To state the obvious, we here at WKNC love music. A lot. We also love live music. A lot. Most, if not all, of us attend many concerts and music festivals each year. What follows are lists of some of WKNC’s deejays’ favorite shows of the year. They range from national to local acts, regular shows to festivals. Some (myself included) went to so many it was hard to narrow it down to five, so we listed ten. Some lists are in numerical order, others are not. Caribou, Future Islands, and the inaugural Hopscotch Music Festival were some of the most common favorites, among dozens of other acts. Check it out:
Synthesiser Patel (Daytime/Afterhours)
- Metric @ Lollapalooza
- of Montreal @ Cat’s Cradle
DJ Mensch (Daytime)
1. The National @ Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2. Minus The Bear @ Lincoln Theatre
3. Max Indian @ Hopscotch Music Festival
4. Broken Social Scene @ Hopscotch Music Festival
5. The Rosebuds @ Hopscotch Music Festival
May Day (Daytime)
1. Broken Social Scene @ Hopscotch Music Festival
2. Camera Obscura @ Duke Gardens
3. Surfer Blood @ Cat’s Cradle
5. OK Go @ Lincoln Theatre
DJ Mollypop (Daytime)
1. Paul McCartney @ Sprint Center (Kansas City)
2. The Weepies @ Lincoln Theatre
3. Phoenix @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre
4. Crooked Still @ Casbah
The Noobhammer (Chainsaw)
5. Boris @ Cat’s Cradle
Iris G (Daytime)
- Mumford & Sons @ 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.)
- Ratatat @ MeetFactory (Prague)
- Active Child @ Hopscotch Music Festival
- Cassis Orange @ Duke Coffeehouse
- Veelee @ Duke Coffeehouse
- Old Bricks @ Kings
- Deerhunter @ Cat’s Cradle
Sarahnade (Daytime/Post Rock Block)
1. Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ RBC Center
3. Phoenix @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre
6. This Machine Kills Cancer benefit
DJ Ones (Daytime)
1. Phoenix @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre
2. The New Pornographers @ Memorial Hall (UNC-CH)
3. Broken Social Scene @ Hopscotch Music Festival
4. The Big Pink @ Cat’s Cradle
5. Sharon Van Etten @ Hopscotch Music Festival
DJ Hammerhead (Chainsaw)
The Blog Lady (Blog Editor/Staff Photographer)
1. The Avett Brothers @ Asheville Civic Center Arena
2. Lost In The Trees @ Cat’s Cradle
3. Mandolin Orange @ Troika Music Festival
4. The Rosebuds @ Hopscotch Music Festival
5. Chatham County Line @ Troika Music Festival
DJ Vice (Daytime)
2. Passion Pit @ The Fillmore Charlotte
3. The Avett Brothers @ Asheville Civic Center Arena
Just John (Daytime)
2. Beach House @ Cat’s Cradle
3. Every Future Islands show
4. Joanna Newsom @ Carolina Theatre
5. Ponytail @ Siren Music Festival
The Cosmic Cowboy (The Church of Bluegrass and the Truer Sound)
1. John Prine @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
2. Joanna Newsom @ The National (Richmond) and Variety Playhouse (Atlanta)
4. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy @ Borque’s Social Club (Scot, LA)
5. Charlie Louvin @ Borque’s Social Club (Scot, LA)
DJ Elly May (Daytime)
1. Delta Spirit @ Cat’s Cradle
3. Holy Ghost Tent Revival @ The Pour House
4. Minus The Bear @ Lincoln Theatre
5. Turbo Fruits @ Local 506
8. Alice In Chains @ Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Agent Orange (Daytime)
1. Broken Social Scene @ Hopscotch Music Festival
Riff Raff (Daytime)
- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros @ Cat’s Cradle
- Ludacris @ Reynolds Coliseum
DJ Kligz (Daytime/Local Lunch)
4. Beach House @ Cat’s Cradle
1. LCD Soundsystem @ Pitchfork Music Festival
3. The National @ Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
4. Wilco @ Durham Performing Arts Center
8. Deakin @ Hopscotch Music Festival
9. GWAR @ Lincoln Theatre
What were your favorite shows and/or music festivals of the year?
by Sweet Melissa on Apr.20, 2010, under Local
Check it – Check it – Check it out!
