Tag: Gray Young
by bloggie on Feb.16, 2010, under Local
In a night of all Raleigh-based music, Annuals, Gray Young and Bright Young Things will take the stage this Friday, February 19 at The Pour House. In anticipation of the show, WKNC will be giving away lots of Annuals gear.
We have Annuals’ new EP, “Big Zeus” up for grabs in the studio, as well as t-shirts, as pictured below:
Stay tuned to WKNC for your chance to win Annuals music and attire!
Sorry for sending this blog in late, but some tests and Food Analysis and Statistical Quality Control labs have had me bogged down all week. I do still pretend to be a student sometimes.
Tonight on the Local Beat however I am tossing all of that to the side for a fantastic lineup which I know everyone of you will be interested to listen in on.
Last time Reid Johnson tried to come on the Local Beat he got stuck in traffic and we had to settle for a quick phone interview. Hopefully that won’t happen tonight as he and the rest of Schooner are coming on to chat about their most recent release, the Duck Kee Sessions EP, which will be sold only from CyTunes.org. Schooner has been making the rounds of public radio in support for the album and I am more than happy to be one of the last stops on their radio tour before the release party next Friday, Feb 19th, at the Pinhook in Durham. Veelee and the Erie Choir are playing as well and The Popular Kids will be doing standup. Tune in at 5 p.m. to hear more about CyTunes, artwork at the show, and the album.
At 6 p.m. local favorites Wembley will be stopping in to play some live music off of their recent output, Keywords for Robots EP, which is a fantastic record and gaining some support throughout the state. If you havn’t heard the new EP since it’s release back in 2009, you are going to want to listen in and drag yourself out of your box to hear these great tunes.
For the last hour of the show a whos-who of local musicians will be sitting in with me. Mike Robinson and Adam Baker from Annuals and Dan Grinder and Chas from Gray Young, and maybe some members from Bright Young Things will be dropping by to chat about their show at the Pour House next Friday. All of these bands are releasing or have released new material so far in 2010 so we will check in with them to see what lies in progress for the upcoming year.
Finally, since I could not fit The Love Hangover onto the program in time, I will be sitting down with Caitlin Cary and Matt Douglas (of the Proclivities) for an informal pre-recorded Local Beat “Mini Exclusive” which will not be aired on WKNC but will be podcasted on the Blog instead. We are going to try and get The Love Hangover creator, Richard Alwyn, to call in from NYC and chat about the show on Monday and hopefully coerce Caitlin and Matt to sing love songs to me. With any luck this will be posted on the WKNC Blog sometime tomorrow.
With only a few days left before the Krispy Kreme Challenge, many of the deejays are beginning to mentally prepare for the arduous task. The benefit for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital has two physical challenges that competitors must overcome. The first is the two mile run from the NC State Bell Tower to the Krispy Kreme Store on Peace St. and then the two mile run back to the Bell Tower.
The second is the overwhelming 12doughnuts each runner must eat before returning back to the starting line, all within the hour. Over the past weeks, many deejays have been spending time outside the studio and on the track, building their frail skinny deejay bodies into lean athletic beasts. Others have taken more unconventional approaches such as avoiding physical exercise altogether and have just been binge eating. (For many this hasn’t been much of a lifestyle change.) With fighting style will win out? One can only wait to see the results this upcoming Saturday.
Now to meet the brave deejays willing to take on the Krispy Kreme Challenge. Each has selected a top playlist of songs they will wield to push them to the brink during the race.
- Death From Above 1979 - “My Love Is Shared”
- Mindless Self Indulgence – “Tom Sawyer”
- Muse - “Knights of Cydonia”
- Drake- “Best I Ever Had”
- Coldplay- “Life in Technicolor ii”
- The Who- “Baba O’Riley”
- The Killers- “Mr. Brightside”
- The Juliana Theory- ”We’re at the top of the World”
- Kid Cudi- ”Day ‘N’ Night”
- Linkin Park- ”New Divide”
- Amanda Blank- “Make It, Take It”
- Duck Sauce- “Anyway (Armand Van Helden and A-Trak Remix)”
- Thieves Like Us- “Fass”
- Thin Lizzy – “Cowboy”
- Built to Spill- “Goin Against My Mind”
- Anything from LCD Soundsystem
- Anything from The Light Pines
Eye on the Triangle’s own Saja “It’s Fresh” Hindi will be doing live air breaks on site during the race periodically through La Barba Rossa’s Mystery Roach show. The race is this Saturday (February 6) on Double Barrel Benefit 7 weekend. This year the challenge will boast 6,000 eager competitors. Be sure to check for the WKNC banner at the finish line this year as WKNC is partnering with the Krispy Kreme Challenge as a Silver Level Sponsor.
