by sarahnade on Sep.11, 2012, under Local
Girls Rock NC is a Durham-based nonprofit organization for girls ages 7-15 that focuses on empowering them through creative expression. Through their after school program, girls learn how to play instruments, write songs and attend workshops in body confidence. Fall’s program will include ten sessions, which will be each monday 3:45-5:45PM from September 17-November 19.
The programming this year will be headed up by Heather McEntire (Bellafea, Mount Moriah, founder of Holidays for Quince Records) and Collier Reeves (co-founder of Homegrown City Farms), both veteran GRNC staff.
If you’ve aged out of the camper range and still want to get involved, visit GirlsRock.org for ways to volunteer and donate.
In advance of their show tonight (Thursday), Heather McEntire of Mount Moriah and Brett Harris will be stopping by at 7pm. I’ll be asking them the tough questions about new music and such, so be sure to tune in at 88.1FM or wknc.org/listen.
by Katie Hill on Apr.16, 2010, under LocalLeave a Comment :Bellafea, In The Year Of The Pig, LBLB photos, Local Band Local Beer, Tir Na nOg more...
WKNC has some great giveaways just for you! Here are the shows that are going on this week that WKNC is giving away tickets to:
Tuesday, April 13
Wednesday, April 14
Thursday, April 15
Friday, April 16
The excellent Chapel Hill music label Holidays For Quince Records, run by Heather McEntire, Jenks Miller, and Hannah Smith, has just released a free compilation for download. Titled Holidays For Quince Records, Compilation Vol. 1, it features 12 tracks, some new and/or previously unreleased, from the label’s varied acts, including the riot-grrrl-meets-sixties-pop of Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies, doom metal guitar (and bass and drum) heroes Caltrop, the always ferocious Double Barrel Benefit vets Bellafea, and an epic 16-minute-long track from experimental metal group In The Year Of The Pig, among others. You can stream or download the compilation here and, if you like what you hear, head on over to the HFQ store, buy some records, and support one of the area’s finest cultural institutions
WKNC listeners and supporters,
We hope you have already bought your Double Barrel Benefit tickets; we’ve sold a bunch already. Physical 2-day passes are available at Schoolkids Records on Hillsborough Street here in Raleigh, and you can order your tickets online here.
We have a few exciting announcements as we get closer to the exciting two-night event.
1) Double Barrel Benefit 7 shirts are in, and they are awesome! Kudos to Kirsten Southwell for the design and Aardvark Screenprinting for making it work on a shirt. You can get yours for $12 at the shows. But, of course, supplies are limited!
2) We’re happy to report that the one and only Magic Mike Casey will be on hand for both nights, doing a little magic on stage and working the crowd. If you didn’t know, he is truly a wizard and will perform the kind of up-close wonders that will absolutely convince you he’s performing magic rather than tricks. He will take the stage before the first act of each night and be on hand, so be sure to look for him.
3) We’re very grateful to both Holly Aiken and Aardvark Screenprinting for their help with some special items: WKNC Stitch bags. You’ve probably seen the storefront on the corner of Wilmington and Hargett Streets in downtown Raleigh, or you’ve seen someone around with one of her stylish vinyl bags. We’re lucky enough to have a limited run of WKNC clutches and tote bags with a design relevant to the 7th annual Double Barrel Benefit. We’ll be holding a silent auction for these items each of the two nights, so you need to get in the door to see these for yourself. (Below are the bag types we will be auctioning, but you’ll have to be there to see them in person!)
4) We have a stockpile of really awesome swag that we’re dying to give away, so we’ll be conducting a raffle each night to give some of it away. Our raffle tickets will be ($1 apiece) numbered PBR temporary tattoos! Here are the items we’ll be be giving away for each night:
We hope you’re as excited about these developments as we are. Rain, sleet, snow, shine, whatever: the show will go on, and we hope we’ll see you at The Pour House Friday and Saturday night. Remember: doors at 8, show at 9!
by bloggie on Jan.27, 2010, under Local
When you listen to Carrboro duo Veelee, you hear music inspired by a wide range of sources. For band mates Matt Park and Ginger Wagg, elements of music from bands such as Young People, Low, Lungfish, Stereolab and Pram went into creating Veelee’s unique sound. Also, according to Matt, Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 hit “Dream” has also served as a major influence on the way he and Ginger create music — everything happening in the song goes hand in hand its unchanging baseline.
