Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle


Sep
21 Mon
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Oh Sees, with Mr. Elevator

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $25.00
DAY OF: $28.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: February 14, 2020 12:00 PM to September 21, 2020 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: September 21, 2020 12:00 AM to September 21, 2020 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Psych-punk psychic warrior, ear worm-farmer, and possessor of many stamped passport pages John Dwyer does not let up. His group Oh Sees (aka Thee Oh Sees, OCS, The Oh Sees, etc) have transmogrified to fit many a moment - from hushed druggy folk to groovy demonic pop chants to science fictional krautrock expanse and beyond - to suit his omnivorous whims.

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Sep
30 Wed
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Greg Dulli, with Joseph Arthur

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:30 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
VIP: $133.00
ADVANCED: $33.00
DAY OF: $38.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: September 30, 2020 12:00 AM to September 30, 2020 6:30 PM
VIP Public Onsale: April 22, 2020 10:00 AM to September 25, 2020 8:30 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: April 22, 2020 10:00 AM to September 30, 2020 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Without desire, most of the world's problems would be solved and it would be a miserable place to live. For the last 30 years, Greg Dulli has been the poet laureate of the bizarre whims and cruel tangents of desire. A foremost authority on the sell-your-soul rewards of carnal lust, the high voltage epiphanies of chemical enhancement, and the serotonin lows left in their wake. The front man of the Afghan Whigs has long been on a first-name basis with his demons, most of whom eventually relented and let him pour them a shot. But then there are the known unknowns at the heart of our nature, the intractable difficulties of love and death, and the recurring human desire for survival and rebirth.

Therein lies Random Desire, the first solo album under Dulli's own name, following canonized stints at the helm of The Afghan Whigs and The Twilight Singers. The title is a play on "random selection," which refers to a process that researchers use to pick participants for a study. When using this method, every single member of a population has an "equal chance of being chosen as a subject." Recontextualized, it allows us to realize the randomness of existence, the odd alchemy of emotions, chemistry, and circumstance that baffle us to no end. The reasons why artists write songs and why listeners need them. And even if the answers are evasive, that's no excuse to quit searching.

Random Desire started in the aftermath of the last Whigs record, 2017's In Spades, which Pitchfork named one of the best rock records of the year, hailing it as a "heavy, menacing work of indie rock majesty...thrilling and unsettling." Drummer Patrick Keeler was about to take a short sabbatical to record and tour with his other band, The Raconteurs. Dulli's longtime collaborator, bassist John Curley went back to school, and there was the tragic death of the band's guitarist, Dave Rosser.

In response, Dulli returned to his teenage bedroom roots, finding musical inspiration via the model of one-man-band visionaries Prince and Todd Rundgren. The Los Angeles-by-way-of-Hamilton Ohio native wrote nearly every part of the record from piano lines to drums to bass riffs. As always, the music came first and the lyrics were completed later. Recording and writing way stations included his home in Silver Lake, the village of Crestline high up in mountains above San Bernardino, and New Orleans. But the bulk was finished amidst the arid beauty and stark isolation of Joshua Tree at the studio of engineer Christopher Thorn. Dulli handled most instrumentation, but an all-star cast of characters appear across the track-listing including The Whigs' guitarist Jon Skibic and multi-instrumentalist Rick G. Nelson, Mathias Schneeberger (Twilight Singers), Mark McGuire (Emeralds), pedal steel wizard, upright bassist, and physician Dr. Stephen Patt, and drummer Jon Theodore (Queens of the Stone Age, The Mars Volta).

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$33.00 - $133.00
Oct
10 Sat
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Guided By Voices

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 8:00 PM, Show at 9:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $30.00
DAY OF: $35.00

