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

Listen to the interview.


WKNC The Lounge playlist

Need some motivation to study for exams and get those final papers done? Just put this playlist of WKNC’s The Lounge videos on repeat.

While you are at it, let us know which ones are your favorites. We will be submitting contest entries soon and want to pick the best one.

Local Music Weekly Charts

Local Music Charts: Feb. 3 – Feb. 17

1. The Love Language – (Last Position = #2)

2. Mount Moriah – (Last Position = #1)

3. T0W3RS – (Last Position = #4)

4. Loamlands – (Last Position = #3)

5. Ghostt Bllonde – (Last Position = #5) 

Concert Review

Double Barrel Benefit Night 1 Recap // February 7, 2014


The first night of Double Barrel Benefit 11 at Cat’s Cradle surely did not disappoint. We are so grateful to the hundreds of wonderful people who came out and showed their support.

The night started out with a highly energetic and enthusiastic performance by Raleigh’s own Ghostt Bllonde. Next was Tow3rs, who began his set with a cover of Raleigh’s Lonnie Walker, which immediately grabbed at the crowd’s hearts. Hammer No More the Fingers followed with a nostalgic yet fresh set with new material that reinforces your past love affair with the boys. Lastly, The Love Language took the stage and delivered a genuinely heart-felt performance. The band served up a well-balanced mix of older songs as well as some picks from their latest album. Before we knew it, nobody in the crowd could contain themselves and broke out into a frenzy of crowd surfing- which has become a surprisingly recent pattern at The Love Language’s shows.

Overall, everyone at WKNC is elated with the results from our first night of Double Barrel Benefit 11. Be sure to come out for the second round of fun, this Friday, February 14, 2014 at Lincoln Theatre. It will be a Valentine’s Day celebration featuring Mount Moriah, Bombadil, Loamlands, and Daniel Bachman! Tickets can be purchased here

Band/Artist Profile

Double Barrel Benefit 11 // Loamlands



Recording a quality album in three days’ time is not an easy feat for most musicians. But when you’ve already been playing music together for four years, some pretty amazing things can come out of such an intense studio session. That’s the case with Some Kind of Light, the debut album from the Durham-based band, Loamlands. Kym Register and Will Hackney previously played together in local favorite Midtown Dickens. Their new project, a folk/Americana duo backed by a rotating percussion section that has featured members of Megafaun, Lost in the Trees, and Hiss Golden Messenger, builds on their past together. With thoughtful lyrics sung in both raw and melodic styles over southern guitar hooks, this pair creates music that is easy to enjoy and relate to. The accessible style makes their show a great experience for all music fans.

After seeing one of their first performances last spring, when they opened for William Tyler, it was apparent that these musicians are very comfortable together; the songs came across easily and the general atmosphere at their shows is one of support and mutual delight in playing for an audience. Their cover of “Stop Dragging My Heart Around” was one of my favorite memories from a live show last year. Loamlands plays the second night of DBB, Feburary 14th, at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theater – you won’t want to miss it!

-Kate VanVorst, DJ, LBLB Coordinator

Music News and Interviews

Loamlands in the Lounge

Loamlands are an exciting new Durham based band, featuring Will Hackney and Kym Register, formerly of the group Midtown Dickens. The group revels in a sort of emotionally charged Americana that manages to hopeful and bittersweet all at once. The band saw their first EP release, Some Kind Of Light, last year on Trekky Records, and the record is a powerful and spare collection of songs with earworm vocal melodies and a distinctly Southern charm. 

The duo recently came in for a Lounge session, where they performed “One More Day” a track from their upcoming new LP. See them play with Mount Moriah, Daniel Bachman, and more this Friday 2/14 at Lincoln Theater for Double Barrel Benefit Night 2!

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)


Playlist: A Guide to Double Barrel Benefit 11

Double Barrel Benefit 11 is quickly approaching. If you haven’t had time to check out the bands yet, here’s a Spotify playlist that includes a couple of songs from each of the bands (except for GHOSTT BLLONDE who are not on Spotify). So please check them out so you can sing along with us at DBB11. As always, tune in to 88.1 WKNC to hear these artists as well as other great artists all day.

Check out the playlist here and the tracklisting below!

Night 1- Friday, February 7th, 8pm, Cat’s Cradle
Beach Glass Comedown by GHOSTT BLLONDE
Bounty by T0W3RS
Scandles by T0W3RS
Blue Blazer by Hammer No More the Fingers
Pink Worm by Hammer No More the Fingers
Lalita by The Love Language
Brittany’s Back by The Love Language

Night 2- Friday, February 14th, 8pm, Lincoln Theatre
Sun Over Old Rag by Daniel Bachman
Sarah Anne by Daniel Bachman
Another Reason by Loamlands
Scottsboro by Loamlands
Honeymoon by Bombadil
Angeline by Bombadil
Social Wedding Rings by Mount Moriah
Bright Light by Mount Moriah

Local Music Weekly Charts

WKNC Local Music Charts: Jan 20 – Feb. 3

1. Mount Moriah – (Last Position = #1)

2. The Love Language – (Last Position = #2)

3. Loamlands – (First week on charts)

4. T0W3RS  – (First week on charts)

5. Ghostt Bllonde – (First week on charts)

Concert Preview

Double Barrel Benefit 11 Full Lineup

WKNC 88.1 FM will hold its eleventh annual Double Barrel Benefit concert Friday, Feb. 7 at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro and Friday, Feb. 14 at Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh. Cat’s Cradle will host The Love Language to kick off the festival with Hammer No More the Fingers, T0W3RS, and GHOSTT BLLONDE supporting. Lincoln Theatre will feature Mount Moriah for the final night along with special guests to be announced, Loamlands, and Daniel Bachman.

 “The goal is to bring the established bands we’ve always loved to work with and promote the best new bands that we really believe in,” Bri Aab, general manager, said. “As a station, we want to help cultivate a community in which musicians can thrive. The Triangle has a deep local music history, and we hope to strengthen that relationship of music and the area.”

Because of the interconnected nature of the Triangle, WKNC is holding the first night of the festival at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, a Double Barrel first, and keeping the second night at Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh. The station’s signal is also 25,000 watts, which puts the entire Triangle in its coverage pattern.

“WKNC has grown a lot over the past 10 years of Double Barrel, and this year we are changing it up to illustrate that,” Michael D’Argenio, program director, said. “I’m excited to be bringing this event to larger venues across the Triangle to expose more people to the great local music we have to offer.”


The idea for Double Barrel Benefit, a two-night event to raise money for station operations, came from former general manager Jamie Proctor in 2003. It has become a staple in the music community of North Carolina, and has dually served to promote great local musicians while also benefiting WKNC.

“It’s crazy to have both The Love Language and Mount Moriah this year,” Walt Lilly, station production manager and co-creator of “The Lounge” video series, said. “These are two incredible acts that have a national presence while staying rooted in the Triangle, and we are glad to have their homecoming at Double Barrel.”

“Not only is DBB a great platform to see already established artists in a unique way, it also pairs these acts with our favorite up and coming performers in the area.” John Kovalchik, operations manager, said. “We are very excited about the possibilities that this year’s event has in store.”

Tickets are on sale now at Prices are $12 in advance and $14 at the door for each night and all proceeds benefit WKNC. Two-night passes are available for $22. The event is 18+. Doors for each show open at 8 p.m. with music at 9 p.m.