Ginger, a first-time drummer, describes her percussion style as “simple and straightforward.” Veelee is the first band in which she has been a member. However, it seems doubtful the band’s success comes from beginner’s luck. Hard copies of its EP “Three Sides,” which came out in May 2009, are sold out. The release received local acclaim from sources such as the Independent Weekly.
Until recently, Veelee had performed primarily in Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Durham.
“We’ve gotten to play with all sorts of fantastic local bands. [Artists in the Triangle] are really supportive of one another,” Park and Wagg said. “They are very welcoming and inclusive.”
However, the band just embarked on its first tour, along with Raleigh’s Gross Ghost, which it said was a great success.
For the complete Double Barrel schedule and ticket information, click here.
One of the first local bands I was ever introduced to and also one of the most influential in our area, Bellafea has been gradually building quite a following since their first split 7″ with Des Ark back in 2005.
Though often overlooked by local indie pop groups with a more comfortable sound, once you see this threesome live you will forever be forced to compare every live show to the raw energy, hardcore attitude, and head-bobbing punch you in the mouth feel that they electrify your ears with. No North Carolina band rocks harder, plays louder, and gets in your face as Bellafea does.
It is strange that such force comes from such a petite lady. You might have seen Heather McEntire playing solo from time to time sitting in a chair strumming her acoustic without a microphone or amplifier, her voice barely breaking a whisper as she is surrounded by an attentive audience, entranced by her angelic voice. Perhaps you have heard her from her side projects Un Deux Trois or Mount Moriah as the sweet sounding front lady of the two soft folky pop groups that has everyone’s ears buzzing.
But with Bellafea the shy placid persona falls off her and is replaced by an alter-ego of sorts, a powerful and inflamed diva whose personal demons come out in the form of a woman possessed, obliterating her guitar while bursting into her lyrics with a post hardcore attitude. Along side Heather is Eddie Sanchez (also in Fin Fang Foom and Death Came Down the Mountain) whose blistering and electrifying bass playing ignites the crowd. Always jumping, banging, and seemingly tearing his bass apart, he is the fire that ignites the group and transcends them into the local punk gods that they are. Add on to that Nathan Buchanan’s crushing drums and pounding beats and you have a remarkable live act that sends your mind into a whirlwind of loud music madness that is sure to get your head rocking and your feet moving. They are not a band you want to miss live.
For the complete Double Barrel schedule and ticket information, click here.
by Tommyboy on Jan.20, 2010, under Local
If you were to categorize bands based on how long they’ve been around, Max Indian would be a toddler, I guess. To continue the metaphor, they would be a toddler who paints excellent watercolors, reads Machiavelli, and tutors eighth graders on the weekends.
The band’s sole release, “You Can Go Anywhere You Can Do Anything,” dropped in December of 2008 , and everyone who has had the good fortune of hearing it has been pining for more ever since.
After releasing the record — themselves, mind you — the band beat a path around the triangle that included a live performance on The State of Things, a headlining night during the Troika Music Festival , a headlining night at N.C .State’s Fridays on the Lawn Concert Series, and a number of live shows that left a trail of satisfied and eager fans in its wake.
Solicit the opinion of anyone who has seen Max Indian, heard one of their songs, or even heard someone else talk about them, and the response is always the same. These exceedingly catchy, down to earth, warm, and rusty compositions will work their way into your inner ear, buy a nice piece of land, and set up shop. Don’t worry, though. The freshness doesn’t wear off, the melodies are top notch, and the lyrics will stick.
Max Indian will take the stage for night one of Double Barrel Benefit 7 on Friday, February 5 at The Pour House following The Light Pines,Veelee, and Bellafea. Say WHAT? If you miss this, well, I guess you think you have a good reason, but I would seriously question your priorities my friends.
For the complete Double Barrel schedule and ticket information, click here.
WKNC 88.1 FM will hold its annual Double Barrel Benefit Friday, Feb. 5 and Saturday, Feb. 6 at The Pour House Music Hall. The station’s seventh installment of the two-night concert will be feature Max Indian and Roman Candle.
Both headliners performed on the North Carolina State University campus in the fall. Max Indian played with Double Barrel Benefit alumni Schooner at the station’s October Fridays on the Lawn concert series and Roman Candle played the Pack Howl concert and pep rally during November.
Tickets are on sale now through wknc.org and the-pour-house.com. Prices are $7 in advance and $9 at the door for each night and all proceeds benefit WKNC. Two-night passes are also available at Schoolkids in Raleigh. The event is 18+, with an additional surcharge for patrons under 21. Doors for each show open at 8 p.m. with music at 9 p.m.
