Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle


Apr
19 Sun
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Dylan LeBlanc

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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Dylan LeBlanc is engaging and soft-spoken in person, yet his striking new album Renegade reflects the power of his live show - one that he simply describes as rock 'n' roll. While the album was recorded in just 10 days and tracked in three, the intensity of the project marks the culmination of more than a decade on the road.

"I like the idea of a renegade - branching off from society or from the structure of the way our world is designed," he says of Renegade, his first album for ATO Records. "It felt right to call it that. I wanted to write about the crueler, nasty aspects of the world and life."

LeBlanc's observations are woven through Renegade, though he's more interested in telling the story than judging the characters for their decisions. The title track, he says, is "about troubled cocky young men charming young women who were intrigued by that way of life, only for it to end in tragedy. I saw this countless times growing up." Later he writes about his personal efforts to become a stronger person in "Born Again," after a childhood of being bullied for his long hair and an adolescence marked by insecurity, fear, and anger.

LeBlanc considers the new album a departure from his past work, but only because there's more of an edge to these sessions, recorded with Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb in Nashville's Studio A. This time around, LeBlanc primarily stayed plugged in for the sessions, giving Renegade a Tom Petty feel, charged with a streak of '80s rock. "I never really played electric guitar live in the studio like that," he says. "I'm so used to the rhythmic, acoustic thing. It was just like playing in a show."

Since 2016, LeBlanc has toured with Alabama rock group The Pollies as his backing band. He's known most of the band members since childhood, growing up together in Muscle Shoals, and considers them his closest friends. Because they've been playing songs on Renegade live, it was only logical that the Pollies backed up LeBlanc in the studio, too.

"They bring out a comfort in me to let loose, let myself go a little bit more, and get more immersed in the music," LeBlanc says. "It's such a telekinetic thing, because we've known each other for so long and we've played together a lot. It's a band of guys that I know musically really well. They let me express myself creatively in a way that I probably wouldn't be comfortable enough to do before."

These expressions are sometimes borne out of conversations with strangers, such as the woman in "Domino" who shared her stories of prostitution with him, or the man he met in New Orleans who inspired "Bang Bang Bang," whose life was dramatically altered by gun violence. On a more personal note, "Damned" finds LeBlanc trying to wrap his head around religion, while "I See It in Your Eyes" and "Lone Rider" capture the complications of relationships. One of the album's quieter moments, "Sand and Stone" is an effort to live in the present moment. As Renegade draws to a close, "Magenta" evokes the slave history of a farm in Louisiana, while "Honor Among Thieves" makes a powerful statement about ancestry, immigration laws, and land rights.

LeBlanc's previous album, 2016's Cautionary Tale, offered a satisfyingly mellow vibe in line with the '70s musicians who influenced him. However, once he started touring with the Pollies, the sonic textures began to shift. Yet, one of the strongest ties between the albums is LeBlanc's blossoming confidence as a singer. The range and depth he showed as a vocalist on Cautionary Tale run throughout the 10 songs on Renegade.

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Apr
21 Tue
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Katie Pruitt, with William Prince

Carrboro, NC
United States
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Katie Pruitt is a Nashville transplant from the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. Pruitt tackles human topics such as religion, mental health, and contemporary love songs with a modern twist. Her passionate delivery and powerful message are the reason her name has graced the bills of festivals such as Americana, 420 Fest, Pilgrimage, and sold out shows across the US and internationally.

After the 2018 release of her live Ourvinyl EP, Pruitt was named NPR's Slingshot Artist for 2019 and was also featured on All Song's Considered for her song "Grace Has A Gun." Not long after that she was chosen as the Luck Reunion Artist on the Rise for SXSW 2019. Pruitt has no plans of slowing down and when she isn't on the road you can find her in the studio writing and recording her debut record.

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Apr
23 Thu
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Ona

Carrboro, NC
United States
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ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 9, 2020 10:00 AM to April 23, 2020 12:00 AM
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With a true brotherhood that comes from growing up together, indie rock band Ona merge all their musical history for their second album, Full Moon, Heavy Light.

The band shares its name with a small town just outside of their home base of Huntington, West Virginia. All five band members of Ona were raised in the area, with a couple of guys knowing each other since grade school. By tapping into their own social circles, the current line-up took hold in 2016: Brad Goodall (keys), Bradley Jenkins (vocals/guitar), Zach Johnston (bass), Max Nolte (drums), and Zack Owens (guitar). The band agreed on their name after Jenkins happened to wear an Ona Little League ball cap to rehearsal.

Recorded at various intervals over the course of 18 months, Full Moon, Heavy Light showcases a band that could easily deliver an arena show while still retaining the sincerity of the '70s songwriters in their parents' record collections. Wistful songs like "Summer Candy" and "Young Forever" are at once timeless and contemporary. The band says that they aimed to make a record that's perfect for intensive listening on headphones as well as mood music for dinner parties with friends. The optimistic streak that runs throughout the project is both genuine and disarming.

