The new fall tradition at UNC-Chapel Hill is "Thursdays on the Terrace"--a series of afternoon concerts at the Graham Memorial building (near Morehead Planetarium) on campus from noon to 2 p.m. This series sets itself apart through its recruitment of musicians of all stripes from our area. Thus far, this year there's been a great diversity of talent with appearances by bluesmen John Dee Holeman and Billy Stevens, a show with the duo Work Clothes along with The Ghost of Rock and Portastatic, and a show by Southern Culture on the Skids. Contrast that with how this semester winds out: This Thursday features Sons of New Bethel, an a cappella African-American gospel group, then in the remaining weeks, a variety lineup on Nov. 11 with Bob Carlin, The Joe Thompson Band and The Hillbilly Pals, including old-time banjo and African-American fiddle players, and on Nov. 18 Jacqui Malone, an African-American jazz dancer, dancing to choreography by the legendary Cholly Atkins. The series is organized by the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence and co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American South, the Office of the Provost and the departments of history and music .
The latest newsletter of WXYC 89.3, UNC's student-run freeform station, in/Audible, is now available, and this one's a real doozie. Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the station breaking the stream barrier with the first-ever Web broadcast, the handsome zine-style tome covers a lot of territory with DJ's musings on under-exposed artists and music cultural criticism, like Todd Ito's "15 Slept-On Hip-Hop Albums," "Keep Your Cassettes" by Andrew Penland, and Sarah Carrier's "Sister Posse Forward," a missive on the misappropriation of feminism and empowerment by "women in rock" with Courtney Love and Camille Paglia in the trenches. Roundups of local releases and a profile of "Hell or High Water," the show that culls from the UNC Southern Folklife Collection, also appear. Print copies are available at Chapel Hill area independent businesses, or you can download the whole shebang as a PDF here: wxyc.org/inaudible.pdf.
Remembering two rock renegades
Within a week of each other, two of underground music's champions passed away. British DJ John Peel and Bomp! Records founder and publisher Greg Shaw both died in the last week, leaving behind them immeasurable influence on modern music's shape. Each followed their individual tastes and was affected by little else, cheering to the public their own current heroes and remaining largely untouched by industry sways. Their singular visions will be missed.