Music News and Interviews

Giveaways for the rest of April — check It!

Check it – Check it – Check it out!

WKNC has tickets to great shows for YOU! Here are the shows happing during the rest of April that we are giving away tickets to:

Thursday, April 22

Shakori Hills Grassroots Music Festival (April 22 to 25)
**Be sure to tune into WKNC for an interview with The Honeycutters on Friday, April 23 from11 a.m. to 12 p.m. w/ DJ Kligz as the last of WKNC Shakori Interview series**

Friday, April 23

The Old Ceremony w/ Benji Hughes @ Cat’s Cradle

The Old Ceremony photo by Scott Simontacchi

Sunday, April 25

Frightened Rabbit w/ Maps & Atlases, Bad Veins @ Cat’s Cradle

Monday, April 26

Quasi w/ Let’s Wrestle @ Cat’s Cradle

Wednesday, April 28

Clipse w/ XY & Ninjasonik @ Cat’s Cradle

Friday, April 30

Kaki King w/ An Horse @ Cat’s Cradle

As always, be sure to check out The Rock Report for a complete list of local shows. Tune into WKNC 88.1 FM for your chance to win tickets or stream us online.

Rock on!

Music News and Interviews

Benji Hughes interview Friday at 1 p.m.

If you’ve listened to the station recently, you probably know that WKNC is presenting Benji Hughes and Skullbuckle at the Pour House Music Hall tomorrow night.

In anticipation of the show, I’ll be interviewing the man himself at 1 p.m. sharp. Greg from Skullbuckle will also be in to talk about the band’s album and the show.

If you have any questions you have to hear answered, comment on this post and let me know!

See you on the airwaves.

Concert Preview

WKNC presents Benji Hughes with Skullbuckle

On March 12 at the Pour House Music Hall, WKNC will bring two great acts to the stage: Benji Hughes and Skullbuckle. This show will not be one to miss, especially since Benji Hughes, hailing from Charlotte, has not played in the Raleigh area in quite some time. Tickets are $8 and you will not want to miss this show.

We also have Benji Hughes and Skullbuckle shirts to giveaway, so stay tuned for your chance to win!


Local Valentine’s Day playlist

Many would call me a hopeless romantic.  I love to send letters and flowers to my girl and pamper her up when I can.  And while I am not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day and its pop culture marketing schemes,, I still feel the urge to go out and buy my sweetie some candy and flowers and make her a nice dinner to show her how much I care.  Another thing I like to do from time to time is make her custom mix tapes based around themes, as it was afterall music that brought us together.  Holiday mix tapes are usually the best and easiest and this Valentine’s Day will be no exception.

North Carolina is a hot pot for music and of course you are going to find some wonderful love songs tucked here and there.  If you had Valentine’s Day creep up on you from the back and take you by surprise today, and your significant other is a fan of local music, feel free to steal this play list as your own.  (You might even want to take it further and take your honey to see all of these artists the next time they play live.)

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    Tift Merritt: Another Country

  2. Avett Brothers: I & Love & You

  3. The Old Ceremony: God Said I Could Have You

  4. Birds & Arrows: Honeymoon Song

  5. Nola: Fall Into Me

  6. Josh Moore: Rush Down My Spine

  7. Benji Hughes: All You’ve Got To Do Is Fall In Love

  8. Jeremy Blair From Effingham: I Do & I Don’t

  9. Bombadil: Reasons

  10. Whiskey Smugglers: Not Your Average Love Song

  11. Brett Harris: I’m In Love

  12. Mandolin Orange: Oh My Love

  13. Stella By Starlight: As Good As It Gets

  14. Tomahawks: Just Like One Another

  15. Lost in the Trees: Love On My Side

  16. Martha Ann Motel: Everything All At Once

Got more to share?  Comment below!

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Tift Merrit: Another Country
Avett Brothers: I & Love & You

The Old Ceremony: God Said I Could Have You
Birds & Arrows: Honeymoon Song

Nola: Fall Into Me

Josh Moore: Rush Down My Spine
Benji Hughes: All You’ve Got To Do Is Fall In Love

Jeremy Blair From Effingham: I Do & I Don’t

Bombadil: Reasons

Whiskey Smugglers: Not Your Average Love Song

Brett Harris: I’m In Love

Mandolin Orange: Oh My Love

Stella By Starlight: As Good As It Gets

Tomahawks: Just Like One Another

Lost in the Trees: Love On My Side

Martha Ann Motel: Everything All At Once

DJ Highlights

Local Beat recap 4/10/09

Wow, what a day.  We started off the Local Beat with an interview and in-studio performance by one of my favorite bands around, Bombadil.  They played previously unreleased “Kate and Kelsey” and were also kind enough to let us spin a few tracks off of their yet-to-be-released album, Tarpits and Canyonlands (see video below)

We talked about the imminent loss of Stuart, Daniel’s injured hand, the NC State Brickyard preachers, and how none of these things will stop the momentum that Bombadil has with new album to be released soon.

