Monday, August 24, 2015

Smooth Hound Smith Play The Pour House

Why not start your week off right? Nashville's Smooth Hound Smith will be playing a free show tonight at The Pour House, supported by Cherchez Le Femme, starting at 9. 

Caitlin Doyle and Zack Smith met in LA and established Smooth Hound Smith in 2012.  After releasing their self-titled debut album in 2013, they've since settled in Nashville, but have spent most of their time touring or recording. They were 
chosen from thousands of bands to perform at this year's Bonnaroo Festival. 

Zack started out as a one man band, but he quickly realized how much Caitlin added to the music, "She has such a rare and valuable skill set; she conceptualized a great deal of the harmonies, and we did the arrangements together." 

Smooth Hound Smith is one of those bands that's difficult to describe due to their wide array of sounds.  The softer songs such as "Crazy Over You" and "California Sway" carry a  romantic rhythm supported by the gentle picking of the guitar matched with lyric-driven harmonies.  In the more bluesy-rock songs, "30 Days" and "Blue Dress", the foot percussion, harmonica, and grungy guitar induce instant dancing. They will share some of their latest tunes from their newest album at the show tonight, don't miss the fun!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Hopscotch Day Parties Announced

Hopscotch Music Festival returns to downtown Raleigh for the sixth time this Sept. 10-12. In what has become an August tradition, the festival is happy to reveal its 2015 Day Party Series presented by Etix & Squarespace.
Since 2010, the Hopscotch day party offerings have been a favorite of fans and bands alike—a locally focused afternoon complement to the official festival, which runs for three evenings across 12 venues in downtown Raleigh. The parties are a culmination of coordination between venues, artists, promoters, and supporters; each want more people to enjoy the revelry that is Hopscotch weekend.

These additional festival features are free and open to the public. Please support them by buying your 3-Day or 1-Day pass to Hopscotch, or your single City Plaza ticket. All available tickets are on sale here!

