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Music News and Interviews

Three of the local acts that played WKNC’s Double Barrel Benefit 11 in February of this year brought their talent to Hopscotch Music Festival two weekends ago.  One of these three was Durham-based folk duo Loamlands, comprised of Kym Register and Will Hackney of Midtown Dickens.  These two released their debut EP Some Kind of Light in the fall of last year after recording in just three days.  The two embarked on two consecutive tours this summer, first with indie pop artist Mirah and then with The Mountain Goats of Merge Records.  After traversing the country from Seattle right back to our very own Kings Barcade, the two are back at home and working on some exciting new material.

Loamlands joined me on Friday, September 5th, during WKNC’s live broadcast from Hopscotch’s Wristband City for an interview before their performance at Lincoln Theater later that night.  Check it out for adventurous stories from their tour(s) this summer, advice for new Hopscotch-goers, as well as Loamlands news!

You can check out Loamlands’ WKNC’s The Lounge session by clicking here, and you can check them out on their Tumblr blog here.

– dJ/dx

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Local Music Music News and Interviews

dJ/dx and Me interviewed Oulipo last Thursday before they played Local Band Local Beer at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub in Raleigh.

They played three songs during the interview: Night Legs, Shine On You Crazy Bastard and Hanging Hook. 

You can follow Oulipo on Twitter and Facebook, and buy their music on Bandcamp.

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Local Music Music News and Interviews

dJ/dx and Me interviewed Sarah from Vannevar last Thursday before they played Local Band Local Beer at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub in Raleigh.

You can hear two songs during the interview: Soul Mates and Texas Ranger.

Check out Vannevar’s music on their website and Bandcamp, and like them on Facebook.

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Local Music Music News and Interviews

dJ/dx and Me interviewed Ancient Cities last Thursday before they played Local Band Local Beer at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub in Raleigh.

You can hear three of their songs during the interview: Edie Sedgewick, Werewolf and Juice. Listen for details about their new music video and the answer to “what movie would Ancient Cities write the soundtrack for?”

You can see the music video on Ancient Cities’ website, and keep up with them on Facebook and Bandcamp.

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Music News and Interviews

dJ/dx interviewed Raleigh’s own GHOSTT BLLONDE live in the WKNC studio Monday, August 4th, including a first listen of their brand new track Dissonance, to be released August 19th!

Other songs played include “Home” and “Suzanne” with Jacki Huntington of Sea Gulls.  Listen in for details on their upcoming release show, new EP, their Hopscotch performance, and favorite Gatorade flavors.

GHOSTT BLLONDE’s release show is this Saturday, August 9th at Nice Price Books & Records in Raleigh with FS (Greenville) and Black Santa (Goldsboro).  They are also playing Hopscotch 2014 on the CAM Stage at 9:30 on Friday, September 5th.

You can check out GHOSTT BLLONDE on Facebook and Bandcamp.

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Concert Review

Angel Olsen at Cats Cradle

Angel Olsen performs live at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro. Photo by dJ/dx.

Friday night brought indie folk-rock artist Angel Olsen back to her home state for a performance at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.  The openers, Nashville’s Promised Land Sound, kicked off the night with great energy, backing southern-style harmonies with their country-rock sound.  They even brought Olsen and her percussionist on stage for a song that they claimed to have only played together once before.

Olsen and her crew carried the night onward and upward with a shuffled setlist of new and old, alternating between songs from her most recent release Burn Your Fire For No Witness and tracks from older discography.  It was difficult to resist swaying along to the Missouri native’s enchanting vocals as the outlined the emotionally charged lyrics that I’ve been humming along to for months.  To the crowd’s delight (as indicated by the girly screeches erupting from the house), Angel surprised the crowd with a rendition of Rhiannon by the WKNC-beloved Fleetwood Mac.  Closing out the set with a solo performance of White Fire and Iota, Angel continued to hypnotize the audience without the assistance of her bandmates, leaving the crowd with a simple “thanks” and high hopes for an encore.  She returned to the stage with her bandmates to close out the night with the high-energy of Forgiven/Forgotten.  Overall, it was an impressive performance by a wonderful artist.  While many of her shows are selling out around the country, I’m glad I had the chance to see Olsen perform in the Triangle for the first time since last year’s Hopscotch Music Festival.  It’s always nice to see talented artists getting the attention they deserve.  For more information on Angel Olsen, including tour dates, merch, and news, you can visit her website at angelolsen.com.

– dJ/dx

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DJ Highlights

Employee of the Month October 2013: dJ/dx

dJ/dx is our first ever DJ of the month! While she’s not currently up on the schedule for DJing, she has earned the title by being the single most helpful, charismatic, motivated youngin we have in our studio. She just a month ago, and she’s already on everyone’s radars for being the coolest cat in town.

dJ/dx channeled her past sound experience from working at a music venue/coffee shop in high school to help upperclassmen and sound engineer, DJ John, work to create sound for our past Fridays on the Lawn with Stu McLamb of The Love LanguageLoamlandsJonny Alright, and Virgins Family Band. She’s even committed to our next Fridays on the Lawn, featuring Naked Gods and Ghostt Bllonde!

There you have it. Tune in every first Tuesday of the month to find out the next employee of the month!