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Non-Music News

Oak City Move 8: Young Bull + Vacay

In this episode of Oak City Move, Phian talked to the men behind Young Bull from Durham NC. They discussed their musical inspiration and told some funny stories. Later, she talked to Holland Gallagher about his projects Vacay and Runway. 

Listen to Episode 8 here.

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Music News and Interviews

Off the Record: Deniro Farrar

WARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENT. LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

DJ Iron Mic met up with WKNC fav Deniro Farrar to talk about gentrification, musical influences, and the NC hip hop community.

Listen here.

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Festival Coverage

Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival

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Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance takes place October 6-9 in the beautiful Chatham County, NC. Shakori Hills features 50 bands on 4 stages across 4 days, with genres varying from indie to bluegrass, and indie to electronic. This is a family friendly event that not only includes live music, but crafts, food/art vendors, dance & music workshops, and sustainability education. 

More information on the festival can be found here.

Schedule of events:

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Band/Artist Profile

Hopscotch Artist Profile: Erykah Badu

Grammy Award winner Erykah Badu will headline Red Hat Amphitheater as a part of this year’s Hopscotch Music Festival. Badu is an R&B/soul artist, and all of her albums distinctly represent pop culture and human relationships from the time periods in which they were created. Her sound has morphed over time, but Badu has maintained her mellow storytelling style throughout her career. Her first album, Baduizm, has been her most popular. Baduizm is a relaxing listen, but it’s just as expressive as her subsequent releases. The album reflects on independence and love, with excellent vocals and instrumentation. Demonstrating her versatility, Badu has collaborated with André 3000, The Roots, Janelle Monáe, Lil Wayne, and Tyler, the Creator. Badu’s two New Amerykah albums possess the most variety in tempo and style, with some fully R&B songs and others more focused on electronic musicality and vocal experimentation. After rewriting Drake’s “Hotline Bling” in a track titled “Cel U Lar Device,” Badu recorded and released a full-length mixtape in late 2015. The album, But You Caint Use My Phone, fluidly blends Badu’s own vocal stylings and humor into a concise history of cell phone-themed songs.

Alongside her twenty years of musical releases, Badu is also an activist for people of color and women. She runs the charity Beautiful Love Incorporated Non Profit Development, which promotes the arts in inner-city areas. Most recently, Badu has committed to donating proceeds from her performances to test rape kits which were discovered in storage of the Detroit Police Department.

But You Caint Use My Phone is available on Spotify and iTunes. Erykah Badu performs at 8 pm on Friday, September 9 at Red Hat. The full Hopscotch schedule is available here.

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Non-Music News

WKNC New Program Schedule

Surprise, surprise! We have hinted at a big change over the past few days on our Twitter and the reveal is finally here.

Starting tomorrow, Monday, August 15th, platforms on WKNC (Daytime indie rock, Afterhours electronic, Underground hip-hop and rap, and Chainsaw rock) will run from 6 PM to 6 AM. This is a pretty significant jump from their current air times of 8 PM to 5 AM. Afterhours electronic will gain an extra day of air time on Thursday evenings, which means our beloved Chainsaw rock will only run on Fridays. 

We decided to modify the program schedule after reading over the results of our WKNC Listener Survey that was conducted last year. The results showed an unwavering love for our Daytime indie rock, but also showed an increase of popularity for Underground and Afterhours. We have also noticed this rise in popularity elsewhere – more and more DJs want to DJ these platforms, but there was never enough room for them. The solution? Listen to our listeners! This change is for you.

Some sad news came with reading the Listener Survey results as well. Although Chainsaw has an extremely faithful fan base and has been a huge part of WKNC history, its popularity has decreased over the years. That is why we decided to cut back Chainsaw air time to only Friday evenings – the platform’s most popular night (shout out to Uncle Paul). We love our Chainsaw platform and value it as much as the others, but this made the most sense for our listeners.

Local Band Local Beer interviews will still happen every Thursday – Afterhours will just start right after. Specialty shows (Americana, Blues, & Co., Both Kinds Radio, Geet Bazaar, etc.) will continue running normally on the weekends, unaffected by the schedule change. We are also working towards incorporating specialty shows into week day programming! 

Bottom line: WKNC is a station that cares about more than just indie rock – but we need to prove it. The new program schedule is a great step towards giving the air time and attention that the other platforms deserve. In the end, it’s what our listeners want – and y’all are really the ones in charge.

We are very excited for this change and we are looking forward to your feedback and comments! Happy listening.

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Festival Coverage

Brief History of Moogfest

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Moogfest is an annual music, art, and technology festival held in May in honor of Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer and pioneer of electronic music. Previously, this festival has been held in Asheville, North Carolina, where Moog spent the last 30 years of his life, but this year will be held from May 19th-22nd in downtown Durham, North Carolina in 17 various locations. The festival will be headlined by such artists as Grimes, Miike Snow, and ODESZA. You can get tickets by going to moogfest.com/tickets.

Moog developed the first commercial voltage analog controlled synthesizer with Herbert Deutsch in 1964. While there were other synthesizers on the market at the time, Moog’s invention began to rapidly gain popularity after it was showcased at the International Pop Festival of 1967. After that, the sound of his machine gained popularity through the 1970’s and was used to create the sound of crucial albums of the 20th century, like the Beatles’ “Abbey Road.”