"In the production, I wanted people to recognize emotion," Jenkins says. "There's a lot of ear candy that we snuck in there, but it might be an album that you need to sit with. We want our audience to experience and feel the music. There are ups and downs, and sometimes people might ignore those feelings, but we want people to recognize every emotion."

"When I like a record, it's because it makes me groove and it makes me smile, or it makes me contemplative," says Johnston. "I just hope people will feel something when they hear it."

Ona built their following the old-fashioned way - through word of mouth, lots of touring, and a little bit of luck. For two years, they played venues within a three-hour radius, cultivating fan bases in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Lexington, Kentucky, in addition to West Virginia. Opening slots for Tyler Childers connected them to audiences hungry for indie music from the region.

In addition, West Virginia Public Broadcasting helped place a song from Ona's 2016 debut album, American Fiction, on a broadcast of NPR's Heavy Rotation. Then a programmer at SiriusXM's The Loft chanced upon their debut album while looking around Bandcamp and invited them to tape a segment in Washington D.C. After that, the esteemed PBS series Mountain Stage, which is filmed in Charleston, West Virginia, asked them to film an episode.

However, part of what makes Ona so unique is that their sound stands apart from the country and bluegrass heritage that the state is known for.

"I grew up in the woods, but my dad only listened to glam rock, so sometimes it's hard for me to identify with the quintessential West Virginia image," says Nolte. "I spent a lot of time, as a youth, kayaking and exploring West Virginia's rivers, so I agree with everyone that it's a beautiful state. But we don't really exemplify it as a band, as far as what we 'should' sound like to outsiders, which I think confuses some people. We're not stereotypical West Virginians and I think it's important to shine a light on another aspect of the state as well."

Goodall observes, "Living in a place like Huntington does alleviate some time and money pressures. We had this great rehearsal space with so much square footage, and we had the room and the time to develop our craft - to practice, to record demos on our own. We had all the time in the world to develop the music, which in the end is the most important thing."

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Apr
24 Fri
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Alesana, with Dead Rabbitts, Ovtlier, A Light Divided

Carrboro, NC
United States
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ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 4, 2020 12:00 PM to April 24, 2020 12:00 AM
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PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Positive Mental Attitude. This is the mantra that is not only a driving force for Raleigh, North Carolina based Alesana, but also a way of life. Celebrating eleven years as a band, the pop-metal sextet is always in high spirits and accustomed to playing their hearts out every night when on the road. Countless US tours, several trips around the world, and seven major releases later, Alesana is living proof that hard work and dedication to dreams can go a long, long way. Calling Revival Recordings their home, the band released the conclusion to their Annabel Trilogy in April 2015 with Confessions. Released in December of 2013, the stand-alone single Fatima Rusalka progressed the band's conceptual trilogy en route to its conclusion with Confessions. The song does what has come to be expected of the storytelling rock machine which is to draw from past influences while incorporating new possibilities, dynamics, and sonic exploration. Having spent time on Tragic Hero Records, Fearless Records, and Epitaph Records, Alesana's entire catalogue, consisting of Try This With Your Eyes Closed, On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax, Where Myth Fades To Legend, The Emptiness, A Place Where The Sun Is Silent, and Confessions, has charted on the Billboard Top 200. In summer 2016, Alesana released a special edition of Confessions including two new tracks along with a novella, entitled Annabel, which inspired The Annabel Triology. The album is available on all digital outlets now and the novella is available for purchase on Amazon Kindle now.

In 2017, Alesana began working on the ulitmate fan project which they called Origins. Filled with hours worth of behind the scenes and never before seen footage, demos, and a brand new EP The Lost Chapters, Origins was born as a visual history of the past thirteen years of the band. In early 2018, Alesana released The Lost Chapters EP digitally. Origins bundles are currently available on the Revival Recordings shop page. The Lost Chapters EP is available to stream on all digital platforms and to purchase on iTunes now!

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Apr
26 Sun
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Sammy Rae & The Friends

Carrboro, NC
United States
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ADVANCED Public Onsale: November 25, 2019 10:00 AM to April 26, 2020 12:00 AM
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Singer/songwriter, bandleader, and human being Samantha Bowers was born in the small town of Derby, Connecticut. Sam first began writing songs at age 12 while taking piano lessons and listening to Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Freddie Mercury playing on the family stereo. By 16, Sam developed a love of jazz and began to study the great female vocalists of the century (mainly Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Sarah Vaughn) as she started to perform original compositions in local Connecticut and New Jersey venues. She would go on to write and release 3 LP records by the age of 18.