Our amazing poster was designed by Kirsten Southwell of Bad Apple Design.
After looking back to the top 10 local albums of 2009 we have a whole new year and decade ahead of us. Here is a quick blog of some local bands who are rumored to be coming out with an album in 2010:
- Bellafea plans to begin the recording process in June after just signing to Tizona.
- Billy Sugarfix will release his Sessions @ KNC album January 9.
- The Carolina Chocolate Drops are releasing the much awaited “Genuine Negro Jig,” on Feb. 23 through Nonesuch.
- Felix Obelix will finally put out the long awaited The Tick of
the Clock, the Beat in the Chest in late February.
- Front Porch Sofa is working in the studio right now for a summer release.
- Lost in the Trees has been rumored to release new material in the fall.
- Mount Moriah is currently recording a new album set to be released by Tizona.
- Organos has its debut album set to be released in early February.
- Schooner is getting ready for a release in mid-February.
- Veelee has plans on releasing another short EP (they just ran out of hard copies of their Three Sides EP)
- The Whiskey Smugglers already have a new album in the works and plan to record in 2010.
Obviously this is not all of them, but as many as I could muster. Got any more to add? Comment below or shoot me an email: email@example.com.
The Troika Music Festival is a three-day music festival in Durham, NC and features several local bands. Attending is a great way to support the local scene!
Local bands on this year’s line-up include The Love Language, Bowerbirds, Dexter Romweber Duo, Birds of Avalon, The Moaners, Red Collar, Future Islands, Hamer No More The Fingers, Lonnie Walker, Embarrassing Fruits, Max Indian, and many more. For a complete list, check out the schedule!
New this year is “Rock, Paper, Scissors”, on Saturday, November 7, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., which features a unique market of art and handmade wears from local artists and crafters.
Come out to support the local music and arts scene November 5,6, & 7.
Ear Farm recently created a list of the top 10 North Carolina Bands you should hear. Amazing choices that I’m sure most will agree upon, they include: The Proclivites, Bellafea, Lost in the Trees, Black Ses, Schooner, Hammer No More the Fingers, The Bronzed Chorus, Birds of Avalon, Megafaun and Lonnie Walker as their number one choice. Undoubtedly terrific choices, but we here at WKNC are lucky to get the up in coming, the raw recordings, the unheard vocals of brand new local bands. So here is my short list of 5 avid local listeners might not have heard of….yet.
5. Free Electric State: Described as “Crushing distorted guitar…and vocals stylishly almost like background sound..” by our very own DJ Caid it’s hard to not be impressed by this group. Formed in Durham, NC Free Electric State is very new with only a two song CD in the station. This band should take off quickly with its ability to grab attention with the 80st inspired vibe and catchy lo-fi sound.
4. M1 Platoon: Local Durham Hip-Hop crew M1 Platoon caught my eye during the joint album release show with Kooley High. The group joined together in the D.C. area and now can be found in Durham, NC. The lyrics consistently hype up their hometown as well as their new homes in Durham. The lyrics are great but it is the stage presence that immediately attracted me to M1 Platoon. With 7 group members plus a live DJ the stage itself is packed. It is incredible to watch each individual put their heart and souls out onto the stage. From jumping onto the amps, masking wearing interpretive dancing, to cheeky dance moves the group never stops moving. You see that the lyrics come from the heart and that what they are doing in the moment is what they are ment to do. If you only see one show this year I recommend checking out M1 Platoon doing what they do best.
3.Veelee: This band is one that I heard while driving to work. It was one of those music moments where your heart kind of fills up because you finally heard that sound you have been craving, something that shifts your insides around. Maybe that’s just me but to put it briefly, this stuff is good, really good. The Chapel Hill duo creates pop music with a strange dark side. With easy to follow singalong lyrics to unique keyboard sounds Veelee embraces the idea of minimalistic pop music that makes the listener want to put it on repeat.
2. Old Bricks: Raw, sad, make you curl up the fetal position and cry type songs. Greymatter says ” the vocal style is best described as desperate and pathetic, but it works.” He is right, it totally works. The songs run from about six to eight minutes apiece but each one just grows upon itself. With a Daniel Johnson vibe the listener feels connected and appreciative that someone else is saying it for them, that we all hurt. Old Bricks shares with us the beauty and raw power of putting real human emotions into music. Check them out August 31 at Slims Downtown.
