Check out Advance Base on Facebook and Bandcamp. Also, check out Owen’s label, Orindal Records, and if you’re in the upper Midwest, hit up the Orindal Showcases on 9/15 in Chicago and 9/16 in Grand Rapids.
The Hopscotch adventure rolls on as we went backstage at CAM Raleigh with MOURN from outside of Barcelona, Spain. Topics include a critique of the best couches for sleeping, the experience of touring in America, and the influence of School of Rock on their decision to make music a career. There’s also an awesome campfire-like story about their band origins.
Continuing our journey through Hopscotch, we met up with Har Mar Superstar (real name: Sean Tillmann) at the Raleigh Convention Center to talk about cameoing in feature films, attending the music summer camp for adults that Hanson runs, and life on tour.
Back from holiday and wandering around the 2017 edition of the Hopscotch Music Festival in downtown Raleigh, we sat down in the courtyard of the NC State Capitol to chat with Jae and Gus, the duo that makes up Massachusetts-based band Boy Harsher, about the technical aspects of sampling and making beats in electronic music, the process of naming songs/bands, and Italiodisco.
Check out Boy Harsher on Bandcamp and be sure to pick up their new EP, Country Girl, when it drops this fall.
We sat down with Kevin DeJong, a Raleigh-based guitarist for Home Away from Paradise and concert photographer to talk about preventing camera breakage due to crowd surfers, theories on why the hardcore and pop-punk scenes seem to thrive in Greensboro and Chapel Hill, and how everyone lives for breakdowns regardless of the genre of music they enjoy.
Check out Home Away from Paradise on Bandcamp. They’re currently looking for a vocalist, so hit them up if you’re interested. Additionally, check out some of Kevin’s photos from Sophomore Slump Fest in Greensboro.
We confer with Des Moines-based indie rockers, The Fuss about the origins of their band, the true meaning of Des Moines, witnessing raw & emotional stage experiences, and the Big Lebowski. Bonus for this week: 20 extra songs on the playlist because the boys couldn’t narrow it down.