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Festival Coverage

WKNC at SXSW 2014 // Part 1

Some of our WKNC family is currently down in Austin for this year’s SXSW. Here are some highlights from their experience so far:

The Black Lips playing at Mellow Johnny’s for the KEXP day party 

EX HEX performing at the Pitchfork day party 

Betsy Wright of Ex Hex with our General Manager, Cest la Bri

Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz

Perfect Pussy performing at the Pitchfork day party.

Cashmere Cat taking the stage after Perfect Pussy’s performance

Coachwhips at the Pitchfork day party at French Legation

Cest la Bri with John Dwyer of Coachwhips and Thee Oh Sees

La Luz takes the stage at the Gypsy Lounge

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Music News and Interviews

Perfect Pussy Interview

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On January 9th, Perfect Pussy came to Raleigh to blow the roof off of King’s with Whatever Brains and Davidians. Before that, they dropped by the studio and sat down with DJ Phian to discuss sabotaging soda factories, the new Beyoncé album, and navigating around the rules of the FCC when the name of your band is Perfect Pussy. Listen here.

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Concert Review

PERFECT PUSSY // Thursday, January 9th, 2014 // Kings Barcade

After hearing much hype about Perfect Pussy, a Syracuse-based 4 piece punk band, I was excited and eager to see them Thursday night at Kings Barcade. Without looking too deep into what Pitchfork or Rolling Stones had to say, I went in with an unbiased opinion and came out rather disappointed. 

The good: Perfect Pussy seems to have a lot of potential. The music itself isn’t that unique but they definitely have punk attitudes. The lead vocalist, Meredith Graves, was carefree and engaging with the crowd, while the other members supported her through their energetic punk sound. When I listened to their demo, I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling, the lyrics had the perfect amount of distortion and everything worked really well together.

The bad: Perfect Pussy sounded nothing like they did on the demo. I’m fairly certain it was the way they were mixed because all I could hear was drum and bass. Grave’s vocals were far too quiet, even when she turned up the amplifier she was running the vocals through. Throughout their whole set I never found myself enjoying the music because the sound was so off. 

When they do come back to Raleigh I will try and see them again to get a second opinion. Hopefully they gain more experience as a band, and realize how important it is to communicate with the sound engineer. Overall, I’m glad I went and wish the band the best of luck in their future career.