Unbelievable as it may seem, the date fast approaching (Saturday, April 22nd), the entire batch of collectible goodies will be here, we've got some in-store performance news coming up, and RECORD STORE DAY 2017 will rock once again! We are bringing y’all the swinging-est, funky-est Record Store Day ever (again). Horizon opens at 9AM for the 2017 LIMITED EDITION special RECORD STORE DAY RELEASES UNFURLING – we have got a ton of them – over 300 different selections. Some just a few copies each, some nice quantities. Its first come first served. In the interest of fairness to all: limit one per customer of a particular title – buy all you care to, but only one of each title per person. It’s insane and confusing and a lot of fun, but that’s rock n roll eh? And it will be full on all day long.
A brief word from festival co-founder and artistic director Ashley Capps: As always, we thank all of you for your amazing support and enthusiasm for our ever-expanding festival. What began as a modest passion project has steadily grown into a remarkable, internationally recognized celebration of music, art and creativity. Your passion and engagement has made that possible. Big Ears 2017 is shaping up to be an extraordinary weekend
The title track of Hot Thoughts starts like a Kraftwerk tune: electronic drone, metronomic beats and clipped robotic vocals. Then the guitars crash in, and you're reminded almost no one engineers post-punk propulsion into precision-tuned rock-and-roll melody better than Spoon auteur Britt Daniel. Nearly 25 years in, his group has made maybe their best record yet – a line that been repeated, accurately enough, with most every record they've made.
The Shins’ freaky fifth album, Heartworms, teems with psychedelia that’ll please the lava-lamp-and-incense crowd. From Magical Mystery Tour-styled sound effects (“Painting a Hole”) to hypnotic island vibes (“The Fear”), the project contains some of the band’s most adventurous music yet. And songs like “Name For You” and “Cherry Hearts” prove Mercer still pens some of indie-rock’s most addictive pop melodies.Mercer’s lyrical luster has diminished somewhat since the band’s halcyon days, but he still flashes poetic brilliance often on Heartworms.
by Vincent Harris, photos by Josh Weeks. Gene Berger’s musical passions have helped keep Horizon Records alive through economic downturns and a digital revolution When Gene Berger opened Horizon Records in 1975, setting up shop at 347 S. […]
by Hannah Hays Jack White’s Third Man Records may be the South’s most recognizable record store, but smaller vinyl Valhallas can be found all across the region. To name our five favorites, we asked the help of Reed Watson, a co-manager of Florence, […]
by Donna Isbell Walker, photo by Mykal McEldowney. Record stores and the vinyl albums on their shelves may feel like a relic of 1975. In 2015, when it seems everyone carries around a cell phone or tablet stuffed with hundreds of their favorite […]
by Diane Daniel, photos by Selina Kok This city of 62,000 halfway between Charlotte and Atlanta took a huge hit when its bustling textile manufacturing industry moved overseas in the 1960s. A decade later, then-Mayor Max Heller, a Holocaust refugee […]
by Tanja Laden, photo by Melanie Griffin. Halfway between Atlanta and Charlotte, in the heart of the Deep South, there’s an unassuming but charming town filled with good, old-fashioned Southern hospitality. Greenville, South Carolina is home […]
by Jordana Megonigal What do you get when you take a college dropout, add 30 years in a rapidly changing industry and continually declining market, and mix well with local artists, businesses and a little bit of vinyl? Tweet […]
by Mike Foley, photos by George Gardner. Posted Friday, November 18, 2005 As corporate headquarters go, the stuffy room at the back of Horizon Records is more utilitarian than showplace. Vertical rows of vinyl record albums line the floor and cover […]
by Jim DuPlessis, photos by Owen Riley, Jr. Horizon Records: 20 Years Of Music. Gene Berger didn’t think twice back when he agreed in 1981 to carry a single in his Greenville record store by an unsigned band from Athens, GA called R.E.M. Tweet […]