WKNC has tickets to great shows for YOU! Here are the shows happing during the rest of April that we are giving away tickets to:
Thursday, April 22
Shakori Hills Grassroots Music Festival (April 22 to 25)
**Be sure to tune into WKNC for an interview with The Honeycutters on Friday, April 23 from11 a.m. to 12 p.m. w/ DJ Kligz as the last of WKNC Shakori Interview series**
Friday, April 23
Sunday, April 25
Monday, April 26
Wednesday, April 28
Friday, April 30
In anticipation of the show, I’ll be interviewing the man himself at 1 p.m. sharp. Greg from Skullbuckle will also be in to talk about the band’s album and the show.
If you have any questions you have to hear answered, comment on this post and let me know!
See you on the airwaves.
by bloggie on Feb.16, 2010, under Local
On March 12 at the Pour House Music Hall, WKNC will bring two great acts to the stage: Benji Hughes and Skullbuckle. This show will not be one to miss, especially since Benji Hughes, hailing from Charlotte, has not played in the Raleigh area in quite some time. Tickets are $8 and you will not want to miss this show.
We also have Benji Hughes and Skullbuckle shirts to giveaway, so stay tuned for your chance to win!
Many would call me a hopeless romantic. I love to send letters and flowers to my girl and pamper her up when I can. And while I am not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day and its pop culture marketing schemes,, I still feel the urge to go out and buy my sweetie some candy and flowers and make her a nice dinner to show her how much I care. Another thing I like to do from time to time is make her custom mix tapes based around themes, as it was afterall music that brought us together. Holiday mix tapes are usually the best and easiest and this Valentine’s Day will be no exception.
North Carolina is a hot pot for music and of course you are going to find some wonderful love songs tucked here and there. If you had Valentine’s Day creep up on you from the back and take you by surprise today, and your significant other is a fan of local music, feel free to steal this play list as your own. (You might even want to take it further and take your honey to see all of these artists the next time they play live.)
Tift Merritt: Another Country
Avett Brothers: I & Love & You
The Old Ceremony: God Said I Could Have You
Birds & Arrows: Honeymoon Song
Nola: Fall Into Me
Josh Moore: Rush Down My Spine
Benji Hughes: All You’ve Got To Do Is Fall In Love
Jeremy Blair From Effingham: I Do & I Don’t
Whiskey Smugglers: Not Your Average Love Song
Brett Harris: I’m In Love
Mandolin Orange: Oh My Love
Stella By Starlight: As Good As It Gets
Tomahawks: Just Like One Another
Lost in the Trees: Love On My Side
Martha Ann Motel: Everything All At Once
Got more to share? Comment below!
There are always lots of awesome shows going on in the Triangle, but October seems to be just stuffed full of them. Below is a limited preview of some of the hippest, hottest acts to catch this month.
WKNC gets a lot of praise for our weekly Local Beer Local Band series at Tir Na Nog, but a good chunk of the credit belongs to Chris Tamplin. Help thank Chris for putting up with us Thursday, Oct. 1 as Local Beer Local Band doubles as Chris’s Birthday Local Band Bash. Prabir and The Substitutes and Goner are on the bill and rumor has it there may be a magician.
The much anticipated Hear Here finale show is Saturday, Oct. 3 at The Pour House. Motorskills opens, followed by Inflowential and The Love Language. Tickets are not available in advance so be sure to get there when doors open at 8 p.m. Once inside $5 will get you a copy of the Hear Here CD; there are less than 90 shopping days before Christmas so feel free to stock up.
St. Vincent was one of the hottest groups on 88.1 this summer. They open for Andrew Bird Wednesday, Oct. 7 and Thursday, Oct. 8. at the Cat’s Cradle. Both nights are sold out. If you aren’t one of the lucky ticket holders, personal favorites Everclear play Oct. 8 at the Lincoln Theatre.
