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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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Miscellaneous

Double Barrel Benefit Merch For Sale!

Attention all WKNC fans!  We have many Double Barrel Benefit T-Shirts available for purchase!

DBB 11 // $8

Women: Small

Men: Small, Medium, Large, 2XL

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DBB 9 // $5

Unisex: Small, Medium, Large

DBB 8 // $5

Unisex: Small, Large

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T-shirts can be purchased in person at 343 Witherspoon Student Center Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with cash, check payable to N.C. State or debit/credit card. Orders can also be taken by telephone at 919-513-1918. Prepaid credit/debit orders can be shipped for a flat rate of $4. 

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Band/Artist Profile

Double Barrel Benefit 11 // Mount Moriah

Mount Moriah burst onto the triangle scene just a few years ago, and have been asserting themselves as one of the best Americana groups in the scene and beyond ever since. Lead by the soulful crooning of Heather McEntire, the band made a splash in 2013 with their release of their critically lauded record Miracle Temple. Praised for its blend of fundamental country elements with refreshing songwriting and energy, the Merge Records release was recognized by outlets such as Pitchfork and Paste as a standout of the year.

Mount Moriah is known for its emotionally driven and sentimental performances that feel like something from the past. This year at Hopscotch 2013, they hosted one of the most extravagant performances of the festival with a set made up of their discography in full, wowing Fletcher Opera Theater.

This February 14th, Mount Moriah takes the stage of Lincoln Theater on the second and final night of WKNC’s Double Barrel Benefit 11. Bring a loved one and be prepared to dance for what’s sure to be a landmark show in the event’s history.

-Walt Lilly, Production Manager

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Band/Artist Profile

Double Barrel Benefit 11 // Bombadil

Bombadil are an eclectic chamber folk-pop band out of Durham, North Carolina. Their name is derived from the J.R.R. Tolkien character Tom Bombadil from the Lord of the Rings. Tom Bombadil is a witty, peculiar character who speaks and sings in playful rhymes. The name “Bombadil” encompasses the quartet perfectly as they deliver their sophisticated pop feel of a bygone era in their eccentric suits.

The band began back in 2006 when the head of Ramseur Records stumbled upon a few demos and immediately signed them. Since then they have released an EP and four incredible full-length studio albums. Bombadil have been WKNC favorites since their very first release. With each subsequent release, Bombadil have found new ways to expand and develop their sound. Each member of the band is a multi-instrumentalist in addition to being a vocalist and songwriter. Each song is testament to each member’s ability to craft truly brilliant pop songs.

After a brief hiatus a couple years back, it is safe to say that Bombadil are back and better than ever. Their most recent effort, Metrics of Affection, earned them a spot as our Local Artist of the Month back in July. This year, we could not be more excited to have one of our long-time favorites on stage for Double Barrel at last.

-Michael D’Argenio, Program Manager

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Concert Review

Double Barrel Benefit Night 1 Recap // February 7, 2014

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The first night of Double Barrel Benefit 11 at Cat’s Cradle surely did not disappoint. We are so grateful to the hundreds of wonderful people who came out and showed their support.

The night started out with a highly energetic and enthusiastic performance by Raleigh’s own Ghostt Bllonde. Next was Tow3rs, who began his set with a cover of Raleigh’s Lonnie Walker, which immediately grabbed at the crowd’s hearts. Hammer No More the Fingers followed with a nostalgic yet fresh set with new material that reinforces your past love affair with the boys. Lastly, The Love Language took the stage and delivered a genuinely heart-felt performance. The band served up a well-balanced mix of older songs as well as some picks from their latest album. Before we knew it, nobody in the crowd could contain themselves and broke out into a frenzy of crowd surfing- which has become a surprisingly recent pattern at The Love Language’s shows.

Overall, everyone at WKNC is elated with the results from our first night of Double Barrel Benefit 11. Be sure to come out for the second round of fun, this Friday, February 14, 2014 at Lincoln Theatre. It will be a Valentine’s Day celebration featuring Mount Moriah, Bombadil, Loamlands, and Daniel Bachman! Tickets can be purchased here

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Double Barrel Benefit 11 // Loamlands

    

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Recording a quality album in three days’ time is not an easy feat for most musicians. But when you’ve already been playing music together for four years, some pretty amazing things can come out of such an intense studio session. That’s the case with Some Kind of Light, the debut album from the Durham-based band, Loamlands. Kym Register and Will Hackney previously played together in local favorite Midtown Dickens. Their new project, a folk/Americana duo backed by a rotating percussion section that has featured members of Megafaun, Lost in the Trees, and Hiss Golden Messenger, builds on their past together. With thoughtful lyrics sung in both raw and melodic styles over southern guitar hooks, this pair creates music that is easy to enjoy and relate to. The accessible style makes their show a great experience for all music fans.