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ADVANCED Public Onsale: April 16, 2020 11:00 AM to October 10, 2020 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 10, 2020 12:00 AM to October 10, 2020 7:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Guided By Voices, Space Gun: Robert Pollard is the greatest rock songwriter of the last thirty years, an uninhibited explorer of the four Ps: pop, punk, psych, and prog. It's easy to take him for granted when he's releasing multiple records a year with various projects, as he has pretty steadily since disbanding GBV the first time in 2004. So it really meant something that Space Gun was the only GBV release of the year, and boy was it a great one -- another sign that the current lineup, along with producer Travis Harrison, might be the strongest band Pollard has ever played with. They unleash anthemic classic rock that harkens back to the best of mid-period GBV ("Space Gun," "See My Field"), impossibly catchy and sleazy '70s riffs ("Colonel Paper," "Daily Get Ups"), majestic reverb-drenched curios ("That's Good," "Blink Blank"), Kiwi Rock pop gems ("Ark Technician," "I Love Kangaroos") and heavier prog rock ("Sport Component National," "Evolution Circus"). If you haven't seen them live, I can't recommend it enough -- they hit you with one would-be smash hit after another on a Miller Lite-fueled high, which can ensnare even on-the-fence observers.

- Ben Yakas, Gothamist, "The Best Albums Of 2018"

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Oct
23 Fri
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24-7 Spyz

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:30 PM
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ADVANCED: $15.00

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ADVANCED Public Onsale: June 6, 2020 1:00 PM to October 23, 2020 6:30 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Rolling Stone Magazine said it best when it referred to 24-7 Spyz new album The Soundtrack to the Innermost Galaxy as "a musical ride that keeps on giving something new".
Yes, 24-7 Spyz are back with their first album in over 13 years and an ambitious tour schedule that includes dates in both the US and Europe.

Formed in South Bronx, NY in 1986, the band is best known for mixing R&B, soul, funk and reggae with heavy metal and hardcore punk. The fact that they are African Americans playing variations of heavy metal led critics to compare them to bands such as Living Colour, Fishbone, and Bad Brains. They were early pioneers in the fusion of these particular music styles, influencing many artists and finding their own commercial success along the way. In the midst of creating music that was true to themselves, 24-7 Spyz also helped to shatter the stereotypes and dispel the myth that "Black Bands Don't Rock" by releasing eight groundbreaking albums.

In late 2018, the crew returned to the studio to record The Soundtrack to the Innermost Galaxy full length album with plans to release it to their fans through Pledge Music. Unfortunately, the band was never made aware of the financial problems that Pledge was experiencing behind the scenes until it was too late, ultimately grounding the release of the record and sending the band scrambling to find a new way to get the new music the public. 24-7 did all they could do at that point and self-released with very little publicity. "It was a nightmare, stated Jimi Hazel, we couldn't believe it when Pledge closed their doors right in the middle of our release. It set us back months."

In October of 2019, 24-7 signed a management deal with Los Angeles based, Angel City Artist Management allowing them to hit the restart button and implement their aggressive come back plan. The group will begin a US tour in late April and play Europe in the mid-summer months. " We are super excited, state Hazel. I finally feel like we are back on track and ready to rock!"

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Dec
8 Tue
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Andy Shauf

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:30 PM
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ADVANCED: $18.00
DAY OF: $20.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 20, 2020 4:08 PM to December 8, 2020 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: December 8, 2020 12:00 AM to December 8, 2020 11:59 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
This show has been rescheduled from May 5th.

Few artists are storytellers as deft and disarmingly observational as Andy Shauf. The Toronto-based, Saskatchewan-raised musician's songs unfold like short fiction: they're densely layered with colorful characters and a rich emotional depth. On his new album The Neon Skyline (out January 24 via ANTI-), he sets a familiar scene of inviting a friend for beers on the opening title track: "I said, 'Come to the Skyline, I'll be washing my sins away.' He just laughed, said 'I'll be late, you know how I can be.'" The LP's 11 interconnected tracks follow a simple plot: the narrator goes to his neighborhood dive, finds out his ex is back in town, and she eventually shows up. While its overarching narrative is riveting, the real thrill of the album comes from how Shauf finds the humanity and humor in a typical night out and the ashes of a past relationship.

His last full-length 2016's The Party was an impressive collection of ornate and affecting songs that followed different attendees of a house party. Shauf's attention-to-detail in his writing evoked Randy Newman and his unorthodox, flowing lyrical phrasing recalled Joni Mitchell. Though that album was his breakthrough, his undeniable songwriting talent has been long evident. Raised in Bienfait, Saskatchewan, he cut his teeth in the nearby Regina music community. His 2012 LP The Bearer of Bad News documented his already-formed musical ambition and showcased Shauf's burgeoning voice as a narrative songwriter with songs like "Hometown Hero," "Wendell Walker," and "My Dear Helen" feeling like standalone, self-contained worlds. In 2018, his band Foxwarren, formed over 10 years ago with childhood friends, released a self-titled album where Pitchfork recognized how "Shauf has diligently refined his storytelling during the last decade."