Hopscotch Museum MashFriday, Sept. 11 – Noon to 5 p.m.
Obnox (4:00), Loud Boyz (3:00), Pie Faced Girls (2:00), BODYKIT (1:00)
CAM Raleigh * 409 W. Martin St.
Hopscotch 2015 Makers Market – 300 Block Fayetteville Street – Noon to 5 p.m.
Davie & Wilmington Stage: T0W3RS (3:00), Jenny Besetzt (1:30), Astro Cowboy (12:30)
Davie & Salisbury Stage: Dead Tongues (4:00), Skylar Gudasz (2:15), Michael Rault (1:00), Canine Heart Sounds (12:00)
More than 40 featured vendors and the return of HOOPscotch
Fayetteville St. between Davie & Martin
Pour House Music Hall: 9 p.m.
Younger Brother Productions + Input Present: Hopscotch Electronic Pre-Party
“Hopscotch Electronic Pre-Party”: Artists TBD
Deep South the Bar: 12:30 – 5 p.m.
Stereofly Collective Presents: My Carolina Day Party Day 1
Brian Robert (12:30), JKutchma (1:30), She Returns From War (2:30), Say Brother (3:30), Sinners & Saints (4:30)
Sponsored by: Stereofly, Free-Times, 10 Foot Woody Records, SceneSC and Jam Room Studio
Kings Barcade: noon – 5 p.m.
Diggup Tapes, Apothecary, and Tiny Mix Tapes Present: Orientation in Space VI
Daniel Bachman (12:00), Doom Asylum (1:00), Earthly (2:00), Nest Egg (3:00), Guardian Alien (4:00)
Neptunes: noon- 5 p.m.
Party Illegal Hopscotch Takeover
Direwolf, DJ Pancakes, PlayPlay, Queen Plz, Sup Doodle, Treee City
Pour House Music Hall: noon – 5:30 p.m.
Primitive Ways Presents
Basura (12:00), Temple Crusher (12:20), Pathogenesis (12:40), Gorbash (1:00), RBT (1:30), Agony Divine (2:00), Lesser Life(2:30), Suppressive Fire (2:50-), Noctomb (3:25), Aether Realm (4:00), Faith in Ashes (4:40)
Tir Na Nog: noon – 5 p.m.
Younger Brother Productions Presents
Henbrain (12:00), Color Exchange (1:00), Doc Aquatic (2:00), Gray Young (3:00), Bronzed Chorus (4:00)
Slims Downtown: 12:30 – 5 p.m.
Potluck Presents: 3rd Annual Hopscotch Rock n’ Roll Pizza Party
Lakes&Woods (12:30), Cameron Stenger (1:00), Schooner (1:30), The Kneads (2:00), (2:30) The Wyrms (2:30), Horizontal Hold (3:00), Eston & the Outs (3:30), Jphono1 (4:00), See Gulls (4:30)
Sponsored by Big Boss Brewery, Lilly’s Pizza, and The Music Loft
FREE Lilly’s Pizza while it lasts! Door prizes from the above, Schoolkids Records, CD Alley, Edge of Urge, Cirque De Vol, Slingshot Coffee, and more
Hopscotch Museum Mash – Friday, Sept. 11 – Noon to 5 p.m.
Obnox (4:00), Loud Boyz (3:00), Pie Faced Girls (2:00), BODYKIT (1:00)
CAM Raleigh * 409 W. Martin St.
Crank Arm Brewery: 1:30- 5 p.m.
Younger Brother Productions Presents
The Antique Hearts (1:30), Dragmatic (3:00), Old Quarter (4:30)
Deep South the Bar: noon – 5 p.m.
Band Together NC Presents: HOPESCOTCH
Artists TBD
The Hive at Busy Bee: noon-4 p.m.
Jack the Radio Presents: BADLANDS Day Party
Magician Michael Casey, Steven Fiore, Jack the Radio
Sponsored by New Belgium Brewing and Busy Bee
Kings Barcade: noon- 5 p.m.
Sagan Youth, Blanket, Museum Mouth, Elisa Ambrogio + Tashi Dorji, Steve Gunn + Mary Lattimore + Eugene Chadbourne, Mammifer + Jenks Miller, Greg Fox + Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Catering provided by Neomonde
Legends Nightclub: 11:45 am – 5 p.m.
Stereofly Presents: My Carolina Day Party Day 2
The High Divers (11:45), Say Brother (12:00), Sinners & Saints (12:30), Danny Joe (12:45), Some Army (1:15), Brain Robert (1:30), Abacus (2:00), She Returns from War (2:15), (2:45) Torch Runner (2:45), Susto (3:00), Nate Hall/Poison Snake (3:30), Dear Blanca (3:45), ColorBlind (4:15), Mimicking Birds (4:30)
Person Street Bar: noon – 5 p.m.
Hunter Macdermut, Beauty World, Lucy Dacus, Judy Barnes, The Tender Fruit
Sponsored by Person Street Bar and Ballast Point
Pour House: noon – 5 p.m.
Younger Brother Productions Presents
Aunt Sis (12:00), Dead Girls (1:00), Dad & Dad (2:00), Ghostt Bllonde (3:00), Octopus Jones (4:00)
Ruby Deluxe: 12:30 – 5 p.m.
Bad Grrrl and Negative Fun Records Present
Plain Scrap (12:30), Manzara (1:15), Fat spirit (2-2:30), Milkstains (2:45), White Laces (3:30), Hot Dolphin (4:15)
Schoolkids Records: noon – 5 p.m.
Fearless Freaks (12:00), Miracles (1:00), Spirit System (2:00), A Valley Son (3:00), Wild Honey (4:00)
Slims Downtown: noon- 5:30 p.m.
Chuchkey & The Layabout present “¡Que Viva”
Natural Causes (12:15), Las Rosas (1:00), TBA (1:45), Shirlette Ammons (2:30), The Dirty Little Heaters (3:15), Gross Ghost (4:00), OBNIIIs (4:45)
Sponsored by The Blotter, Bull City Records
Stephenson Amphitheatre at Raleigh Little Theatre: noon – 5 p.m.
