Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle


Apr
22 Thu
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JoJo - Good To Know Tour - CANCELLED

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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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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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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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
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
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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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
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
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Hoodoo Gurus

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: $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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Oct
25 Mon
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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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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $25.00
DAY OF: $28.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 25, 2021 12:00 AM to October 25, 2021 6:00 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: December 9, 2020 1:00 PM to October 25, 2021 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
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Nov
11 Thu
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Bikini Kill, with H.C. McEntire

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 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
Nov
15 Mon
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Dinosaur Jr.

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:30 PM
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PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Here is Sweep It Into Space, the fifth new studio album cut by Dinosaur Jr.. during the 13th year of their rebirth. Originally scheduled for issue in mid 2020, this record's temporal trajectory was thwarted by the coming of the Plague. But it would take more than a mere Plague to tamp down the exquisite fury of this trio when they are fully dialed-in. And Sweep It Into Space is a masterpiece of zoned dialing.

In the decades since the release of Dinosaur Jr.'s original triptych of foundational albums, it has become clear that their sound -- once hailed as a sort of  almost-tamed noise -- is/was/always-has-been fully functioning pop music of a sort. The subsequent generations of bands who grew up breathing Dino's fumes managed to tinker around with the edges of their original post-hardcore song-forms enough for listeners to realize there had always been melodies at the center of everything they did. What Dinosaur Jr.. produces is nothing but a beautiful new version of the rock continuum -- riff, power, beat and longing, created with an eye on the infinite future.

Recorded, as usual, at Amherst's Biquiteen, the sessions for Sweep It Into Space began in the late Autumn of 2019, following a West Coast/South East tour. The only extra musician used this time with Kurt Vile.

J Mascis says, “Kurt played little lead things, like 12 string one at the beginning of 'I Ran Away.' Then I ended up just mimicking a few things he'd done. I was listening to a lot of Thin Lizzy, so I was trying to get some of that dueling twin lead sound. (laughs)”

“But the recording session was pretty well finished by the time things really hit the fan. So I just ended up doing more things by myself. Like the mini digital mellotron on 'Take It Back.' Originally I'd thought I'd have Ken Mauri (who has done keyboard work for Dino in the past) come in and play piano. But when the Lock Down happened in March, that meant I was on my own. But it was cool.”

Indeed, Sweep It Into Space is a very cool album. As is typical, Lou Barlow writes and sings two of the album's dozen tunes and Murph's pure-Flinstonian drumming drives the record like a go cart from Hell. Lou's songs here are as elegant as always. “Garden” is a mid-paced ballad with genteel guitar filigree giving it a '60 Brit feel in spots. And the album's closer, “You Wonder,” is a strangely excellent answer to the question -- “How would Blue Oyster Cult handle a country tune?”

So if you ever do find yourself swept into space (hey, who knows?), I just hope these tunes are on your playlist.
--Byron Coley

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Feb
22 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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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $18.00
DAY OF: $20.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 20, 2020 4:08 PM to February 22, 2022 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: February 22, 2022 12:00 AM to February 22, 2022 6:30 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
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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Apr
10 Sun
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Fuzz

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $20.00
DAY OF: $22.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: April 10, 2022 12:00 AM to April 10, 2022 6:00 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: January 28, 2021 1:00 PM to April 10, 2022 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

One only knows one. Two is balanced therefore stagnant. III both active and reactive. Charles Moothart, Ty Segall and Chad Ubovich are FUZZ. FUZZ is three. And III has returned. Songs for all, and music for one. 


III was recorded and mixed at United Recording under the sonic lordship of Steve Albini. Keeping the focus on the live sounds of the band, the use of overdubs and studio tricks were kept to a minimum. Albini’s mastery in capturing sound gave FUZZ the ability to focus entirely on the playing while knowing the natural sounds would land. It takes the essential ingredients of “guitar based music” and “rock and roll power trio” and puts them right out on the chopping block. It was a much more honest approach for FUZZ — three humans getting primitive, staying primitive. The goal was never to reinvent the wheel. Sometimes it’s just about seeing how long you can hold on before you’re thrown off.


