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For the last nine years, Terry Anderson—who, being Christlike and all, was born on Christmas Day—has been stuffing
the Triangle’s seasonal stockings with his delirious, witty
pub rock on Dec. 25. This year, his Olympic Ass Kickin’ Team
has another offering for your merry ass, and it’s called
“Eggnogorant.” A wise and equitable track about the joys
and perils of holiday booze, it’s one of the most memorable moments on this year’s fantastic Have a Holly Raleigh
Christmas compilation. Chip Robinson & the Heavy Beat
Outfit joins the fun tonight. $7/ 8 p.m. —Grayson Currin
Playing guitar for more than 40 years now, Bob Margolin
displays an old familiarity and comfort with his instrument.
He gigged with Muddy Waters from 1973 to 1980, and
keeps the Chicago Blues alive to this day, winning the Blue
Music Award for Guitar in 2008. Ringing notes cry out with
desire and caution to those listening. Based out of High
Point, N.C., when Margolin puts down the electric for the
acoustic, shadows coolly get longer in the pines, evoking
a laid-back, but often menacing, country past. Tonight, he
joins fellow North Carolinians Tom “Mookie” Brill (bass,
recipient of the 2006 Blues Music Award for Bass) and
Chuck Cotton (drums, recipient of the 2005 Piedmont Blues
Preservation Society’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award). $10/
9:30 p.m. —Andrew Ritchey
As the name suggests, Colossus harkens back to the
muscular majesty of British power metal, with a dash of
Sabbath-y churn. The guitars rage and rumble, spiraling up
in arpeggiated plumes of baroque pyrotechnic proficiency.
There’s a vague whiff of the renaissance fair, while vocals
dramatically ascend into falsetto screeches. It’s a peculiarly
classic sound with
ample heft. Singer Sean
Buchanan’s sweet pipes
offer elegance to contrast the
music’s menacing storm clouds.
Hellrazor is similarly inspired by
its predecessors. In this case, genuflections to Judas Priest come balanced
with a thundering thrash pulse that owes
a debt to acts like Anthrax and Testament.
The result is concussive, like headbutting an
Easter Island sculpture, encasing your skull in
throb. $5/ 10 p.m. —Chris Parker
12.27 BUTTER
Owner of two recording studios; producer of multiple
records; scorer of a couple dozen films; teacher of guitar,
banjo, mandolin and bass; and member of the bands 8
(rock, and currently looking for a new bass player)
th e
(jazz). As if Brad Newell wasn’t busy enough,
th e
w e e kt o
he’s started Butter, a reconstructed Hammond organ trio with
bassist Ken Vint and drummer Doza.
e r t ss
“I have [the guitar] going through several things where I mix a guitar sound with
a distorted organ sound or an electric piano sound,” says Newell, who sings and
plays guitar in the band. “It comes out a combination of a guitar sound and an organ.
We call it the Gorgan.”
Influenced by the 1970s organ rock of Lee Michaels, funky grooves of Medeski,
Martin & Wood, and jazz guitar playing of John Scofield, Butter is solidifying its sound
After a stint in France appearing on indie rock bills and workaround original songs, set arrangements and free improvisations. Playing only its fourth
ing up material with California rapper Subtitle, the Triangle’s
show tonight, Newell is excited about the growth of Butter. “Our second gig, the club
gregarious, excitable emcee Juan Huevos returns to host this
owner went out and called all his buddies up and had them come out and see us because
N.C. underground convocation:
he was just so amazed that a band sounded this way,” he says. After PM Bulldozer opens at
Greenville’s MC Homeless
10 p.m., Butter takes the stage at 11:45 p.m. The show is free. —Andrew Ritchey
recently released a split via
D.C. punk bastion Dischord,
and his hard-cadence/ softbeat approach reflects the
lessons of early anticon
greatness, in particular
that of supergroup-in-retrospect Deep Puddle Dynamics.
Hoppie Newton arrived in North Carolina from Chicago five years ago and immediately fell into the local rock
Homeless’ lyrics offer social implications buoyed by
scene: On his first night in Chapel Hill, he sat in an old friend’s living room as Dexter Romweber played him a
abstract images, and—with singer Liz Aeby, who also
tune. Since, he’s served as Romweber’s tour manager and, these days, his walking partner. Most will know Newton
appears tonight—he often twists his words into
from his tenures managing bar at The Cave and Local 506 and leading a poetry night underground at The Cave.
gliding refrains. Chapel Hill’s Grapejuice Scott, who
But the Oregon-born Newton is leaving North Carolina for New York on Jan. 1 to focus on his own writappears tonight with Dutchmaster Dave, spins hazy,
ing. He’s managed to leave behind an intriguing reflection of one of the state’s best idiosyncrasies, though:
narcotic narratives in aqueous environments—like
Newton’s been traveling the back roads of the state looking for the best barbecue with Southern Culture on
Aesop Rock underwater, with the power cord
the Skids and Killer Filler keyboardist Crispy Bess and filming their adventures. Hoppie and Crispy’s BBQ Road
plugged in, slowly crippling its own circuits.
Trip is in the final stages of production. Look for it on public television next year. Newton’s first going-away
Also, Gut Lightning and the trip-hop of The Exparty is Friday, Dec. 26 at Local 506 with friends Benji Hughes and Charles Latham (see page 20), followed by a
Monkeys. $6/ 10 p.m. —Grayson Currin
gathering of Romweber, Taz Halloween, Stu Cole and more on Saturday, Dec. 27 at The Cave. —Grayson Currin
departing ...
FROM: Greensboro
SINCE: 1998
CLAIM TO FAME: Lengthy blues-world résumés
No slow-burners here: Blues World Order (yes, the name is
Jessica Lea
inspired by the mid-’90s wrestling clique) greases the wheels of its Texas swing with sweaty
Mayfield’s homespun
Chicago energy. Honing talents alongside bluesmen known both locally (Skeeter Brandon,
twang aches in the classic
Mel Melton and Nappy Brown) and nationally (they’ve played with Hubert Sumlin and
kiss-off “For Today.” Hear it
Muddy Waters sidemen Bob Margolin and Paul Oscher), BWO’s winter warmer is a fiery
live at a free show at LOCAL
roadhouse brew. Mike Wesolowski’s amped Hohner harp plays foil to Bryan Smith’s hot
506 Sunday, Dec. 28, and downrod guitar licks while bassman Bobby Kelly and drummer Kelly Pace chug along, laying
load the track at www.indyweek.
the rock-solid foundation. Recommended for those who like to put a little boogie in
their step. At PAPA MOJO’S ROADHOUSE. $10/ 9:30 p.m.
FROM: Triangle via Africa and Jamaica
SINCE: 2007
CLAIM TO FAME: Jamrock variety hour
Hoping to warm up a chilly winter night with island vibrations, Durham’s dub Addis headlines the Cradle’s second
Winter Reggae Jam. A revolving cast of international characters under the leadership
of Ethiopia native Dereje Tesfaye, dub Addis fuses polyrhythms and three-piece horns with
easygoing melodies and an occasional toast. Keyboard-driven Crucial Fiya, with special guest
Junior P joining from L.A., fits the dancehall bill, while Cayenne the Lion King mixes Dirty
South-inspired hip-hop into the un-easy vibes of “Toss Ya Drinkz” and “I Stack Paper.” For
those who consider variety (and jerk) the spice of life, this one’s for you. At CAT’S CRADLE.
$8-$10/ 9:30 p.m. —Spencer Griffith