Living in North Carolina arguably has its ups and downs, but there’s no denying it is a convenient place for the avid independent music listener. If there isn’t someone playing in Greensboro, the 336 is only an hour or two away from venues who regularly pull in artists touring their new albums. Here’s a little guide to who’s playing where in the area within the next month if you’re looking to plan a little musical getaway.
You might celebrate surviving your Halloween festivities by heading to The Pinhook in Durham to see Psychic Twin. Frontwoman Erin Fein is the solo powerhouse behind the project, which could be described as dreamy, avant-garde pop. Fein is touring her new album “Strange Diary” – a project that took over four years to make. Fein says it encompasses her experience going through a divorce, and an unnamed “you” is the subject of all the tracks. It’s catchy and dance-able, with pretty, delicate female vocals. If you’re a fan of Grimes or Animal Collective, you’ll probably enjoy Psychic Twin. The Pinhook is located at 117 West Main Street in Durham, North Carolina. Doors for this show open Tuesday, November 1 at 8 p.m., and Psychic Twin plays at 9 p.m. You can listen to Fein’s full album and check out more tour dates at www.iampsychictwin.com.
This next artist is hitting up two North Carolina venues this fall. New York’s Weyes Blood will be at Asheville’s Mothlight on November 5, and then Kings in Raleigh the following night. She’s promoting an album set to release on October 21, “Front Row Seat to Earth.” Weyes Blood is another female-fronted project, lead by Natalie Merling. Merling is, first and foremost, a soulful and talented singer. Her voice adds a timelessness to her music that’s notably beautiful. Her last release, “Cardamom Times EP,” received critical acclaim for its old time folk-rock sound and poetic lyrics. All of her music is available to listen to on Bandcamp, and her label, Mexican Summer, has all her upcoming tour dates listed on their website.
Finally, you can support local musicians by heading out to see Mandolin Orange at the end of November. The bluegrass/folk duo will be playing three shows at the end of the month, back-to-back in Pittsboro, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Their latest album “Blindfaller,” was recorded in Chapel Hill, and dropped in September to the excitement of fans who prefer more traditional-styled Americana. They write songs about home and touring, a classic topic for their style of music. “Blindfaller” is at times sad, at times fast and energetic. They like to record their albums mostly in live takes, so what you hear on record is what you’re going to get at a live Mandolin Orange show. All their tour dates can be found on their website – mandolinorange.com – and there are many North Carolina dates peppered in throughout the upcoming months. Their music is available to listen to on their labels website, Shore Fire Media.