By now, Daniel Rossen's name is synonymous with the kind of raggedy, whimsical, airy music he writes. A contributing songwriter and musician in Grizzly Bear, Rossen often saved his most personal compositions for his other band, Department of Eagles, which shares Grizzly Bear's roots in Rossen's undergraduate years at NYU. Both bands saw success, and Rossen continued to work in both projects.
“I See Hawks In L.A. blend country and psychedelia with soaring three-part harmonies that leave the poseurs of alt-schmaltz dust choked. These guys are the house band for a revolution that isn’t over yet.” - Michael Simmons, High Times.They play Studio B before sets at Albino Skunk Fest and the French Broad River Festival. They play Studio B before sets at Albino Skunk Fest and the French Broad River Festival.
For 20 years now, Acoustic Syndicate has been rockin' stages across Western NC and beyond (not to mention the family farm.) They celebrate their big anniversary with a concert (more like a festival!) in Black Mountain this Saturday.
Members of a civil war amputee soccer team practice on a beach in Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital, in April 2006. Rebel groups, allegedly aided by former Liberian President Charles Taylor during Sierra Leone's brutal 1991-2002 civil war, were known for their gruesome practice of hacking off limbs.
Liberian President Charles Taylor, shown here in the capital Monrovia in 2003, is charged with 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity — including murder, rape, sexual slavery and the use of child soldiers — in neighboring Sierra Leone. A verdict is expected Thursday.
A court in the Netherlands is set to deliver a verdict Thursday in a case involving a former head of state charged with international war crimes.
Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia, is on trial at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, Netherlands. He is charged with 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity — including murder, rape, sexual slavery and the use of child soldiers — in neighboring Sierra Leone.
Tens of thousands died during Sierra Leone's vicious civil war, one that was infamous for the brutal hacking off of limbs.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Fed is ready to implement "balance sheet actions if necessary."
That means if the Federal Open Market Committee feels that the economic recovery is in danger, it is ready to implement a third round of quantitative easing, or bond purchases intended to bring down long-term interest rates and spur borrowing and spending.
"If appropriate... we remain entirely prepared to take additional action," the chairman said. "We will not hesitate to use them."
As I write this, it's about 1 a.m. in Nepal and, according to National Geographic magazine's iPad app, a group of climbers is camped on the side of Mount Everest, possibly sleeping (though we can't be totally sure), at nearly 21,000 feet. They expect to make a final summit push in early May.
Whether performing as an acoustic duo or a full fledged honky-tonk five piece, The Honeycutters have got to be considered one of the best new Americana bands today, thanks to the songwriting and singing of Amanda Anne Platt and the tasteful guitar and production work of Peter James. Their 2009 release "Irene" made WNCW's Top 100, and this week marks the release of their 2nd collection.
Formed in 2007 in Brooklyn, NY but now based out of Asheville, The Broadcast brings their funky, soulful, Motown-inspired sound to Studio B. Singer Caitlin Krisko’s voice is a force to be reckoned with. They play Greenville Friday night.
Peter Karp & Sue Foley are two contemporary blues/roots musicians who united together in 2010 to write songs of, as Foley says, "positivity, renewal, absolution." They're back with their 2nd collaboration, and we'll hear live songs from it on their way to an evening Charlotte show.