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Concert Review

Say Anything/mewithoutyou/Teen Suicide/Museum Mouth at the Cat’s Cradle

Teen Suicide, a lo-fi band from Maryland, and Museum Mouth, Double Barrel Benefit 13 band and long-time favorites of KNC, were the opening acts for Say Anything and mewithoutYou on Thursday, May 19th at Cat’s Cradle. I was most eager to see Teen Suicide after listening to their much anticipated 26-song album It’s the Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir the Honeypot. The album has a diverse mix of genres ranging from typical indie pop songs like “Falling Out of Love With Me,” to the jarring industrial sounds on “Beauty.” No song is similar and it was hard to imagine what type of sound the band would be going for during the show. Teen Suicide didn’t disappoint, going with two electric guitars, bass, and drums. Doing great renditions of old favorites like “Benzo” and “the same things happening to me all the time, even in my dreams,” opting for a less ambient sound and going with a heavier indie rock sound, but still with the band’s overarching theme of teenage sadness. The songs off the new album were more indie rock sounding, like “Pavement” and “Alex.” It was a great performance and showed at least one aspect of the band’s diverse toolkit. Hopefully Teen Suicide will come back to the Triangle soon and change up their sound a little to highlight other songs on their newest album. mewithoutYou, Say Anything, and Museum Mouth had great performance as well. Museum Mouth played some newer songs like “Incubus Tattoo” and “Wave Emoji” and highlights from their newest album Popcorn Fish Guinea Pig. Lastly the show was not complete without Graham from Museum Mouth getting married to his fiancée, in the middle of the Cat’s Cradle crowd before mewithoutYou started their set. It was definitely a night to be remembered.

-Wizard Doctor

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Weekly Charts

WKNC 88.1 FM CHARTS: June 9, 2015

Eskimeaux, Elvis Depressedly, and Hop Along remain in the top 3 for the second week in a row!

WKNC RADIO 200

1. ESKIMEAUX – O.K. – Double Double Whammy
2. ELVIS DEPRESSEDLY – New Alhambra – Run For Cover
3. HOP ALONG – Painted Shut – Saddle Creek
4. JOANNA GRUESOME – Peanut Butter – Slumberland
5. MY MORNING JACKET – The Waterfall – Capitol
6. GIRLPOOL – Before The World Was Big – Wichita
7. METZ – II – Sub Pop
8. UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA – Multi-Love – Jagjaguwar
9. SPEEDY ORTIZ – Foil Deer – Carpark
10. MEW – Plus Minus – Pias
11. TURNOVER – Peripheral Vision – Run For Cover
12. MITSKI – Bury Me At Makeout Creek – Don Giovanni
13. ETERNAL SUMMERS – Gold And Stone – Kanine
14. CEREMONY – The L-Shaped Man – Matador
15. COURTNEY BARNETT – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit – Mom And Pop
16. SURFER BLOOD – 1000 Palms – Joyful Noise
17. HOT CHIP – Why Make Sense? – Domino
18. NOVELLA – Land – Sinderlyn
19. WAXAHATCHEE – Ivy Tripp – Merge
20. THEE OH SEES – Mutilator Defeated At Last – Castle Face
21. MIKAL CRONIN – MCIII – Merge
22. ALEX G – Trick – Lucky Number
23. SHARON VAN ETTEN – I Don’t Want To Let You Down [EP] – Jagjaguwar
24. TORO Y MOI – What For? – Carpark
25. MOUNTAIN GOATS – Beat The Champ – Merge
26. BOMBADIL – Hold On – Ramseur
27. AVA LUNA – Infinite House – Western Vinyl
28. PURITY RING – Another Eternity – 4AD
29. PEACH KELLI POP – III – Burger
30. CHASTITY BELT – Time To Go Home – Hardly Art

WKNC TOP 5 ADDS

1. PINS – Wild Nights – Bella Union
2. CAYUCAS – Dancing At The Blue Lagoon – Secretly Canadian
3. TEEN MEN – Teen Men – Bar None
4. NO JOY – More Faithful – Mexican Summer
5. VAADAT CHARIGIM – Sinking As A Stone – Burger

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Band/Artist Profile

DBB12 Artist Profile: Eternal Summers

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Eternal Summers

Self-proclaimed “dream-punk” outfit Eternal Summers originally formed as a two piece in Roanoke, Virginia in 2009. Since then singer/guitarist Nicole Yun and drummer Daniel Cundiff have come to fill out their wall of sound by adding bassist Jonathan Woods, release three full albums on Brooklyn-based Kanine Records, extensively tour the country (often with Raleigh’s The Love Language), and land their name on several festival billings including the 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival which called them “ … covered in distortion and 80’s era effects, creating a tense juxtaposition between sweet and sharp, inviting and cold.”

The band’s most recent album “The Drop Beneath” was released in March 2014 and produced by Doug Gillard, who has worked with bands such as Guided By Voices and Nada Surf. The album earned the band high praise for nearly perfecting their shoegaze style being, which Pitchfork called “a balance between whisper and roar, messiness and finesse, between articulating Heavenly-style twee bedroom musings versus whipping up walls of roiling melodic noise.”

Eternal Summers will bring their unique brand of fuzz pop to headline Cat’s Cradle on Feb. 14 for the most rock and roll Valentine’s Day you have yet to experience.

– John Kovalchik, WKNC General Manager

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Band/Artist Profile

DBB12 Artist Profile: Elvis Depressedly

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Elvis Depressedly

While most artists move on from their solo projects to produce more publicly accepted music, Mat Cothran saw his lo-fi indie pop band Elvis Depressedly as a space to experiment without worry of his audience. Maybe that’s where the undeniable rawness of each release comes from. The songs’ inconsequential lyrics are paired with drum machines and ethereal keyboards that make you forget you’re singing about death.

Originally from South Carolina, Cothran moved to Asheville last summer where he hoped to feel more accepted in what he called the “growing artistic community.” Cothran and his bandmates did multiple tours last year with acts including Alex G of Sandy and Told Slant. The band is releasing their first full length titled “New Alhambra” in early March under Run for Cover Records.

With heart melting lyrics like, “I want to find you, a way out of your head. Snow is falling inside you, let it love you to death,” you’ll definitely want to take your lover to see Elvis Depressedly this Valentine’s Day.

– Kaanchee Gandhi, WKNC Deputy Promotions Director and Graphic Designer

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Band/Artist Profile

DBB12 Artist Profile: Body Games

Now that the full line up for #dbbdozen has been revealed learn some more about all the artists playing! We’ll be posting a profile of each artist throughout the week right here!

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Body Games

On the first night of Hopscotch 2013, a fledgling Body Games garnered some word-of-mouth attention as one of the local acts to catch before moving on to the touring bands later in the night. Being made up of local music veterans, as well as being supported by psychedelic visuals, attracted a dense crowd to The Pour House Music Hall.

Before long, the crowd was entranced by their ambient soundscapes that gave way to simple poppy hooks. The set climaxed in the room clapping and singing along to a Michael Jackson cover that went over so well, frontman Dax Beaton felt obliged to clarify that it was a cover.

The group has grown in the time since, performing at the next year’s Hopscotch, as well as Phuzz Phest and landing an impressive spot at Moogfest. They were also featured on a track on last year’s long-awaited T0W3RS LP on the track “Raise The Gate.”

Body Games will kick off a night of loving on Feb. 14 at Cat’s Cradle. Whether you’re already a fan or experiencing them for the first time, Body Games will be sure to make you their Valentine.

– Walt Lilly, WKNC Program Director