Eric Hodge Interviews

Arts & Culture
9:41 am
Mon September 29, 2014

The IBMAs Are 'Living In Raleigh Now'

Chatham County Line wrote "Living In Raleigh Now" to commemorate the International Bluegrass Music Festival's move from Nashville.
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The world's premier bluegrass music event is all this week in Raleigh. The International Bluegrass Music Association's annual gathering and Festival used to be in Nashville but moved to Raleigh a year ago.  

Tens of thousands of people attended last year and city officials say visitors spent more than $10 million on food, hotels and entertainment.    

The organization has since decided to put down roots and committed to holding the event in Raleigh for the next six years.  

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Arts & Culture
11:39 am
Thu September 25, 2014

'The Most Natural Thing': The Wood Brothers Play Tonight In Saxapahaw

The Wood Brothers are playing in Saxapahaw tonight.
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Brothers Chris and Oliver Wood went their separate ways after growing up in Boulder, Colorado. 

Oliver headed to Atlanta where he formed the band King Johnson which combined, blues, R&B, funk and country. 

Chris traveled to New York to continue his studies on jazz bass and went on to form the instrumental Medeski, Martin and Wood

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Music
10:23 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Hiss Golden Messenger's Modern Appalachia

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M.C. Taylor wasn't born in North Carolina, but he sure sounds like he was. 

The California native moved to the Tar Heel state about seven years ago to continue making music as Hiss Golden Messenger. 

The songs contain some of the basic ingredients of Appalachian music, but combine those elements in unpredictable ways, creating a sound that is both steeped in tradition and completely modern.

Taylor's new recording is called "Lateness of Dancers."  He plays an album release show at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro Saturday night.

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Arts & Culture
1:34 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

How To Make Music That's Professional Yet Intimate? Michael Rank Has An Idea

North Carolina singer-songwriter Michael Rank

Michael Rank has recently released his fourth album of new material in two years.

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Big Star's Third
6:55 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Big Star's Third: An All-Star Celebration Of A Hugely Influential Band

L-R: Jody Stephens, host Eric Hodge, Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris and Chris Stamey in the WUNC Studios
Credit Al Wodarski / WUNC

What music critics have said for years about The Velvet Underground could easily apply to Big Star, too: they were much more influential on later bands than the sum total of all the records they sold. Bands ranging from R.E.M. to Wilco to Cheap Trick to Teenage Fanclub to Dum Dum Girls all cite the influence of and appreciation for Big Star. A cover version of Big Star's "In The Street" served as the theme song for the popular TV sitcom That '70s Show.

Some thirty musicians (including Mike Mills of R.E.M. fame) are banding together Friday night in Carrboro, NC, to pay tribute to this seminal band by staging orchestrated versions of two of their albums.

  • Where: Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St. Carrboro, NC.
  • When: Friday August 22 Doors at 8 p.m. Show at 9 p.m.
  • Tickets: via Cat's Cradle

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Arts & Culture
8:52 am
Tue August 5, 2014

'Beauty World' Conjures Raw Pop And Dreamy Imagery

Duncan Webster and Leah Gibson make up the Durham duo Beauty World.
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Duncan Webster and Leah Gibson have each honed their chops with bands including Lost in the Trees, Hammer No More the Fingers, and Bowerbirds.  Recently the two Durhamites joined forces to form Beauty World.

The duo is also a couple. They've both played in several bands, but were introduced by a mutual friend.

The five-song E.P. features the song, "Architect". Webster wrote it about his own challenges in learning building design.

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Mark Eitzel Performs Tonight, Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University

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Merge Records is well into it 25th birthday party. The North Carolina-based 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, with a series of concerts. Tonight, Mark Eitzel will be at Baldwin Auditorium on the Duke University campus:

Mark Eitzel

Known for: Melancholy tunes and witty lyrics

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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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