August 2012

Dylan LeBlanc: Cast The Same Old Shadow

It’s hard to be critical of a young singer-songwriter full of promise and fanfare. However, the world already has plenty of artists who can deftly balance the sad sack act with other, more tuneful spins on the folk tradition. If LeBlanc wants to have staying power, he’d be wise to dial down the weepiness and give himself a more aggressive kick in the up-tempo direction. 

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Dan Deacon Unveils Innovative New Concert App

Inspired by audience-based cell phone interactive pieces Dan Deacon performed over the past several years in various settings from Baltimore to Carnegie Hall, this groundbreaking app truly makes the audience

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Sharon Van Etten: Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ 8/15/12

In a live setting, Van Etten rocks louder than listening to her albums alone would imply, while still maintaining a strong sense of intimacy with the audience.  Several of her songs are dramatic builds to powerful moments that are captured in the studio recordings, but appear much bigger and louder on stage.  

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Perpetual Groove: The Lincoln Theater, Raleigh, NC 8/16/12

On an unusually pleasant August night, Perpetual Groove returned to Raleigh's Lincoln Theater for their second visit of 2012. With school not yet in session, the show was somewhat sparsely attended, but about 100 spirited fans still soaked up the band's dependable jam-rock sounds and blazing light show.

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