Trivia Tuesday: Justin Vernon's North Carolina Ties

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Before there was Bon Iver or Megafaun, Justin Vernon, Phil Cook, Brad Cook, and Joe Westerlund existed as the folk group DeYarmond Edison. Their short-lived, Raleigh N.C. based tenure gained a cult following, and their 2006 split resulted in a creative micro-burst. The Cook Brothers and Westerlund formed the freak-folk trio Megafaun and Justin Vernon retreated to his home state of Wisconsin to create his now world-famous indie act Bon Iver. 

Justin Vernon returns to Raleigh with Bon Iver this weekend. Catch them at PNC Arena on Saturday 10/19.


Hiss Golden Messenger Gives Back to North Carolina Educators

Saturday, August 10, 2019

M.C. Taylor, front man for Durham based indie group Hiss Golden Messenger, has dedicated a portion of proceeds from their upcoming tour to Durham Public Schools.

The News & Observer talked with Taylor about that decision and the importance of public education. Read the article here, and check out the new video for "I Need A Teacher," shot at the North Carolina teacher's march earlier this year below.

Throwback Thursday: Ben Folds Five Releases Their Eponymous Debut

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Twenty-four years ago today, Chapel Hill based power pop trio Ben Folds Five released their debut album, Ben Folds Five. Recorded at WaveCastle Studios in Hillsborough, N.C., the signature brand of piano based alternative rock sparked a critically acclaimed run of three more albums for the group, and helped launch bandleader Ben Folds’ successful solo career.

M.C. Taylor and Phil Cook 50 for 50

Monday, July 15, 2019

M.C. Taylor and Phil Cook are two anchors of Durham's indie music community. Phil is known for making music with his band Megafaun and The Guitarheels and for playing in M.C.'s American folk band Hiss Golden Messenger, an outfit widely praised for its genre-blending soul-searching music. In honor of the North Carolina Arts Council's anniversary, 50 renowned artists with North Carolina roots wished us a Happy 50th Anniversary by sharing their North Carolina arts story and reflecting on why public funding for the arts matters. In this episode of the Arts Across NC podcast, Phil and M.C. reflect on how collaboration, community, and a deep appreciation for North Carolina's music history define their artistry.

Listen to our interview with Hiss Golden Messenger's M.C Taylor and Phil Cook and see the whole post at the link below.

This episode featured original music created by Phil Cook for the 50 for 50 project, and excerpts from two Hiss Golden Messenger songs: Caledonia and Heart Like a Levee.

Check out the entire post by clicking this link!

Listen Local: The Lincoln Theatre Feat. American Aquarium

Monday, February 11, 2019

Listen Local is a video series profiling unique venues and places where music is made, performed and celebrated in North Carolina. We kick-off the series with a story about American Aquarium's annual Roadtrip to Raleigh show at The Lincoln Theatre. Frontman B.J. Barham created the alt-country band in Raleigh in the early 2000s. Growing nationwide acclaim keeps them on the road for much of the year, which is why the band established an annual hometown show that highlights Raleigh's thriving creative community and devotion to local music

The Lincoln Theatre, an 800-person venue housed in a building that was once an African American movie theatre in segregation era Raleigh, hosts the homecoming show every year. In addition to supporting the indie-rock market, The Lincoln Theatre regularly presents hip-hop, heavy metal and country performances. The owners of The Lincoln recently opened a sister club in Greenville, N.C. called The State Theatre.

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