In 2013 at age 19, Sam packed up and moved to New York to pursue music and songwriting. In 2016, The Friends were born from a collection of talented musicians and friends. Sammy Rae & The Friends would play shows around the NY Metro area as Sam kept composing and sharpening her craft, culminating in the July 2018 release of the self-produced EP 'The Good Life', premiered to a sold-out crowd at C'Mon Everybody in Brooklyn. The release marked a fresh start for the seasoned vocalist showcasing her skills as a composer, arranger, lyricist, and bandleader on her fourth release. Since the release of their May single 'Saw It Coming', The Friends have enjoyed 6 sold-out shows in New York at well-known venues such as Knitting Factory, Bowery Electric, DROM, and Rockwood Music Hall. The lyrics focus on themes of coming-of-age, defiance, and self-expression. Her genre blending performances are high-energy, honest and quirky, influenced by the great performances of her childhood classic rock heroes.

In short, The Friends are the band. A rotating cast with some core all-the-time members. Their full band performances feature 9 pieces: a rhythm section, a horn section, keyboards, and two back up singers, all lead by Rae through high-energy vocals and an assortment of instruments. On a grander scale, The Friends is the community of followers, artists and creatives who help in the creation of the songs and the world. Merchandise item 'The Official Friends Membership Card' offers a goodie bag at every show, drink deals, discounted admission and invite-only after-parties. We don't have fans, we have Friends.

Appearances by SR&TF are fully conceptualized and contained shows with opening and closing themes offering the invitation 'I Wanna Be Friends With Ya', sung interludes, choreography, and the occasional costume change or skit. The community of the band is tangible and the energy is contagious. Performances are safe spaces for our audiences to make Friends, dress boldly and dance how they like. Described as 'a celebration, a revival, and an inclusive community all in a rock and roll performance.'

The mission statement of Sammy Rae & The Friends is made clear in the final remarks sung at every show: 'Go put a smile on somebody's face, go tell somebody they've got a place in this world, go tell somebody you wanna be Friends with them.'

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May
6 Wed
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Mapache

Carrboro, NC
United States
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ADVANCED Public Onsale: February 28, 2020 12:00 PM to May 6, 2020 12:00 AM
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Produced by longtime collaborator Dan Horne (Circles Around The Sun, Allah-Las), Mapache's new album, From Liberty Street, captures the Los Angeles duo at their finest, with Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch weaving airtight harmonies around stripped-down, organic arrangements that blur the lines between traditional folk and modern cosmic country. The songs here reckon with longing, desire, and change, and the arrangements draw on everything from Hawaiian-steeped surf and Mexican boleros (Blasucci spent two years living South of the border) to Bakersfield twang and lonesome cowboy campfire tunes, all delivered with the kind of easygoing charm and natural intuition usually reserved for blood brothers or married couples. It's an instantly engaging chemistry the two share, a captivating musical bond that mirrors the comfort, closeness, and camaraderie of the album's homespun roots.

"This record is about as close to the sound of home as you can get," says Blasucci. "We recorded it with a bunch of our friends in the house where we were living in a neighborhood that we loved. The studio was right downstairs, so we had the freedom to try all kinds of new ideas without any pressure or limitations. All the other folks who lived in the house were musicians, too, so it made for this communal atmosphere where everyone was always collaborating and creating together."

The freedom of living where they recorded meant that Mapache could take their time experimenting with sounds and textures in the studio, a far cry from the way the pair captured their self-titled debut, which was cut live and raw around a single microphone. Praised by Aquarium Drunkard as sounding like "a blazed up Everly Brothers" and given a six-star review by UK magazine Shindig, that record helped the band earn festival appearances from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to Pickathon, where Rolling Stone named their set one of the weekend's top highlights, as well as tour dates with Chris Robinson, Beachwood Sparks, and Mandolin Orange among others. The Boston Globe hailed the duo's "intricate, intertwined acoustic guitar and close harmonies wedded to simple, plainspoken lyrics," while No Depression fell for their "lilting melodies," and Saving Country Music declared that the pair "can fill up a room with more soul soaring harmony than most symphonic assemblies." The music also caught the attention of veteran indie label Yep Roc Records, which recently reissued the group's debut album in advance of From Liberty Street's arrival.

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May
8 Fri
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Thank You Scientist

Carrboro, NC
United States
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ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 11, 2020 12:00 PM to May 8, 2020 12:00 AM
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Thank You Scientist is an eclectic, vibrant and well-hydrated progressive rock band from New Jersey. Their upcoming album, Terraformer, sees the boy-ish septet at their most ambitious and most unpredictable. The band has taken their experimental, genre-bending sound to the next level by delivering an extremely ambitious and constantly stimulating 84-minutes of experimental rock and roll music. Some might even say it's the band's Oop... I Did It Again. I'm saying it right now. Terraformer is the Oops... I Did It Again of progressive rock.

