by alexsanchez on Jan.28, 2011, under Local
by Audity on Jan.24, 2011, under Local
“If pop music is a wild animal, then this Chapel Hill trio’s domesticated it, teaching it to sit up, roll over and lay in their lap. Their songs amble with unhurried grace and purr with ineffable charm. Frontman Patrick O’Neill has a gift for vocal melodies that insinuate themselves into your confidences so completely that, after a couple of listens, you’re ready to buy them a round of drinks. The songs boast a woozy ebb and flow fueled by a vibrant rhythm section that’s capable of unspooling the sound with the measured skill of a master angler loosening and locking his reel.” - Hopscotch Music Festival
Wylie Hunter & the Cazadores
“Chapel Hill-based band… reminiscent of early Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers… Triangle’s Independent Weekly has said the band’s ‘excitability and wanderlust are worth watching.’”- Taken from the Wylie Hunter & The Cazadores MySpace Page.
Lastly, let me just say that since Mark Connor has become the bookers for the Local Beer Local Band series I have not stopped being impressed by the bands he has brought us. Crystal Bright & The Silver Hand is possibly the most unique and interesting band I’ve seen in a while. Also, last week’s Naked Gods gave such a lively, dance-able show. I cannot wait to see either of these bands again!
**There will be no live interview this week due to the broadcast of a Women’s Basketball game.
by Audity on Oct.11, 2010, under Local
Come down to WKNC and Tir Na Nog’s Local Band Local Beer on Thursday, October 14 to see AMINAL, BRETT HARRIS, and THE HONORED GUESTS! The show is FREE. Ages 21 and up. 10 p.m.
Don’t forget to visit the fancy shmancy new Local Beer Local Band website! Loaded with show schedules and a download-able mixtape!
“If pop music is a wild animal, then this Chapel Hill trio’s domesticated it, teaching it to sit up, roll over and lay in their lap. Their songs amble with unhurried grace and purr with ineffable charm. Frontman Patrick O’Neill has a gift for vocal melodies that insinuate themselves into your confidences so completely that, after a couple of listens, you’re ready to buy them a round of drinks. The songs boast a woozy ebb and flow fueled by a vibrant rhythm section that’s capable of unspooling the sound with the measured skill of a master angler loosening and locking his reel.”
- Hopscotch Music Festival
You might have missed these guys at Hopscotch because they were playing at the same time as Best Coast. No worries, catch them this Thursday!
“…equal amounts of jangle and drift, pop and pontification, like a Nick Lowe and Randy Newman acolyte dreaming in FM ballad Technisound.”
-Grayson Currin, Independent Weekly
“…Durham’s version of Paul McCartney.”
-Zach Hanner, Shawna Kenney & John Staton, Wilmington Star News
Brett Harris recently played on NC State campus for Shack-a-thon. A week-long camp-out to support Habitat for Humanity.
“Perfection is better in concept than practice, as most anyone who’s lived with a perfectionist will tell you. It nearly brought down the Chapel Hill band The Honored Guests until they learned to scale their ambitions and expectations to a place where the means of playing music were as important as the ends of making the perfect record.
That struggle is encapsulated not only in the title of the Guests’ third album, Please Try Again, but also in the songs themselves. Sure, the album suggests The Flaming Lips’ Soft Bulletin with its richly layered songs, oddly shaped and resolutely catchy arrangements and dreamy countenance. But rather than being infused with hope, Please Try Again comes shadowed by a sense of frustration and dissipation, tracing a psyche at war with itself.” – The Independent
All of the above bands will be in the station this Thursday from 7-8 p.m. for an interview. Tune in!
by Audity on Aug.09, 2010, under Local
WKNC and Tir Na nOg Irish Pub team up to bring you Local Beer Local Band Night every Thursday. These events are always FREE and 21 and up. Local beers on special and local bands on stage.
Photographs of Local Beer Local Band night on August 5 by WKNC photographer Katie Hill
This Thursday, August 12 features music from Aminal and Butterflies! Both are from Chapel Hill.
You might remember Aminal from our concert series Friday’s on the Lawn. They played for a crowd of people, blankets, and picnic baskets. Hooray for indie pop! Come on Thursday to bob your head and tap your toes!
From Chapel Hill and signed under Trekky Records, Butterflies will be opening up at Tir Na nOg this Thursday. “Butterflies reimagine indie pop in laid-back folk environs… contemplative (though hopeful) soul searching of… frontman Josh Kimbrough, who gets help from a revolving cast of friends… including pianist/ girlfriend Katie Zickefoose. She adds generous harmonies.” -Spencer Griffith, Independent Weekly
At 5 p.m., Gray Young is coming by for an hour to talk. The band has several shows coming up this month, including one tonight at the Berkley Cafe with the Loners, Goner, and Asheville band Knives and Daggers, and one tomorrow at the TTWD Fest where they are playing at 4 p.m.
