Resources

New to the Triangle? Coming through on tour? Just getting started as a musician? Here are some resources to help you out. My niche is experimental & DIY music. This page is an ever-changing work-in-progress. Please send any additions, updates, edits, etc. to christina@loudballads.com.
I DO NOT SUPPORT OR TOLERATE BUSINESSES, INDIVIDUALS, OR COMPANIES WHO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MUSICIANS.

COMMUNITY
919Noise – “A group founded to promote live experimental electronic music in the Triangle of North Carolina.” Monthly 919Noise showcase (usually occurring at The Nightlight in Chapel Hill, NC) featuring a rotating set of in- and out-of-state experimental musicians. To play a 919Noise show, contact xenophonophilia@gmail.com. Headed east? Check out Wilmington, NC’s 910Noise.

To the Front Music Alliance (based out of Raleigh, NC) – “To The Front Music Alliance is for the underrepresented; our goal is to provide a welcoming and safe space for musicians and artists of every age, skill level, gender, and race. We want to focus on the fundamental truth behind music and art by creating an encouraging environment for everyone, especially (but not limited to) women, trans, queer, POC, and allies to meet and create. All creativity is valid. We seek to break down conditioned ideas of what “good” music sounds and looks like, and facilitate self-discovery through music, art, and collaboration.” Monthly meetings at Nice Price Books. Occasional shows, showcases, workshops, etc.

Triangle Electro Jam (NC Triangle) – A group of musicians interested in jamming with other musicians using electric/electronic instruments (synths, guitars, noise boxes, etc.). Also a place to network with other musicians and post announcements about upcoming jam sessions and music events. Holds gear swaps/sales and networking events.

VENUES
Arcana (Durham, NC) – Basement bar with a living room feel. Best suited for smaller-sized acts, given the venue’s space and PA. Shows are donation based. Contact: arcanadurham@gmail.com.

The Cave (Chapel Hill, NC) – Dive bar with a literal underground vibe. Sister venue of Slim’s in Raleigh. Contact: cavencbooking@gmail.com.

Kings (Raleigh, NC) – Funky, intimate club & bar features diverse musical acts, stand-up comedy & game show nights. For smaller shows, check out Neptune’s (underground bar in Kings’ basement). Contact: booking@kingsraleigh.com.

Local 506 (Chapel Hill, NC) – All-ages rock club with full bar and adjoining showroom. Might be able to host you overnight. Contact: booking@local506.com.

Neptune’s (Raleigh, NC) – Basement lounge (underneath Kings) offering locally sourced craft beer & cocktails, with arcade games & DJ shows. Contact: booking@kingsraleigh.com.

Nightlight (Chapel Hill, NC) – Tiny art-land vortex run by low-budget party people, a dedicated task force of well-wishers and sympathizers. The whole operation is backed up by a fabulous community of fans and music lovers who support experimentation! Contact: nightlightbooking@gmail.com.

The Pinhook (Durham, NC) – Venue and bar for live music, dance parties, basic chilling, and collaborative / creative events. Safe space for lgbtqi folks, POC groups, punks, lawyers, cyclists, trivia nerds, and everyone else. Contact: booking@thepinhook.com.

Ruby Deluxe (Raleigh, NC) – Large, open bar with pool tables and outdoor patio area. Everything from DJs to drag shows to experimental music. Contact: rubydeluxebooking@gmail.com.

Slim’s (Raleigh, NC) – Dive bar with intimate stage for bands on the rise, outdoor patio & an upstairs lounge with a pool table. Venue has bass cab. Contact: SlimsBooking@gmail.com.

The Wicked Witch (Raleigh, NC) – Hardwood floors, mirrors, stage and separate room for bar with lots of candles and tarot. Wicked Witch is run by the same folx as Ruby Deluxe and boasts events such as goth night, metal yoga and more. Contact: http://wickedwitchraleigh.com/band-submission-form/.

MUSIC STORES
2112 Percussion (Raleigh, NC) – Drum specialty store. Extensive selection of new gear; also buy, sell and trade used gear. In-store stock includes used drums, cymbals, hardware, bags & cases, parts and accessories.

Guru Guitars (Raleigh, NC) – Small vintage guitar shop with services including guitar repair, guitar setups, and guitar lessons. Three in-house luthiers build guitars by hand.

Harry’s Guitar Shop (Raleigh, NC) – Extensive selection of instruments, strings, straps, tubes, pickups, instructional books & guides and other accessories. Also offers full-service guitar repair.

INSTRUMENT REPAIR
Airhorse Instrument (Raleigh, NC) – Andy Townsend, Certified Luthier since 1997. Repair, Maintenance, Restoration and Modification to stringed musical instruments. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Flying Squirrel Music (Raleigh, NC) – Flying Squirrel Music specializes in woodwind repair and music lessons. They also sell refurbished instruments in excellent condition. Over 60yrs combined experience in woodwind repair.

Guru Guitars (Raleigh, NC) – Small vintage guitar shop with services including guitar repair, guitar setups, and guitar lessons. Three in-house luthiers build guitars by hand.

Harry’s Guitar Shop (Raleigh, NC) – Extensive selection of instruments, strings, straps, tubes, pickups, instructional books & guides and other accessories. Also offers full-service guitar repair.

