Eric Hodge Interviews

Arts & Culture
6:12 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Bands Converge This Week At Merge 25: Listen To These Three

Bob Mould
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Merge Records is well into it 25th birthday party. The label is taking all of 2014 to celebrate its silver jubilee. There've been reissues of classic recordings and a 25K run already, but this week is a big one for the music. There's a series of concerts both in Carrboro at the Cat's Cradle and in Durham at Baldwin Auditorium on the Duke University campus. Eric Hodge checked in with three artists on the Merge label to find out what they're up to.

Bob Mould

Known for: A dark cloud of words steeped in a sunshine of melody.

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Arts & Culture
12:08 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Loamlands Takes On Heavy Themes, Heavy Guitar In 'Some Kind Of Light'

Kym Register and Will Hackney make up Loamlands.
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Kym Register and Will Hackney are back in the Triangle after a long stint on the road. The pair makes up the band, Loamlands, and they’re playing a homecoming show in Carrboro this weekend.

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Arts & Culture
10:52 am
Fri June 27, 2014

"Boys Rock For Girls Rock" Tonight in Saxapahaw

Girls Rock NC organizes days camps to help girls write songs, form rock bands and learn about feminism.
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Girls Rock NC is turning 10 years old this summer.  The series of week-long day-camps gathers girls of varying ages and musical abilities to form bands.  They write original music and play a show at the end of the week. 

But tonight, some male musicians are covering songs by female artists at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw to benefit the nonprofit.  With me this morning is Girls Rock NC founder Amelia Shull, and Stu McLamb of the band The Love Language

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Arts & Culture
10:57 am
Fri May 30, 2014

The 'Thank God For Jokes' Tour: Mike Birbiglia At Carolina Theatre

Mike Birbiglia
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Comendian Mike Birbiglia is headed to the triangle this weekend, for a gig at the Carolina Theatre.

Mike's film  Sleepwalk with Me won the audience award at Sundance in 2012. It was co-written by This American Life's Ira Glass.

The movie stars Mike and is about his own life -- trying to be a comic, and discovering he is a sleepwalker.

The stories are true, and they are really funny.

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Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Fri May 30, 2014

LISTEN: Chatham County Line Performs LIVE In WUNC Studios

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“There’s a lot of growing up in this record,” says vocalist/guitarist Dave Wilson.

“We’re maturing in this world and seeing things through a different set of eyes – and that materializes in a lot of these songs.”

Chatham County Line is celebrating the release of their latest album, Tightrope from Yep Roc Records. The foursome stopped into the WUNC  studios to talk with Eric Hodge.

The interview begins with this song: Any Port in a Storm.

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Arts & Culture
7:48 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Grandma Sparrow: Like Children's Music for Adults

Musician Joe Westerlund's new album is Grandma Sparrow & His Piddletractor Orchestra.
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Drummer Joe Westerlund is a busy man.  He plays with Triangle based band Megafaun as well as Califone and Durham's Mount Moriah.

But recently he's been working on something else altogether.  It's called Grandma Sparrow & His Piddletractor Orchestra. 

Westerlund describes it as a psychedelic children's song-cycle for adults.  It recons Frank Zappa, Monty Python and Firesign Theater.

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Back Porch Music Concerts
8:35 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Back On The Lawn: Concert Series Starts Tonight

The Back Porch Music on the Lawn concert series starts tonight with Southern Culture on the Skids.
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Update: 12:28 p.m. Southern Culture on the Skids to has been rescheduled for  Thursday May 22 at 6 p.m.

Update: 12:06 p.m. Due to the weather, the concert tonight with Southern Culture on the Skids and the Letter Jackets has been canceled.  We're hope to reschedule -- stay tuned for details. We'll post updates on the main Back Porch On The Lawn Concerts page.

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Sylvan Esso
8:46 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Get Up, Get Down: Sylvan Esso Brings Infectious Grooves Back To Carrboro

Durham-based duo Sylvan Esso is playing a sold-out show at Cat's Cradle tonight.
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Sylvan Esso's eponymous album is full of catchy tracks, ripe for getting stuck in your head. "Coffee" is hypnotic, with a droning vibe that's infectious and profoundly danceable.

The Durham-based duo filmed much of the music video for "Coffee" in Carrboro months back.

Singer Amelia Randall Meath designed the video to explore different kinds of dance parties. She  is a fervent fan of contra dancing, which kicks off the video and inspired the lyrics. Meath taught band mate Nicholas Sanborn to dance for the occasion.

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Arts & Culture
7:55 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Undefeated: Bobby Bare, Jr. Takes On Love, Breakups And Babies

Bobby Bare, Jr.
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There's an honesty in Bobby Bare Jr.'s songwriting. A familiarity. He's a famous son, his dad is country music legend Bobby Bare. Bobby Bare Jr. was nominated for a Grammy award at age 6 for this song, Daddy, What If.

Bobby Bare Jr.'s latest album is Undefeated.

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Sports
6:12 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

25 Years Of Merge Records: What A Playlist

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Merge Records is celebrating their 25th anniversary this weekend.

Laura Ballance & Mac McCaughan of the band Superchunk founded the label. "When I see pictures about what we looked like and what the bands that we worked with looked like then it feels like a long time," says Mac. "But it did go by quickly. It's gone by fast."

Superchunk is still releasing new stuff. They debuted"I Hate Music" last year.

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