12/27/17: The Mountain Goats “This Year” 

The Mountain Goats is a plural band name, but mostly refers to John Darnielle – the multi-instrumental singer-songwriter mastermind behind the Mountain Goats. Currently based in Durham but originally hailing from Claremont, California, Darnielle’s indie-folk outfit has been active since the early nineties, slowly gathering a dedicated following and an impressive list of critical accolades.

Members of the band have come and gone since Darnielle was producing relatively low-fi demos out of his home studio, but all the music and emotion that makes the Mountain Goats so impressive and endearing to audiences and critics alike comes from Darnielle himself. Lyrics sung in Latin, storytelling drawn from mythology and folktales, experimental sounds and personal history all make listening to music by the Mountain Goats an unfailingly interesting and often emotional experience.

The music has a way of connecting with listeners, serving as a meaningful window into the mind of a fellow human being. The stories are intimate, almost like listening to a musical diary. Albums tell stories of a childhood fraught with domestic violence, the death of friends, failed relationships and even an obsession with “King of the Hill” (“All Hail West Texas,” the sixth studio album the Mountain Goats produced).

“This Year” is a track buried in the middle of the Mountain Goats’ ninth album, called “The Sunset Tree.” The album centers on the house John Darnielle grew up in and all the people who passed through it. It tells stories from his childhood and teenage years while confronting feelings of loneliness and powerlessness derived from years of domestic abuse. “This Year” is about endurance and hope for the future, tempered with reality of life. It’s the kind of song that plays well here at the tail end of 2017, with a mountain of bad news behind us and a seemingly endless stream ahead.

Still, we’re going to make it through this year. Even if it kills us. This year, and the next, and the one after that.

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After playing a show at The Cat’s Cradle in July, at Local 506 in August, The Carrboro Music Festival in September; and The Southern Village Green in November,  the School of Rock students’ next BIG public LIVE performance will be Saturday January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse.

At 1pm, its “Rock Goddesses” with Music from Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin and More. This is followed at 3pm with the songs of Led Zeppelin I and II. January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse, put it on your calendar now!

The School of Rock Chapel Hill is a music school located in the 501 Diner location on Fordham Blvd in front of Eastgate, in the Blue Hill District!

Why should the kids have all of the rock and roll fun? The School of Rock Offers adult programs as well. It is never too late to learn how to rock!

Locally owned, locally operated, locally staffed, locally sourced instruments, and locally built!

You are invited to stop in for a tour or schedule a free demo session. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 3PM-9PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM!  

Learn how to play a real rock and roll song in just 30 minutes!

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AND, through a partnership with the Public School Foundation; they’ll donate 1% of their gross revenue to support music in the local public schools, so help bring music to our community and enroll today!

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