On the Beat Blog
Posted by David Menconi on February 26, 2015
In terms of sheer novelty, the Prettiots have all sorts of quirky appeal. They're a female ukulele-bass-drums trio from New York with a few things about jerky guys they'd like to get off their chest - and they do so with humor and aplomb. But what elevates them above the level of cutesy schtick is a well-developed pop sense that is charming without relying on gimmickry. Catch the Prettiots up their way up Thursday at Slim's in Raleigh, on a bill with Emilyn Brodsky and Tall Tall Trees. It starts at 9 p.m. and cover is just $5. Details at slimsraleigh.com.
Posted by David Menconi on February 19, 2015
6 String Drag, one of the best country-soul bands in America during its mid-1990s heyday, has reunited and returned with a new album (“Roots Rock ’N’ Roll”) that feels like going back home. They’ll play Friday night at Kings in Raleigh.
Posted by David Menconi on February 12, 2015
Athens psych-rock quartet New Madrid has a new album releasing later this month, but you can get an advance live listen Tuesday night when they headline at Neptunes in Raleigh.
Posted by David Menconi on February 8, 2015
David Menconi live-blogs the 57th Grammy Awards ceremony, focusing on North Carolina nominees.
Posted by David Menconi on February 7, 2015
Alice Gerrard of Durham has had a distinguished folk-music career, but she’s only now getting recognition from the Grammy Awards at the age of 80.