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New Album Review

ALBUM REVIEW: Palehound – Black Friday

BEST TRACKS: Aaron, Black Friday, Killer

FCC violations: B******t, Stick N Poke

Palehound, formed in 2013 in New England, is fronted by singer-songwriter Ellen Kempner. Kempner, who has been involved with music for nearly all her life, is a tremendously talented lyricist, guitarist, and vocalist. She is not afraid to be vulnerable and jarringly honesty in her songs, the result of which is a refreshingly genuine discography. Black Friday is Palehound’s third full album. Unrestrained, gritty, and heartbreaking – this album is astounding. I can safely say that every track on this album is pouring with emotion. Black Friday takes on a more serious note than Palehound’s previous two albums, exploring some of the many different types of love.

Black Friday is cool and smooth. I would even venture to say that dessert rock influences can be seen in a number of tracks, most notably in the 5th track Killer and the 7th track b******t. Kempner’s hushed vocals add a new level of intensity and realness to her songs. Kempner’s voice is gentle but her words are strong.

This album makes me think of a quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald: “There are all kinds of love in the world, but never the same love twice”. Each song on this album is about a different kind of love. Aaron is one of the most wholesome love songs I’ve heard in a while. Inspired by Kempner’s partner, who is trans, Aaron is about the unconditional acceptance of a loved one. The title track, Black Friday, is a heartbreaking song about being okay with being even less than second best in the eyes of someone that means the world to you.

Kempner says that she wants people to hear her songs and feel less alone than they did before. Well, Black Friday does exactly that.

I’d recommend giving this album a spin if you like The Handsome Family or Strange Ranger.

-Safia

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Music News and Interviews

On Saturday afternoon, after playing two shows the night before during Hopscotch 2014, Palehound came and talked with DJ Nasty Nate at Wristband City. They’re a Pavement-esque indie rock band off Exploding in Sound (a new record label with a really solid catalog worth keeping an eye on). During the interview we talk about frontwoman Ellen Kempner’s musical mentors and who the band was most excited to see at Hopscotch. We discussed a lot more too. Check out the interview.

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Festival Coverage

Friday’s Hopscotch Highlights – Part 2

Crowdsource – Pour House Music Hall

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Enemy Waves – Vintage 21

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Circuit Des Yeux… – Tir na Nog

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Palehound – Slim’s

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Open Mike Eagle – Pour House Music Hall

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Rapper Big Pooh – Pour House Music Hall

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6 String Drag – Kings Barcade

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Nguzunguzu – CAM Raleigh

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Clipping. – Pour House Music Hall

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Festival Coverage

Friday’s Hopscotch Highlights – Part 1

Potty Mouth- Slim’s

Big Pooh- Pour House Music Hall

Flesh Wounds- Slim’s

Palehound- Slim’s

Ghostt Bllonde- CAM

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Festival Coverage

Hopscotch Music Fest is almost here!

Hopscotch Music Fest is almost here! 

As usual the staff is incredibly excited to see some of the best new and lesser-known musical acts 2014 has to offer. As part of WKNC’s unique coverage of the festival we’ve created this video playlist of all the Lounge artists playing this year. Discover the lineup’s hidden gems by watching the playlist!

Two Lounge alumni featured in this playlist, Krill and Palehound, will be performing at WKNC’s Hopscotch Day party at Nice Price Books on Hillsborough Street along with Black Santa, Y’all, and Matt Kivel! Friday September 5th. (We’ve heard there’ll be pizza)

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Miscellaneous

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.

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Concert Review

March Madness…Music Festival?

So if you were in the Triangle area for the first week of March, you might have noticed the overwhelming amount of concert choices that made many music lovers faced with the typical music festival question; who do I choose to see? For me, this week had been planned out well before Christmas, but even as the week approached more and more shows were being announced that made me question my initial decisions.

As things started to pan out, the big questions seemed to boil down to these options: On Tuesday night, either St. Vincent at the Haw River Ballroom or Palehound with Pie Face Girls at Nice Price Books; then on Wednesday either Future Islands with Wye Oak at the Haw River Ballroom or Shovels and Rope with Hurray for the Riff Raff at Cat’s Cradle. Of course, with my obsession with HFTRR, I chose to see them for the fourth time within the past year (and you better bet I will see them for a 5th on April 10th at the Local 506) over the crazily passionate Future Islands. Then, since my ears were still ringing by this point I unfortunately had to sit out the Wool with Sun Club and Wharves show at Nice Price on Thursday night, but the action was soon to rise again on Friday. On this day, I was faced with another difficult decision; either Houndmouth with Rayland Baxter at the Haw River Ballroom, Oberhofer with Small Black and Numans at the Local 506, OR Tow3rs with Lilac Shadows and Body Games at the Chapel Hill Underground. Since I had already bought tickets to see Rayland Baxter and was really interested in seeing Houndmouth since I missed them at the Newport Folk Festival this past summer, I decided to stick with this show…and boy was that a good choice. Not only did Rayland Baxter serenade the crowd and provide some comical commentary, but Houndmouth absolutely blew me away. Being a young band out of New Albany, Indiana, Houndmouth seems like a band that just truly enjoys playing for people and with one another.

So with all this being said, why did I feel led to share this with you? It is not because I was mad about all the bands that I didn’t get to see (even though I really would have loved to see all of them), or because I had to spend a lot of money on gas and risk failing two midterms, but because I want people to understand just how amazing the music scene of the Triangle is shaping out to be. Not only are we thankful to be the host of the wonderful Hopscotch Music Festival, but we also have plenty of concerts to choose from on a weekly basis. Although this first week of March seemed to be crazier than the college basketball tournaments, I am happy to say that this music madness is here to stay. Looking ahead to the future shows at all the Triangle venues, I can confidently say that the amount of music coming our way is on a steady flow. So I suggest to my fellow North Carolinians to kick back, enjoy the tunes, and be thankful that you are living in such a blooming musical hub.