Lastly, they provided a hint as to their concert garb for the evening (see pictures below).  Check out the interview.

Bombadil 4/10 interview

As Bombadil was leaving the studio, we were shuffling Double Barrel Benefit 6 band Lost in the Trees (2/13 of them, anyway) into the studio.  They also played a previously unreleased track called “A Church that Fits our Needs,” a stunningly beautiful song with, as we noted, a touch of folk.  We also talked about their upcoming date at the Shakori Hills Festival and some work the band is doing in schools (promoting rock, or pop, or whatever it should be called). Finally, we talked about the band’s next album, which should be released sometime this fall (check the Trekky Records website for more info).  They also spoke a little about the show that night at the Lincoln Theatre.

Check out the Lost in the Trees interview below.

Lost in the Trees 4/10 interview

The lineup for that show was as follows:

Lost in the Trees

Benji Hughes (who put on just about the drunkest, most hilarious act I’ve seen in a while)


Our last guest of the evening was Ryan Richardson of the Kingsbury Manx, who joined us by phone.  We talked about the band’s label, Odessa Records (owned and managed by band member Paul Finn).  Odessa was having its “label release” party at Cat’s Cradle that night, which included all 3 bands on the label:

Americans in France

Impossible Arms

Kingsbury Manx

Check out the interview below.

Kingsbury Manx 4/10 interview

Check out the pictures from the Lincoln Theatre show below and visit for more of the same.

Music News and Interviews

More Ticket Giveaways This Week (April 6th-April 12th)

In addition to the Shakori Hills giveaways this week, we have other shows we’re giving free passes to that you might want to check out:

The Design w/ Sun Domingo playing @ Lincoln Theatre Thursday April 9th

Bombadil w/ Benji Hughesand Lost in the Trees playing @ Lincoln Theatre Friday April 10th

Urban Sophisticates w/ O Period playing @ Lincoln Theatre Saturday April 11th

Nappy Luv 7.5 Hosted by Amanda Diva featuring 9th Wonder playing @ Lincoln Theatre Sunday April 12th

New Album Review

New Music 3/22 – 3/29

Ever wonder what were the hottest new tracks of college radio or what the DJs were spinning at WKNC? Wonder no more! Here are the latest, freshest, and most off-the-chain albums of the week.

Hey Kids, Play This New Music

Gray Matter, Assistant Daytime Music Director

Red Red MeatBunny Gets Paid
A re-release of a classic album. One of the best examples of experimental folk/blues ever.

Mirah is a particularly weird singer/songwriter type. I like this album quite a lot.

More experimental folk, this much more twangy. One of the singers sounds like a bluegrass singer which I would normally hate, but I kind of like this band.

Bonnie Prince BillyBeware
Sounds like Bonnie Prince Billy, if you don’t know what Bonnie Prince Billy sounds like, listen to some Bonnie Prince Billy.

Mi AmiWatersports
Good weird [expletive]. Extreme falsetto vocals with drum and bass rhythms.

Soft TagsWinchester Mansion, and Projectors
Soft Tags sent us their two older albums, neither quite as good as their newest, but they have some worth hearing tracks.

New Music, Local Music, most importantly: Awesome Music

Mick, Local Music Director

There is so much good new local music I can barely contain myself. I’m not eloquent in describing this stuff, so the best way to do this is to listen the stuff yourself. You won’t regret a single second of it.

Red Collar“Pilgrim”
I mean, what do you want me to say? It’s Red Collar’s album, at long last. If you don’t know, then put it in your CD player right now.

Benji Hughes “A Love Extreme”
Not the traditional local; he’s from Charlotte. Some dancy, some poppy, eclectic as a whole. This is a double album, and it’s awesome and hilarious all at once. Lots of short, catchy tunes that you’ll be singing along with after one listen. I don’t really know how to describe it other than this so play the [expletive]!

Nathan Oliver“Cloud Animals”
Some great new indie-pop from Nathan Oliver. Better than his last, a bit harder, and certainly more interesting  (this review brought to you by Gray Matter).

Embarrassing Fruits“Community / Exploitation”
Hot damn, I really think this may be the best CD I’ve received as local music director. This album is like a reincarnation of Pavement, with the same slacker rock approach plus constant complaining about a girl. Every track is awesome. Really, really awesome.

Joe Romeo & The Orange County Volunteersself-titled
Some combination of folk rock, surf rock, and Americana. Really great, twangy tunes that are heartfelt and simply beautiful. This guy knows how to write music. Play it!

Whew. As always, there is more on the horizon. For now, check these out and keep rockin the local stuff.