I'm in North Carolina this weekend, primarily to see Notre Dame play UNC in football with my friend Tom, who lives here now. ND lost today, but the evening is salvaged with a visit to Local 506, one of the two main indie venues in Chapel Hill (the other being the renowned Cat's Cradle.) It's a small place, about 200 capacity, with a well-worn bar and basement vibe. And, we were able to walk right up and get tickets (though, because this is North Carolina, you also need to buy a supplemental $3 membership.)
hicago's Walter Meego opened, their warm synth sound mixed with edgy effects, making me think I was back at my high school social. Headlining now is Syracuse's Ra Ra Riot, who are whipping up a dancey vibe with a complement of six, including a high-pitched lead singer and a pair of girls playing cello and violin. It's easy to fall for players like this: they add passion, lyricism and, yes, looks to the mix. Must be something about all those cold places up north.
I talked to Walter Meego's guitarist Andrew Bernhardt for a minute afterwards, and he let me know that the tour is passing through New York next week for a pair of shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. Hope you've got your tix already: both shows are totally sold out. (More pics after the jump.)