By Charles Frank Charles Frank covers all things music and arts. He has written for,, and is an editor at The Panthers Daily. With an English degree by his side, he hails from UNC-Greensboro.
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    The Stray Birds Play The ArtsCenter

    May 3, 2013 at 10:06 am

    May 4th at Carrboro’s The ArtsCenter, a trio of harmonious troubadours takes the intimate stage as The Stray Birds, hailing from Lancaster, Pennsylvania will be in town and set to warm ears and hearts.

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    Prepare for Instro Summit 2013

    May 1, 2013 at 8:01 am

    This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Durham’s own Casbah, will play host to the Chapel Hill-native Instro Summit 2013.

  • Tyler The Mediocre

    March 30, 2013 at 7:22 am

    It had all the makings of an epic night. The Cat’s Cradle had been sold out for weeks, and Tyler the Creator’s new studio album was set to release on April 2nd. I knew I could be in for something special. What I discovered however was a different kind of ‘epic’ than I was expecting. […]

  • Cat's Cradle: Lotus

    March 18, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      Let me start out by saying that at times I have been somewhat resistant to the tidal wave of electronica and the newfangled dub-step craze that fascinates the youth. However, I am never one to discount true talent and musicianship, and thus my opinions and preferences on what some have dubbed “Jamtronica” have changed […]

  • Bonnaroo Rundown

    March 2, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      As the winter chills begin to draw to a close and the spring air starts to seep in, excitement and cheer seem to be contagious.  People are out and about, flowers begin to bloom, and for college students everywhere, the semester’s end is in sight.  As summer’s vacation plans are commencing with formulation, many […]

  • A Night at Carolina Brewery

    February 8, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    As my comrade (and Chapelboro editor) Jordan Rogers and I stepped into Carolina Brewery on Wednesday evening it occurred to us that although we wanted a column out of the experience, we had no idea or intentions as to what form it would take. I am not a beer connoisseur by any means (though I […]

  • Five Local Shows To Catch In February

    February 6, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Although the temperatures outside remain low, the local music circuit presented by the Cat’s Cradle and the Local 506 are sufficient enough to heat up the chilly Chapel Hill evenings. The diversity of performers this month ranges from electronic jam fusion all the way to new age Americana, and there are items in the calendar […]

  • Enter The Brand New Life

    January 23, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Last Tuesday, The Brand New Life trundled their operation down I-40 to heat up the Carrboro eve at The Cat’s Cradle. The band incorporates elements of different types of music into what materializes as a kind of fusion jazz/rock/world beat amalgamation which is a tremendously refreshing sound to the music lover’s ear. Reminiscent of some […]

  • Let's Get Cosmic

    January 18, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    On March 25, 1993, the Grateful Dead played in what is Mecca for most North Carolina sports fans, the Dean E. Smith Center. The venue was free to host the event as the Heels were on their way to a 1993 National Championship in New Orleans. Just over two years later, Jerry Garcia, the heralded […]

  • Ralph Stanley Keeps On Strummin'

    January 7, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Although the wind ripped and the temperature was deterring, the warm glows of smiles and camaraderie lit up Carrboro’s The ArtsCenter on Friday night as Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys prepared to take the stage. Stanley, now 85 years of age has been a pioneer in bluegrass music since the mid 1940’s, and […]