No, not the heartbreakingly terrible new reunion album from a beloved post-punk band, but the compelling experimental play at UNC starring a real robot. Most impressive was how director Francesca Talenti was able to plumb below what could have been a sheer gimmick to unearth a lingering emotional resonance. I didn’t simply ponder what it meant for a robot to be human. For awhile, I believed. Read my thoughts on The Uncanny Valley at the INDY’s Artery blog.
|photo: Jason Arthurs|
Many thanks to Laura Ballance of Merge Records and Superchunk for letting me put her in the spotlight she does not savor for this long INDY Week feature, which spans her entry into the North Carolina music scene and her recent retirement from touring after 25 years.
|cover photo by Jeremy M. Lange|
I wrote the cover story for this week’s INDY, learning about “the struggle” of local celebrity newscaster Pam Saulsby, whom I grew up watching on WRAL, after she was fired from that job before landing at WNCN one tumultuous year later. Read it here.
|cover photo by D.L. Anderson|
Check out my INDY Week cover story on Manifold Recording, a state-of-the-art music and video production facility hidden away in a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired building in rural Pittsboro.
I wanted to know, so I got together with local hand-lather Wesley Wolfe to find out. The result was this feature story for INDY Week, which also has a great Jeremy M. Lange photo spread where I zoom in on the lathing process step-by-step. Highly recommend picking it up in print if you’re in the area.