By Michael Dickson Michael is a senior at UNC-CH. You can find him at He doesn't tweet enough to make that worth your time.
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    Seattle Styles Find Fans at the 506

    October 29, 2013 at 6:00 am

    My favorite thing about concerts in small venues (and simultaneously my least favorite thing) is that awkward semi-circle of vacant space that sometimes materializes in front of the stage. It’s like a bubble of audience hesitation, a buffer that persists until the opening band is finished wooing—although sometimes it isn’t until the next band comes […]

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    Taking Stock of Shakori

    October 23, 2013 at 10:30 am

    How on earth are you supposed to communicate an experience with writing anyway? In a neat list of events, chronologically ordered? In one-word sentences and eclectic artsy sentence fragments? In a rapid series of photo captions and hash tags? Personally, I prefer the anecdote. We were looking for a fire to warm ourselves on Friday, […]

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    34th Eno River Festival Brings Music, Community

    July 17, 2013 at 5:42 am

    It’s astounding how rapidly a kind of casual but close community comes together and coalesce naturally around an event like the Eno River Music Festival.

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    Ex Cops, Reviewed at Local 506

    June 24, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    It’s a lazy Sunday on Franklin Street that is oddly quiet, taken up with an impressive reverent silence only interrupted by the occasional…

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    Morning Brigade Plays The Station

    June 6, 2013 at 5:03 am

    They have the harmonic and rhythmic precision of Mumford & Sons and a lyrical complexity approaching that of the Decemberists or Sufjan Stevens.

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    Ritter Plays Cat’s for the Crowd

    May 24, 2013 at 5:41 am

    Josh Ritter is constantly in awe. His face lights up with joy and surprise every time he can tell the audience knows his lyrics.