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Weekly Charts

Afterhours Chart 4/7

Artist Record Label
1 HURLEE Beating For You [EP] Apparel
2 LONE Not Seeing Is A Flower [EP] Ancient Astronauts
3 HOT CHIP A Bath Full Of Ecstasy Domino
4 DEATON CHRIS ANTHONY BO Y Self-Released
5 SASSY 009 KILL SASSY 009 Luft
6 GRACE IVES 2nd Dots Per Inch
7 BRIJEAN Walkie Talkie Native Cat
8 FINN, INDIA JORDAN H.U.R.L/F.U.R.L [EP] Local Action
9 CARIBOU Suddenly Merge
10 COWGIRL CLUE Icebreaker Vada Vada

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Non-Music News

Sara talks songwriting, finding inspiration, and future plans with local musicians Keenan of XOXOK and Max of sl0wgl0w. Stay tuned to hear a great track from each band!

Listen to Episode 21 Here.

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New Album Review

Justin’s Favorite Album of 2017

Colin Stetson’s All This I Do For Glory

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Odd, chilling, and trance-like, this album gives additional height to the distinguished instrumentalist Colin Stetson. I like this album because its theme is clear, yet riddled with questions. Each track has a looped melody, but the listener gets to hear all of the intricacies and imperfections of a wind player in what would normally be pre-programmed. The heavily distorted, slow sounds of the baritone saxophone are integrated with melodic jumps, making the slightest change hardly noticeable.

Stetson tries to answer where the saxophone belongs in the age of electronic music. The saxophone, for the most part, has struggled to coexist with the synthesizer, electric guitar, and keyboard, and has yet to find a solidified part amongst the biggest players. Though electronic ensembles such as Syrinx, GRiZ, and Moon Hooch have made their contributions to incorporating the saxophone into electronic music, Colin Stetson seems to bridge the sonic barrier between the fundamental differences between the synthesizer and the saxophone. With his creative use of extended technique, he transforms his sound into something that could be played alongside the computer musicians of today.

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Local Music Music News and Interviews

Local Beat: Sand Pact

Sweet local electronic duo Sand Pact joined DJ Sparr0w and DJ Whatsherface for an interview, and some live in-studio performances! 

Listen here.

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Festival Coverage

Moogfest: A Technological Obsession and the Music That Drives It

Written by DJ Michael Polzin

With festival season in full swing,
Moogfest – based in downtown Durham, NC – promises to be a treat for enthusiasts
of all sorts.  No matter if you’re a
synthesizer tech head, a visual art connoisseur, an aspiring musician, or just
an average Joe – there will be something amazing for everyone to experience at
Moogfest this year.  Let’s start with the
music.

 Over the course of this four day
extravaganza, dozens of live performances and DJ sets will be hosted across
multiple venues in Durham.  This festival
is not strictly limited to electronic music though.  Hip Hop and Reggae have also found their way
into Moogfest this year, thanks to local artist Professor Toon (Double Barrel
Benefit headliner), Blazer Soundsystem, and other cross-genre
experimentalists.  Even though most
performances will depend on a DJ set in some way, live performing artists such
as Floating Points, Bicep, and ODESZA will bridge the gap between modern,
digitalized DJ software and the organic, creative human touch.  Many of these artists will be basking in the
limelight this weekend, but there is more to Moogfest than just big name
musicians

 Let’s not forget that Moogfest is an
annual tribute to the late and great Robert “Bob” Moog: sonic pioneer and
creator of the Moog synthesizer.  As a
result, many tech scientists and musical innovators will be sharing their ideas
with the world this weekend.  One event
on Saturday that seems particularly fascinating is titled “Sensory Percussion
and The Future of Drumming,” hosted by co-founder of the music tech start-up
Sunhouse, Tlacael Esparza.  This workshop
will exhibit Sunhouse’s “Sensory Percussion” project, which is a platform that
utilizes the acoustic control of digital sound.
There will also be lectures on the future of technology, build-your-own
synth classes, other showcases of musical inventions, and much more.

 Overall, Moogfest this year is
shaping up to be another honest tribute to Robert Moog, who understood that the
technology that creates music is just as important as the music itself.  As long as technology continues to grow and
musical innovators continue to innovate, Moogfest will further extend the
legacy and life work of the man who changed the world.