Concert Preview

The Pinhook’s Second Great Band Swap

This Thursday through Saturday, December 3-5, The Pinhook in Durham will be hosting The Great Band Swap—based on a 2007 concert.

The format: three nights, four local bands a night, and every artist must cover at least one song by one of the other three artists that night.

The Pinhook website ( provides the following line-ups and descriptions

Thursday, December 2 features the anthemic punk rock of Pink Flag, the soulful, old-school pop of Brett Harris, the classic-rock hooks of The Pneurotics, and the shambolic majesty of Dry Heathens. The WXDU deejay team.

Friday, December 3, local legend Billy Sugarfix leads the way with his whipsmart catalog of charming, confessional pop. Juan Huevos brings ebullient homemade hip-hop, and Durham duo Joy In Red squares off with Raleigh art-garage outfit Antibubbles. Deejay sets will be provided by WXYC.

Saturday, December 4 is the wildest bill, hitting most of the genre extremes in indie rock. Cassis Orange provides distilled electro-pop with a subtle Japanese edge. Mosadi Music is hard-edged, political hip-hop with searingly tight live instrumentation. HOG takes heavy-metal and stretches into psychedelic dirges and molten, fleet fingered hooks. And Embarrassing Fruitschannels the finest guitar rock of the past 20 years, mixed with lyrics about girls, partying, and small-town ennui. The WKNC crew will spin records.

As listed, after the performances local college radio stations WXDU (Duke University), WXYC (The University of North Carolina), and, of course, WKNC (North Carolina State University) will provide the music by deejaying.  I will be representing the station with my co-host and valiant General Manager of WKNC 88.1. It should prove to be a most interesting and entertaining local happening each night and overall, and may earn a status as an annual event.

Local Music

Local Musical Chairs Compilation

If 2009 was the year of Hear Here, then 2010 could very well be the year of Musical Chairs.  Carrboro based recording studio Nightsound Studios is releasing a compilation album in a similar vein that Flying Tiger Sound pulled off at this same time last year.  The project is to be titled The Musical Chairs Compilation.  The kicker is that the bands are covering other local bands and have to choose the band they are covering at random.  The compilation is being released for free with all donations going to the production of the free CDs and a local concert, and all concert proceeds will benefit a charity. You can read more about it here.

Bands on the project include:
Birds and Arrows
Erie Choir
I Was Totally Destroying It
Lizzy Ross Band
New Town Drunks
North Elementary
Puritan Rodeo
Soft Company
Wylie Hunter and the Cazadores and Pecosa

IWTDI has already announced that they are covering a North Elementary track while Puritan Rodeo is covering one of their’s.  I will post more information as I know it.

Concert Preview

Pneurotics to play at Shack-a-Thon this Thursday!

The Shack is back and the first days of Shack-a-Thon have been great so far! WKNC will continue to be out on the brickyard for the rest of the week raising money with other student organizations for Habitat for Humanity. Come out and support a great cause and visit the WKNC shack! There will be corn hole games, merch to buy and prizes to win!

With all this Shack-a-Thon fun, you might ask yourself, “How can this get any better?!"  Well get excited because on Thursday, September 24, the Triangle’s own  Pneurotics are coming out to N.C. State’s brickyard to play an acoustic set for the volunteers, students, and any one else who wants to come check out this awesome event! The show will be starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday and will be right in front of Harrelson Hall by the WKNC shack.

Come check out the great tunes of The Pneurotics and don’t forget to stop by the WKNC shack during the rest of the week to help us raise money for Habitat for Humanity.

DJ Highlights

Local Beat Preview 9/11/09

This Friday’s Local Beat has to be one for the ages.  My fourth week on the show is gearing up to be the best so far with special guests Superchunk, Ryan Gustafson, and the Pneurotics.

Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance of local legend Superchunk are calling in at 5pm to talk about their new book based on their label Merge Records: “OUR NOISE: The Story of Merge Records, the Indie Label that Got Big and Stayed Small”.  The book is set to be released Tuesday, September 15 via Algonquin Books.  Mac and Laura will be traveling across the state to promote the new book and play some tunes of their own at the following bookstores:


  • September 15th –  The Regulator Bookshop, 7:00 pm (Durham, NC)
  • September 17th – Bull’s Head Bookshop, 3:30 pm (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • September 17th – Quail Ridge, 7:30 pm (Raleigh, NC)
  • October 2nd – Malaprop’s, 7:00 pm (Asheville, NC)
  • Local blog Triangle Music did an excellent short review on the book which you can read here.

    You have been hearing Ryan Gustafson’s solo work on WKNC for a couple of weeks now, but at 6pm on the Local Beat Ryan is stopping by to chat about his CD Release party tonight at the Local 506 with two amazing bands, Mount Moriah and Mandolin Orange (show is $5 and starts at 9:30pm).  His album, Donkey LP, has certainly proven to be one of my favorites this summer and Spencer Griffith of The Indepdent Weekly gave the album an admirable review which you can check out here.


    The final hour of the show brings The Pneurotics on to chat up another new album and another Local 506 release party; this one their own.  The album is titled Second Skin and is set to be released Friday, September 18th at the 506 with The Travesties and Rat Jackson taking the stage as well (show is $8 and starts at 9:30pm). 

    So tune in to the Local Beat every Friday evening from 5pm-8pm.  If you are out of the area be sure to listen online!

    Local Music Music News and Interviews

    The Pneurotics Local Lunch Interview

    Rich of The Pneurotics came into the Local Lunch on 3/12/09 for a quick interview, live performance, and debut of brand new material.

    The Pneurotics played with Pink Flag, River City Ransom, and The Dry Heathens at The Brewery last night (3/12/09).

    The Pneurotics interview

    Local Music Music News and Interviews

    Pneurotics Interview on Local Lunch

    Tune in Thursday, March 12th at noon as DJ Murdoc interviews The Pneurotics on Local Lunch.

    Chapel Hill based The Pneurotics, will be playing at The Brewery with River City Ransom, The Dry Heathens, and Pink Flag Thursday night at 8pm.

    Look for Murdoc’s Local Music Picture Blog later this week for coverage of the event.