Rat Jackson has an album release party for their new release Midnight Get Right with Aminal and Red Collar at the Broad Street Cafe on August 7. The new album is reminiscent of Rat Jackson’s live show, which is energetic, straight-up rock n’ roll, and I have a feeling the second hour of the program is going to be just that.
At 7 p.m., there will be a pre-recorded interview with Graveyard Fields. Frontman for the Carrboro band, Brian Risk, came in last week with Pete and Andrea Connolly (of Birds & Arrows) who are also in the group. We talked about the creation of the band and their debut EP Saturn’s Moon, which has been out for a couple of months. Two of the members of the group, Carol and Jon, are expecting their first baby at any moment right now, which made for some interesting conversation.
by Tommyboy on Apr.12, 2010, under Local
If you weren’t able to make it to Harris Field last Friday, then you missed out. In retrospect, the phrase “weather permitting” would have been grossly inappropriate. (Well, the main reason for this is that had the weather been iffy, the show would have moved to the Wolves’ Den, but what I mean to say is that the weather was as close to perfect as it gets.)
Chapel Hill trio Aminal took the stage first, a little after 6:30. Just as expected, they proved true to form and lit the place up, and gained a couple hundred fans in the process. Raleigh quintet Bright Young Things (who, by way of interest, features three NC State grads) finished the night off in grand fashion to an appreciative crowd and a pretty sweet sunset.
This show was the fourth installment of what will hopefully be a long line of many free on-campus concerts presented by the NC State Union Activities Board, the Inter Residence Council, and WKNC.
All photos were taken by Technician photographer Jordan Moore.
As most of you know, the spring edition of Shakori Hills Grassroots Music Festival (April 22nd-25th) is rapidly approaching. For those of you who don’t know about the festival, Shakori Hills is a four day experience, which exhibits various dance, art, and music. With over 50 bands performing on four stages, we wanted to give you a taste of some of the talented acts of the festival. Due to various N.C. State baseball games interrupting the much beloved Local Beat during April, we’ve asked some of our favorite Shakori Hills musicians to join us in the WKNC studio earlier on Friday afternoons for the remainder of the month.
Take a look at who’s dropping in:
This Friday — April 9th, 2010
Friday — April 16th, 2010
Friday — April 23rd, 2010
If Fridays weren’t already your favorite days of the week, then hopefully WKNC will change that with these great interviews. Be sure to tune in online or at 88.1FM. Also, check out our spring Fridays on the Lawn concert this Friday on Harris Field at N.C. State featuring local bands Aminal and Bright Young Things. The show is free and so are the t-shirts and pizza. Don’t you just love Fridays?
by Eric@sessions@KNC on Mar.07, 2010, under Local
No, not Animal: Aminal. You may have heard the Fight EPs (A Will to Fight EP and A Face to Fight EP), and they rock. Since then, Aminal has come up with some extremely energetic new material, and it is time to share.
Check out “Loud It’s You” just below:
Be sure to download all of the killer tracks below; this session was probably one of the more hilarious, yet packed with great tunes.
Lead singer Patrick was kind enough to grace us with a brief solo acoustic set too, so here’s a “naked” version of the title track to the A Will to Fight EP:
Only something so important and profound could bring me out of my food science/chemistry induced blogging slumber the day before a microbiology exam: Troika Music Festival. Not only is this the biggest and baddest three- day long local music extravaganza in North Carolina but this is the best line-up they have ever had. I just had to wet my paws on this one.
Troika this year is just not fair. It’s not fair at the amount of awesome shows the will be happening and the amazing bands that will be playing each day. It isn’t fair because there is only one of me. I want to be at every show and hear every song by all the bands playing. I hate you Bonnaroo Troika, yet, I love you.
Because I can’t be everywhere at once, I have mapped out the path I will try to take as I wind my way around downtown Durham to every show. The weather might be a tad chilly but it should be nice enough to walk or ride your bike around downtown Durham and enjoy all the shows you can. This listing is just where I plan to be (subject to change). Feel free to modify my path and comment below.
|Adam’s Top Troika Bands of 2009|
|1. Mount Moriah
7. All Your Science
8. Birds and Arrows
9. Future Islands
10. The Tender Fruit
Of course I will be starting off Troika as I did last year: Broadcasting on WKNC live from the Festival Kickoff in Durham Central Park. The Beast is going on first, followed by Megafaun. If you don’t make this, you don’t like local music.
After the Festival Kickoff this gives me plenty of time to walk on over to the Durham Performing Arts Center for one of my favorite up-and-coming band, Ghost Cats of the South. This new folky sounding indie group from Durham caught my ears over the summer with their demo and I have yet to see them live, though I have yet to hear a bad thing.
