This Friday, Girls Rock NC will put on their first benefit concert at the Pinhook in Durham!! 8 newly-formed bands will perform original songs in the rock-roulette. There will be a raffle, food truck, beer and pie pairings, and a dance party to follow the acts after the show. Come out and support a truly fantastic organization that does so much for our community and music scene! <3
Kings Barcade – Saturday, January 16 at 9 pm
An incredible lineup is coming to Kings tonight!
Local faves Museum Mouth are headlining and are sure to bring the noise. One of my favorite aspects of the band is the instrumentation; Karl Kuehn plays drums and sings Museum Mouth’s emotive lyrics at a punk rock pace. Museum Mouth are getting ready for Double Barrel Benefit 13, then tour with Say Anything through April and May. They released a few new tracks late last year. I’m pumped to catch them for some of their last local shows this weekend and at DBB before they hit it big time. Speaking of Double Barrel (specifically, DBB alums), Dax Beaton from Body Games will be performing a solo set. This will be a unique set for anyone who’s seen Body Games before, since they usually perform with three members. We’ll have to see what Dax has in store, but if previous shows are any indication, it will be an awesome, danceable, and immersive audiovisual experience.
Linking these two seemingly disjoint acts will be Kississippi and Superbody. Described as popviolence, Philadelphia two-piece Kississippi plays impressively catchy rock grooves without overfilling their musical space. Paper Magazine named them in their list of Top Musicians Who Will Dominate 2016. This will be the second-to-last show of Kississippi’s winter tour, so they’re sure to impress. Superbody mixes nonsensical ideas (best exhibited in their video for “Call Me That”) with classic pop beats to create truly different but still addicting music. If you’re a fan of at least one of these artists, odds are you’ll be led to like the others through Kississippi’s and Superbody’s performances. I’m looking forward to learning more about electronic influences on music this weekend at the show. The lineup is great in that there is no obvious common thread through all four acts, but each artist fits into several genres and can be easily related to one other.
The time for our 13th annual Double Barrel Benefit lineup announcement is ALMOST here! On December 16th (two weeks from today) we will be announcing the DBB13 lineup, dates, and locations during Local Lunch! If you want to be one of the first to hear the Big Secret revealed, tune into 88.1FM or wknc.org/listen!
Double Barrel Benefit is our annual two-night concert that is essential to our success here at WKNC. It’s a perfect opportunity to showcase NC bands while getting the funds that help us stay the best college radio station ever!
Past lineups have included:
Only two weeks until the reveal! STAY TUNED!
Speedy Ortiz recently announced a new all-ages tour with 100% of the net proceeds benefitting the Girls Rock Camp Foundation (http://www.girlsrockcampfoundation.org/). The band brings the tour to Durham, NC on December 15th to play at The Pinhook. Speedy Ortiz will be joined by DIY foursome Aye Nako and Raleigh punk group No Love, with a special DJ set by Merge Records DJs.
To further incentivize donations, GRCF and artist Michael DeForge have teamed up w/ Speedy Ortiz to offer exclusive prizes for various donation levels (baseline ticket prices may vary slightly in certain venues):
$10 = ticket only, no donation
$15 = ticket +$5 GRCF donation (free custom Speedy Ortiz poster by Michael DeForge for that night’s show!)
$20 = ticket +$10 GRCF donation (free custom Speedy Ortiz nail art stickers!)
$40 = ticket +$30 GRCF donation (free GRC print (ex: http://www.girlsrockcampfoundation.org/fully-funded) + all other prizes included!)
WKNC loves Speedy Ortiz and Girls Rock! What a cool show!
source: Sunshine Face’s Facebook
This Friday, outside of Witherspoon Student Center, WKNC will be holding one of several of its long-running musical events, Fridays on the Lawn. Sunshine Faces from Chapel Hill and Mineral Girls from Charlotte will be playing; both bands are riding off the release of albums this year.
Sunshine Faces just recently released “Peaked,” their sophomore album, recorded completely in a dorm room. Their music has been described as lo-fi, but it is by no means thin-sounding. Their songs are expansive, swelling and even ethereal-sounding. At times, their music is reminiscent of The Cure, like on the song “Kissing Every Day,” a quick-tempo track with twangy guitar sounds and glistening synthesizers. At other times they sound like a shoegaze or twee pop band. Honestly though, they are not an easy band to pinpoint as they don’t tend to just one sound throughout an album. Some other tracks I’d recommend checking out from the band are “Of Asheville,” as well as the fan favorite, “Teenage Prayer.”
Mineral Girls released the totally solid album, “Cozy Body,” this spring. The lo-fi emo group has plenty of catchy melodies and harmonized guitars to spare. Brett Green’s distorted and distant vocals give their music a signature sound too. Some songs I’d recommend from these guys are “Was the Worst Thing That Ever Happened to Me” and “Nvr Ur Gf.”
With the forecast predicting warm weather and only a slight chance of rain, coming out to Witherspoon this Friday afternoon is a good bet for a great time. Lighten your mood after a long week, and chill out to some good tunes. If you possess even a slight fondness for reverby guitar music, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this one. Music starts at five. Come hang!
source: The Mineral Girls Facebook
Fridays on the Lawn, our regular free shows on campus, are back! The first one of the semester is this Friday, October 2nd, featuring local bands Look A Ghost and Natural Causes! There will be catering by Dickey’s BBQ and a small raffle. Our rain location is 210 Park Shops- so you have no excuse to not come and hang! See you there!
HEADLINERS – The Wolfpack Hip Hop Time Machine with Rapsody and 9th Wonder, Petey Pablo, Nappy Roots, Terminator X and DJ DVS – (Closing show, approximately 8pm)
Stone Age Romeos – cover
Mo’Jazz – R&B/jazz
Carson Hill – country
The Sand Band – beach/cover
JUZT KP – rap
Team Collective – rap
Packapalooza 2015 is just around the corner and the organizers of NC State’s annual Hillsborough Street community festival are looking for more than 300 volunteers to make sure the event goes off without a hitch.
If you’re interested in helping this year, the day-long celebration of all things Wolfpack is slated for August 22 from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. all along Hillsborough Street. You can sign up for a volunteer shift as a group or as an individual with this online registration form.
On August 22nd, The Pour House Music Hall & Younger Brother Productions will present Groove in the Garden at Stephenson Amphitheater and Rose Garden. Groove in the Garden is an all-day music marathon that brings together some of the state’s finest artists for an eclectic mixture of sun-soaked indie pop, rustic Southern rock, soulful R&B, and rousing bluegrass. The event will take place from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm with vendors, food trucks, and a wide array of local musicians for a day full of good vibes and good times in one of Raleigh’s most scenic locales. Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased here.
Wilmington’s Deep Ecology plays Local Band Local Beer this week with Absent Lovers and Young Cardinals. Local Band Local Beer is every Thursday at 9:30 p.m. at Tir Na nOg Irish Pub in Raleigh, presented by WKNC 88.1 FM and Younger Brother Productions.
Listen/purchase: Deep Ecology by Deep Ecology
Our first spring Fridays on the Lawn with Jackson Scott and Astro Cowboy is this Friday, March 20 from 5-7 p.m.