Triangle Strings (Raleigh, NC) – North Carolina’s largest violin shop. Violin, viola, cello repair, restoration, rental, fine instrument sales, strings & accessories. 35 years of experience.

RADIO (online & over air)
WKNC 88.1 FM (Raleigh, NC) – North Carolina State University’s student-run, non-commercial radio station.

WXYC 89.3 FM (Chapel Hill, NC) – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s student-run, non-commercial radio station.

Little Raleigh Radio (Raleigh, NC) – Low Power FM Station serving Raleigh’s vibrant and diverse community. Online stream. (Check out hidden rock gems on their show, Esoterica, Tuesdays at 7pm.)

WHUP 104.7 FM (Hillsborough, NC) – High-quality, eclectic, host-driven mix of music and conversation that collectively reflects the community, with an emphasis on local and regional talent. (Check out their experimental show, The Ultrabillions Radio Hours, Mondays at 3pm.)

UNCW Hawkstream Radio (Wilmington, NC) – Internet-based radio station run by students of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. (Check out their local & experimental show, Waking Life Radio, Thursdays at 7pm.)

LOCAL & INDEPENDENT LABELS
Commodity Fetish Records (Raleigh, NC) – Independent label and concert organizer working throughout NC and the southeast.

DiggUpTapes (Raleigh, NC) – Local artists, cassette & digital releases.

Clandestine Ritual (Atlanta, GA) – Variety of music, ritual objects, zines, and accessories. Cassette and multimedia releases– contact if you’re interested in a collaboration.

Friends Records (Baltimore, MD) – Vinyl, tapes and more. Variety of genres and artists.

No Rent Records (Philadelphia, PA) – Small family type tape label releasing obscure but highly sought after experimental music. Also runs a Noise Hotline; an ad free, over-the-phone listening experience featuring a new No Rent release. Dial (641) 715-3900, extension 590622# to listen.

Silber Records (NC) – Organic ambient, Acoustic low-fi and Post-angst label dedicated to building community through music. Silber Records was started in 1996 by Brian John Mitchell to offer his support to artists he loved & respected.

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NC OUT-OF-TOWN CONTACTS
(Want to play outside of the Triangle? Here are some great people and places to work with!)

GREENVILLE, NC
Spazz Presents – DIY for over 15 years. Annual music festival (Spazz Fest) every March, and DIY shows throughout the year. Also books/runs/hosts shows in Philadelphia, PA. Contact: Jeff Blinder moviej2k@gmail.com

LEXINGTON, NC
Bull City Ciderworks Lexington – Huge cidery/warehouse that hosts noise and experimental shows on a regular basis. Contact: Karl Fulbright karl.fulbright@bullcityciderworks.com

ROCKY MOUNT, NC
Commodity Fetish Records – Operates out of Transpire House; a new DIY hub in eastern NC. Occasional shows are hosted out of the house and at the local Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Rocky Mount. Contact: Ryan O’Doud commodityfetishrecords@gmail.com

WILMINGTON, NC
DIY JERKS – DIY music and art shows. Annual music festival (Port Shitty AntiFest) each summer. Works with tons of musicians across the state. Contact: diyjerks@gmail.com

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OUT-OF-STATE CONTACTS
(Booking a tour? Here are some more great people and places to work with!)

PHILADELPHIA, PA
Spazz Presents – DIY for over 15 years. Gallery space at Goldie’s (above Goldilocks Gallery). Contact: Jeff Blinder moviej2k@gmail.com

HOUSTON, TX
Houston Loopers Collective – A place to promote live looping music in Houston, TX. Open to all styles, genres and levels of proficiency. Contact about setting up a show with them if you use any type of looping technology in your music.

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PLACES TO SLEEP (please contact for availability before planning to stay)
North Carolina
STATEWIDE North Carolina State Parks – Check out map for parks offering tent and cabin camping. Be aware that some campgrounds have gate hours. Alcohol is prohibited in NC state parks.

ASHEVILLE, NC Bon Paul and Sharky’s Hostel – Camping, bunk dorm rooms, double private rooms, cottage. Free continental breakfast, bikes to borrow, free wi-fi, off-street parking, linens included, well-behaved dogs allowed in private rooms (additional fee).

ASHEVILLE, NC Sweet Peas Hostel – Bunks, private pods and private rooms. Linens & towels included, coin-operated laundry, free wi-fi & coffee, fully equipped kitchen.

BANNER ELK, NC Harmony Hostel – Dorm accommodations. Free wi-fi, locked cabinets & electrical outlets at every sleeping space, private showers, communal kitchen, linens & towels provided, free tea/coffee/oatmeal/toast & jam.

KITTY HAWK, NC Adventure Bound Campground & Hostel – Outer Banks camping and hostel. Bed linens and towels included in hostel stay. **Only open March – October.**

WILMINGTON, NC Stella Maris Hostel – Mixed dorm, female dorm and private rooms. Free wi-fi, linens included, off-street parking, well-behaved dogs allowed in private rooms (additional fee).

Out-of-State
CHARLESTON, SC NotSo Hostel – Dorm and private rooms. Free wi-fi, parking and linens.

GREENVILLE, SC Bands Stay Free – Safe place to stay/sleep for free while touring. Advance notice preferred.

WILLIAMSBURG, VA The Pineapple Inn Hostel – Free wi-fi, mini-fridge and microwave in each room, access to cooking rooms, swimming pool, linens included.

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