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Concert Review

Wild Nothing at Kings Review

Wild Nothing, a dream-pop band out of Virginia, played Kings Barcade on Friday, May 13th at 9pm. The group has been releasing consistently great records for the past 6 years with Nocturne, Gemini, and equally great EP’s.  Their newest album, Life of Pause, was full of energy and translated extremely well to a live setting. Playing both new tracks and old classics, every song sounded even better and vibrant in King’s intimate setting, The concert blew my expectations out of the water made me an even bigger fan of the group than I already was. 

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Local Music Music News and Interviews

WKNC Giveaways of the Week! March 21st – March 25th + Bonus!

Goldlink // Elhae // WELL$ – Monday 3/21 @ Kings Barcade

Slothrust // Yung – Tuesday 3/22 @Cat’s Cradle Backroom

Palm // Gnarwhal // SLMH // Doc Ellis Dee – Wednesday 3/23 @ Kings Barcade

Bleak // Lesser Life // Trudge // Junior in His – Thursday 3/24 @ Local 506

Aaron Carter – Friday 3/25 @ Cat’s Cradle

Bonus! Thanks to the help of Live Nation, WKNC will also be giving away tickets to Live Nation’s “Locals Only” event on April 3rd ! Be on the listen for the next two weeks to win tickets to this awesome showcase of local music! 

And as always keep it locked to 88.1 all week to win tickets to these great shows! Just be the correct caller when the DJ asks for it and you could be a winner! 

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Music News and Interviews

WKNC Giveaways of the Week! March 15th – 19th

Drive-By Truckers // Thayer Sarrano – Thursday 3/17 @ Cat’s Cradle

Grandchildren // WOOL – Thursday 3/17 @ Kings

The Snails (ft. members of Future Island) – Friday 3/18 @ Kings

Laney Jones & The Spirits – Saturday 3/19 @ Kings

As always, just be the correct caller when the DJ asks for it and you could win tickets to these great shows! Keep it locked to 88.1 FM all week long! 

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Band/Artist Profile

DBB13 Artist Profile: Des Ark

​​Des Ark, a staple of the Triangle music scene for over a decade, will be headlining Night One of Double Barrel Benefit 13.

With the ability to captivate an audience with just an acoustic guitar, Aimeé Argote brings a high level of sincerity and intensity to every performance. Even with the immense power behind her full band sets, it’s not hard to identify and connect with her emotive lyrics.

To the delight of fans, Des Ark released their LP Everything Dies this fall on Graveface Records, reminding us all why we love this band. The record seems to find the perfect blend between delicate and striking, with a beautiful mastering of Argote’s folk melodies. Double Barrel 13 Night One marks Des Ark’s homecoming after a month-long, nationwide tour. Des Ark takes the stage Saturday, February 13, headlining Kings Barcade in Raleigh.

Yvonne Chazal, WKNC Program Director

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Band/Artist Profile

DBB13 Artist Profile: Schooner

Long-time local favorites Schooner first formed in the early 2000’s from Reid Johnson’s four-track recordings. In 2004 they played the first ever Double Barrel Benefit. Since then they’ve released several records and gained quite a following throughout the Triangle. Self described as disheveled-pop-indie-psych-soul, Schooner’s music has the ability to transport you to another place.
The live energy when Schooner performs is amazing. It’s easy to see why they have been such a big part of the triangle music scene for so long. I can’t wait to see them play at Kings on Feb. 13!

Matt Brown, WKNC General Manager

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Band/Artist Profile

DBB13 Artist Profile: Museum Mouth

Museum Mouth is no stranger to WKNC. With their heartfelt lyrics and indie punk feels, these Double Barrel veterans have garnered a supportive and loyal following here in the Triangle.

Coming out of NC coastal town Southport, Museum Mouth formed in 2009. They released their first EP I Am the Idiot Of The Jungle in 2010, followed quickly by full-length Tears in my Beer. This album, along with their later releases Sexy But Not Happy and Alex I Am Nothing received four-star reviews on PunkNews.org. The group gained their first big recognition winning mtvU’s Freshmen in 2012, getting the title track of SBNH aired on the channel. Since their start, Museum Mouth has only continued to grow and cultivate their sound. They also released a split EP last year with Double Barrel artist Naked Naps.

Phian Tran, WKNC Local Band Local Beer Coordinator

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DBB13 Artist Profile: Naked Naps

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Originating at the beloved house show venue Mattress Fort and boasting a minimal two-piece sound, Naked Naps have exemplified the DIY rock scene in the Triangle for years. And they’re coming to Double Barrel hot off of their second full-length record. The duo have a unique talent for creating songs that feel sincerely emotional while simultaneously detached and cynical. Their music is bursting with energy but is also subtle and understated. The strong following their fantastic debut album generated is only getting bigger after their latest record and their split EP with fellow DBB artist Museum Mouth. With their new material ready to hit the stage for the first time, Naked Naps is the perfect band to kick things off at this year’s Double Barrel Benefit.   

Alex Johnson, WKNC Local Music Director

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Festival Coverage

Friday’s Hopscotch Photo Highlights

Must Be The Holy Ghost – Kings Barcade

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Skyblew – Lincoln Theater

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Escher – Pour House

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SMLH – Tir na nOg

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Nots – CAM Raleigh

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Chaz French – Lincoln Theater

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Zeena Parkins – Fletcher Opera Theatere

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Father – Lincoln Theater

LE1F – Kings Barcade

Obey City – Neptune’s

Clang Quartet – The Hive

Pile – Tir na nOg

Old Man Gloom – Pour House

Pusha T – Lincoln Theater

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Festival Coverage

WKNC + WXDU + WXYC Hopscotch Day Party Photos

Raleigh Neomonde Catering – Kings Barcade

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Museum Mouth – Kings Barcade

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Jefre Cantu + Greg Fox – Neptune’s

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Mamiffer + Jenks Miller – Kings Barcade

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Blanket – Neptune’s

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Sagan Youth – Neptune’s

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Festival Coverage

Venue Profile: Kings Barcade

Attending Hopscotch? Wanting to know what to expect? Here’s a little snippet about one of my favorite venues, Kings Barcade.

The venue has hosted some big acts, such as M83, The Avett Brothers, Surfer Blood, and Smith Westerns to name a few. But this year at Hopscotch it will be the location for Lilac Shadows, Wildhoney, Dad & Dad, Jenny Hval, and many more bands to rock out. 

Kings is located on West Martin St and is home to some great decor. The lighting is the coolest aspect of the venue; between the stage lighting and the illuminated crown, one can really vibe with the music, no matter the genre. 

Outside the venue is a great place to hang if you’re trying to get some cool air after dancing your butt off! The beautiful metallic mirrors and hanging ferns are a simple, but nice touch for the place.

Not to mention, Kings has one of the best venue restrooms. It excels in cleanliness.

*All images taken by Katelyn Auger