The Party earned a spot on the Polaris Music Prize 2016 shortlist and launched Shauf to an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden as well as glowing accolades from NPR, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and more. "That LP was a concept record and it really made me want to do a better album. I wanted to have a more cohesive story," says Shauf. Where the concept of The Party revealed itself midway through the writing process, he knew the story he wanted to tell on The Neon Skyline from the start. "I kept coming back to the same situation of one guy going to a bar, which was basically exactly what I was doing at the time. These songs are fictional but it's not too far off from where my life was," Shauf explains.

For The Neon Skyline, Shauf chose to start each composition on guitar instead of his usual piano. He says, "I wanted to be able to sit down and play each song with just a guitar without having to rely on some sort of a clever arrangement to make it whole." The resulting album finds its immediacy in simplicity. While the arrangements on folksy "The Moon" are unfussy and song-centered like the best Gordon Lightfoot offerings, his drive to experiment is still obvious. This is especially so on the unmoored relationship autopsy "Thirteen Hours," which boasts an arrangement that's both jazzy and adventurous.
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Jan
15 Fri
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Shovels & Rope, with Indianola

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
VIP: $99.00
ADVANCED: $25.00
DAY OF: $28.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: January 15, 2021 12:00 AM to January 15, 2021 6:00 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 20, 2020 12:00 PM to January 15, 2021 12:00 AM
VIP Public Onsale: March 20, 2020 12:15 PM to January 10, 2021 8:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
As the Brontë sister wrote, "The ties that bind us to life are tougher than you imagine." Shovels & Rope, the musical duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, embody that bond. Married for a decade, their covenant extends to blood and beyond: as parents, bandmates, and creative collaborators who can now add the pursuits of festival curators, film subjects, and children's book authors to that mighty list. Having released four studio albums and two collaborative projects (Busted Jukebox, Vol. 1 & 2) since 2008, Trent and Hearst have built their reputation on skill, sweat, and, yes, blood. Now, with the tough and elegant new record By Blood, as well as their High Water Festival in their hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, "Shovels & Rope: The Movie", and the picture book "C'mon Utah!", Shovels & Rope are primed for their biggest year yet.

Accomplished musicians in their own right prior to dedicating themselves full time to Shovels & Rope in 2011, Trent and Hearst have made a career together by seizing opportunities and never resting on their laurels or being complacent in doing something just because. Carving out a niche in the music world with strong, roots/indie/folk/rock-inspired efforts like 2012's O' Be Joyful, 2014's Swimmin' Time, and 2016's inward-looking Little Seeds, as well as their powerful live show, far-reaching tours, and myriad TV and festival appearances, Shovels & Rope have earned the right to follow their own muse. And so, in an effort to satisfy their numerous creative interests and adapt to a changing industry, Trent and Hearst have firmly planted their flag in realms beyond recording and releasing albums.

The third annual High Water Festival curated by the band will be held over a weekend in April and will bring 10,000 fans to a park in North Charleston to witness a lineup of artists comparable to some of the best in the country-including Leon Bridges, The Head & The Heart, Lord Huron, Jenny Lewis, Mitski, and Shovels & Rope themselves. High Water benefits select organizations and water conservation charities in Charleston and aims to avoid the feeling of corporate inundation and discomfort that plagues many big-name music events. Trent and Hearst work with production companies and agencies to book acts, then serve as on-site hosts in addition to performing throughout the weekend.

"Shovels & Rope: The Movie" is a performance film that has been expanded into feature-length with an external narrative weaving through and connecting the live performances. Directed by their frequent visual collaborator, Curtis Millard, the 'live show' portion of the filming took place over two nights at The Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina, during the tour for Little Seeds. The rest of the film was shot in various locations in and around the Southeast. The result can be described as a David Lynch meets John Hughes (a fun, silly, and tongue-in-cheek film for fans to enjoy that also represents the band at the peak of their live power.)

