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Local Beat preview 5/8/09

On this wonderful afternoon, a few short hours after Love Language does their thing with Mz Kelly, The Local Beat (as usual, the abbreviated summer version ) will commence.

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.




Festival Coverage Local Music

The Love Language TODAY at 2!

The Love Language will be in the studio today at 2pm to do an interview and a few live songs.  They are playing in Raleigh tomorrow, Saturday May 9, at The Pour House along with other Raleigh bands  Whatever Brains and Gross Ghost.   The line-up features a lo-fi cloud of Raleigh, audible debauchery.  

Quick facts about each act:

Gross Ghost- This is Mike Dillon’s new project.  If you live in Raleigh or Chapel Hill you likely know who he is.

Whatever Brains- These guys recently played WKNC’s Local Beer Local Band in March and were recently, as I like to say, “shopped,” or as others, including The Indy,  say kind of “picked up” by Matador Records.  

The Love Languge- Remember the band The Capulets who graced Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill with their infectious pop lyrics and handsome faces about four summers ago?  I do (eek, for being older than most other DJs).  Stu McLamb, a Capulet, went on to form The Love Language with two other Capulets and now, well now The Love Language is infecting the music scene on a national level, including a bit in Spin magazine.


The Love Language performing at SXSW09, product of Kelly Reid

Whatever Brains at WKNCs Local Beer Local Band, 3/26/09, product of Mike Gray

-hearts and guitars-

DJ Highlights Local Music

No Summer Time Blues Here

Summer is upon the students of NC State, which means some of us are graduating or going away ‘til the fall.

But don’t worry, Local Lunch will still be going strong all summer. We’ve gotten our hands on some awesome new releases from local favorites, and I personally look forward to exploring local hip hop and hard rock/metal acts.

So to all of us that call the Triangle home 365 days a year: Life doesn’t end in May and start up again in August, so why should our music?

Local Music Music News and Interviews

Local Beer Local Band On-Air Interviews Today!

As a precursor to what will be an awesome version of Local Beer Local Band tonight (Thursday, 5/7), we will be interviewing both Embarrassing Fruits and Prabir and the Substitutes today!

Embarrassing Fruits will be on air around 1:00 for a phone interview with the infamous Mikey P (our Local Beer, Local Band Coordinator) .


Then, during the 5 o’clock Shadow (not coincidentally, at 5:00 PM), DJs Spaceman Spiff and May Day will be interivewing Prabir and the Substitutes in studio.  As per usual, the FREE show will get started at Tir Na Nog around 10:00 tonight!  These you don’t wanna miss.

Prabir and the Substitutes, c/o the band’s Flickr page (

Non-Music News

State of State #9: Brentwood Boys and Girls Club

It was a full studio for this edition of State of State on WKNC. M.C.’s first guest was N.C. State junior Christy Booth and kids from the Brentwood Boys and Girls Club. Christy is an art program coordinator for the club. M.C. also chatted with representatives from the Carolina RailHawks, a Cary-based professional soccer organization that works with the Brentwood Boys and Girls Club.

State of State #9: Brentwood Boys and Girls Club

Music News and Interviews

It’s not too late to catch the “Be That Band” competition tonight!

Bands Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos, The Swingin’ Johnsons, The Soulless Dogs, Will McBride Group, and The Scarlet Divide will battle tonight at Tir Na Nog starting at 7 p.m. for the chance to open for Buckwheat Zydeco at the Artsplosure spring arts festival on May 16. Admission is free.

Concert Preview Local Music

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!

Music News and Interviews

Local Metal Act Colossus Needs Your Help!

Check It. WKNC has nominated local metal awesomeness, Colossus, for Song Joust Records’ Battle of the Bands. If Colossus wins, then they will receive a sweet record deal.

Voting is easy, just click here, and then play Colossus’s The Operative. Colossus’s nomination should appear on page 9 or 10 depending on your browser.

Now do your duty and help Colossus represent the Triangle!

Music News and Interviews

April 27th-May 1st TICKET GIVEAWAYS

Here’s the shows featured this week. Be sure to tune in Monday through Friday for chances to win!

Dinosaur Jr playing  (TONIGHT) Mon, Apr 27 @ Cat’s Cradle

The Kills playing Tues, Apr 28 @ Cat’s Cradle

Reverend Horton Heat playing  Fri, May 1 @ Cat’s Cradle

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Editing the Revolution

We at WKNC have a lot to say.

If you get one of our DJs talking about music, be sure you have a lot of time on your hands – it will most likely be a long conversation.

But our listeners probably wouldn’t appreciate lengthy discussions of this type on the air, because that’s not what the station is for. You don’t tune in for talking, you tune in for music.

That’s the beauty of the WKNC Blog. Our DJs have an outlet to fill you in on everything to do with all of our formats – Daytime Rock, Local Music, Underground Hip-Hop, Chainsaw Rock  and specialty shows, along with extras such as multimedia and promotions.

This blog is a relatively new project, and I, Emcee Luck, am serving as its first editor. I’m constantly on the hunt for new ideas for blog posts, and that’s where you, the readers come in.

What do you want to see on our blog? More posts like The 88 Hottest Women in Indie Rock? More reviews of local shows and music festivals?

Send me your suggestions for blog content at