Month: September 2016

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival 2016 Preview

Next week marks Shakori and we cannot wait! Shakori Hills is a biannual staple in North Carolina for many reasons: the family friendly atmosphere, artistic expression, culture, eclectic vendors, and the music. The event will be held on Oct 6-9th!  It will feature 4 stages with 50+ bands. The best part about Shakori is that it’s super affordable. You can get your tickets now for only $114 for all four days. If you wait until day of prices will go up!! Check out their website for more info. And watch this trailer to get stoked on an amazing weekend.

Thrival Music Festival 2016

Thrival music festival this year was a bumpy road to a great time. The crowds on the first day seemed to exceed all expectations of what the festival had planed for. This sounds great until you run out of  water and it takes an hour to get through the beer lines that appeared to be the crowd for a third stage. I got word that the turnout was a few thousand people more than expected. It’s pretty hard to complain about the crowds though, when you consider what Thrival gave us. Tickets to see The Chainsmokers, Chvrches, Thievery Corporation, Hudson Mohawke, to name a few of just the bigger names, cost $75 at the gate. Meanwhile, The Chainsmokers’ show this Friday in  cost $75 in advance. Chvrches and The Chainsmokers didn’t fail to please the thirsty crowd that came to see them either. Then there was the second day. The honest creativity and energy that came from the line up Saturday got the whole crowd into true festival spirit. At night Hudson Mohawke and Metric …

Hopscotch 2016 Recap

Hopscotch #7 was bigger than ever before. With legendary acts like Erykah Badu, Andrew Bird, and Gary Clark Jr, I might venture to finally say Hopscotch surpassed the 2010 (first year) lineup. I’ve always been a fan of the Hopscotch lineups, which is why I stay so loyal to the festival, but I never thought I’d see a lineup like 2010. 2016 has become one for the books, and such a wonderful way to celebrate Nathan Price taking over as director. With Nathan, I’m confident that we have much to look forward to in future years. Hopscotch kind-of out did themselves this year. The attention to detail and hospitality was evident. This year, there was free pizza and KIND Bars in City Plaza, not just for VIP, but for everyone. Outside of CAM, we had food trucks. And the addition of the Oak City tent was ideal for those interested in paying the extra money. As for daytime music, there were more day parties than ever. Day parties sprawled from the heart of downtown, to Glenwood south, …

Angel Olsen ‘My Woman’ | Album Review

(Still from ‘Intern’ Official Video) Let me preface this by admitting that I never heard of Angel Olsen until I volunteered to write this review. I feared she was the forgotten sibling of the Michelle Tanner clan, and with guns blazing I was ready to rip her and this album to shreds. That would’ve been hypocritical because I always encourage people to listen to an album in full, no matter the artist, before dishing a heap of criticism. I’ve even suffered through an entire Insane Clown Posse album at the risk of popping my blood vessels like a shaken 2-liter of Faygo. Today is the day that I invite Angel Olsen to any room that triggers depressing memories from my past, sit adjacently on a royal, plush chair and flash a permanent smirk towards my direction without ever saying anything. This smirk will speak for itself, saying, “I told you so,” over and over without showing her pearly whites. At first I’ll marvel at her natural beauty, then her accusing stare will cause me to …

(the) Melvins | LIVE @ The Cat’s Cradle

1980s Rock N’ Roll wasn’t just cheesy hair bands. (the) Melvins, a band that formed in 1983, and has put out 27 albums since, are a timeless representation of the part of the 80s that paved the way for many musicians today. I’m trying to say that (the) Melvins are truly legendary, a must see. I’ve lived in the triangle for about 5 years now and I’ve seen (the) Melvins come through a handful of times. For some reason, I’ve always been busy doing something else. But September 1st was my chance. I’ve been waiting to see this band for almost a decade, since I was an angsty teen and my parents didn’t allow me to go to concerts. This show was a real treat! The best part of the experience was that you can tell these band members know how to have a good time on stage. Even metal doesn’t have to be taken seriously. Bassist Steven Mcdonald’s moves were especially cracking me up. Just look at that tongue. Not sure if I was more impressed with this …