'By Blood' Pre-Show Experience with Shovels & Rope

  • One general admission ticket -or- premium reserved seat located in the first 10 rows

  • Early entry into the venue

  • Meet Shovels & Rope. Say hello and snap a photo with Michael and Cary before the show

  • Pre-show performance and Q&A by Shovels & Rope

  • Limited-edition tour poster signed by Shovels & Rope

  • Official 'By Blood' laminate

  • Merchandise shopping opportunity before general doors



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$25.00 - $99.00
Feb
19 Fri
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We Came As Romans, with The Devil Wears Prada, Gideon, Dayseeker

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $25.00
DAY OF: $28.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: July 8, 2020 12:00 PM to February 19, 2021 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: February 19, 2021 12:00 AM to February 19, 2021 5:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Brotherhood lasts forever.

No matter what happens, those bonds endure in memories and moments. We Came As Romans hold a similar link between them. After nearly 15 years together, countless sold out shows, critical acclaim, and over 250 million streams, the Michigan quintet-Joshua Moore [guitar], Dave Stephens [vocals], Lou Cotton [guitar], Andy Glass [bass], and David Puckett [drums]-weather their darkest time and emerge stronger in the name of a fallen brother and member: Kyle Pavone.

The group soldier ahead with a sixth full-length opus befitting of his memory.

"When Kyle passed away, it changed everything for us personally and, as a byproduct, everything for the band," says Joshua. "An earth-shattering event puts a lot of things in perspective. We've spent so much time together. We've been doing this since we were kids. The one thing that won't change is the way Kyle affected my life. Before we were bandmates, we were essentially brothers. In order to be genuine to our fans and ourselves, we had to write about what we dealt with losing him. At the same time, this isn't just a bunch of songs soaking in depression. We want to celebrate what we built."

Together, We Came As Romans built a burgeoning empire. Merging chugging metallic force, skyscraping melodies, off-kilter electronic experimentation, and hardcore spirit, the group quietly claimed a place at the forefront of modern heavy music. They put up unbelievable numbers with the likes of "Hope" [17 million streams], and "The World I Used To Know" [15 million Spotify streams] as well as multiple top ten records on the Billboard Top 200. Meanwhile, 2017's Cold Like War represented a career peak. The title track "Cold Like War" and "Wasted Age" both surpassed 9 million Spotify streams as the band received its best career reviews to date. Alternative Press cited the album as "a milestone," and Metal Hammer praised their penchant for unpredictability by affirming, "This record is never boring." Beyond tours with everyone from A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, I Prevail, The Used, Sleeping With Sirens, Parkway Drive, and more, they packed houses on headline dates around the world.

After Kyle's death in 2018, they made a careful decision to push forward, returning to the road with Bullet For My Valentine before gathering themselves in the studio with longtime collaborator Nick Sampson [Asking Alexandria, Born Of Osiris] and seeking perspective from Drew Fulk [Motionless In White, Lil Peep].

"Nick has been part of the family forever, because he was an engineer on our first record," Joshua continues. "We also had to involve Drew. He produced Cold Like War, and it was Kyle's favorite record. It felt like it needed to happen, since that was the last great memory Kyle made with us. Everyone was a big part of the process."

We Came As Romans introduce this next chapter with a pair of singles, "Carry The Weight" and "From The First Note." Evocative clean guitar echoes at the beginning of "Carry The Weight" before giving way to a hammering groove and cathartic screams that culminate on a hypnotic chant-one of the band's most irresistible.
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Apr
22 Thu
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JoJo - Good To Know Tour

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
VIP: $155.00
ADVANCED: $30.00
DAY OF: $33.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: April 22, 2021 12:00 AM to April 22, 2021 6:00 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 27, 2020 10:00 AM to April 22, 2021 12:00 AM
VIP Public Onsale: March 27, 2020 10:00 AM to April 8, 2021 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Every ticket purchased online for JoJo includes your choice of a CD or digital copy of the new album, Good To Know, released in spring 2020. You'll receive instructions via email on how to redeem your album within 7 days of your ticket purchase. US/CAN residents only, offer not valid on resale tickets.