Album opener “Returning” serves as a sort of mission statement for the album. It’s an auditory meditation on the power of one and the different perspectives of one,  whether it is the singular person looking inward, or a group of people coming together as a single unit. Not only is it an echo of the return of FUZZ, but also a broader return to form – raw and empowered through vulnerability. 


“Nothing People” and “Spit” served as a launching point into the new sphere that would become III. They were written around the same time, and felt like they opened two different doorways — familiar in some ways and new in others. “Time Collapse,” a rogue cut from the days of FUZZ’s II, landed soundly on the scorched surface of side A to round things out.


“Mirror” opens up the B side and the collective consciousness. Mirroring the call to arms of “Returning,” the song asks the listener to link arms with the band, march to the same drum of love, and create a space of equality among the freaks. The pummeling rhythm demands the request to crush the mirror that feeds you lies. In the end, it’s a ballad for the unique, twisted, and natural self that should be exalted before any falsehood. 


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Apr
26 Tue 2022
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Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Carrboro, NC
United States
Doors at Tuesday, April 26, 2022 7:00 PM, Show at Tuesday, April 26, 2022 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $35.00
DAY OF: $38.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: April 9, 2021 10:00 AM to April 26, 2022 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: April 26, 2022 12:00 AM to April 26, 2022 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

Godspeed You! Black Emperor began with Efrim Menuck, Mauro Pezzente and Mike Moya in Montréal in the early 90s, playing a handful of shows and recording a self-released cassette as a trio before beginning to transform the group into a large band. Recruiting numerous Montreal musicians through 1995-1996, GYBE mounted sense-rattling wall-of-sound performances, featuring as many as 14 musicians and several 16mm film projectors, eventually self-recording their debut vinyl-only version of F#A#∞, released on Constellation in late summer 1997. The band’s Hotel2Tango warehouse space in Montréal’s Mile-End district was a central hive of DIY activity, with band rehearsal rooms, silkscreen and wood shops, and weekend shows that took place under the radar.

The group settled into a permanent nine-member line-up by late 1998, with Aidan Girt and Bruce Cawdron on drums, Thierry Amar and Mauro on basses, Efrim, Dave Bryant and Roger Tellier-Craig on guitars, and Norsola Johnson and Sophie Trudeau on cello and violin respectively. The band toured and recorded continuously from 1998-2002 and gained a reputation for mesmerising live shows marked by orchestral dynamics, epic rock power and clunky, beautiful film loops. Following hundreds of concerts and the release of four records – F#A#∞ (1997), Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada EP (1999), and the double albums Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven (2000) and Yanqui U.X.O. (2002), GYBE went on hiatus in 2003.

Various GYBE offshoots continued with their own momentum through the 2000s, most notably The Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band (including Efrim, Sophie and Thierry), Hrsta (led by Moya), Fly Pan Am (featuring Roger), Esmerine (co-founded by Bruce), 1-Speed Bike (Aidan’s solo punk-techno project) and Set Fire To Flames (led by Dave, and including Bruce, Moya, Roger and Sophie).

Godspeed returned to live performance in December 2010, when the band was invited to curate and perform at All Tomorrow’s Parties in the UK. This was followed by renewed and extensive international touring. October 2012 saw the release of ‘ALLELUJAH! DON’T BEND! ASCEND!, their first recorded work in a decade, to near-unanimous critical acclaim, including a 9.3 rating and Best New Music at Pitchfork and the appearance on countless year-end lists. The similarly praised ‘Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress’ followed in March 2015; this album marked the group’s first personnel change in many years, with Tim Herzog replacing Bruce on drums.


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300 E. Main St.
Carrboro, NC
United States