celebrating 20 years of the pinhook!…

…is what the headlines will be in 2028. There will be a citywide Hookfest, featuring the greatest bands ever to walk the earth. Five day passes are available now, for $200, which in 2028 money will probably not buy a pack of cigarettes. Do not miss this opportunity: there is a chance that the Arcade Fire will play, and the streets will be awash with tears of joy.

Seriously, Merge is an awesome record company, and we’re glad they still call Durham home. Congratulations! Now I just need to figure out how to sneak into the Cat’s Cradle. Tunnels? Helicopters?

With all the commotion surrounding Merge’s XX anniversary, it’s easy to overlook the smalle, up-and coming aspects of the local music scene. To us, Spoon might as well be The Eagles (that’s not true, The Eagles are terrible). The biggest lesson Merge has taught us is that endless possibilities come from humble beginnings. Running a venue is different from running a record label, but the initial goal is the same. We want to showcase and promo the amazing music scene here in the Triangle, and reward the sweat and drive of the artists that produce it. You might get to see Yo La Tengo this weekend, but you can definitely catch Bull City (ex-Ashley Stove), Simple, Blood Red River, or the very fine banger-slingers that throw the WXDU dance parties.

Coming up, be sure to check out Jews and Catholics, Kingsbury Manx, The Beast, and I Was Totally Destroying It (jesus, can someone tell me why those guys aren’t famous already?)

Actually, just check out all of it. Out schedule is here.




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