JoJo [born Joanna Levesque] is a chart-topping, award-winning singer, songwriter, and actress who, at just 28 years old, is already a veteran of the music industry - but she is ready to write her next chapter. Now signed to Warner Records through a joint venture with her own Clover Music, JoJo has begun with new releases "Joanna" and the Doc McKinney-produced "Sabotage (feat. CHIKA)," and is looking ahead to her new album to come in spring 2020. Having released her self-titled debut album when she was just 13, JoJo's breakout smash "Leave (Get Out)" made JoJo the youngest-ever solo artist to have a debut #1 single in the U.S. and to be nominated for "Best New Artist" at the MTV Video Music Awards. The album went on to sell over four million copies and became the singer's first Platinum record, which she followed with a string of additional hits, most notably the Top 3 single "Too Little Too Late" from sophomore album The High Road. In 2016, JoJo made a heralded return to music with her first new album in 10 years, Mad Love. - debuting Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 and earning her unanimous critical acclaim from the likes of TIME, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Cosmo, Entertainment Weekly and more. Last year, JoJo re-recorded and re-released her first two albums (JoJo and The High Road) under her own label Clover Music, after years of legal battles with her former label that prevented the albums from existing on digital platforms. She has also pushed herself outside the confines of genre, recently collaborating with artists ranging from PJ Morton [on the GRAMMY-winning R&B hit "Say So"] and Jacob Collier [lending her vocal stylings to the jazzy "It Don't Matter"] to Tank on his latest "Somebody Else."

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$30.00 - $155.00
Apr
28 Wed
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White Reaper

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 7:30 PM
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ADVANCED: $15.00
DAY OF: $17.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: April 28, 2021 12:00 AM to April 28, 2021 5:30 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: July 9, 2020 12:00 PM to April 28, 2021 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Nurturing arena-sized ambitions, Louisville, KY's White Reaper remind us that "fun as hell" is a primary purpose of music. Equal parts glam and grit, White Reaper's forthcoming Elektra Records debut finds the band packing classic rock with grinning twin guitar leads into masterly crafted pop songs. Out October 18th, the album will follow 2017's critically acclaimed The World's Best American Band, which was praised by Pitchfork for having "more riffs than you can fit into the trunk of a Camaro". From their forthcoming album, White Reaper have released three singles: "1F," "Real Long Time," and lead single, "Might Be Right," which is currently sitting at #20 on the alt radio chart and growing. As described by Stereogum, White Reaper are "bringing burnout abandon and arena strobe lights into the modern era."

Tony Esposito (guitar/vocals), Ryan Hater (keyboards), Sam Wilkerson (bass), Nick Wilkerson (drums), and Hunter Thompson (guitar) have been living on the road, performing headline shows and supporting some of their idols - The Killers, Spoon, and Weezer. The band has also been making rounds in the festival circuit with stops at Lollapalooza, ACL, and CalJam. This summer, the Kentucky boys did a run of U.S. headline dates and performed their inaugural sets at the UK's Reading and Leeds festivals. In the fall, the band will hit the road on their largest U.S. headline tour to date, and make stops at their hometown festivals, Bourbon & Beyond and Louder Than Life, and end hit the Eddie Vedder curated, Ohana Festival, as well.

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May
1 Sat
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Tennis, with Molly Burch

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 8:00 PM, Show at 9:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $18.00
DAY OF: $20.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: July 8, 2020 12:00 PM to May 1, 2021 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: May 1, 2021 12:00 AM to May 1, 2021 7:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
I never learned how to swim.

​In years of sailing, I never let the water touch me. The ocean was an abstract dread, an obliterating void as untenable as outer space.

​In January 2018 we went on tour. After years of scraping by, we found our footing with our fourth record Yours Conditionally. It was a commercial success that set us up to to play the biggest rooms of our career. But three shows in, I developed a raging case of influenza. Each night I dragged myself onstage and croaked out the set in a delirium. After a particularly bad soundcheck, Patrick asked me if we should cancel the show. I couldn't imagine giving up the thing we'd work so hard to achieve. "I'll be on stage even if you have to mic my coffin," I joked.

​​The next morning I fainted and had a seizure while grocery shopping for breakfast. Patrick carried me through the check-out lanes screaming for a doctor. I woke later in a hospital bed. Patrick leaned over me, crying. "That's it," he said. "I'm canceling the tour. I thought you were dead. We're quitting the band. I'm going to be an accountant." But I was on the mend. We missed two shows and pressed on.