Indie Carolina Showcase
Look Homeward (12:00), Susto (1:00), MELT (2:00), Hectorina (3:00), Wahyas (4:00), Heartracer (5:00)
Brixx/Benelux: (4:00) Phil Pucci (of Melt)
Village Draft: (5:00) A Valley Son
Cameron Village Bar & Grill: (6:00) Dylan Gilbert (of Hectorina)
Presented by Blackjack Brewing, Croquet Records, Independent Clauses, and Cameron Village
Tir Na Nog Irish Pub: noon – 4 p.m.
Younger Brother Productions Presents
Ships in the Night (12:15), Warehouse (1:00), Adult Science (2:00), Echo Courts (3:00), Breathers (4:00)
Hopscotch 2015 Makers Market – 300 Block Fayetteville Street – Noon to 5 p.m.
Davie & Wilmington Stage: T0W3RS (3:00), Jenny Besetzt (1:30), Astro Cowboy (12:30)
Davie & Salisbury Stage: Dead Tongues (4:00), Skylar Gudasz (2:15), Michael Rault (1:00), Canine Heart Sounds (12:00)
More than 40 featured vendors and the return of HOOPscotch
Fayetteville St. between Davie & Martin
Crank Arm Brewery: 1-30 – 4:30 p.m.
Younger Brother Productions Presents
Kurtzweil (1:30), The Bourbons (3:00), Young Cardinals (4:30)
Berkeley Cafe: 1 – 5:30 p.m.
The 4th Annual Guitartown Hopscotch Day Party
Clear Spots (1:00), Severed Fingers (2:00), Kamara Thomas (3:00), Jon Lindsay (solo) (4:00), Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends (5:00)
Deep South: noon – 5 p.m.
Cardigan Records Day Party
ipretend surprise! (12:00), Eggy Strange (1:00), BiggBrad (1:30), Iselia (2:00), Greaver (3:00), Professor Toon (4:00)
The Hive: noon – 5:30 p.m.
Phuzz Phest Presents: 4th Annual Phuzz Sounds Day Party
The Tills, Naked Gods, Estrangers
Sponsored by Terrapin Brewing Company
Kings Barcade: 1 – 5 p.m.
Orange County Social Club Presents
Natural Causes (1:00), Flesh Wounds (2:00), PIPE (3:00) , Midnight Plus One (4:00)
Legends Nightclub: 11 – 5 p.m.
Let Feedback Ring, a Hopscotch Music Fest Day Party
Hoax Hunters (11:00), Pink Flag (11:30), Midnight Plus One (12:00), Patios Counselors (12:25), Totally Slow (12:50), Manatree (1:15), Alright (1:40) , Pretty Greens (2:05) , Black Market (2:30), The Wyrms (2:55), Family Bike (3:20), Positive No (3:45), Wailin Storms (4:10), White Cascade (4:35)
Presented by Negative Fun, Egghunt, Self Aware, and Cherub Records
Neptunes Parlour: noon – 5 p.m.
Metal Lunchbox: A Hopscotch Day Party
The Hem of his Garment (12:00), MAKE (1:00), Vattnet Viskar (2:00), Locrian (3:00)
A benefit for Fertile Ground and community agriculture. Sponsored by INDY Week, Myriad Media, Happy + Hale, Capital Club 16 and Videri Chocolate Factory.
Person Street Bar: 1 – 5 p.m.
Wild Fur (1:00), Ghostt Bllonde (2:00), See Gulls (3:00), Schooner (4:00)
Sponsored by Person Street Bar and Ballast Point
Pour House Music Hall: noon – 5 p.m.
Trekky Records, Hometapes and Middle West Present: Friend Island
Leverage Models (12:00), Flock of Dimes (12:45), Phil Cook (1:25), Teardrop Canyon (2:10), Tuskha (3:05), Made of Oak (3:45), Loamlands (4:25)
Sponsored by Carrboro Coffee Roasters, Dear Hearts, Endless Endless, Partisan Records, Raleigh Denim, and Videri Chocolate Factory
Ruby Deluxe: noon – 5 p.m.
Athens in Raleigh Day Party
Cinemechanica, Eureka California, Daniel Romano (duo set), River Whyless
Sponsored by Georgia Theatre, Athens Intensified, Riot Act Media + Arrowhawk Records, New West Records, Wuxtry, Caledonia Lounge, & Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records
Complementary drinks until the tab runs out!
Schoolkids Records: 1 – 6 p.m.
Al Riggs and The Incoviences (1:00), 1970s Film Stock (2:00), Mike V. (of the Everymen), (3:00) First Person Plural, (4:00) Temperance League, (5:00)
Slim’s Downtown: noon – 6 p.m.
Mild High Club (12:15), Laser Background (12:50), Doc Aquatic (1:25), Matt Phillips (2:00), Ghost To Falco (2:35), Patois Counselors (3:10), Rebekah Todd (3:45), Honey Radar (4:20), The Charming Youngsters (4:55), Wing Dam (5:30)
Tir na Nog Irish Pub: noon – 5 p.m.
Younger Brother Productions Presents
Accidental Seabirds (12:00), Matt Phillips (1:00), Rebekah Todd (2:00) , Laney Jones and the Spirits (3:00), The Chit Nasty Band (4:00)
Pour House Music Hall
Younger Brother Productions Presents: The Day After…
Flash Car (3:00), New Schematics (4:00), ET Anderson (5:00), Heart Racer (6:00), Young Rapids (7:00), TBD (8:00), Crooks on Tape (9:00)
Slims Downtown
Slim’s Hopscotch Hangover 6
Naked Gods, The Backsliders, plus Special Guests and more TBA!
Sponsored by Fireball and Pabst Blue Ribbon
   *Courtesy of Riot Act Media

