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Interview: Hamilton Leithauser, The Walkmen

(01/11/11 7:27pm)

Tomorrow, one of indie rock's leading purveyors of mood and atmosphere, the Walkmen, play the Cat's Cradle at 9 p.m., with the Lower Dens opening. In advance of the performance, Recess' Kevin Lincoln spoke to frontman Hamilton Leithauser about the band's new album Lisbon, getting lumped together with Interpol and whether each record is harder to make than the one that came before.

Q&A: Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus

(09/20/10 7:11pm)

Titus Andronicus will be hitting the Duke Coffeehouse Tuesday Sept. 21, (doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9:00 p.m., tickets $10 and free with Duke I.D.), touring behind the best album of 2010—their epic The Monitor. I got to speak to frontman Patrick Stickles about pretty much every topic under the sun, including why he's so stoked to come to Duke, his unique lyrical style and some things the human race could work on, if they were so inclined.

Q&A: Fight the Big Bull

(09/17/10 5:47pm)

Richmond, V.A.-based jazz ensemble Fight the Big Bull has made a name for itself playing thoroughly inventive big band music with collaborators such as trumpeter Steven Bernstein and clarinetist Karl Blau. This weekend, they'll perform a series of shows for Duke Performances with Megafaun, Justin Vernon, and Sharon Van Etten based on Alan Lomax's Sounds of the South, a collection of southern folk recordings that stretches from traditional hymns and raw Mississippi Delta blues to the call-and-response vocal music of the Georgia Sea Islands. Fight the Big Bull's guitarist and bandleader Matt White spoke to Recess' Andrew Walker about the upcoming concerts.

Oscar Snubs Part 1: Best Original Screenplay—(500) Days of Summer

(02/08/10 11:51pm)

Every day this week, recess will be correcting the Academy with our own list of shouldabeen-nominees. These are films that, for whatever reasons—probably none of them good—were stiffed out of rightful recognition, and they deserve to be seen and appreciated in their own right. We'll run through the major categories day-by-day, starting today with Best Original Screenplay.

Review: WHY? Eskimo Snow

(09/26/09 2:05am)

Alopecia was a striking record. Confessional, obfuscatory, visceral and innovative, it was last year's best album, despite being so unlike any other release. Yoni Wolf somehow managed to take his shadow and put it on an LP—it was his most personal work yet, completely human. But what we gained from the lengthy work was a general comprehension of his neuroses, the allusive and metaphorical lyrics leaving much to the imagination.

VIDEO: McCaughan & Ballance Perform at Regulator Bookshop, 9/15/09

(09/17/09 2:33am)

In addition to reading from Our Noise last night, Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan made some music. The two played "Throwing Things" from No Pocky for Kitty, and McCaughan played two solo covers: the first from Butterglory's Matt Sugg's debut album, "Where's Your Patience Dear?" The second was from Lambchop's How I Quit Smoking, "Theone," which McCaughan doesn't know how to pronounce. Check out the videos below.

Mac McCaughan & Laura Ballance Read From Our Noise

(09/17/09 12:04am)

In celebration of yesterday's release of Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, Merge's/Superchunk's Laura Ballance stopped by the Regulator Bookshop to read from the book and play a few songs (those videos are forthcoming). McCaughan read from the Lambchop chapter and Ballance from Spoon's. Check out the video below. The label owners will be reading tomorrow at Bull's Head Bookshop on UNC's campus at 3:30 and later that evening at 7:30 p.m. at Raleigh's Quail Ridge Books (and at Malaprop's in Asheville Oct. 2).