On the Beat Blog

  • The best rock picks, November 21

    Posted by David Menconi on November 20, 2014

    The latest New Pornographers album, “Brill Bruisers,” is another super-catchy baker’s dozen of songs with sonics big and bold enough to get lost in. The group plays Sunday at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.

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  • Michael “Bono” Buono, longtime Sidewinder sidekick, succumbs to cancer

    Posted by David Menconi on November 20, 2014

    Michael “Bono” Buono, who was the only constant throughout Sidewinder’s 14-year existence, has died of cancer at age 58.

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  • The best rock picks, November 14

    Posted by David Menconi on November 13, 2014

    Winston-Salem-based rocker Jeffrey Dean Foster will play a free show Friday at Schoolkids Records in Raleigh’s Mission Valley.

    Jeffrey Dean Foster’s new album, “The Arrow,” connects to the R.E.M. era in many ways. The Winston-Salem-based rocker will play a free show Friday at Schoolkids Records in Raleigh’s Mission Valley.

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  • Double Life: A firefighter who walks the line

    Posted by David Menconi on November 8, 2014

    David Gresham is the lead guitarist for the Johnny Cash tribute band Johnny Folsom 4.

    When he's not putting out fires with the Raleigh Fire Department, David Greshman plays guitar in Johnny Folsom 4 - a peerless tribute band to the late, great Johnny Cash. His economical and precise evocation of Luther Perkins, Cash's longtime lead guitarist, helps Johnny Folsom 4 conjure up the spirit of the music.

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  • The best rock picks, November 7

    Posted by David Menconi on November 6, 2014

    Classical pianist Andrew Tyson isn’t rock ‘n’ roll, but the Durham native is back in the Triangle for a series of shows this month, including Sunday’s Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle event at Durham’s Carolina Theatre.

    Classical pianist Andrew Tyson isn't rock 'n' roll, but the Durham native is back in the Triangle for a series of shows this month, including Sunday's Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle event at Durham's Carolina Theatre.

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  • The best rock picks, October 31

    Posted by David Menconi on October 30, 2014

    Ian Hunter, among the greatest English frontmen of the classic-rock era, plays Durham’s Motorco Music Hall on Tuesday

    Ian Hunter, among the greatest English frontmen of the classic-rock era, plays Durham's Motorco Music Hall on Tuesday.

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