Founded by guitarist and bandleader Tom Monda, the band self-released the Perils of Time Travel EP in 2011, before signing with Claudio Sanchez's label Evil Ink Records. Their 2012 full length debut, Maps of Non-Existent Places made it onto the Billboard Hard Rock and Heatseekers charts, and was eventually named "Album of the Week" by Revolver Magazine in 2014. They followed up in 2016 with Stranger Heads Prevail, which cracked the Billboard Top 200 and co-starred on "Home Improvement" with Tim Allen.

In addition to Tom Monda and vocalist Salvatore Marrano, the bandʼs lineup has gradually evolved to include violinist Ben Karas, bassist Cody McCorry, drummer Joe Fadem, trumpeter Joe Gullace and saxophonist Sam Greenfield. Thank You Scientist has spent the past several years touring internationally, both as headliners and as direct support for acts such as Coheed and Cambria, Periphery, Haken, Protest the Hero, the Devin Townsend Project, and Tim Allen. Terraformer is in stores NOW!

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May
9 Sat
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Charles Latham & the Borrowed Band, Girls on Grass, Love & Valor

Carrboro, NC
United States
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ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 12, 2020 10:00 AM to May 9, 2020 6:30 PM

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About Charles Latham:

"Latham's music is passionate with biting wit."--NPR

"Reminiscent of the glorious sloppiness of Neil Young & Crazy Horse." - Folk Radio UK

"One of the sharpest songwriters to emerge of late on the antifolk sphere...Charles Latham could be your new hero."--INDY Week

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May
15 Fri
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The Lil Smokies

Carrboro, NC
United States
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ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 10, 2020 12:00 PM to May 15, 2020 12:00 AM
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Drawing on the energy of a rock band and the Laurel Canyon songwriting of the '70s, The Lil Smokies are reimagining their approach to roots music on Tornillo, named for the remote Texas town where the album was recorded. Produced by Bill Reynolds (The Avett Brothers, Band of Horses), Tornillo is the band's third studio album. Formed in Missoula, Montana, The Lil Smokies have built a national following through constant touring, performing at Red Rocks, LOCKN', High Sierra, Telluride, Bourbon & Beyond and more.

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May
21 Thu
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Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward

Carrboro, NC
United States
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ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 12, 2020 10:00 AM to May 21, 2020 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: May 21, 2020 12:00 AM to May 21, 2020 6:00 PM

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The musical partnership of guitarist Charlie Hunter and vocalist Lucy Woodward was forged under just such inauspicious, curveball-icious circumstances. In January 2018, shortly before he was scheduled to hit the road for a west coast tour with Mexican singer-songwriter Silvana Estrada, Hunter got word that Estrada's visa had been denied by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Needing an emergency vocalist for the dates, Hunter reached out to Woodward, whom he knew through their mutual friends in the jazz/funk collective Snarky Puppy.

"It was about four days before the tour," Woodward remembers. "A mutual friend connected us, saying, 'Why don't you get Lucy to jump on it?'" Woodward, fresh off supporting her fourth solo album, 2016's Til They Bang on the Door, was game; but she also knew that they only had a few days to build an entire set list. "Silvana's a guitar player, and they were going to do all songs that she wrote, which were in Spanish, so it wasn't like I was going to 'fill in' for her," she explains. "Charlie said, 'I come from blues, you come from blues - let's just start with the blues.' Once we decided to go that route, he started sending me links to Blind Willie Johnson and Bessie Smith tunes, things from the early Twenties. And he was like, 'What songs have you always wanted to do?' We went back and forth with about thirty ideas, and came up with a set, had like a two-hour rehearsal, and did our first show the same day."

"Musically, culturally, we just hit it off," raves Hunter. "Lucy's a great singer, a good all-around human, and she was totally up for the adventure." Each night on the tour became an exhilarating high-wire walk for the two artists as they navigated the melodies, grooves and spaces of the songs they were covering, with arrangements that they'd often just cooked up on the way to the gig. "It was so organic," Woodward recalls. "You'd have an idea in the car, and it would be like, 'Hey, let's try this song tonight! Let's just find the key and go!' That whole tour was just full of surprises. Everything was just so natural, and every place we played, Charlie's audiences were so wonderful. They love to watch an experiment happen onstage; whether it's wrong or right, they embrace it, and that's really cool. And about four days into the tour, Charlie was like, 'I think we need to record this stuff!'"