For the next hour I have to head over to the Pinhook for House of Fools and Aminal. Aminal played LBLB a while back and wowed the audience as well as myself. Plus, I have had their two EPs they put out earlier this year on constant rotation in my house.
Since I saw Max Indian last Friday, and I saw Bowerbirds before its members left for Europe a couple of weeks ago I am going to drop back by the Duke Coffeehouse to catch the last two shows there for the night. EAR PWR and Future Islands are two bands my feet have been craving recently. (I will make it up to The Moaners somehow).
If I didn’t have a radio gig (The Local Beat, people!) on Friday I would probably be heading to The West End Wine Bar from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for what could be one of the best shows of the night. Tea and Tempests, Liza Kate, and Birds & Arrows back-to-back-to-back. I’ll try not to think about what I am missing there for what should be a chilled-out good time, especially since I have not heard Tea and Tempests before.
I saw the Huguenots fairly recently, otherwise I would be hitting them up at the Trotter Building. Instead I am going to drop by The Pinhook to see The Scientific Superstar. Probably one of the stranger groups in the area (they base their songs off of the comic books that go along with their albums) I have yet had the pleasure to see what they do in front of a crowd.
Jews and Catholics are always a must for me when they play in Raleigh (which isn’t often enough) so I am sure to swing by Broad Street Cafe for the first time in ages. Depending on how far I mind walking, I also wouldn’t want to miss Brett Harris either who is playing at the same time at the Trotter Building. Decisions, decisions…
Assuming that my hearing is almost gone by this point, I may have to skip Caltrop, which is still ringing in my ears from the last time they melted my face off and stop by the Duke Coffeehouse instead for the Pneurotics. Even though I interviewed them about their latest release, Second Skin, I have not had the time to see them live when they have played. I can’t wait to hear the new songs in front of an audience that includes more than just me.
I Was Totally Destroying it has been playing A LOT recently and sounds tighter than ever. Plus, I am always down to hear some more of their new tracks from Horror Vacui.
My last show before I call it a night will be to see All Your Science who is playing late night at Bull McCabe’s. I havn’t seen them since Troika last year when they completely won me over. It’s been too long.
Assuming that my beloved Wolfpack are not getting destroyed early by Maryland on Saturday it seems unlikely I will be leaving the game at Carter Finley early. If I did however, I would NOT miss Mount Moriah (playing at 2:30 at the Trotter Building), possibly my favorite band in the Triangle right now. You have got to hear them.
The Bronzed Chorus put out one of my favorite albums of 2009 with I’m The Spring and I have never seen them live. I hear they really put on a good live show though so I will be getting over to the Trotter Building first and foremost to watch them play Saturday evening.
Once the Bronzed Chorus is done I will be sticking around to watch Maple Stave. Though I would love to see Veronique Diabolique since I couldn’t make it to their show last weekend. This could be a tossup.
I just saw Schooner last Friday (who completely ruled) and I have seen them probably more than any band in North Carolina, so instead I will be going to Luego for the second time in as many weeks. Luego is just one of those bands I cannot get enough of.
The Butterflies are one of those bands I just have never been able to get around to seeing live.
Pistil is by far the best band playing late on Saturday and one I havn’t been able to see in quite some time as well. I will be ending my night at Bull McCabe’s once more to round off Troika.
For video footage of Troika bands, check out WRAL’s entertainment vlog.
by Stoville on Sep.17, 2009, under Local
This Thursday at Tir Na Nog is the Sparkcon Kickoff show. Sparkcon is
a annual DIY festival that showcases Raleigh’s top artists. This show
has a great local lineup: Starmount, Aminal Music, The Jackets and
Bright Young Things. Starmount is a psychedelic, down-tempo, four
piece band headed by Greg Elkin, who has produced albums for many well
known local artists (including Goner- YEAH!). Aminal and The Jackets
will bless the stage with a heavy dose of Americana-Indie rock
followed by Bright Young Things, which will crush you with its pop
This event will also provide local beer tasting from Foothills beer, a
Winston Salem brewery.
Tune in Thursday at 7 p.m. for an interview with Bright Young Things.
New Raleigh has beaten us to the punch announcing this month’s Local Beer Local Band, but we are just excited as everyone else. This could possibly be the best month’s lineup yet, and features three extra dates not on Thursday! Check it out:
- Wednesday, September 2- The American Princes with Magic Mike (FREE)
- Thursday, September 3- Max Indian & Mount Weather (FREE)
- Saturday, September 5- Lonnie Walker with Americans in France & Anti-Bubble ($5 cover)
- Thursday, September 10- The T’s & Embarrassing Fruits (FREE)
- Saturday, September 12- Rollergirl after party featuring Red Collar, I Was Totally Destroying It, The Demon Beat, & Pink Flag ($5 cover)
- Thursday, September 17- Sparkcon kick off featuring Bright Young Things, The Jackets, Aminal, & Starmount ($5 cover)
- Thursday, September 24- Future Kings of Nowhere & Dry Heathens (FREE)
Every week WKNC interviews our Local Beer Local Band bands, so be sure to check back to the blog for dates and times of live, on-air, interviews.
