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5/11 Local Beer Local Band Night – The Whalewatchers and Starmount

Tonight (Thur 5/11) at Local Beer Local Band Night we have marine-mammal rockers, The Whalewatchers, and experimental jazz group, Starmount.  Don’t forget, Tir Na Nog is in downtown Raleigh (218 S. Blount St.) and it’s FREE to get in!  Also, I’ll be doing an interview with the Whalewatcher’s arund 5pm today, so make sure you tune in.

Here’s the official Whalewatcher’s music video for the song Pretty Money:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-r8ufspAdTk

See you out there!

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Rockabilly BBQ

For all of those who love some honky-tonk, punk, and rockabilly, the place for you to be on Saturday, June 6th is Puckett’s in Charlotte. This is the 6th annual Rockabilly BBQ. Not only will you hear great music from local acts such as the Straight 8s, The Bo-Stevens, and The Tremors, you’ll get to enjoy some BBQ and nice cars.

The Speed Kings are putting on a car and bike show. This is your opportunity to check out some custom rides! There are a total of 10 bands playing throughout the whole event.

So if you enjoy some real down-home country or dancing to swing music, good lookin’ gals, beer or meeting people from all over the United States – this is a great opportunity for you to do that!

Check out Rockabilly BBQ’s official website or myspace for more information.

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6/4 – Local Beer Local Band Night – Regina Hexaphone and the StarsExplode

As most of you all know, WKNC and Tir Na Nog do this thing called Local Beer Local Band Night.  Each Thursday at Tir Na Nog we have a free show with great local bands and great local brews.  This week’s line up is Regina Hexaphone and the Stars Explode.  Also, tune in to 88.1 at 5pm on Thursday, as I will be interviewing Regina Hexaphone.

Here’s a qoute from the Independent Weekly about Regina Hexaphone:

“The rustling sun-kissed beauty and easy charm of Regina Hexaphone’s folky pop echo the sweet, generous vibe of frontwoman Sara Bell. Just as a wayward smile from someone attractive can brighten your day, nothing feels quite as welcoming as Hexaphone’s soothing sonic embrace. A preview of their forthcoming album, Into Your Sleeping Heart, is impressive, indeed, from the nomadic surf-inflected pop of "Waiting for the Wind” to the Dresden-bound gypsy bounce of “The Fortyniner.” Elsewhere, they work in a hazy, pillowy drift of receding detail, like a watercolor pulling away and over the horizon.“ –Chris Parker, Independent Weekly

"The Stars Explode is the new rock band led by Doug Edmunds, co-founding member/songwriter/drummer/vocalist for 90s rockpop underground wonders, Gladhands, and most recently the drummer for Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies. The Stars Explode builds on Edmunds’ musical legacy while looking squarely to the future. With influences ranging from the rugged British rock of Paul Weller to the loud guitar pop of the Posies to latter-day singer-songwriters like Grant-Lee Phillips, Jon Brion, and Rhett Miller, Edmunds’ new band offers up a delicious blend of musical offerings.”–the Stars Explode’s Myspace

Here’s a video of Regina Hexaphone playing live in Chapel Hill:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0FW6XjdYrE

So come out and support your community!

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5/28 – Local Beer Local Band Night – Left Outlet and The Names

Left Outlet and The Names will be rockin’ Tir Na Nog tonight (Thursday 5/28) for Local Beer Local Band Night!  Left Outlet is experimental prog rock and The Names are old school rock ‘n roll with a bluesy feel.  Don’t forget it’s FREEEE to get in, and Tir Na Nog has some delicious local beers on tap.  Come out and support your community!

Left Outlet will also be on the air at 5pm with me today to talk about their band and the show.

Here’s a video of Left Outlet playing “Prudence” live:

prudence live at the pour house

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5/21 Local Beer Local Band Night – The Never and Lost in the Trees

I’m super excited about this week’s Trekky edition of  Local Beer Local Band Night (5/21), as we have the Double Barrel Benefit alumnus The Never and Lost in the Trees!  Local Beer Local Band Night is held every Thursday night (9:30) at Tir Na Nog in downtown Raleigh.  It’s FREEEEEE to get in and Tir Na Nog has some great local brews.  So come out and support your comunity!!!!

