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Listen to Microclimates by Brushfire Stankgrass, playing this week at Local Band Local Beer with Nuclear Honey and The Potatoes.

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See you at 8

at the rock show. We’ll be with all of your best friends waiting at the Lincoln Theater, purging bad vibes. Hit us up when you get there. Don’t forget your ticket, you need one of those to get in. No need for a shirt, we’re selling some there. Oh and leave the lighter- we got matchbooks! So stoked to see you there. 

– l8r m/ –

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Tomorrow: DBB 12

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Tomorrow night marks the first of WKNC’s two-part fundraiser, Double Barrel Benefit. Now in its 12th year, Double Barrel Benefit has helped to keep the station afloat while promoting what we care about most: the local music community. 

In order to keep up our efforts, we need your help. Consider attending either one or both nights of what we believe to be a stacked lineup, one we spent countless hours preparing in order to make your donations worthwhile. It’s the one time of the year that we reach out for your support (no telethons here), and we do it in what we consider to be the best way possible. So grab a friend, get some tickets, and meet us down at Lincoln Theatre tomorrow for night one. 

Tickets and more information are available here: http://wknc.org/dbb12/

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FRIDAYS ON THE LAWN // September 19, 2014

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Our first Fridays on the Lawn outdoor concert of the semester is almost here! Bring your friends and hang with WKNC on Harris Field in front of Witherspoon Student Center for free music, food, and fun!

This month we’re stoked to have a full band set with David Childers of Overmountain Men as well as a solo set from Nathan Golub, a primitive guitar artist from Durham, NC.

Did we mention that there will be free food? INSOMNIA COOKIES will be provided to all!

Parking can be found in Dan Allen Deck in all spots marked “C”.

You can check out Nathan Golub’s music on bandcamp:
http://nathangolub.bandcamp.com/releases

and David Childers on SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/user575260013

If there is inclement weather, the event will be held in Talley Pavilion Lounge.

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Folk Friday – Presented by Artists Like You – 8/15

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This Friday is Folk Friday at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw. It’s an event presented by Artists Like You, who are all about finding an audience for talented North Carolina musicians. The event will take place in the Outdoor Amphitheater, so it’s sure to be a great way soak up the last of these summer nights.

Performing acts include David Childers of Overmountain Men, and a brand new band on the block, Emma Nelson and the Umphs.

The event starts at 7pm. Oh yeah, and it’s FREE!

Check it out.

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This is not a test or an SOS

My name is Jamie and I’m crazy about Miniature Tigers. I’ve seen them more times than I can remember (13, maybe?), which is pretty impressive considering they’re from Phoenix and now live in Brooklyn. I even tried to see them open for fun. during a vacation in metro Detroit, but the show was sold out. I ended up having a drink at the bar that shares a back wall with the venue and catching a muffled version of their set (which technically makes 13.5 shows).

After skipping over the Triangle on their tour with Bear Hands this spring, I am delighted for the opportunity to see them headline the Cat’s Cradle Back Room with The Griswolds and Finish Ticket on Wednesday, Aug. 12. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $14 at the door.

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To prepare you for their Cat’s Cradle show, let me run down the Miniature Tigers discography. “Tell it to the Volcano” (2008) is bubblegum pop at its finest. To quote former WKNC general manager Kyle Robb, “each track is as catchy as the Bubonic Plague.” It gave the CD player in my car quite the workout. The band’s electronic influences are more prevalent in their sophomore album, “Fortress” (2010). They kept turning up the techo for “Mia Pharaoh” (2012), but the catchy hooks were still there with such songs as “Cleopatra” and “Sex on the Regular.” The band’s fourth album, "Cruel Runnings" (2014), was released in June. It takes a few listens to get into it, but you’ll be humming “Swimming Pool Blues” before long.

Want to know what Miniature Tigers have been listening to lately? Check out the “On the Road” Spotify playlist they made with The Griswolds. See you soon.

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It’s that time of the year again! WKNC will be presenting its annual Concert On The Lawn on August 18th on Harris Field (in front of Witherspoon) from 5-7pm! For those of you who are unfamiliar with the series, Concert On The Lawn is WKNC’s big concert to start off the school year. The Concert On The Lawn is basically the biggest (and first) of our bi-weekly “Fridays on the Lawn” concert series which goes on throughout the school year. We only have the best local bands play for The Concert On The Lawn and this year our performers are none other than Durham’s own Hammer No More The Fingers (http://hnmtf.com) and Beauty World (http://beautyworld.bandcamp.com). This is also a great time to check out WKNC if you’ve never been to a WKNC event and/or want to learn more about the station and how to get involved.

You may recognize Hammer No More The Fingers as one of the headlining bands at WKNC’s latest Double Barrel Benefit Concert. You may also recognize them because they’re freakin’ awesome and make some of the best edgy indie rock in the triangle. The trio has garnered much musical acclaim since forming in early 2007, and their work has progressed into local NC music fame. Their melodic riffs of rocking and rolling are bound to keep you grooving for the whole set. Rumor has it that Jeff Stickley will drum with hammers instead of drumsticks. He will then proceed to change his last name to Hammerley. Not really.

Beauty World is a power duo also hailing from Durham, NC who recently released their self-titled EP, “Beauty World”. The band consists of Duncan Webster of Hammer No More The Fingers, and Leah Gibson (former member of Lost In The Trees). The two met when Leah Gibson accompanied Hammer No More The Fingers on stage during the 2010 Hopscotch music festival. Soon after, Webster and Gibson started making their own music and playing shows together. Beauty World brings us music that shows influences of both Hammer No More The Fingers’ rock&roll and Lost In The Trees’ indie folk, while creating a unique sound of their own.

So mark your calendars for Monday, August 18th at 5-7pm. Come on down and enjoy some great free music! Don’t forget this is also a perfect time to learn more about WKNC, how to get involved with WKNC, and college radio in general. P.S. also a wonderful time to get your free WKNC swag: stickers, bottle openers, koozies. Ya’ know, all that good stuff. 

 

See you there!

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Play it SAFE Benefit: 5/30 at the Pinhook!

WKNC // WXYC // WXDU // WUAG Present: Play it SAFE a benefit for the Durham Crisis Response Center. The show will be at the Pinhook on May 30th.

This North Carolina college radio collaboration features the excellent grrrl punks that are See Gulls, and our much beloved friend T0W3RS, who you may recognize from DBB11, FOTL, or The Lounge

WKNC is more than excited to be joined among such great company for such a great cause. Of course we are also more than psyched to be dancing our shoes off to these two great local acts. Let’s throw some french fries!

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Local Band Local Beer // May 8, 2014

Tonight’s Local Band Local Beer, presented by WKNC 88.1 FM, Tir na nOg Irish Pub, and Younger Brother Productions, will feature:

Campfires and Constellations,

Braden & Brother,

Dry River Trio.

FREE // 9:30 // 18 +

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Local Band Local Beer /// May 1, 2014

Take a break from your non-stop studying and hectic week of final exams for this week’s Local Band Local Beer presented by WKNC 88.1 FM, Younger Brother Productions, and Tir na nOg Irish Pub.

Tonight’s stellar lineup includes Hammer No More the Fingers, WOOL, and Vannevar!

Show starts at 9:30 // 18 + // FREE

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