After seeing one of their first performances last spring, when they opened for William Tyler, it was apparent that these musicians are very comfortable together; the songs came across easily and the general atmosphere at their shows is one of support and mutual delight in playing for an audience. Their cover of “Stop Dragging My Heart Around” was one of my favorite memories from a live show last year. Loamlands plays the second night of DBB, Feburary 14th, at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theater – you won’t want to miss it!

-Kate VanVorst, DJ, LBLB Coordinator

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Music News and Interviews

Loamlands in the Lounge

Loamlands are an exciting new Durham based band, featuring Will Hackney and Kym Register, formerly of the group Midtown Dickens. The group revels in a sort of emotionally charged Americana that manages to hopeful and bittersweet all at once. The band saw their first EP release, Some Kind Of Light, last year on Trekky Records, and the record is a powerful and spare collection of songs with earworm vocal melodies and a distinctly Southern charm. 

The duo recently came in for a Lounge session, where they performed “One More Day” a track from their upcoming new LP. See them play with Mount Moriah, Daniel Bachman, and more this Friday 2/14 at Lincoln Theater for Double Barrel Benefit Night 2!

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Double Barrel Benefit 11 // The Love Language

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The Love Language is a well-established band in the Triangle, and after signing to Merge Records in 2010, they struck stardom. Where the self-titled was excited and frantic with lustful hooks, Libraries swooned with Americana slides and sways and indie pop vigor. Their third album, Ruby Red, was released in July of 2013 to meet critical acclaim with its more polished, rock-oriented sound. The Love Language calls on a heartfelt earnestness in their performances, swelling up with the rises and falls of the most dynamic, unashamed sincerity that frontman, Stuart McLamb cultivates in his love letters of songs that reminisce past summers in jangly harmonies and naivety. For years, The Love Language has provided us with both songs we can dance, or erratically jump, to and others meant for holding hands with the past.

The Love Language has a long history with WKNC: coming in for interviews and in-studio performances, performing live for our video project, The Lounge, and even playing a solo set at our outdoor concert series, Fridays on the Lawn. We can’t think of a better band to headline the first night of our biggest event of the year!

-Bri Aab, General Manager

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Double Barrel Benefit 11 // Hammer No More The Fingers

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Hammer No More The Fingers catapulted into the local music scene in 2007 with the release of their self-titled EP release, one that received considerable airplay on WKNC and a heavy amount of recognition. They followed their EP with Looking For Bruce, a powerful sophomore album that garnered high critical praise, both at home and abroad. They were labeled by Stereogum as the “Band to Watch” in 2008, and by Spin as one of 25 “Must See Artists” at the 2009 CMJ festival.

Hammer No More The Fingers have been a staple of the tremendous local music scene, delivering consistently solid performances and playing alongside the best in established and up-and-coming artists. Their hooks and harmonies are irresistible, and their live performance will fuel you in ways that only their exuberant college rock can. It’s a feeling that is few and far between these days, but one that is not all lost.

Friday, February 7th at Cat’s Cradle, Hammer No More The Fingers will take the stage and give Double Barrel Benefit 11 a rock performance we all yearn for, one you will not want to miss.

-Zach Dorsett, Promotions Director

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Double Barrel Benefit 11 // TOW3RS

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Tow3rs began several years ago when musician Derek Torres decided to cover a Lonnie Walker track and upload the recording online. That cover dovetailed into a cassette offer from Lonnie Walker’s label, the NC-based Diggup Tapes, and eventually into a full length, the sprightly, experimental If All We Have Is Time, which mixed equal parts generational ennui and guitar-pop songcraft.

Since then, the band’s unique approach to indie pop has shapeshifted through several incarnations as the band’s presence has increased in the Triangle, with the Tow3rs moniker currently serving as a dance-inflected solo project for Torres himself. In recent months, the project has offered the odd single on Bandcamp, as well as the occasional split, including a recent Velvet Underground covers release for Digguptapes with fellow Triangle band Lilac Shadows, on which the band provided their inspired rendition of “Rock and Roll.

As Torres readies a new LP, the newer material reveals an evolving palette of sounds and influences, but with the same strong emphasis on pop songwriting. WKNC is very excited to have Derek perform with us!

-David Smith, Music Director