When: Fri., April 8, 10 p.m. 2011
"I've had kind of a vendetta against local musicians for a long time, so I placed myself in opposition, I think to my own detriment," admits Ian Leinbaugh, who plays guitar and sings for The Fooligans. Leinbaugh, who grew up in Carrboro, explains it as a gut reaction to a middle school experience of "quiet, artsy" indie kids needling him for his lack of music cool. That need to prove himself likely led him to study music at UNC, where he decided to start his own rock band. His mind has changed.
"I've just really kind of fallen in love with a lot of the local music around here," he says. "It's definitely been a drive for me just to create something that is different from everything else." The band released its first record, the Greg Humphreys-produced Love Songs for the Apocalypse, last fall and has been through a few evolutions in sound and lineup since then. The current crew—Leinbaugh, bassist John Colvin, drummer Neil Colvin—deliver their take on pop/rock anthems with a bit of punk snarl. "Basically, we've just tried to write exactly what we feel like, which is trying to be as true to ourselves as possible." says Leinbaugh. $6/ 10 p.m. —Ashley Melzer