Be sure to listen only on 88.1FM or streaming online.
by bloggie on Jan.18, 2010, under Local
Tune in Thursday, January 28, to WKNC 88.1 FM for the debut of a brand new Annuals‘ single, “Loxtep.” The track comes from their up-coming EP, “Sweet Sister,” due for release March 30 on Banter Records. Also, WKNC will be debuting Gray Young‘s up-coming single, “Meridian.”
Tune in for the Local Lunch at noon with Tommyboy on WKNC 88.1 or stream online at wknc.org/listen next Thursday to hear these exclusive tracks. Annuals and Gray Young are releasing these songs to promote their concert on February 19 at The Pour House Music Hall featuring both bands, along with Bright Young Things. Additionally, WKNC will be giving away two pairs of tickets to the show during the broadcast. We are excited to have the opportunity to debut these tracks only to WKNC’s listeners during next Thursday’s Local Lunch.
Gonna be in town over the winter break? Entertaning guests? Wondering what to fill all that free time with?
Go with live music, of course!
Below are my recommendations for shows between December 17 to January 11 (N.C. State’s Winter Break)
Who: Sea Legs & Old Bricks
Where: WKNC’s Local Beer Local Band atTir Na Nog Irish Pub in Raleigh
I must say it, these are actually two of my favorite local bands. Both bands are new to the scene but I predict they will have quite a name for themselves by this time next year. Catch um while their new so you can be the cool guy who knew them when they were the little people.
Where: Pinhook in Durham
If you haven’t yet been to the Pinhook, this is your excuse. Not only is it one of my favorite places to drink, they have a killer patio, these local bands are all worth seeing.
Who: Holiday Honky Tonk and Burlesque Show
Where: Local 506 in Chapel Hill
Where: Nightlight in Chapel Hill
What: Nightlight Holiday Craft Fair from 2 to 6 p.m.
Okay, so it’s not music. Think of it this way though, its local art and any local art that is presented to me will get a moment of my time. Stop by, especially if you haven’t checked everyone off your shopping list yet.
December 21 to 24:
It’s my birthday week so I would love to celebrate with some tunes! Unfortunately, the world seems to shut down around these dates, I’m not sure why. If YOU want to serenade me happy birthday feel free to find me at one of these shows!
The Cave in Chapel Hill is holding an all day open swap December 22 and 23. You can buy and trade your doodads. Sounds like fun!
Where: The Pour House in Raleigh
You can celebrate Christmas day along with Terry Anderson, who will be celebrating his birthday as well. He brings his band, The Olympic Ass Kicking Team to the Pour House. You know there isn’t much to do after the family is done opening gifts and eating food so bring them to sing along!
What: The Merch Holiday Party
Where: Local 506 in Chapel Hill
The Merch is a local screen printing and design business whose logos are plastered all over the triangle. They are huge supporters of local music and we love that! Not sure what the night entails but it should be something great! The party starts at 10pm
Ring in the new year right! Surround yourself with the amazingness this town has to offer. First Night is offering performances by The African American Dance Ensemble, Crucial Fiya and the Annuals (plus a million other amazing things to see and do). While your downtown don’t forget to stop by Slims to see A Rooster for the Masses.
New Years Eve Party at Local 506 in Chapel Hill
HAPPY NEW YEAR! there isn’t much going on this week so make sure to rest up for next week because it is jam-packed with shows to witness!
Where: The Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh
Who: The Ex-Monkeys are spinnin in downtown Raleigh this night. Great to see if you’re in the mood for a different kind of electronic music to dance too.
Where: Tir Na Nog Irish Pub in Raleigh
IT BEGINS! RALEIGH UNDERCOVER STARTS TONIGHT!!
This a weekend all local music lovers should look forward too! Your favorite bands will cover the bands that have inspired them. Last years performances included Valient Thorr covering Parliament Funkadelic, Hearts and Daggers covering The Beastie Boys and Embarrassing Fruits as Pavement. Make sure to be there for at least one night this weekend!
Where: The Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh
Who: Your favorite local artists Lonnie Walker, Megafaun and The Rosebuds are all joining together to put on one amazing show. The night will be a prom theme and fun for everyone! If you can’t make it out on the 8th, no worries, Megafaun and The Rosebuds will be performing again, same place same time, only this time the amazing Hammer No More the Fingers will be joining them.
Where: The Nightlight in Chapel Hill
Who: Midtown Dickens takes the stage with Joe Romeo and the Orange County Volunteers. Midtown Dickens is a group that consistently keeps a smile on my face. They are a joy to watch and with this year’s release of Lanterns, you wont be let down.