​​During sound check at the 930 club, Patrick stepped out to take a phone call. His father had been in the hospital all week, but he had cancer and brief hospitalizations were routine. Back at the hotel that night, Patrick poured two shots of whiskey and handed me one. "I'd like to toast my dad." He said. "The doctors offered to put him on life-support to give me a chance to fly out there, but I didn't want him to suffer. Instead I said goodbye."

​​Patrick went home to grieve with his family and rejoined us on the road two days later. I couldn't believe how quickly our lives had unraveled in the midst of what was supposed to be a milestone in our career. As the tour continued, we found refuge in playing music together. Songwriting had always been an extension of our inner-world. Now we retreated to that world every time we stepped onstage.

​After the final show of our tour in Austin, we received another phone call. Patrick's mother Karen was in the hospital on the brink of a stroke. We got on a plane and went straight to her bedside. Her recovery took weeks. In the hospital waiting room, I wrote the opening line of "Matrimony II": I only have certainty when you hold my hand.

​On a hot July day, after Karen's return to good health, we sailed as a family into the Pacific and scattered Edward's ashes at sea. I marked our position on the chart with a small x. The album was already well under way. In that moment, I realized what I wanted to call it.

​Swimmer is a tour of the darkest time in our lives. But it is not a dark record. Named for the feeling of suspension and upendedness that characterized this period, it is the story of deep-rooted companionship strengthened by pain and loss. These songs carried us through our grief. It is us at our most vulnerable, so we kept a small footprint, recording everything ourselves in our home studio. I set out to describe the love I have come to know after ten years of marriage, when you can no longer remember your life before that person, when the spark of early attraction has been replaced by a gravitational pull.

Swimmer is available everywhere February 14, 2020.

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May
4 Tue
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The Airborne Toxic Event

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $25.00
DAY OF: $28.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: May 4, 2021 12:00 AM to May 4, 2021 6:00 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: May 15, 2020 1:00 PM to May 4, 2021 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

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May
16 Sun
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The Residents

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $30.00
DAY OF: $35.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: May 16, 2021 12:00 AM to May 16, 2021 6:00 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 31, 2020 11:00 AM to May 16, 2021 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Constantly defying classification, THE RESIDENTS have been regarded as icons in the world of experimental music for almost fifty years. In addition to their groundbreaking work in the areas of trance, world fusion, electronica, punk, industrial and lounge music, the group has also been credited with being among the originators of performance art and music video, with their videos included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Their lengthy career has also taken them into the world of film and television music, having scored numerous films and TV series as well as several projects for MTV. In addition, the group is also thriving in the world of digital media having released ten DVDs, and two internet series.

Currently, in collaboration with noted video artist, John Sanborn, The Residents are creating a major multimedia event to be performed at the Museum of Modern Art on Jan 24 & 25, 2020. In addition, based on the recently discovered recordings of Alvin Snow, aka Dyin' Dog, the group is completing their 49th studio album, METAL, MEAT & BONE. Then, in the spring, The Residents will embark on another world tour, again featuring the music of Alvin Snow while also revisiting Duck Stab, one of the band's most popular albums.

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Jul
25 Sun
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Built to Spill

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $25.00
DAY OF: $29.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: February 28, 2020 1:00 PM to July 25, 2021 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: July 25, 2021 12:00 AM to July 25, 2021 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
New Built to Spill lineup features Melanie Radford and Teresa Esguerra.

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Sep
26 Sun 2021
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Hoodoo Gurus