After further refining their repertoire via several subsequent tours together, Hunter and Woodward finally did just that. In November 2018, the pair reconvened at Stephen Lee Price's studio in High Point, NC, with longtime Hunter collaborator Derrek Phillips on the drums. "We'd been playing live with percussionists all year," says Woodward, "but Charlie said, 'Let's record this with drums; it's the way to go.'" "Derrek drummed on a lot of my records from the early 2000s, and we were on the road together for a long time," says Hunter. "Great drummer, great pocket, great everything. He's the only guy I know that's played with like Hank Williams Jr. and Greg Osby - I don't think that many people can claim a wide net like that!"

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May
23 Sat
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Frances Quinlan

Carrboro, NC
United States
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DAY OF Public Onsale: May 23, 2020 12:00 AM to May 23, 2020 6:00 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: February 14, 2020 10:00 AM to May 23, 2020 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
"We should try again to talk," Frances Quinlan writes. It not just a lyric-it's a suggestion, a warning, a plea, a wish. This request is woven throughout Likewise, her forthcoming solo album, amidst dramatically shifting motifs. Some are jubilant, some are dreamy and abstract, and a few are sinister, but within each dark void that Quinlan explores, there is a light peering back at her.

Frances Quinlan has built an identity for herself over the past decade as the lead songwriter and front-woman of the Philadelphia-based band Hop Along, and her distinct voice is among the most recognizable and inimitable in music. While the band began as Quinlan's solo project (originally titled Hop Along, Queen Ansleis), Likewise is Quinlan's debut under her own name. To make the record, she enlisted the virtuosic skills of her bandmate Joe Reinhart, and together they produced the album at his studio, The Headroom, recording in stints over the course of a year.

"One of the benefits of experience in my case has been that I've become a stronger and more adventurous collaborator," Quinlan states. "Working with Joe on this made me able to better see that the guitar is just one vehicle... there are so many others to explore." With a renewed openness to explore different sounds, Quinlan supplements her typical guitar-based instrumentation with synthesizers, digital beats, harps, strings, and a wide variety of keyboards. The shifting and exploratory nature of these musical arrangements allow her lyrics and vocals-which have always been at the forefront of her music-to reach emotional depths like never before. Her vocal tones beckon a kaleidoscopic range of emotions across all nine songs on the album, from soft and ruminative to enraged and commanding; from conveying powerful messages to highlighting small, yet poignant, moments.

Quinlan is a voyaging songwriter. Throughout Likewise, she confronts what confounds her in the hopes that she will come out on the other side with a better sense of what it is to be human. She presents listeners with a complicated, albeit spirited vision of what it could mean to truly engage with another person, to give a small piece of oneself over to someone else without expectation. It's no easy task, in fact, it's likely to remain a lifelong effort. This sentiment can be heard on the album's first single "Rare Thing," about a tumultuous dream Quinlan had about her then-infant niece. She sings, "I know there is love that/doesn't have to do with/taking something from somebody." Through percussive shifts, rosy bass, and transcendent harps that echo the parting of clouds, Quinlan expresses both joy and sadness in the discovery that a better, and perhaps more generous, way to love exists.

The common thread that leads us through each chapter of Likewise is our narrator's sincere desire for open dialogue, with both the listeners and the subjects of her songs. But, even when that open dialogue isn't possible, and there is a missed connection, Quinlan's tone refrains from being one of despair. The sublime and rollicking "Your Reply" shows Quinlan attempting to engage with tenderness, even when met with a palpable silence. "There can be a one-sidedness to even the most loving and rewarding relationships," Quinlan says. "We will always have a part of ourselves we can't or don't know how to share. There are so many risks involved. Regardless, I think of this song as celebratory. If anything, the speaker is frustrated at coming so close to understanding another person completely, but perhaps only just missing the mark. But still what a gift that is, to come close."

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May
24 Sun
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Lula Wiles

Carrboro, NC
United States
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ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 20, 2020 10:00 AM to May 24, 2020 6:00 PM

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What will we do? For Lula Wiles, the trio made up of Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland, and Mali Obomsawin, the question is central to the creation of their music-and it's the title of their sophomore album, out in 2019 on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. "We wanted to make an album that reflected, in a current way, what we are all staying up late thinking about and talking about over drinks at the dinner table," says Obomsawin. "What is everyone worried about, confiding in their friends about, losing sleep about?" Anchoring the band's sharp, provocative songcraft is a mastery of folk music, and a willingness to subvert its hallowed conventions. They infuse their songs with distinctly modern sounds: pop hooks, distorted electric guitars, and dissonant multi-layered vocals, all employed in the service of songs that reclaim folk music in their own voice. The musicians take turns in different roles--Burke and Buckland on guitar and fiddle, Obomsawin on bass, all three singing and writing-but no matter who's playing what, they operate in close tandem, with drummer Sean Trishscka adding his rhythmic sensibilities underneath. All three members grew up in small-town Maine, and the band came of age in Boston's lively roots scene. Since then, they have toured internationally, winning fans at the Newport Folk Festival and AmericanaFest, garnering acclaim from NPR, Rolling Stone Country, Paste Magazine and more. "What Will We Do" remained in the top 10 of the Americana Music radio charts for 13 weeks, and has charted with Billboard, as well as been spun on SiriusXm, numerous Spotify playlists, World Cafe, and more. Lula Wiles exists in the tense space where tradition and revolution meet, from which their harmonies rise into the air to create new American music.

