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Clutch performing in Raleigh, North Carolina 2016

TBT: Clutch @ Memorial Auditorium 2016

Clutch 2016 Way Back Wednesday October 7, 2016 - Memorial Auditorium - Raleigh, North Carolina What was original scheduled to be a street show at the Lincoln Theater, was moved over to Memorial due to Hurricane Matthew. As usual, I was excited for my favorite day of the year, Clutch Day. This year however, was going to be the best one yet. Thanks to the success of our site here, your humble RDU photographer was able to secure photo credentials [...]
Christian Lembach of Whores at MotorCo in Durham, North Carolina

Red Fang @ Motorco

Red Fang with Torche and Whores. Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 - Motorco - Durham The crisp autumn air reminds me that RDU Music is approaching the end of another concert season. Sure, bands still swing through in the winter but our collective appetite for leaving the house when the weather is cold nears rock bottom. But if there is one thing that will postpone our annual hibernation, it's dank-ass riffs. It's a good thing they were being bandied about Durham [...]

Red Fang coming to Motorco with Torche and Whores

I know for a fact that y’all ain’t doing shit on Wednesday, November 30th, so you might as well take your asses to Motorco in Durham for a night of sick riffs courtesy of Red Fang, Torche, and Whores. RDU Music will be there in full force because we happen to enjoy serious riffage. (Little-known fact.) Red Fang: Facebook | Bandcamp Torche: Facebook | Bandcamp Whores: Facebook | Bandcamp While you are at it, check out the sweet new Red […]

Hopscotch Music Festival 2016 – Day 3

Hopscotch Music Festival 2016 Day 3 – Saturday, September 10th, 2016 Downtown Raleigh I say it every year, but this year it might actually be true: This is my last Hopscotch. It’s not that Hopscotch is anything other than the best curated and executed music festival in the Southeast, but rather that a 3-day festival is a younger man’s game. I was ready to go home midway through Day 2 but I knew there were still some gems to be […]

Hopscotch Music Festival 2016 – Day 2

Hopscotch Music Festival 2016 Day 2 – Friday, September 9th, 2016 Downtown Raleigh I am really proud of myself for my Hopscotch 2016 – Day 1 recap. I paid attention, took insightful notes, and came away with a solid piece. Then I threw all that out the window for Day 2 as I simply meandered about the city with no real destination in mind. Beach House / Anderson .Paak City Plaza Beach House: Facebook | Soundcloud Anderson .Paak: Facebook | […]

Converge performing at Hopscotch 2016 at The Lincoln Theater in Raleigh North Carolina

Hopscotch Music Festival 2016 – Day 1

Hopscotch Music Festival 2016 Day 1 - Thursday, September 8th, 2016 Downtown Raleigh As another muggy North Carolinian summer begins to wind down, the town of Raleigh begins to amp up for the annual Hopscotch Music Festival. I got the call from my partners in crime, Lan and Yang, late in the afternoon. They were headed downtown to check out some day parties, one facet of the Hopscotch experience in which I seldom partake. Yes, they are free, fun, and [...]
King Buffalo Slims Raleigh North Carolina

King Buffalo @ Slim’s

King Buffalo with The Hell No and Emerson Boozer Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 - Slim's Downtown I tried to do you a solid, Raleigh, but you let me down. I told you that King Buffalo was the cat's pajamas and yet a whopping 15 of you turned out to have your faces melted on a Tuesday. For shame. Opening Acts Kicking off the night was the Southern-fried hard rock stylings of Raleigh's Emerson Boozer. Up next was the female-fronted four-piece [...]

Record Review: Noah Gundersen – “Carry the Ghost”

Noah Gundersen – Carry the Ghost Dualtone – 8/21/2015 I narrowly missed the 1-year anniversary of this release which reminded me to finally post my review of one of the best records of 2015. -Ed. Critics strive for objectivity. Noah Gundersen’s 2015 heart-wrenching pain-fest Carry the Ghost makes me throw all objectivity out the window and I don’t even care. I would gladly mortgage my entire reviewing career [Editor’s Note: “Career.”] just as long as Noah keeps making records of […]

Periphery Lincoln Theater Raleigh North Carolina

Periphery: Sonic Unrest Tour @ Lincoln Theatre

Periphery - Sonic Unrest Tour with SikTh, CHON, and Toothgrinder Thursday, August 4th, 2016 - Lincoln Theatre Opening night of Periphery's Sonic Unrest Tour was hosted by Raleigh's Lincoln Theatre and RDU Music was on the scene: two mid-30s curmudgeons awash in a sea of hip young people. While that thought would normally give the pair of us nightmares, I was able to find solace in Periphery's outstanding performance. Photog extraordinaire Lan and myself hit the Lincoln Theatre in time [...]

King Buffalo coming to Slim’s

King Buffalo lives! Rochester’s premiere purveyors of psychedelic fuzz rock, King Buffalo, are descending on Slim’s here in Raleigh on Tuesday, August 16th. Joining them are NC’s own The Hell No and Emerson Boozer. Just check out that sweet flyer! If that doesn’t make you want to go, you should re-evaluate your life choices. Plus, RDU Music will be there. And we know how to party on a Tuesday. I have been spinning King Buffalo’s spaced-out debut fuzz-fest, Orion, in […]