Moogfest officially began in 2004 when one of Moog Music’s New York representatives wanted to have a music festival to celebrate the 50th anniversary of electronic music. The first festival was held on May 18th, 2004 in B.B. King Blues Club in New York. It was a one night show that sold out in honor of Moog’s birthday. Unfortunately, Moog died the following year, but his friends and coworkers decided to keep the festival going in his honor.

In 2010, Moogfest was moved to Asheville, North Carolina after Moog Music partnered with AC Entertainment, a music promotions group that helps produce other big music festivals like Bonnaroo.  That was also the year it changed from a one day to a three day event, multi-venue festival. It featured artists as Massive Attack, Sleigh Bells, Caribou, and MGMT. 

Moogfest coming to the Triangle is an exciting prospect. It is big and important festival, and being in the Triangle will add to both scenes. Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill are all rapidly growing urban areas, with new night, social, and music scenes. Moogfest will find an excellent new home here.

– Marissa Jerden, WKNC Co-Public Affairs Director

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Music News and Interviews

Giveaways of the Week: November 2nd – 8th!

11/2: Joanna Gruesome @ Cat’s Cradle – Backroom

11/3: Youth Lagoon @ Cat’s Cradle

11/4: Minus the Bear @ Cat’s Cradle

11/5: DIIV @ Cat’s Cradle

11/5: Murs @ Cat’s Cradle – Backroom

11/6: Birds and Arrows @ Kings

11/6: Copeland @ Cat’s Cradle

11/7: Animal Weapon @ Kings

11/7: The Foreign Exchange @ Cat’s Cradle

11/8: Deafheaven @ Cat’s Cradle

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Music News and Interviews

Giveaways of the Week: October 19th – 25th!

10/19: Caspian @ Kings

10/20: Protomartyr @ Kings

10/20: Cannibal Ox @ Cat’s Cradle – Backroom

10/21: Widowspeak @ Cat’s Cradle – Backroom

10/22: The Devil Makes Three @ Cat’s Cradle

10/23: Rasputina @ Cat’s Cradle

10/23: No BS! Brass Band @ Cat’s Cradle – Backroom

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Concert Review

SHOW REVIEW: WAXAHATCHEE @ CAT’S CRADLE

A few minutes into her set, after blazing through “Under a Rock” and “Misery over Dispute”, frontwoman Katie Crutchfield noticed the visibly positive crowd reaction and remarked “I guess I should keep coming back”. That Tuesday night was the third time Waxahatchee has visited the Triangle in the past year; one previous show at Cat’s Cradle and one at this year’s Hopscotch Festival. Crutchfield’s songwriting is versatile, ranging from the haunting low-fi ballads of her debut American Weekend to grungy 90’s rock of her first Merge release from earlier this year, Ivy Tripp. In contrast to her solo acoustic set at Hopscotch, this show leaned heavily towards the latter. Neither Crutchfield nor her bandmates touched an acoustic guitar for the duration of the set.

The high point of the show was a rearrangement of the somber American Weekend highlight “Grass Stain” to fit into the sound and attitude of the new record. Many of the lyrics, such as “I don’t care that I’m too young to be unhappy” felt more rebellious than melancholy in this new context. While I would not have complained if more of the gorgeous acoustic songs of Waxahatchee’s early work were performed, Crutchfield showed how capable and confident she at delivering this new sound. Closing the show with a performance of my favorite Cerulean Salt track “Dixie Cups and Jars”, she displayed the powerful lyrics and great guitar riffs that make her such a fantastic songwriter.

The opening acts Weyes Blood and Try the Pie also put on solid performances. Try the Pie’s upbeat and straightforward rock music to get the night rolling was contrasted by the wistful atmospheric sound and winding vocal melodies brought by Weyes Blood. Natalie Mering of Weyes Blood showed up for her set alone, bringing just an acoustic guitar, effects pedals, and an iPhone. The guitar was run through a variety of pedals that are more often paired with an electric setup, and the iPhone was used to supply airy synths and percussion. It was an unusual but hypnotizing performance that provided a great segue into the main act.

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NC Strong at the BET Cyphers

The BET Cyphers haven’t been the same since Kendrick Lamar burned them down in 2013. Seriously, there should have been a charity event for the families of all the rappers killed at once that night (we will never forget *praying hands*). But if you watched the Cyphers on Tuesday night, you might have noticed a very bold statement made. It was subtle, but important, especially if you were watching in North Carolina.

The North Clack was well represented this year, with impressive performances by Jackie Spade from Kinston, Rain910 from Fayetteville, T-Top of Fuquay-Varina, and Raleigh’s own King Mez. Unless you’ve only been paying attention to Drake for the past year, you know that the North Carolina Hip Hop scene has been on the rise. T-Top has been making waves on BET’s Ultimate Rap League, dismantling MCs in the battle circuit; and King Mez was heavily featured on Dr. Dre’s latest album “Compton.”

The Cyphers don’t have a good track record for creating stars individually, but the fact that the state was represented so extensively, shows that NC’s strength in the game is finally being appropriately recognized.

Check out this year’s Cyphers here:

http://www.bet.com/shows/hip-hop-awards/cypher.html