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Fridays on the Lawn (Today)

WKNC’s Fridays on the Lawn concert series has been bringing local music to NC State’s campus for years, but it’s mostly been indie rock. To ignore a whole scene that’s been making major moves in the Triangle for the past couple years would be a shame. So this Friday, WKNC will hold its first FOTL focused on local hip-hop in a while. The lineup includes up-and-comer Freedom Infinite, the eclectic Vanilla the Hun and the crowd-pleasing Defacto Thezpian. 

The three acts were chosen because of their diverse sounds. Freedom Infinite uses a trap rhyme scheme that holds up with traditional hip-hop sound. Vanilla the Hun is making music unlike anything else on the scene, with a fusion of funk, rock and hip-hop. The headliner, Defacto Thezpian, is one of the most charismatic underground rappers in the Triangle. He has a background in theater, which mixed with his smooth delivery, creates an experience for the audience rather than just an emcee spitting rhymes.

Fridays on the Lawn will be held on Harris Field in front of Witherspoon Student Center from 5–7 p.m. Admission will be free and food will be catered by Neomonde. Come and enjoy some nice weather and an opportunity to hear some extra dope local music.

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Preview: Fridays on the Lawn (3/17/2016)

WKNC’s Fridays on the Lawn is a free concert, usually held on Harris Field in front of Witherspoon Student Center, but this week it will be inside Witherspoon in room 126. The event is a great way for students to get exposure to some up-and-coming artists in the North Carolina music scene. This week’s lineup is unique. It will feature all electronic artists and DJs: AWAY MSG, Oak City Slums, Drozy, and speedating.

AWAY MSG, Oak City Slums, and Drozy are part of Mega Monolith, a North Carolina art collective and electronic music label. AWAY MSG creates glitch pop with chiptune influence and relaxing sound collages. Oak City Slums’ music is sample-based and often hip-hop influenced, and recently he dropped a teaser for his forthcoming debut album, “Don’t Sleep Get Hype.” Drozy, from Durham, released their album “Gang Death” this year, which is synth-based, downtempo and also has some hip-hop influence. Speedating is a heavily-percussive electronic act that recently relocated to Raleigh from Boone, NC, and as a note of interest, a few years ago he performed at NC State College of Design’s annual bash alongside DJ Paypal.

Be sure to stop by Witherspoon Student Center room 126 tomorrow at 6pm for Fridays on the Lawn, and don’t miss WKNC’s next two Fridays on the Lawn on April 8th and 15th. Although this week’s concert is indoors, the next two will be out in front of the building, actually on the lawn! Don’t forget to tune into Afterhours on WKNC 88.1FM Tuesday and Wednesday nights for more new and noteworthy electronic music.

Band/Artist Profile Local Music

Carolina Grown Preview: Magpie Feast w/ Texoma, Magnolia Collective & Kenny Roby

For the last official Carolina Grown of the year we’re gonna be going all out. And by that I mean we’ve got FOUR artists joining us throughout the span of our two hour show, making for the busiest week yet! From 5-6 we’ll be highlighting a few local artists that will be playing at Local 506 later on Friday night, Texoma, Magnolia Collective and Kenny Roby. After tackling some conversation and acoustic tunes with those three we’ll be onto our hour-long feature of Magpie Feast, our December Artist of the Month. It’ll be two hours filled with Southern-styled rock n’ roll goodness and an excellent send-off for what’s been a busy and wonderful first year of the show.

The first hour’s guests are some of the area’s staples when it comes to Americana music. Kenny Roby and Magnolia Collective have become figureheads of the local scene, serving as gatekeepers for the swiftly expanding roots rock scene. However, that doesn’t mean that you should write either of them off. Kenny Roby is winding down one of his best years in recent memory, anchored by the stellar release Memories & Birds back in April. Memories & Birds proves that this local icon still has plenty of gas in the tank and the same can be said for Magnolia Collective. While MagCo. is still in its early years as a project, the band’s members are no strangers to the scene. Magnolia Collective was born of Southern Rail jam sessions and has maintained that intimate vibe while slowly evolving into a cohesive and impressive unit of songwriters.

Texoma on the other hand marks a brand new start for some Triangle staples. Songwriter Zach Terry was one of the founding members within Magnolia Collective and before that was a member of the foot-stomping roots rockers The Whiskey Smugglers. As Texoma, Terry turns over a new leaf while staying firm to his alt-country roots. Texoma, Roby and Magnolia Collective will all be chatting and performing stripped down songs throughout the hour, so alt-country fans should most definitely stick close to their radios.

And if you’re a fan of the southern vibes then you’ll surely want to stick around to find out more about the elusive Magpie Feast. Though the band has been around for years now, little is known about this stellar blues-driven act. That’s one of the main reasons we’re aiming to shine our light upon this overlooked act, the other being their undeniable knack for barn-burning sing-along tracks that pack as heavy of a rhythmic punch as they do an emotional one. Expect some enlightening conversation and some brilliant renditions of the standout tracks from their latest release Out of the Womb.

Non-Music News

EOT preview: 4/19

Make sure to catch this week’s episode of Eye on the Triangle, the only place you’ll get a recap of the week’s most important headlines you missed while you were busy wishing you were at Coachella. You’ll also want to call in during the inevitably vexed editorial (the number’s 860-0881 or 515-2400) as well as hear a first-hand recount of the police seizure of James Madison University’s riot photos.

On a lighter note, two local jewelry makers dish about their jobs, products and life in Raleigh, and in Hear This, EOT team members explore the third annual Record Store Day through the lens of one of the coolest independent record stores anywhere, Raleigh’s own Schoolkids Records. They talked to an employee and loyal music lovers to find out what all the fuss was about.

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