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Southern Culture on the Skids blends in some folk while maintaining its loyalty to rockabilly at the Southern on March 16. Publicity photo

Southern Culture on the Skids goes out on a limb

Who really needs an opening act when you have alter egos, right? For the Chapel Hill-based band Southern Culture on the Skids, this was a question well explored in the late ’80s when the group found itself without the funds to pay an opener. With their instruments by their side, they flip-flopped into The Pinecones, […]

Lucy Dacus performs at The Southern Wednesday, March 7. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Lucy Dacus answers some big questions

Being cautious has never been in Lucy Dacus’ playbook. Comfortable with big questions and lyrically confident, Dacus is still riding a wave of accolades from her debut, No Burden, an album that pegged her as someone to watch. Of her latest release, Historian, C-VILLE’s Nick Rubin says Dacus delivers “disarming frankness and old-soul wisdom.” Supported […]

Jessica Lea Mayfield wrote her way out of an abusive marriage, and the result is her new album, Sorry Is Gone. Mayfield performs at the Southern on Sunday. Photo by Ebru Yildiz

Jessica Lea Mayfield gets personal about domestic abuse

Jessica Lea Mayfield is done apologizing. The Nashville-based artist made her solo debut in 2008 with the album With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. Known for towing the line between straight-ahead roots (she grew up playing in a bluegrass band with her family) and snarling alt-rock, Mayfield delivered languid vocals […]