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Jul
14 Tue
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Mattiel

Carrboro, NC
United States
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ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 19, 2020 1:00 PM to July 14, 2020 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: July 14, 2020 12:00 AM to July 14, 2020 6:00 PM

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Watching her onstage, that brown bob of hers whirling like a cyclone as she unleashes her brash and husky riot of a voice, it's hard to imagine Mattiel Brown was ever anything but a natural-born performer, a tried-and-true self-empowered presence.

"Honestly though I never even believed I could do this," Mattiel, one of rock's most thrilling young talents, says. Still, dig deep and she'll admit to those times when she'd let herself dream: of one day stepping onstage, gripping that microphone and showcasing her skills. Then, she imagined, could at last let it all go, unleash that deep-seeded passion of hers for melody and rhythm and intricate storytelling and channel her pent-up ferocity into something real and palpable and powerful.

"But," adds the singer, whose youth was shaped by an eclectic range of
music - from folk to punk and hip-hop - and who for years only sang by herself in private, "I remember thinking all along, "Yeah, I would love to do that but it's out of my wheelhouse, right?" Mattiel pauses and smiles as if to say she now knows she was capable of becoming a masterful frontwoman all along. "I guess I just really had to break out of my skin."

It's a damn good thing she did: following encouragement from Jack White during a chance encounter in Nashville with her chief musical inspiration and eventual touring partner, Mattiel made the crucial decision to jumpstart her musical journey by writing and recording with Jonah Swilley and Randy Michael - two contributors who's songwriting is rooted in gospel, rock n' soul, hip-hop and new wave. Less than five years later Mattiel stands as one of the most singular and buzzed-about acts in rock music. She is no longer a teenager afraid to sing in front of strangers, but rather performing for rapt audiences across the globe in the wake of her acclaimed eponymous 2017 debut LP, released via Burger Records; wowing viewers with their fiery TV shows like last year on "Later... With Jools Holland" and more recently "Last Call With Carson Daly". And now, she's gearing up to release her highly anticipated second album, Satis Factory.

"It's all still wild to me," Mattiel admits with a laugh of her whirlwind past two years. "It's so incredible knowing I've invested my time in something that has really started to work." Swilley chuckles when hearing of the singer's typically humble take on the
present day. Having become Mattiel's most trusted musical ally and bandmate
since they first began writing together in 2014, he's seen her evolution firsthand.
"I believed in her from the get-go," Swilley says. "Because when you hear her sing" - a blend of Grace Slick and Screamin' Jay Hawkins with the ferocity of a punk-rock head-Thrasher - "you instantly know it's for real."

Mattiel, for her part, is hardly one to sing her own praises. But having seen their debut album (released on iconic indie Heavenly in the UK and Europe) be so embraced by such well- respected outlets like the BBC's Radio 6Music , even she can let herself admit her collaborators may have been right all along. "Randy and Jonah were so confident about how well my debut would be received," she recalls. "They were like, 'The real music fans are going to get this.' And they were right.

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Jul
23 Thu
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Kevin Krauter, with Why Bonnie

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $10.00
DAY OF: $12.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: July 23, 2020 12:00 AM to July 23, 2020 6:00 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 26, 2020 10:00 AM to July 23, 2020 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
In music, there's often a tendency to focus on personal pain. It's a useful shorthand for understanding how an artist got to where they are now, but sometimes that heaviness doesn't leave enough room for nuance and change. In his solo work, the Indiana musician Kevin Krauter doesn't flinch when staring down his past, but he doesn't get too obsessed with the dark stuff either.

In 2018, Krauter released Toss Up, a quiet album that was built on intricate guitar riffs that looped back on themselves to create a feeling of sunlit calm. Krauter's sophomore follow up, Full Hand, dives further into the world he's created - one where songs are evocative of late afternoon light, or dust settling on a creaky floorboard, but with lyrics that probe Krauter's personal life, grappling with sexuality and religion, while exploring what it means to grow up, grow more critical, and, in turn, more self-confident.