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at Sunday, September 26, 2021 7:00 PM, Show at Sunday, September 26, 2021 8:00 PM
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ADVANCED: $25.00
DAY OF: $28.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: December 13, 2019 10:00 AM to September 26, 2021 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: September 26, 2021 12:00 AM to September 26, 2021 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
The legendary Hoodoo Gurus. By any measure, one of Australia's greatest, best loved, most enduring rock bands of all time. 2012 marks an extraordinary milestone for the Hoodoo Gurus; 30 years since the release of the band's debut single, "Leilani". To celebrate, the Gurus have compiled all their biggest hits and fan favourites onto a brand new best-of set, aptly-titled GOLD WATCH: 20 GOLDEN GREATS. "What's My Scene?", "I Want You Back", "Miss Freelove '69", "Like Wow - Wipeout!", "The Right Time", "Bittersweet", "Come Anytime", "My Girl", "1000 Miles Away", "Waking Up Tired" - these tracks represent the unmistakable sound of the irrepressible Hoodoo Gurus, but it's merely a sample from their canon of instantly identifiable songs that have helped provide a soundtrack to Australian life going all the way back to the 1980s. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, exactly where it's been for much of their career, GOLD WATCH also features a brand new single, a thumping and grinding rocker entitled "Use-By Date". GOLD WATCH? "Use-By Date"? Is there a hidden message here? Is this truly the end of the road for the Gurus? Don't bet on it. "We're kind of playing with the idea of being veterans and giving ourselves a gold watch, retirement age," explains head Gurus, Dave Faulkner. "I guess it's a case pointing out your flaws before someone else does it for you. "We always like to have a slight edge. It's unknown territory, bands being as vintage as us, even though there's a couple of examples in the international world, like AC/DC and the Rolling Stones. There's a reason why there's so few of us, because it's damn difficult to do. We've basically been to the new ice age and we remember the days of the old jungle." Hoodoo Gurus learned the hard way exactly how difficult it is to keep the old band together. Back in 1998, still at the peak of their prowess and popularity, Faulkner and his fellow Gurus - guitarist Brad Shepherd, bassist Rick Grossman and drummer Mark Kingsmill - decided it was time to call it a day and broke up the band. They all went off to perform and record with other people, but soon missed each other so much that they formed a new band together, the Persian Rugs, which they insisted for years had nothing to do with the Hoodoo Gurus, except that the two bands coincidentally shared exactly the same line-up for a time. Thankfully, in 2003, they put an end to that charade and reformed as the Hoodoo Gurus. "The real wake up call for me was when the band broke up for six years," says singer Dave Faulkner. "I had never questioned what it was like being in the Hoodoo Gurus because I always was. After about four years, we did a one-off show at the Homebake festival in Sydney. We went up on stage and played and there was that exact same chemistry there - a more powerful entity than just the four of us on stage, a shared identity that was larger than all of us. The champion team versus the team of champions. None of us are the greatest musicians on Earth individually. It's just when we get together, we add something to each other and harmonise in certain ways." Since reforming, the Gurus have recorded two more critically-acclaimed studio albums, Mach Schau [2004] and Purity Of Essence [2010], which now sit seamlessly alongside the band's pre-split classic recordings: Stoneage Romeos [1984]; Mars Needs Guitars! [1985]; Blow Your Cool! [1987]; Magnum Cum Louder [1989]; Kinky [1991]; Crank [1994] and In Blue Cave [1996]. And now comes this brilliant all-new summary of an extraordinary career thus far, the best-of companion, GOLD WATCH.

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Bikini Kill, with H.C. McEntire

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at Thursday, November 11, 2021 7:00 PM, Show at Thursday, November 11, 2021 8:00 PM
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PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Bikini Kill is a feminist punk band that was based in Olympia, WA and Washington, DC, forming in 1990 and breaking up in 1997. Kathleen Hanna sang, Tobi Vail played drums, Billy Karren (a.k.a. Billy Boredom) played guitar and Kathi Wilcox played bass. Sometimes they switched instruments. Bikini Kill is credited with instigating the Riot Grrrl movement in the early 90's via their political lyrics, zines and confrontational live show.

The band started touring in June 1991. In addition to touring the US several times, they also toured Europe, Australia and Japan. Bikini Kill recorded and released a demo tape, two EP's, two LP's and three singles. Their demo tape was self-released,while their first two records came out as a full length CD/Tape and their singles were posthumously collected on CD.

Bikini Kill believed that if all girls started bands the world would change. They actively encouraged women and girls to start bands as a means of cultural resistance. Bikini Kill was inspired by seeing Babes in Toyland play live and attempted to incite female participation and build feminist community via the punk scene. They used touring as a way to create an underground network between girls who played music, put on shows and made fanzines. This independent media making and informal network created a forum for multiple female voices to be heard.

Ticket delivery will be delayed to arrive one week before the show. This is to prevent scalpers, resellers, and other forms of ticket fraud.

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 Public Onsale:
12:00 AM
Nov 11, 2021

300 E. Main St.
Carrboro, NC
United States