Also right down the street North Elementary will be playing at The Local 506. A classic local group that is worth the short walk!
That is it for now!
The new year seems to be starting out well here in the Triangle!
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.
by bloggie on Oct.01, 2009, under Local
Beginning Sunday, October 18, the Cherry Bounce alternative music festival will return to downtown Raleigh. The main stage will be set up on Hargett St. in front of the Raleigh Times on Saturday, October 24.
Here is the schedule for the week-long event:
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.
This week’s shoegaze edition of Local Beer Local Band Night features Citified and Gray Young. Show starts around 10 at Tir Na Nog and it’s free to get in! Fresh with a new EP “Absence”, the Greensboro collective Citified will be headlining. Make sure you get to Tir Na Nog in time to see Raleigh based Gray Young perform or you’ll miss one of the Triangle’s best. Come out and support the community!
Also, tune in at 5pm today (Thursday) as I will be interviewing Gray Young.
My my my, the hits just keep coming on the Local Beat. If you thought DJ Stevo was gone for good, then you thought wrong. He’s only expressing his love for the North Carolina music scene in a different way now, through his brand new label, Neckbeard Records. And as part of the Neckbeard Records launch, they’re throwing a free show at the Local 506 on Friday night. The lineup is Gray Young, I Was Totally Destroying It, and Lemming Malloy–who will be releasing their album on Neckbeard that night. So some combination of Stevo, Lemming Malloy, and others will be stopping by right at 5:00 to talk about what the band and the label has been up to — and what they have in store.
Then at 6:00, we’re going to switch directions completely–Colossus will be stopping in to talk about their show next Wednesday (5/27) at the Pour House. They’ll be playing alongside Black Skies and Caltrop in what promises to be a pretty epic local metal show. It’s not confirmed yet, but Caltrop may be joining them. It remains to be seen. What is certain, though, is that we’ll be having a good time and getting to know our favorite bands a little better. And baseball is over, so we get the full 3 hours again! Be sure to tune in at 5:00 at 88.1 FM or wknc.org/listen.
Well, what a pleasant surprise! Corbie and Mike of Battle Rockets stopped by and for a band whose songs feature no lyrics, they had quite a bit to say (full disclosure: their joke, not mine). They came in at the 5:00 hour and we talked about the show that night (with Gray Young and the Proclivities), their unique method of releasing demos and their brand new, homemade, $5 T-shirts. As for that show, see below for more.
The demo method is pretty cool, as you’ll hear in the clips below. The band records every practice and saves what sounds good. Then they burn a few copies of the most recent versions of tracks, date them, and label them–or have guest labelers do it, like our very own DJ Gray Matter. They then take their demos to shows and sell them for $1. That’s a deal you can’t beat. Check out the interview below.
Gray Young called the studio during the latter part of the Battle Rockets conversation to let us konw that they’d been locked in the stairwell and unable to get in. So we went and rescued them and brought them in for the second half of the interview. They dispelled the self-contrived rumours that they’re playing with U2 in October. We discussed both bands’ future plans, which include WE Fest. Check out the interview with the entire cast of characters below.
Now, onto the show that night.
The lineup at Slim’s Downtown was this:
Battle Rockets were entertaining and have quite a bit of energy, and it’s always fun to watch that level of energy coming from a two-piece. The Proclivities were–and have been for a little while–sans drummer, so they had D.A.R.Y.L. fill in and rocked out as a two-piece (a very dapper two-piece, might I add). Although the lack of a real drummer was sort of the elephant in the room (at the risk of using their song lyric), they were obviously having a good time, and so was I. Matt Douglas was chatting the crowd up as well, as per usual. Lastly, Gray Young took the stage around midnight. I must say, I’ve seen Gray Young several times over the past year or so, and every time I’ve seen them they’ve been exponentially tighter (and on this night, louder). It has been really fun to watch these guys as they play more shows together, and I can’t wait to see them again at the May 22 Lemming Malloy CD Release/Neckbeard Records Debut show at Local 506. That’s all for now, be sure to tune in to the Local Beat this week, details to follow in another blog post soon…
This week, right at 5:00, we’re having the Battle Rockets come in to talk about their show tonight at Slim’s Downtown. Shortly thereafter (~5:30), our good friends Gray Young will come hang out, because they’re playing Slim’s tonight too (along with the Proclivities).
As you may recall, Gray Young graced us with their presence back on March 20th. It was then that they proliferated the rumour that they’ll be opening for U2 this fall, so we’ll be giving them the polygraph test this evening.