Saturday, Oct. 10 is I Was Totally Destroying It’s release party for Horror Vacui at the Cat’s Cradle. The $7 advance and $10 door prices include a copy of the CD. If that isn’t enough to get you there, how about supporting bands Lonnie Walker, Des Ark, Rat Jackson and Lake Inferior?
Berkley Café hosts Lonnie Walker, Goner and Gray Young on Friday, Oct. 16. Try not to rock so hard you miss Luego’s CD release party Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Local 506. The Tomahawks and The Huguenots will be there too.
Raleigh’s Cherry Bounce Music Festival starts Sunday, Oct. 18 and runs throughout the week at various local venues. I’ve been sworn to secrecy about the line-up, but I can tell you to tune in to Local Lunch on Thursday to find out more.
Experimental prog rockers The Mars Volta invade the Disco Rodeo on Friday, Oct. 23. They’ll be in Charlotte the day before if you’re a really big fan.
Fridays on the Lawn continue Friday, Oct. 30 with Max Indian and Schooner. It’s a totally free show on Harris Field, right in front of our radio home in the Witherspoon Student Center (corner of Cates Ave and Dan Allen Drive) at N.C. State. WKNC and the Union Activities Board put on the show with support from Student Government and the Inter-residence Council.
Check out WKNC’s Rock Report for more shows and feel free to leave comments about who’s on your to see list for October.
Ever wonder what your favorite local artists are listening to? What inspires them to make the music we enjoy?
Let us introduce you to a new feature here at WKNC that introduces you the music that our artists listen to! From here on out we will be regularly be bringing you into the headphones of local bands and friends of local music!
This week the members of Birds of Avalon have graciously sent us lists of what they have been currently rocking out to!
- Led Zeppelin- Down by the Seaside.
- Chicago- 25 or 6 to 4
- Joe Jackson- Steppin Out
- Sparks- Nothing to Do
- Van Halen- Little Guitars
- Steely Dan- My Old School
- Clipse- Ride Around Shinnin
- Benji Huges- The Mummy
- The Cherubs- Stag Party
- And now and for the rest of my life: Brenton Wood- The Oogim Boogum Song
- Cut Copy- Unforgettable Season
- Lyres- How Do You Know?
- Bob Dylan- The Gates of Eden
- A Tribe Called Quest- Award Tour
- The Horrors- I Only Think of You
- DOOM feat Empress Starhh- Still Dope
- Fever Ray- Dry & Dusty
- Franco- Mambu ma Miondo
- Kurt Vile- Freeway
- Crystal Stilts- Departure
Scott Nurkin- Drums
- Sarolta Zalatnay – Hadd Mondjam El
- Bonniwell Music Machine – Astrologically Incompatible
- Carlton and the Shoes – Never Give Your Heart Away
- Alphonse Mouzon – Mind Transplant
- The Millineum – The Know-It-All
- Buffalo Springfield – It’s so Hard to Wait
- Joe Jackson – Friday
- Love – You Set the Scene
- Masters Apprentices – War or Hands of Time
- The Paragons – Left with a Broken Heart
Cheetie Kumar- Guitar
Harmonia-Monza-Rauf Und Runter
Deerhoof-Tears and Music of Love
Brian Eno-Sky Saw
Wire-French Film Blurred
Pretty Things-She’s A Lover
George Harrison-I Dig Love
The Germs-Lexicon Devil
Gong-You Can Kill Me
- King Crimson- Great Deceiver
- The Band-King Harvest (has surely come)
- The Bee Gees-I Close My Eyes
- Dungen-Gor Det Nu
- The Beatles-Blue Jay Way
- Polvo-In This Life
- Bob Dylan and the Band-Katie’s Been Gone
- Charlie Parker-Bluebird
- Lets Active-Talking to Myself
- Joni Mitchell-Free Man in Paris
- Free-Oh I Wept
- Flaming Lips-In the Morning of the Magicians
Birds of Avalon fans should be excited to know that their new album, Uncanny Valley, is coming out June 23 with a tour kicking off at the Local 506 on June 13th.
