Tag Archives: Raleigh

Fucked Up Dives Headfirst Into a New Chapter of Its Labyrinthine Mythology on Dose Your Dreams

“The work I did when I was a kid was to change the world in a real way, and now it’s just sort of like, ‘Ugh.'”

Indy Week | November 7, 2018

Fangs Out | As Bat Fangs, Betsy Wright and Laura King Outstrip Their Parentheticals


“Like, what does even mean? That you’re embarrassed or too cool to admit that you liked this thing when you were seven? No way. I liked Bon Jovi. I was seven! Like, millions of people like Taylor Swift. You’re not the only one.”

Indy Week | January 31, 2018

Record Review: Durham’s Maple Stave Keeps Counting with V


Maple Stave has forever been defined by precision. More so than the unorthodox instrumentation of Andy Hull and Chris Williams, who play aluminum-body baritone electric guitars, and drummer Evan Rowe, the trio’s propulsive, pugnacious math rock is marked by method, a geodesic sense of melody, and tension ratcheted through restraint.

Indy Week | February 24, 2016

Abandoning Eden | An Interview With Pop. 1280, the Brooklyn Industrial Punks With the Grim Outlook


“It’s impossible to look at the moon landing and not think, ‘What the fuck are we doing?'”

Indy Week | February 17, 2016


Hot takes: Tom Maxwell discusses the Squirrel Nut Zippers’ surprising hit record

“When we went out into the world, people were like, ‘What the fuck are you?’ They didn’t know Fats Waller. They didn’t know any of that shit, and they weren’t interested in schooling themselves on it. And then the jazz people were like, ‘You can’t play in tune. You are not an obvious rung on this ladder of linear musical progress to which we’ve subscribed for 50 years. You really need to go the fuck away.’ I actually thought, ‘If the rock people hate us and the jazz people hate us, then we seriously must be doing something right.'”

Indy Week | December 15, 2015

Sweet Home Sounds | Talking to two ‘bama exports, St. Paul and the Broken Bones and Alabama Shakes

My wife was like, “How come you can dance like that on stage, but you won’t dance with me?”

Indy Week | June 3, 2015

Daniel Bachman — River (Three Lobed Recordings)

A few months after the release of last year’s Orange Co. Serenade, the guitarist Daniel Bachman told South Carolina alt-weekly Free Times he wished he could erase some of his earliest recordings. He was playing too fast because he’d lacked the confidence to play slowly and emotionally enough to “pull some guts” out of his instrument, as his late mentor Jack Rose had.

Indy Week | May 6, 2015

Mac McCaughan — Non-Believers (Merge)

The “’82 Honda getting all its tapes stolen” during “Your Hologram,” the rows of duplex houses with trimmed hedges during “Lost Again,” the black dog that waits by the mailbox during “Our Way Free”: Non-Believers is too rife with frayed, specific details to be incidental.

Indy Week | April 29, 2015

Jake Xerxes Fussell — self-titeld (Paradise of Bachelors)

Fussell’s debut—assured, eloquent, great—feels like a meditation upon a continuum of circumstances, like building a new fence from old stones.

Indy Week | April 1, 2015

No Reflektion | On his solo debut, Arcade Fire’s Will Butler becomes indie rock’s king parenthetical

“When people are like, ‘Oh, you’re the guy from Arcade Fire,’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, it’s awesome.’ If people are like, ‘Oh, you’re Win Butler’s brother,’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s my brother! Isn’t that cool?'”

INDYWeek | March 11, 2015