And we may just have a pair of tickets to give away for that show tonight…
The Wolfpack will then be taking on Carolina in baseball at 6:30, which means we’ll be getting the boot.
1 AMADOU AND MARIAM Welcome To Mali (Nonesuch)
2 TELEKINESIS Telekinesis! (Merge)
3 MIRAH (A)spera (K)
4 WHITE LIES To Lose My Life (Interscope)
5 SOFT TAGS Blue House (Self-Released)
6 BURNING HEARTS Aboa Sleeping (Shelflife)
7 AMERICANS IN FRANCE Pretzelvania (ODESSA)
8 KINETIC STEREOKIDS Kid Moves (Overdraft)
9 POMEGRANATES Everybody Come Outside (Lujo)
10 GRANDCHILDREN Cold Warrior (Self-Released)
11 DEAD HEART BLOOM In Chains (KEI)
12 YEAH YEAH YEAHS It’s Blitz (Interscope)
13 IT HUGS BACK Inside Your Guitar (4AD)
14 GRAY YOUNG Firmament
15 HAMMER NO MORE THE FINGERS Looking For Bruce (Churchkey)
16 DAN DEACON Bromst (Carpark)
17 OBITS I Blame You (SUB POP)
18 THOUGHTS Consider The Bear (Brass Tax Collective)
19 MAX INDIAN You Can Go Anywhere, Do Anything (Self-Released)
20 SHOLI Sholi (Quarterstick)
21 BEN KWELLER Changing Horses (ATO Records)
22 LOVE LANGUAGE The Love Language (Bladen County)
23 SUPERCHUNK Leaves In The Gutter [EP] (Merge)
24 RED RED MEAT Bunny Gets Paid (SUB POP)
25 ROBYN HITCHCOCK AND THE VENUS 3 Goodnight Oslo (Yep Roc)
26 HANDSOME FURS Face Control (Sub Pop)
27 ELVIS PERKINS IN DEARLAND Elvis Perkins In Dearland (XL)
28 VEILS Sun Gangs (Rough Trade)
29 GLISS Devotion Implosion (Rykodisc)
30 THIEVES LIKE US Play Music (Shelflife
1 SCREAMING FEMALES Power Move (Don Giovanni)
2 KINGSBURY MANX Ascenseur Ouvert! (ODESSA)
3 HARLEM SHAKES Technicolor Health (Gigantic)
4 METRIC Fantasies (Self Released)
Despite a a mere (baseball-induced) hour-long version of the Local Beat this week, we had an excellent show. I was joined by Chas, Dan, and Dopko of Raleigh band Gray Young to talk about everything from their show that night at Sadlack’s to where the band’s name came from (a question to which we did not receive an answer).
We also discussed the release of the band’s first album, Firmament, and where they plan to go from here. These are tremendously nice guys with a very bright future, and they have basically gotten better every time I’ve seen them live. There should be more on their show at Sadlack’s (including Dancing Tony documentation!) soon from Gray Matter.
You can check out the full interview, in 4 segments, below. And if you missed the Sadlack’s show, be sure to check them out at the Local 506 on April 13, alongside the Appleseed Cast and An Horse. And join us next week, as we’ll be hanging out with A Rooster for the Masses.
On Friday, March 13, we at the Local Beat had a stroke of good luck. It rained and rained and rained, and the NC State baseball game was postponed until Saturday. That meant that we got to have our full 3 hour show! After celebrating with Future Islands‘ “Beach Foam” and an impromptu station-wide dance party, we got down to business.
At 5:15 I was fortunate to be joined by Mike Jackson of Red Collar via phone from Washington, DC. The band was excited to be kicking off their several-month tour that includes some shows at SXSW and a Saturday stop at Triangle Brewing Company in Durham for their CD Release Party. Mike described it as a “house party, with the biggest house we could find”–perfect place for Red Collar to have a CD release show, if you ask me.
Mike and I chatted a bit about the release show, the recording process, and live versus recorded music, in general. Red Collar has a reputation for putting on a blistering live show, and he affirmed that the CD is “a flyer for the show.” Check out the two-part interview below.
At the 7:00 hour, I was joined by fellow DJs Cabbage, Gray Matter, and Mikey P and special guest T Bo, the entertainment coordinator for the Hillsborough Street Renaissance. We talked about the finer things in life: food and music, both of which were integral parts of the Hillsborough Street Renaissance. Check out the interview below, divided into 3 parts.
Be sure to join us this Friday, 3/20 for an abbreviated version of The Local Beat (baseball takes over at 6) with Gray Young, still fresh off the release of their album Firmament, at 5:00 PM sharp.