Wow, what a day. We started off the Local Beat with an interview and in-studio performance by one of my favorite bands around, Bombadil. They played previously unreleased “Kate and Kelsey” and were also kind enough to let us spin a few tracks off of their yet-to-be-released album, Tarpits and Canyonlands (see video below)
We talked about the imminent loss of Stuart, Daniel’s injured hand, the NC State Brickyard preachers, and how none of these things will stop the momentum that Bombadil has with new album to be released soon.
Lastly, they provided a hint as to their concert garb for the evening (see pictures below). Check out the interview.
As Bombadil was leaving the studio, we were shuffling Double Barrel Benefit 6 band Lost in the Trees (2/13 of them, anyway) into the studio. They also played a previously unreleased track called “A Church that Fits our Needs,” a stunningly beautiful song with, as we noted, a touch of folk. We also talked about their upcoming date at the Shakori Hills Festival and some work the band is doing in schools (promoting rock, or pop, or whatever it should be called). Finally, we talked about the band’s next album, which should be released sometime this fall (check the Trekky Records website for more info). They also spoke a little about the show that night at the Lincoln Theatre.
Check out the Lost in the Trees interview below.
The lineup for that show was as follows:
Benji Hughes (who put on just about the drunkest, most hilarious act I’ve seen in a while)
Our last guest of the evening was Ryan Richardson of the Kingsbury Manx, who joined us by phone. We talked about the band’s label, Odessa Records (owned and managed by band member Paul Finn). Odessa was having its “label release” party at Cat’s Cradle that night, which included all 3 bands on the label:
Check out the interview below.
Check out the pictures from the Lincoln Theatre show below and visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/not_a_photographer/ for more of the same.
In addition to the Shakori Hills giveaways this week, we have other shows we’re giving free passes to that you might want to check out:
Ever wonder what were the hottest new tracks of college radio or what the DJs were spinning at WKNC? Wonder no more! Here are the latest, freshest, and most off-the-chain albums of the week.
Hey Kids, Play This New Music
Gray Matter, Assistant Daytime Music Director
Red Red Meat – Bunny Gets Paid
A re-release of a classic album. One of the best examples of experimental folk/blues ever.
Mirah – (a)spera
Mirah is a particularly weird singer/songwriter type. I like this album quite a lot.
Bonnie Prince Billy – Beware
Sounds like Bonnie Prince Billy, if you don’t know what Bonnie Prince Billy sounds like, listen to some Bonnie Prince Billy.
Mi Ami – Watersports
Good weird [expletive]. Extreme falsetto vocals with drum and bass rhythms.
Soft Tags – Winchester Mansion, and Projectors
Soft Tags sent us their two older albums, neither quite as good as their newest, but they have some worth hearing tracks.
New Music, Local Music, most importantly: Awesome Music
Mick, Local Music Director
There is so much good new local music I can barely contain myself. I’m not eloquent in describing this stuff, so the best way to do this is to listen the stuff yourself. You won’t regret a single second of it.
Benji Hughes - “A Love Extreme”
Not the traditional local; he’s from Charlotte. Some dancy, some poppy, eclectic as a whole. This is a double album, and it’s awesome and hilarious all at once. Lots of short, catchy tunes that you’ll be singing along with after one listen. I don’t really know how to describe it other than this so play the [expletive]!
Nathan Oliver – “Cloud Animals”
Some great new indie-pop from Nathan Oliver. Better than his last, a bit harder, and certainly more interesting (this review brought to you by Gray Matter).
Embarrassing Fruits – “Community / Exploitation”
Hot damn, I really think this may be the best CD I’ve received as local music director. This album is like a reincarnation of Pavement, with the same slacker rock approach plus constant complaining about a girl. Every track is awesome. Really, really awesome.
Joe Romeo & The Orange County Volunteers – self-titled
Some combination of folk rock, surf rock, and Americana. Really great, twangy tunes that are heartfelt and simply beautiful. This guy knows how to write music. Play it!
Whew. As always, there is more on the horizon. For now, check these out and keep rockin the local stuff.