Music Park: Moogfest 2016 Pt. 2 (of 3) (Durham, NC) — 5/20/16

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Art pop diva Grimes sings at Moogfest 2016 in Durham, NC, on Friday, May 20, 2016.

The sun was shining in Durham, NC, last weekend, and Moogfest 2016 was well underway! There were shows to review at this, the premiere music festival dedicated to the synthesizer, and I hopped straight to reviewing them.

I spent a lot of my time at Moogfest around what I guess would be the north end of the central downtown area in Durham, as Motorco Music Hall and its adjoining Motorco Park hosted a lot of the most interesting shows on the agenda. And it was well situated near other bars and the best downtown barbecue restaurant, The Pit.

While at Motorco Park on Friday, May 20, for the second day of Moogfest, I was introduced to Los Angeles noise rock trio HEALTH.

“Wow,” I said when I saw them. “That guy is playing his synthesizer ON THE GROUND.”

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Music Park: HEALTH @ Moogfest 2016 — 5/20/16

Health 12 HEALTH perform at Motorco Park for Moogfest 2016 on May 20, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

“Wow,” I said. “That guy is playing his synthesizer ON THE GROUND.”

And indeed John Famiglietti of HEALTH switched up from bass to synth, swinging the bass around to his back to swoop down on the synthesizer rig in front of him, laid flat on a plastic crate. As a man fond of big cinematic flourishes, he may have been the star player in this specific show by his band HEALTH, performing at the Motorco Park in Durham, NC, on Friday, May 20.

That’s not to say that John could do this show single-handedly! He was capably met, and balanced, by frontman Jake Duzsik, who sang in a manner occasionally evocative of New Order’s Barney Sumner and also played some dazzling guitar. Side by side, Jake and John present quite the team, effortlessly merging dynamic rock with sweeping electronics. (Drummer Benjamin Jared Miller was good as well!)

And so it was that Los Angeles noise rock trio HEALTH brought flair to Moogfest 2016.

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Don’t Miss: Timmy’s Organism @ DC9, 2/17/16

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Tim Lampinen aka Timmy Vulgar (PR Photo)

Third Man Records, the Nashville-based treasure trove of a publisher, has been supporting some interesting acts in Detroit, including the legendary Tim Lampinen, now channeling his cult following through his band Timmy’s Organism.

The trio consists of vocalist and guitarist Tim (aka Timmy Vulgar) and bassist Jeff Giant and drummer Blake Hill. The band released its latest album, Heartless Heathen, via Third Man in 2015, and they are now touring in support of it with fellow Detroit band Regression 696 (which actually is two-thirds of Detroit noise-rockers Wolf Eyes) and VIDEO from Austin. The tour, labeled Audio Social Dissent 2016, stops at DC9 tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Listen to Timmy’s Organism’s first single from Heartless Heathen — “Get Up, Get Out,” a raucous punk rock record:

Timmy’s Organism cite Captain Beefheart and Destroy All Monsters as well as classic punk bands like Chrome, Crime, and the Damned as influences. Go to DC9 tonight for a rare opportunity to see Detroit legends throw a thundering rock ‘n’ roll party in our fair city.

Tickets are available at the door.

Third Man Records Presents: Audio Social Dissent 2016
Timmy’s Organism
w/ VIDEO and Regression 696
DC9
Doors @8pm
$12
All ages

Don’t Miss: Mudhoney @ Black Cat, 7/7/15

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Mudhoney, one of the early bands in the Seattle grunge scene, is performing tonight at the Black Cat, July 7, 2015.

Formed in 1988, Mudhoney contributed to the movement that became the grunge sound in the early 1990’s.

Mudhoney started their career with the Sub Pop record label, then branched off to a major label for the better part of a decade, before finally returning to Sup Pop in 2000, where they have released their last four albums.

With nine studio albums under their belt, the most recent being the 2013 release, Vanishing Point, they have been actively producing their distinct mix of grunge, punk and blues rock for almost 30 years.

Indeed, Mark Arm, lead singer of Mudhoney, is credited with using the term “grunge” in 1981 as a description of the sound of his first band. It was later used as the moniker of the whole sub genre of alternative music coming out of Seattle.

I grew up near Seattle, and become a huge fan of seminal grunge bands like Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Nirvana. I largely missed out on Mudhoney during the first half of the 1990’s, but have come back to them over the last few years.

Let’s see what I missed.

Kid Congo Powers and Pink Monkey Birds open. Tickets are available online and at the door.

Mudhoney
w/ Kid Congo Powers and Pink Monkey Birds
Black Cat
Tuesday, July 7
Doors @7:30pm
$16
All ages