1. You and Your Effects: Astounding folk rock built upon banjos, violins, flutes, accordions and incredible lyrics. DJ Chuck compares them to Bowerbirds, DeVotcka and Sufjan Stevens. The band is made up of five kids all under the drinking age which says a lot when listening to the lyrics these guys write. Dealing with adult issues and putting a intense,almost orchertratal(?) sounds as the background makes You and Your Effects an instant favorite to new listeners. Don’t be fooled though, they also hop to upbeat, jamish twangy rock and roll turning that frown right upside down. Unfortunately the college students are out and about doing what college kids should do…traveling the world, so don’t expect to see them live anytime soon.
Keep your eyes peeled and your ears tuned in to WKNC. For now I highly suggest checking out the links to hear for yourself just how incredible the scene around us is becoming.
Friday night was a first for many. Not only was it the first night of the Holidays For Quince first ever block party, but it was also a debut CD release show for HFQ’s newest artist, Liza Kate, in addition, it was the Nighlight’s first evening with a liquor license. Needless to say it was one hell of a show.
Embarrassing Fruits was first on the bill and kicked through most of their songs from their First Time EP. The crowd was small at the start but by the end of their set the place had filled up. Embarrassing Fruits is actually off of Trekky Records and not HFQ, which made it all the more apparent that this was as much of a community event as anything, and not just to highlight HFQ’s amazing group of bands (a couple of bands from HFQ are playing at TRKFest in June as well). Plus, you have got to love EF for their “non-ironic mustaches and vintages T-shirts.”
It was only Mount Moriah‘s second show ever, but this mixmash of some of the Triangle’s best local bands stole the night with some beautiful tunes and fantastic musicianship. I think I found my new favorite band in the area and look forward to the next time they play.
Liza Kate went on next with a spectacular intimate set. It being her CD release party I had only heard her earlier that night on the Local Beat and had never seen her before, but was pleasantly surprised with her beautiful whispery vocals over top reticent acoustic guitar. Jenks Miller sat in for a few songs on electric and Heather McEntire sang on one song as well. Overall, the intimate setting the Nighlight provides allowed for Liza to really connect with the crowd, and her witty entertaining comments during the breaks kept the crowd in. Her new album off of HFQ, Don’t Let The Dogs, is one of my favorites so far this year after only one listen through.
Max Indian went on last. Being off of Trekky Records, like the Embarrassing Fruits, they too were welcome friends. Having seen them only about 6 or 7 times before (and never not enjoying seeing them) I decided to skip out for the night and get some rest for the radio early the next morning. (Sorry fellas).
Night 2 was another fantastic night for local music. In The Year Of The Pig went on first. People, until you see them live, then the phrase “melt your face off” holds no meaning. ITYOTP really can rock your mind (and ears) into oblivion. Their smashing duo drums overtop distorted guitar and bass took this ITYOTP n00b to a whole new level. After 30 minutes of mind bending music, I began to feel sorry for Dave Cantwell’s drumset, but I suppose it was for a good cause. Man, what a way to start the night.
Oh, and after their set they filled everyones bellies with some delicious homemade tacos.
(no pictures from ITYOTP as they played in complete darkness, very cool though)
Not be be outdone, the Curtains of Night went up next and kept the show heavy with their unique brand of female duo death metal.
The Moaners held the third slot of Night 2 and delivered on their usual bluesy americana vibe. Their last song of the night, one which I did not recgonize, with Melissa on saw and Lauren on acoustic guitar was truly captivating. Most of their setlist sounded like new material to me, so I either need to remind myself of their discography or even better, look forward to a new album sometime in the future.
Night 3 was one for the ages. Screaming Females to center stage to start the show. Ive never seen a performance quite like this band from New Jersey put on. Shredding guitar, pumping bass, head banging drums. What a set. If you havn’t seen this band, they are a MUST. After they were done some of the people I came with and myself sat in silence for a moment to take it all in. Speechless.
Caltrop tore it up second with their overamplified driven sound and hard progressive rock. Heavy metal heaven. (Word is that they may begin recording an album soon, after writing songs all winter, and plan on touring in Europe- kickass!)
Last, but obviously the headliner for the whole 3 nights, was Bellafea who launched into their set with enthusiasm only they could muster for such an already overhyped crowd. I had not seen them in ages but was pleasantly surprised to see them just as amazing as ever before. Their punk rock attitude never ceases to entertain. All hail Bellafea!
Screaming Females will be playing this Sunday at the Nightlight with Bellafea and Caltrop, but first they’ll be coming into the WKNC studio to talk about their new record Power Move, their DIY ethic, and their time on the road for the last month. Be sure to tune in at 4PM on Sunday May 17.