Here’s a video of Lost in the Trees performing live at the Showroom in SC.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHxPbIHvRdk

And here’s a video of the Never live at the Cradle!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKzV0RP8djQ&feature=related

WORD UP!

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5/14 Local Beer Local Band Night – Sorry About Dresden, Dirty LittleHeaters, and Le Weekend

Old school local rockers Sorry About Dresden will be headlining our weekly event Local Beer Local Band Night at Tir Na Nog, thursday at 10!  Playing alongside are the Dirty Litte Heaters and Le Weekend.   It’s FREEEEE to get in and Tir Na Nog has some mouthwatering local brews on tap.  Come out and support your community!

Check out this video of Sorry About Dresden playing live for the DotMatrix Project in Greensboro!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XH3uPsGn6o

And here’s a video of the Dirty Little Heaters playing live back in ‘06. This girl know how to rock!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-rfiThHw8o

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Artsplosure this weekend

Artsplosure, the Raleigh arts festival, celebrates thirty years this Saturday and Sunday with a little help from 88.1. WKNC is the media sponsor of the North Carolina Stage, which will feature music by Annuals’ alter-ego Sunfold and Mel Minton & the Wicked Mojos, winner of Artsplosure’s Be That Band contest.  Mel and his band will be opening for Saturday’s festival headliner Buckwheat Zydeco. Big Bad Vodoo Daddy will close things out on Sunday. WKNC favorites Lonnie Walker will also grace the main stage for a Saturday 6 p.m. performance.

The complete schedule, along with everything else Artsplosure has to offer, is at Artsplosure.org.

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5/7 Local Beer Local Band Night – Embarrassing Fruits with Prabir andthe Substitutes

Embarrassing Fruits and Prabir and The Substitutes will be rocking out at WKNC’s and Tir Na Nog’s Local Beer Local Band Night this Thursday night (5/7).  It is FREEEEEE to get in, and Tir Na Nog has local brew specials.  Mmm I can’t wait for some Aviator in my belly! Tir Na Nog is located at 218 S. Blount Street in Downtown Raleigh!

Come out and support your community!

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4/23 Local Beer Local Band Night – The Proclivities and Becca Stevens

The Proclivities and Becca Stevens will be playing at our weekly event, Local Beer Local Band Night, at Tir Na Nog this Thursday 4/23.  It’s free to get in and Tir Na Nog has local brew specials. Come out and support your community!  See ya there!

Also, the Proclivities will be in the WKNC studio on Thursday for the 5 o’clock shadow!  DJ Spaceman Spiff and DJ May Day will be talking to the band and showcasing some of their tunes!  Tune in at 5pm.

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Earth Day Concert This Friday (Students Only!)

As finals rapidly approach, and “Dead Week” proves to be much more lively with work, students are in need of some R&R before hitting the books. Luckily, Earth Day seems to offer some salvation. Starting at 6pm on this Friday (April 24th), Annuals, Lonnie Walker, and Cougar Magnum will be rocking Lee Field (located behind Sullivan and Lee residence halls) to raise awareness for Earth Day.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show is scheduled to last until 11 p.m. This event is only open to N.C. State students and their guests (one guest per student and guests must have a valid student ID). While you wait for the show to start, be sure to check out the WKNC table which will be showcasing awesome merch such as Double Barrel Benefit 6 shirts, WKNC logoed shirts, koozies, and buttons.

For more information about Earth Day, check out the Web site. Also be sure to stop by the Energy Fair which will take place on NC State’s Brickyard- Wednesday April 22nd. More than 60 vendors will be taking part in NC State’s 2009 Earth Day which will feature the EcoCAR Challenge and the FREEDM Center’s hybrid car.