BUD LIGHT DOWNTOWN LIVE FOLLOW-UP
After the Independent Weekly's publication of a May 23 article entitled "Bitter beer" that detailed the funding of BUD LIGHT DOWNTOWN LIVE, three local bands who had been promised $100 for their afternoon performances—The Never, A Rooster for the Masses and Big City Reverie—were paid $250. Event officials declined comment on the story or if it caused the rise in band pay, but Dave Rose of Downtown Live co-presenters DEEP SOUTH ENTERTAINMENT issued a statement "embrac[ing] the vibrant growth of Downtown Raleigh."
As a result of the article, Downtown Live organizers removed the Independent Weekly as a series co-sponsor, meaning the newspaper could not promote itself at the shows. This was to be the second year of the Independent Weekly's sponsorship of the series, now in its third year. —Grayson Currin
It's been close to a decade since Raleigh's THE BACKSLIDERS were officially a band, so their placement alongside Nickel Creek's Sean and Sara Watkins and Scott Weiland on the soundtrack to BUG, a new horror film starring Harry Connick Jr. and Ashley Judd, is a bit surprising. "Cowboy Boots," from the band's 1997 album Throwin' Rocks at the Moon, saddles up near the disc's middle.... More than 13 years after first releasing music under the name PORTASTATIC, Mac McCaughan is busier than ever with what's now his full-time guise: A beautiful acoustic demo of "You Blanks"—released on Be Still Please, the second album McCaughan released last year—is included on the soundtrack for THE TRIALS OF DARRYL HUNT, an HBO documentary about a Winston-Salem man wrongfully imprisoned for nearly 20 years for a 1984 rape and murder. Califone, Andrew Bird and The Last Poets also contribute to the disc.... For more on the first recording in three years from McCaughan's former full-time act, SUPERCHUNK, see this week's Music Review. —Grayson Currin
Why does one of the Triangle's favorite rock club acts take its stage show into the woods? Django Haskins, frontman for Chapel Hill's THE OLD CEREMONY, says his band often hears fans' complaints about late start times in smoky rock clubs—and children who don't do well with either. The Old Ceremony's show at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 17, will mark the second year they've played UNC-Chapel Hill's Forest Theater, best known for its use as an outdoor wedding setting and drama house. The Ceremony continues to tour behind its sophomore album, Our One Mistake. A step away from the cinematic "pop noir" of its debut, Mistake is straightforward pop in the best way—catchy hooks of thoughtful lyrics and enough black tie mystique to keep things interesting. The all-ages show has a $7 suggested donation. —Margaret Hair