Across 12 tracks, Krauter tackles these emotional states and ideas through elliptical songwriting that is at once poetic and truthful. "A lot of the lyrics touch on how I was raised religiously, touch on me understanding my sexuality more and more in recent years," Krauter says, "just growing up and becoming more confident in myself...that process of looking inward and taking stock of myself." It's not especially uncommon for artists to probe deep into their own psyche to uncover what makes them tic, but Krauter's light touch feels like something all his own. On Full Hand's first single, "Pretty Boy," he sings, "Look ahead, say I see me now / Smiling at what used to stress me out / Cause it won't be too long, but I'll take my time with it / It won't be too long till I come back home." There's a palpable sense of joy in Krauter's acceptance of dire, stressful moments, and a liberation that comes from hearing him realize that the present will eventually be the past, and he'll be able to look back and find peace.

This sense of acceptance is the backbone of Full Hand, both musically and lyrically. Krauter took stock of the different phases of his life - what he was listening to, how he felt when he was a teenager - and welcomed all of it into his music. This meant that nothing was off-limits. All influences were fair game - from early-'00s emo to late '90s radio rock - and his entire history, instead of becoming something to be ignored or pushed aside, became part of the patchwork of his music. "It's nice to recognize that the instinct is there in me and all I have to do is say yes or no."

Around the release of Toss Up, Krauter shed light on his dominant artistic impulse toward overwhelmingly nice sounds that weave throughout lyrical meditations on personal growth. His vocal lilt on "Opportunity" is so warm, so effortlessly pretty, that you'll almost miss moments of harsh truth like "Wake up to a morning so listless / come to, sun is looming in." By the end of the song, Krauter is alone, left behind, looking at his life and wondering what he's supposed to do next. "It's an easy fallback to be self-deprecating or defeatist in whatever I was I writing," he says. "It was a challenge to myself to see how I could flip it the other way but also be real about it. I don't want to make some sugary, feelgood, all payoff thing because that's not what my life is like."

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Jul
29 Wed
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Mystic Braves, with David Turel

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $15.00

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ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 13, 2020 10:00 AM to July 29, 2020 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
The Mystic Braves embody a century of boundary-pushing Southern California creativity-from the birth of Hollywood in the early 1900s to the lysergic mania of the psychedelic '60s to the pure-pop bliss of the '80s Paisley Underground to the new wave of streetwise garage rock that's right now blasting at top volume from some East LA nightclub.

Mystic Braves deliver that legacy in their records: last year's The Great Unknown pares down their previous peregrinations-shelving the exotic instrumentation of 2015's Days of Yesteryear and the fuzztone feedback of 2014's Desert Island and 2013's debut Mystic Braves-for classic, unforgettable songwriting. It's not that the Braves have abandoned the weird, but rather the weird is now but another color in a prismatic palette. The Great Unknown finds bassist Tony Malacara and drummer Cameron Gartung pulling tempos like taffy and adding expansive backing vocals, while rhythm guitarist Shane Stotsenberg and organist Ignacio Gonzalez fill in mesmerising sonic filigree. With his searing guitar and dreamy, yearning voice, bandleader Julian Ducatenzeiler steers the ship right and true.

They deliver that legacy in their lifestyle, too. The band members spent their early days living and playing together in a two-bedroom Echo Park house that was also headquarters to Lolipop Records-the family label founded in 2013 that's since become one of the prime movers of the international psych-rock scene. And while being embraced by LA's music cognoscenti, Mystic Braves went global via the fashion world when iconoclastic Yves Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane hand-picked them to soundtrack the luxury brand's spring collection in Paris in 2015.

They bring that legacy to the stage, as well. After playing countless shows across the U.S. & Europe over the years and performing at festivals like Desert Daze, Burgerama and Austin Psych Fest-alongside acts such as the Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Zombies-they've developed their live act into a energized outburst of sing-along-able tunes, tight instrumental interplay and all-around good, gooey vibes. Like their sound in general, their shows take well-studied composure right to the edge of barely controlled chaos.

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Jul
30 Thu
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An Evening with Jill Andrews

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $14.00
DAY OF: $17.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: July 30, 2020 12:00 AM to July 30, 2020 6:00 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 23, 2020 10:00 AM to July 30, 2020 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
The stories of a woman often go untold. Her struggles are kept as secrets. Her victories, discreet. Her pain, polite and unobtrusive. History records the ones who break her heart and the ones who mend it, yet it forgets the life and truth born in between. On Thirties, acclaimed singer-songwriter, Jill Andrews gives these unsung moments the voice they have always deserved.

From her days fronting lauded Americana group, the everbodyfields, to her successful solo career as a writer and performer, Andrews' music has taken her far from her East Tennessee home. She has collaborated and shared the stage with countless celebrated artists including the Avett Brothers, Langhorne Slim, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and the Secret Sisters, and her music has been featured on Grey's Anatomy, The Good Wife, Nashville, Wynonna Earp and American Idol. Featuring emotional melodies, intimate storytelling and vocals that soar even at a whisper, Thirties is a deviation, it resists contemplating the big, loud questions of the world, and rather, invites listeners to look inward, keeping us closer to home than ever before.

