Music News and Interviews

Carolina Grown: Josh Moore Interview 

When it comes to unsung standouts of the local music scene, Josh Moore is the first that comes to mind. For years Moore has been quietly honing his craft, building up simplistic yet swelling songs that peer deep into the songwriter’s ethos. After several years of work with Jeff Crawford, Moore rallied up a crew of longtime collaborators like Ryan Gustafson, James Wallace and Mark Simonsen to complete work on Parted Ways, Moore’s debut solo album. Prior to the album’s release show, Josh Moore joined us on Carolina Grown to discuss his hardcore origins, the creative process behind his debut album, and what fans can expect down the road from Moore’s live shows.

Throughout the hour, Moore also performed several songs from the album live in-studio. Check out the full segment to hear a breakdown of Moore’s songwriting, tracks from Parted Ways, and stripped-down takes on “Broken Man” and “Parted Ways.”

Listen now.

Music News and Interviews

Phuzz Phest Announces 2014 Lineup

WKNC is delighted to be the primary media sponsor for this year’s Phuzz Phest- Winston-Salem’s premiere annual music festival.  This fourth annual event returns to the City of the Arts & Innovation’s burgeoning downtown area to thousands of music fans across the southeast. This year the festival will span three days from Friday April 4 through Sunday April 6, featuring their most potent and genre-spanning lineup yet with more than 50 musical acts coming from as far away as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Brooklyn and Detroit.

Though far from NC’s largest music festival, Phuzz Phest has built its reputation on keenly curating the region’s best acts for a truly special weekend of music, offering attendees a rare opportunity to see critically-acclaimed artists alongside under-praised locals in settings more intimate than would otherwise be possible.


The 2014 lineup features headliners like L.A.’s pioneering noise-punk duo No Age, visionary rap legend Kool Keith, hypnotic alt-country songstress Jessica Lea Mayfield, and San Francisco psych-rock stalwarts White Fence. Festival alumni and Merge Records acts Mount Moriah & The Love Language make return appearances alongside Ex Hex, the new project of Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Autoclave, Helium) whose debut record is due in March via Merge Records. View the full lineup below, bold indicates headliners.

All Them Witches (Nashville, TN)

ASG (Wilmington, NC)

Bocanegra (Lima, Peru)

Body Games (Carrboro, NC)

Brain F/ (Charlotte, NC)

Caleb Caudle (New Orleans, LA)

Dark Prophet Tongueless Monk (Winston-Salem, NC)

Diarrhea Planet (Nashville, TN)

Drag Sounds (Greensboro, NC)

Eston & The Outs (Raleigh, NC)

Estrangers (Winston-Salem, NC)

Ex Hex (Washington, D.C.)

Ex-Cult (Nashville, TN)

Flagship (Charlotte, NC)

Human Pippi (Charlotte, NC)

I, Anomaly (Winston-Salem, NC)

IYEZ (Brooklyn, NY)

Jessica Lea Mayfield (Kent, OH)

Jews & Catholics (Winston-Salem, NC)

Josh Moore (Carrboro, NC)

Judy Barnes (Winston-Salem, NC)

Kool Keith (The Bronx, NY)

Libraries (Wilmington, NC)

Loamlands (Durham, NC)

Miss Eaves (Brooklyn, NC)

Mount Moriah (Durham, NC)

Must Be The Holy Ghost (Winston-Salem, NC)

No Age (Los Angeles, CA)

Primovanhalen (Winston-Salem, NC)

Spirit System (Winston-Salem, NC)

T0W3RS (Carrboro, NC)

The Bo-Stevens (Winston-Salem, NC)

The Genuine (Winston-Salem, NC)

The Love Language (Chapel Hill, NC)

The Nervous Ticks (Richmond, VA)

The Sweets (Winston-Salem, NC)

The Tills (Asheville, NC)

Toon & The Real Laww (Durham, NC)

Trioscapes (Greensboro, NC)

Twelve Thousand Armies (Drughorse, NC)

Uzzard (Winston-Salem, NC)

Whatever Brains (Raleigh, NC)

White Fence (San Francisco, NC)

Wilde Blood (Winston-Salem, NC)

Woodsman (Brooklyn, NY)

Yip Deceiver (Athens, GA)

Festival Coverage

A Safe Haven with Arbor Ridge Studios, Shuffle Magazine, and WKNC

Arbor Ridge Studios of Chapel Hill has put together a day party for Hopscotch – but this isn’t any day party.  Titled “Saved Haven” and presented in conjunction with Shuffle Magazine and WKNC, the party will present local bands at Tir Na NOg on Friday, September 9 from 12-5 p.m.  Oh, and the bands will be paired together on stage.

That’s right, instead of a set of just Mandolin Orange, it’ll be a set of Mandolin Orange and Josh Moore.  Not just Luego, but Luego and Wylie Hunter and the Cazadores.

The live collaborations are (in reverse order of appearance):

Sounds amazing, right?  Can it get any better?  Yes.  While all of this magic is going on, Arbor Ridge is giving listeners a sneak peak into what’s been recorded recently at their studio.

It’s a 2-in-1 day party – collaborations + listening party – and it is a must for Hopscotch.

Local Bands (together), Local Studio, Local Magazine, Local Station, Local Pub

12-5pm, Tir Na nOg, September 9. It will be beautiful.


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

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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

Music News and Interviews

Members of local music collective Drug Horse Cartel on WKNC Thursday

Members of the local music collective Drug Horse Cartel will be on WKNC Thursday, December 10, around 3:30 pm. Nick Jaeger (Max Indian, The Tomahawks), Ryan Gustafson, Jeff Crawford (Max Indian, The Tomahawks), and Josh Moore will be on to discuss the various bands and solo acts associated with the group and their upcoming Holiday Show this Friday at Local 506, so be sure and tune in!