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Jam of the Day | Howard Ivans – Red Face Boy

Ivan Howard, the longtime leader of The Rosebuds, is now officially Howard Ivans. But honestly, he could call himself Iward Hovens for all we care, just as long as he keeps making music that sounds like “Red Face Boy.” It’s insanely catchy — check it below.

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Jam of the Day | The Love Language – Calm Down

For the sake of argument, let’s compare the current Triangle, NC music scene to the 1993 Charlotte Hornets. Both team and geographic area are bustling with talent – true. But the relationship chasm we must bridge here deals more with veterans upping their game, as true leaders do, in order to show those flashy newcomers what … Read more

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Lineup | 2013 Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, NC

Well y’all, Hopscotch just announced their lineup for the 2013 festival, and we are beyond excited. Uber-excited if you will.  True to form, they’ve handpicked new and old (more seasoned) performers across pretty much every musical genre in existence.  From rap to bluegrass, they molded a festival this year that in my opinion, will be … Read more

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Jam of the Day | The Rosebuds – Christmas Dan

Well y’all, turkey day is over. Our fridges are stuffed with leftover turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, and that gelatinous stuff colored like cranberries. It’s the best week to save money by eating leftovers all week, and making yourself so goddamn sick of Thanksgiving food, you literally can’t stomach it ’til next year when you … Read more

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Listen | THE FLUTE FLIES – Shopping Mall

Members of North Carolina bands The Rosebuds, Schooner and Pound of Miracles have just combined forces, as THE FLUTE FLIES, and released a little album for charity purposes. Their record, Yes Means Maybe, is out today, and can be listened to, then downloaded below. They are trying to raise awareness for www.CyTunes.org, which is dedicated to … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Lost in the Trees – Red

I was introduced to Ari Picker’s music waaaaay back in the year 2000, when his first band, The B-Sides, opened for someone like Superdrag, or Guided by Voices, at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina. He was just a high school kid at that point, but my friends and I left that night singing … Read more

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The Best Songs of 2011 | 100 – 76

Yup. It’s that time of year again, and frankly, lists like these really need no introduction. The four of us who contribute to Speakers in Code (Darren, Jason, Matt, and me, the lone female, Katie) spend a lot of our free time investigating new music over the course of each year, and these 100 songs … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Other Lives – For 12

Holy shit. Either Cameron Crowe is a prophet, or some pretty crazy stars aligned to bring this Jam of the Day to fruition. Feel my flow… In the year 2000, Crowe dropped a little movie entitled Almost Famous that chronicled a band named Stillwater, as it gigged across America, opening for larger and larger bands, … Read more

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Hopscotch Music Festival | Day Three in Photos

The Flaming Lips | Photo by Aggie Donkar The 2011 Hopscotch Music Festival is over, dammit, and I now have a new way to gauge my experience. When getting ready for work this morning, I had to move my belt to the next largest size. No shit y’all – I drank, and ate, THAT much … Read more

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Jam of the Day | The War On Drugs – Baby Missiles

Photo by Graham Tolbert “Baby Missiles” perfectly illustrates everything I adore about musical juxtaposition. ’80s synth pop mixed with country-rock? Yes, please. I’ll have that. The War On Drugs frontman, Adam Granduciel, has a purposefully wobbly delivery on “Baby Missiles” that reminds me a little bit of Mark Knopfler on Dire Straits’ “Walk of Life.” … Read more

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Hopscotch Music Festival 2011 | The Speakers-Endorsed Track

Goooood Lawd! This little blog cannot BELIEVE it is almost the start of September – that means the 2011 Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina is quickly approaching! Two out of the four of us just celebrated the dawning of LouFest II in Saint Louis. Now, it’s time to start doing liver calisthenics, training … Read more

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Jam of the Day | The Rosebuds – Second Bird of Paradise

The above, horribly snapped picture, was taken last night as The Rosebuds practiced their new material live before an intimate audience packed neatly into a Civil War era theatre on UNC’s campus. As spring nights are in Chapel Hill, the air that filled the room was warm and electric, as college students in their summer … Read more

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Full Report: Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh

Photo Credits: The Independent Weekly Well folks, the inaugural Hopscotch Music Festival is now firmly five days behind us, and it’s honestly taken me this long to decompress, catch up on “real work,” and recover from the sleep deprivation. Thinking back, everything seems a bit blurry – which could be the product of countless pints … Read more