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Midtown Bluegrass Series Continues with Flatt Lonesome

Energetic pickers, Flatt Lonesome will continue the Midtown Bluegrass Series tonight.  The group recently received word that they have been nominated for Vocal Group of the Year and Album of the Year for the IBMA awards, taking place right here in Raleigh in October.  This is no surprise, as they were dubbed the "Emerging Artist of the Year" at last year's IBMA awards show.  Their new album, Runaway Train, can be preordered now by visiting Flatt Lonesome's website

Before the show, youth musicians are invited to participate in a bluegrass jam led by Lynda and Jamie Dawson.  For more details, check out the Pinecone website.  

See the promising young band on the stage tonight on the grassy lawn of Midtown Park.  The show starts at 5; chairs, blankets, and coolers are welcome, but leave your alcoholic beverages at home.  Midtown has you covered, with Southern BBQ and craft beer on site. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

WOOL EP Release Show at Kings

The weekend is almost here and there's no better way to spend it than wrapped up in great music.  Yes, of course, Phish will be in town, but there is also some amazing local talent that will not disappoint. 

The promising young indie-dream pop band, WOOL is releasing their new EP, Parallels, this Friday (August 14) at Kings.  The EP contains four new songs that leave me impatient for a full album.  Each song takes the listener on a meaningful journey with mystifying melodies and thoughtful lyrics that create a serious case of the feels and self-reflection.   I quickly added the tune, "Parallels" to my "Music Coma Playlist" for those days that I need to drift off into a music-induced meditation. On the other end of the spectrum, the lead track, "Neon Age", is great for those moments you feel like rocking-out in your car, with a punk vibe and waves of distortion. 

WOOL is supported by It Looks Sad and Dead Girls starting at 9.  Tickets are $7 at the door, which will open at 8:30.  Stream Parallels at Bandcamp and be sure to buy a copy at the show.  

Monday, August 10, 2015

Who's Ready to Groove in the Garden?

On Aug. 22, the Stephenson Amphitheater and Rose Garden will be home to one of the summer’s most diverse and exciting events with Groove in the Garden. Presented by The Pour House Music Hall & Younger Brother Productions, Groove in the Garden is an all-day music marathon that brings together some of the state’s finest artists for an eclectic mixture of sun-soaked indie pop, rustic Southern rock, soulful R&B and rousing bluegrass. The event will take place from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm and brings together vendors, food trucks and a wide array of local musicians for a day full of good vibes and good times in one of Raleigh’s most scenic locales. Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased at The Pour House Music Hall’s website. 

The Love Language will headline the event, with their dreamy pop aesthetics serving as a perfect aural accompaniment to the stunning visuals of Stephenson Amphitheater. With Bombadil’s quirky folk-pop, the recently reunited alt-country icons Six String Drag, the soulful sounds of Laura Reed, Jack The Radio’s gritty swamp-rock, Nuclear Honey’s Southern roots-rock jams, The Midatlantic’s tight bluegrass and First Person Plural’s dynamic indie rock rounding out the lineup, Aug. 22 will prove to be one of the most invigorating events of the year.

But music won’t be the only thing attendees can enjoy throughout the day, as Groove in the Garden will feature food trucks such as KoKyu, vendors such as House of Swank, and local businesses like Raleigh Cross Fit. Younger Brother Productions and The Pour House have also teamed with Taxi Taxi to provide discounted rides for attendees that purchase their tickets online in advance, helping to bring together local businesses and artists for a wide-scaled community building event for folks of all ages. Organized bike rides with Oaks & Spokes will be happening throughout the day to encourage attendees to be active, take alternative transportation and meet new people. 

For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, visit Younger Brother Productions' and The Pour House's websites.  In the meantime, check out Nuclear Honey's garden tease performance of "Garden Gnome."

*Details courtesy of The Pour House and Younger Brother Productions