DJ Highlights Local Music

Expanding my local music horizons

This is what I love about WKNC: I stop by to give some love to one of my favorite people, when the Local Lunch airplay makes me stop, mid-sentence, and demand, “who is this?”  Today it was Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. A very 1969 sound, but clearly more than just a hippie groove, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have officially made my “need to know list.”  From its Web site, it’s clear the band’s favorite touring destinations are along the West Coast, but it may be a while before I try to catch a concert. I am, however, stalking them on Myspace, and may even splurge for the iTunes album, “Up From Below.”  I’m diggin’ the song “Janglin,” particularly on this rainy weekend.

In other local music happenings, if you missed the first Local Beer Local Band of the school year, you missed out. I went mainly to see this band my friend has been gushing about: A Rooster for the Masses.  I’ll admit, my friend was right on the mark.  But, while Rooster was awesome, I was more taken with the grungy-goodness of that night’s other act, Free Electric State.  The lead singer’s deep voice meshes beautifully with the truly “electric” sound of rock, but not so much that you can’t sing/dance/jam/shake you booty/headbang along with a catchy set of lyrics.

Be sure to be at Tir Na Nog next Thursday for Local Beer Local Band, and see what the hype is all about.  The Huguenots are playing alongside The Stars Explode for what will be sure to be another fantastic FREE show in the Triangle.