This next week is a host of several awesome shows in the Triangle that you may or may not already know about. Each group I speak on has some pretty cool stuff they're doing that is definitely worth checking out.
Tuesday, July 21st
Magnolia Electric Co. [The Donkeys, Mt. Moriah]
Jason Molina's official band following his work under the name Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co., will be performing at the Local 506 at nine. This will be a pretty kick ass show for several reasons. For starters, it's a $10 show. The Donkeys are a fairly hip group that will be opening along with a local band called Mt. Moriah with which I am less familiar. Another pretty awesome thing about this show is that is shares that date with the release of Magnolia Electric Co.'s latest album under Secretly Canadian entitled Josephine. Magnolia Electric Co. has a wealth of sounds that spread across indie rock, instances of folk, and touches on a bit of lo-fi. Molina has a long history of work by himself as well as stuff with Songs: Ohia that are well worth checking out too. A note for any show at the Local 506 is that you must be a member (essentially a $3 transaction involved) to attend any of the shows. This venue has had a lot of good coming through it earlier this summer including the likes of The Dodos, Starfucker, and Sunset Rubdown not to mention a few shows coming up that I may touch on at a later date.
Wednesday, July 22nd
Bowerbirds [The Ladybug Transistor, Megafaun]
This coming Wednesday is a show involving one of my favorite local bands to have discovered in 2009. Bowerbirds are fresh out of the studios with their most recent release, Upper Air, back on July 7th. Their show is at The ArtsCenter but presented by Cat's Cradle and will cost you $12 at the door ($10 in advance). While most consistently the duo of Phil Moore and Beth Tacular, they will be joined on stage with opening band member of Megafaun, Brad Cook, on the upright and some accompanying of fiddle by Mark Paulson. Megafaun is another local group of the Durty itself and will have their newest album dropping the day before the show. Bowerbirds are a very nu-folk sound that is absolutely gorgeous at times and Megafaun is a good bit more folksy. The Ladybug Transistor is a band I will admittedly say I know very little about, but from what I have heard they have a decent indie sound they are pushing through the speakers these days.
Thursday, July 23rd
Method Man, Redman, and Ghostface Killah [Duo Live, Legacy Hall of Justus]
While I am certain this is a show most everybody know about this week, I feel like talking about it anyhow (sorry Old Ceremony, Gov't Mule, She & Him, and everything dealing with XX Merge). Def Jam monsters, Method Man and Redman, recently released a pretty dope follow up album simply entitled as Blackout! 2. Ghostface Killah will be joining the duo on tour and he is staying busy as well. Ghostface has recently broadened his borders and claims that his next album coming out of Def Jam this September will have a much larger R&B feel to it than your typical Wu-Tang chaos. The Wizard of Poetry is something I am definitely looking forward to, but I haven't heard an official date on its release. A show like this will definitely be fun, but it will definitely break the bank. Sitting on a $32.50 ticket fee in advance and $36 at the door is a deal breaker for most people, but I'll see if I can scrape together some cash to make things happen. I would comment on the openers for this show, but if you've ever been to a hip hop show in the Triangle you know just about every opener is hit or miss.
Outside of all this business I will give a shout out to XX Merge this week which will be one of the coolest things happening in this area. Happy 20th Merge Records, but curse you for your pricey tickets and beyond sold-out-ed-ness.
Magnolia Electric Co. - Josephine
buy Magnolia Electric Co.
Bowerbirds - Northern Lights
Ghostface Killah - Wu Banga 101
buy Ghostface Killah