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Avetts Seeing (Sony) Red

Distribution deal should buoy nationwide exposure

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The Avett Brothers' juggernaut just keeps rolling along. The brothers signed a distribution deal with Sony Red, a subsidiary of the major label behemoth. Hang on a tic, you're saying, don't you pinko bastards usually equate the major labels with Satan-worshipping Republican pedophiles? Yes, but they do know distribution.

"We have been working on this since April," the Avetts' manager, Dolph Ramseur, exclaimed in an e-mail. "It will be worth the wait!"

While most of the Carolinas have had their copies of Mignonette since the sold-out April 16 CD release party at the Neighborhood Theatre, the deal with this distributor means nationwide exposure -- or blanket coverage, as they say in the NFL. Mignonette gets its national (re)release on July 27. To celebrate, the Avetts will do an in-store at Manifest Records on South Boulevard on Friday, July 30, from 6-8pm.

Radio Is the Sound Salvation
The Evening Muse hosts the WSGE Radio Benefit on Sunday, Aug. 1, beginning at 3pm. Scheduled performers include David Childers, Poprocket, Mike Strauss, Tyre Fyre, Lindsey Horne, Rick Spreitzer, George Pittman Jr. (aka Scoot), Reeve Coobs, John Dungan, Abe Reid, and Les Dirt Clods. All door proceeds will go to support programming and operations at the Gaston College public radio station (91.7), which has been bringing the region quality programming, eclectic playlists and local music for over 21 years. In other words, everything Clear Channel doesn't give a shit about... Speaking of that eclectic programming, Brent Bagwell (Pyramid, The Eastern Seaboard) and Timothy C. Davis (Creative Loafing) are hosting a new radio show entitled free/form on Monday evenings at midnight on WSGE, directly after Andrew Webster's Complex Radio show. The playlist will feature avant-garde, free jazz, and experimental (see www.radiofreeform.com).

Talking Points
Charlotte's The Talk and Bellglide were among 10 North Carolina (and 260 national) bands chosen to play the showcase at the Atlantis Music Conference in Atlanta, which runs from today through Saturday...The last two Sunday dates in the Prize Sunset Jazz Series at Frazier Park were canceled after a shooting there on July 11. Organizers aren't sure they'll be back next year...The Money in Rock Hill, SC, is hosting a talent showcase for unsigned musicians (individuals and bands) on Wednesday, July 28. The showcase, called Fast Track to Fame will eventually air on the WB and Turner South networks. ...If you happened to be in Mooresville June 28-29, yes, that was radio-friendly OAR filming a music video at History's Ribs, and yes, that was Dale Earnhardt, Jr., in the video. And just when you thought it wasn't about the music anymore...In the gone-before-they-got-here-dept., Canada's amazing Broken Social Scene (one of the best live bands going) had to cancel their Aug. 20 date at the Visulite (and the rest of their US tour) when Lollapalooza was cancelled due to poor ticket sales. Though we try to keep the editorializing to a dull roar around here, we sure do hope BSS make it back here, especially now that the parties have a working relationship...

They Shall Be Released
The poignantly titled Sedate Everyone So You Can Get Away With Anything from Baleen hits the streets with a party at The Steeple on Friday, Aug. 6...MoRisen recording artists Dillon Fence release their first new material in a decade with BEST+; the party is at the Visulite, Friday, July 30...the new one from local hip-hop proponents The Others, Past Futuristic, gets christened at The Room on July 29... the Robin Rogers Band host their CD release shin-dig at the Double Door Inn on Friday, Aug. 6...Les Dirt Clods have a release party scheduled for Aug. 28 at the Evening Muse...CR Edwards, one-half of the voice of Lou Ford, is putting the finishing touches on a four-song demo at the Houston Brothers' Cougar Camp studio. The cuts feature Rodney Lanier (pedal steel), Justin Faircloth (keys), Shawn Lynch (drums) and Nicole Atkins (backing vox)...an early mix suggests that the Hard Times Family, once the lineup is settled, is going to impress... David Childers & the Modern Don Juans are also at work on a new one at Cougar Camp...L.A. Tool and Die recently celebrated their debut release at The Room; the eclectic local sextet had something else to celebrate when they learned that Fashion for the Evildoer had reached #95 on the CMJ (college radio) charts...kudos to the Calabi Yau gang, who landed a slot at the Durham Music Festival Aug. 20-21, playing on the same bill with the likes of Enon, El Guapo, Early Day Miners, Bats & Mice and Richard Buckner.

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