New Album Review

ALBUM REVIEW: Destroyer – Have We Met

BEST TRACKS: The Raven, Crimson Tide

FCC Violations: Crimson Tide, The Television Music Supervisor, Cue Synthesizer, Foolssong

If you follow Dan Bejar, you probably know that he is a cherished member of indie pop band The New Pornographers, but what you might not know is that Dan Bejar is also the centerpiece of a much moodier rock project, Destroyer. Destroyer recently released an album Have We Met, which earned a whopping 8.5 on Pitchfork, so I was intrigued. When listening to music, I try not to take the album art into consideration but please bear with me as I comment on album art just this one time. I am a very visual person, and am often drawn to albums based solely on enticing album art. I hate when album covers are just a closeup, artsy picture of the artist. It’s just so average and seems very self-absorbed to me. After seeing Have We Met’s boring album cover, I almost didn’t listen to the album but I’m glad I did.

Bejar’s singing style, especially on the 5th track ‘The Raven’, sometimes morphs into a very intimate talking-singing-mumble akin to Jeffrey Lewis’ on the album A Turn in the Dream Songs. The instruments on this album are fairly minimal and simple, emphasizing mostly guitar and electronic keyboard, but the music is far from basic. The solemn, sometimes scattered notes create an exquisitely spooky, chilling atmosphere. Have We Met is dark, eerie, and weird. In fact, Bejar has said that he was influenced by the Twilight Zone and Edgar Allen Poe during the creation of this album. When I listen to this album, I immediately imagine it as the soundtrack to an art gallery exhibit in the MOMA filled with weird, abstract, smooth and spiky black sculptures. Listen to this album if you ever went through a phase where you were obsessed with misty graveyards, the Victorian era, and the supernatural.


Music News and Interviews

Ticket Giveaways 1/22/18

Here are some tickets we are giving away this week! Make sure you’re listening to get a chance to win!

The Nude Party, Drag Sounds, and Reese McHenry & The Fox @ King’s, Saturday January 27th

Destroyer and Mega Bogg @ Cat’s Cradle, Tuesday January 30th

Live Nation Presents: Big Head Todd and the Monsters @ The Ritz, Thursday February 1st

Concert Preview

Merge 25 Festival

Merge Records invites you to North Carolina to help celebrate their 25th Anniversary at Merge 25, a music festival featuring Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, Lambchop (performing Nixon), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, The Love Language and many more

Tickets for the individual Merge 25 shows at the Cat’s Cradle & the outdoor party in Carrboro have already gone on sale Wednesday, March 26 at 11am EST — via the Cat’s Cradle website.

Full show line-ups & more information about other Merge 25 Festivities coming soon! 

Wednesday, July 23 at Baldwin Auditorium
 performs Nixonwith more Merge artists to be announced soon! – individual tickets available April 22 through Duke Performances

Thursday, July 24 at Cat’s Cradle
Superchunk, The Rock*A*Teens, The Clientele
 & more! 

Friday, July 25 at Cat’s Cradle
Destroyer, Wye Oak, The Mountain Goats
 & more!

Saturday, July 26 Outdoor party in Carrboro, NC
Neutral Milk Hotel, Caribou, Bob Mould, Ex Hex, The Love Language
 & more! 

There are a limited number of tickets available for the Thursday and Friday shows at the Cat’s Cradle, while a larger number are available for the outdoor show. Tickets to the Baldwin Auditorium show will go on sale Tuesday, April 22 through Duke Performances.

Music News and Interviews

Giveaways are a lot like hot cakes…

They are delicious and they are going FAST! (only you don’t have to pay for them… )

This week at WKNC we have some amazing giveaways we are pretty excited about. We’ve also got something AMAZING coming next week, so stay tuned (literally). Or become our friend on facebook to find out NOW.

4/6 Black Lips @ Cat’s Cradle

Bronzed Chorus @ Pinhook

4/7 Destroyer @ Cat’s Cradle

Surf City @ Kings

Movie: Hanna @ Mission Valley Cinema

4/8 Fridays on the Lawn: Midtown Dickens and Butterflies @ Harris Field (Just kidding, you can’t win tickets… its FREE for everyone!)


4/9 Dr. Dog @ Cat’s Cradle


Rotting Christ (Chainsaw) @ Volume 11

4/13 The Greenhornes @ Kings


Remember, you have to listen to win!