Get Rowdy at the Pinhook: Mates of State / Good Graeff
Mates of State are an American indie pop duo from Lawrence, Kansas, active since 1997. The group consists of the husband-and-wife team of Kori Gardner (vocals, organ, synthesizer, piano, electric piano, and occasional guitar) and Jason Hammel (vocals, drums, percussion, and occasional synthesizer). During the course of the duo's career, which was just over seventeen years in duration as the year 2015 began, they were known to have released three EPs and seven full-length, studio albums. Their most recent album, which they titled Mountaintops, was released on September 13, 2011.
The above teaser is the perfect epitaph for this Durham staple, but we hope it never ever ceases. The Pinhook has a bar with various cocktails and great brews for a killer price, but it's the whacky interior—a giant spider, free-for-all dance poles, glitter, a mural of a panda holding a beer and shooting rainbows from its mouth (yep)—and the hyper-energy events that keep it in our hearts. If it isn't a concert, it's a dance party, and we're just gonna put it out there—the parties are even bigger, better, and wilder than the shows. Grab some dancy friends, a sick pair of kicks, and vogue the night away (with a beer can in hand, of course)!