Tenderly, hauntingly and without fear, Thirties chronicles Andrews' journey through a decade rife with both beauty and brutality. She explores the isolation and joy of motherhood, the loss not of a lover, but a partner, the experience of growing older in a world that expects you to stay young forever. With co-producer Lucas Morton and help from friends including Grammy winning songwriting duo Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk, Natlie Hemby and Andrews' Hush Kids bandmate Peter Groenwald, Thirties is at once profoundly intimate and artfully infectious, evocative of greats Lucinda Williams, Chrissie Hynde and Brandi Carlile.

Andrews lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her children Nico, Falcon, and husband, Jerred. Along with a full-color, hard-cover companion book, Thirties is slated for release on March 27.

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Aug
2 Sun
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John Craigie, with Honeysuckle

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $12.00
DAY OF: $15.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: April 3, 2020 12:00 PM to August 2, 2020 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: August 2, 2020 12:00 AM to August 2, 2020 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
This is a seated show.

Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters, while blazing a trail of his own.

Recently, that trail twisted and turned into new territory for the Portland, OR performer who The Stranger appropriately dubbed, "the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg." His music speaks loud to both audiences and fellow artists. Todd Snider notably hand-delivered a gift on-stage, and Chuck Norris has sent fan mail. His fifth full-length album, No Rain, No Rose boasted two collaborations with Gregory Alan Isakov, namely "Highway Blood" and "I Am California." Both quickly cracked 1 million Spotify streams and counting, as his knack for a captivating narrative and rustic aural palettes powered the 13-track offering together.

"It's about transparency," he explains. "The storytelling enables listeners to relate. Really good music doesn't make you feel good; it makes you feel like you're not alone."

As No Rain, No Rose landed, he caught the attention of none other than Jack Johnson. Through a serendipitous series of events, Craigie's 2016 live effort Capricorn in Retrograde... Just Kidding... Live in Portland landed in Johnson's car stereo during a California coastal road trip.

Shortly after, Jack reached out and Craigie soon found himself onstage for 12 shows during Johnson's 2017 summer tour including performances at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California and The Gorge in Washington state. Along the way, he earned acclaim from SF Weekly, Seattle Times, AXS, and more. Festival appearances also include Oregon Country Fair, Kate Wolf Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Burning Man, and many others.

When Craigie plays, it's one of those special shows that can make you laugh and cry in the same song. It's a musical journey that can't be denied.

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Aug
30 Sun
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The Jacks, with The Cuckoos

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $10.00

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ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 20, 2020 12:00 PM to August 30, 2020 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
When it comes to playing rock & roll, The Jacks simply don't have a choice. "It's what we listen to, it's what we play," bassist Scott Stone says, "and when you stick four guys like us in a garage with instruments, it's just the kind of music we are going to make."

You can hear a primal energy coursing through vocalist-guitarist Jonny Stanback's gritty howl on "Walk Away," the lead single from their debut self-titled EP and the rest of the guys match his excitement with driving riffs and infectious melodies. It's an electric charge that surges through each of the record's five tracks, guiding Stanback, Stone, lead guitarist Thomas Hunter and drummer Josh Roossin when they play together.

"We're trying to push the boundaries of the rock & roll genre by incorporating modern elements, but still keeping the core structure of a four-piece band," Stanback says. "We are creating a sound you've never heard before, but feels familiar."

The way they see it, playing rock at a time when pop and hip-hop are dominating the charts is an act of defiance. If any band is poised to help bring authenticity back to rock & roll, it's The Jacks. The quartet has been making a steady ascent since forming in Los Angeles in the summer of 2016, selling out gigs at legendary hometown venues like the Troubadour, Roxy and Viper Room, supporting legends like the Doors' Robby Krieger (who told them personally that he liked their music) and playing major rock festivals like Aftershock and Sonic Temple. At one gig, they ran into John Fogerty who told them, "It's cool to see some rock & roll again."

Now the group has recorded their first EP with producer Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Faith No More) at Los Angeles' famed Sunset Sound Recorders. But even though they've been playing together for only a couple of years, rock has been The Jacks' lifeblood for as long as they can remember.

As Wallace declares, "The Jacks deliver up lean, rugged rock & roll with songs that feel like instant classics that make you want to move, with earworm hooks and melodies that will have you kinda upset when you find yourself unintentionally and inappropriately humming their songs at work, in church, in court, or at wakes. If the Strokes, Cage the Elephant, and the Stones had an equally talented, but more handsome baby, it would be named The Jacks!"

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Cat's Cradle

300 E. Main St.
Carrboro, NC
United States