Mountain Oasis expands lineup, announces daily schedule

In a press release this week, The 2013 Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit announced that Sparks, Ulrich Schnauss, Mount Kimbie, ITAL (live), Autre Ne Vuet, Delorean, Actress, Shlohmo, Sorne, T.Williams and People Get Ready have been added to the festival’s lineup. Mountain Oasis takes place October 25-27. The lineup already icludes Nine Inch Nails, Bassnectar, […]

Uneasy riders: The residents of the The Yonahlosse Riding Camp for Girls traverse friendships, family tragedy, first love and the Great Depression. Photo by Nina Subin

Girl land

Summer camp is to kids what Vegas is to adults: what happens there (between the canoeing and the s’mores), stays there. Sort of. Campfire-building skills and lifelong friends — those things you take with you. Try-on personas, a penchant for popsicle-stick crafts and first kisses — those things remain in the camp vault. Summer camp […]

Smaller is bigger: William Cashion and Bruce Willen trade punk and synth-pop backgrounds for the atmospheric and experimental instrumentals of Peals.

Armchair rockstars

While most bands are looking to upsize, working from small stages to full-on arenas, Baltimore, Md.-based Peals is taking a smaller-is-better approach. “We recently played a tea room in Philadelphia,” says guitarist William Cashion. “It was the smallest venue I’ve ever played. I could reach my arm out and touch somebody. But it ended up […]

“It’s all about how you do it”: Los Angeles-based Dawes embraces Laurel Canyon sensibilities and vintage organs, but new album Stories Don’t End is more forward-thinking than retro-sounding. Photo by Noah Abrams

Neverendin­g story

“I don’t think this is our breakout record,” says Tay Strathairn, keyboardist for Americana/rock band Dawes. He’s talking about the group’s recent release, Stories Don’t End. The record is Dawes’ third, but it was their last album, Nothing Is Wrong, that pushed the band into the national spotlight with critical acclaim, exhaustive touring, radio play […]

“This is where we are now”: The Jonathan Scales Fourcestra (with help from Victor Wooten and Howard Levy) releases a new album whose tracks are as slinky and limber as titles like “Contortionist Ballet” and “Lurkin’” suggest.

Triple score

The Jonathan Scales Fourchestra has hit its stride — as a trio. But the discrepency of the name works itself out in the local steel pan-fusion band’s favor, says Scales. “We’re already a strange collective, so it’s just one more little thing that makes it even stranger.”  He adds that the Fourchestra name is a […]

Write what you know: Though Something Real is a diverse collection of sounds, influences and writing styles, the band says, “All of the songs speak to what’s going on in our lives right now.” Photo by Daniel Coston

Deepen the harmonies

“I feel like I have a rock ‘n’ roll heart, but it comes out as country,” says Salley Williamson, bassist of local Americana trio Underhill Rose. Songs on the band’s new album, Something Real, are true to the group’s roots music foundation, while also subtly drawing on each of the three musicians’ backgrounds. Vocalist and […]

This and that: N.C. Stage wraps its Mainstage season with a pithy dark comedy about a group of friends facing down middle age, unfortunate decisions and ambiguous phrases. Photo by Jen Lepkowski

There for you

It’s hard to talk about Melissa James Gibson’s This, mainly because the title is tricky, and the subject matter is prickly. Not that the play doesn’t deserve buzz — reviews use words like “tart” and phrases such as “melancholy comedy” and “quirky cult appeal.” There’s emotional depth and sparkling dialogue. “There’s one scene in particular […]