Also, don’t forget that every week the Hear Here compilation will be on sale at Tir Na Nog!
Even though May is just beginning, 2009 has proved to be one of the best musical years in the Triangle and North Carolina in my memory. As the new Local Music Director at WKNC, my mailbox has been flooded with tons of music from all around the state and our community. This blog will highlight some of the newest local material you will hear on WKNC.
Bombadil- Tarpits & Canyonlands:
While this album is not set to release for a couple more weeks, Bombadil was kind enough to leave WKNC with a copy a little while back. Needless to say, after my first listen to Tarpits & Canyonlands, I knew this would become an instant classic in our area. After the second listen through, I grasped that it was indeed a musical masterpiece. After my eighth listen I realized it was the best album I have heard in the past six years, local or not.
This is the third release by Bombadil, a band out of Durham, North Carolina, in three years and by far their best output. Bombadil is well known for its generally upbeat folky and lyrically witty sounds, backed by instrumentation that carries the listener to a grassy field filled with barefoot serfs tipsy on bootleg mountain whiskey and rum. Or, as a review of their first album by ex-WKNC DJ Big Fat Sac more blatantly put it, “It sounds like a bunch of hobbits in Durham got together and made folk music.” Tarpits & Canyonlands does not stray far from this unique sound, but a definite sense of maturity is noticeable as compared to their 2008 release A Buzz, A Buzz. And while Bombadil delightfully keeps their catchy and original sonic personality within the music that has made them so popular, the main themes delve deeper into more serious and somber issues such as marriage, relationships, and growing old. Many songs reflect a more somber tone and feature unaccompanied harmonies unlike previous releases (such as “Reasons”, “Cold Runway”, & “Marriage”), while others retain that familiar goofiness and playful innocence of their first release (“Oto The Bear”, “Laurita”, & “Malaysia”). Even still some of the more stand out tracks such as “I Am”, “Sad Birthday”, “Needless to Say”, and “25 Daniels” offer a new glimpse into Bombadil’s creative genius.
Bombadil has certainly grown up the past three years and become one of the premiere bands to see and hear not only around these parts, but elsewhere as well. Be on the lookout for this album to receive massive attention from our DJs.
Lonnie Walker- These Times Old Times:
Another yet to be release album has made its debut on WKNC this month. Lonnie Walker, a local favorite from Greenville has slowly been gaining in popularity as noticed by their pick in the N&O’s Great 8, and as a choice for WKNC’s own Double Barrel Benefit 6. If you have never heard their material before, picture a hardier Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks with intense vocal outbursts and crushing guitar. This is their debut release and features several new editions of songs already in WKNC rotation from their demo album. Popular tunes such as “Wider Than White,” “Summertime,” and “Pendulum’s Chest” stand out as ferociously better than their original counterparts while newbies such as “Grape Juice”. “Back Home Inside With You”, “Ships”, and my personal favorite “Crochet” make a stand as a mark of growth within their work. These Times Old Times certainly deserves the attention this band has been getting.
Roman Candle- Oh Tall Tree In The Ear:
It’s hard to believe this is only the second full length album by this former Chapel Hill band (now based in Tennessee) but it doesn’t miss a beat. In comparison to their first album it is remarkably similar, yet better at the same time. Oh Tall Tree In The Ear features the same poppy lyric style and musicality but manages to come off as wittier, catchier, and seemingly more developed.
American Aquarium- Dances For The Lonely:
This album has been in rotation for a couple of weeks now but is worth mentioning. Meet Bruce Springsteen the second with even more of that down to earth heartland rock. Luckily, this is not a bad thing and tunes such as “Katherine Belle” and “Louisiana Beauty Queen” keep your foot tapping for more. Dances for the Lonely has a solid country/southern rock groove that will be a staple on WKNC for some time.
Many other new tracks you will hear on WKNC this May include some older tunes that were either overlooked or not brought to our previous attention. These include:
Aminal- A Face To Fight
Aminal- A Will To Fight
Brett Harris- Side Two EP
Brett Harris- Yesterdays News
Connells- Darker Days (yes, this album is from 1985, but it completely kicks ass!)
Kickin Grass Band- The Kickin Grass Band
Lemming Malloy- The Return Of The Norfolk Regiment
Luego- WKNC Sexclusive Pre-Sampler
Our Velvet Revolution- Our Velvet Revolution EP
Stars Explode- The Stars Explode
Water Callers- Springboard
Waumiss- Waumiss LP