DJ Highlights Local Music

Expanding my local music horizons

This is what I love about WKNC: I stop by to give some love to one of my favorite people, when the Local Lunch airplay makes me stop, mid-sentence, and demand, “who is this?”  Today it was Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. A very 1969 sound, but clearly more than just a hippie groove, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have officially made my “need to know list.”  From its Web site, it’s clear the band’s favorite touring destinations are along the West Coast, but it may be a while before I try to catch a concert. I am, however, stalking them on Myspace, and may even splurge for the iTunes album, “Up From Below.”  I’m diggin’ the song “Janglin,” particularly on this rainy weekend.

In other local music happenings, if you missed the first Local Beer Local Band of the school year, you missed out. I went mainly to see this band my friend has been gushing about: A Rooster for the Masses.  I’ll admit, my friend was right on the mark.  But, while Rooster was awesome, I was more taken with the grungy-goodness of that night’s other act, Free Electric State.  The lead singer’s deep voice meshes beautifully with the truly “electric” sound of rock, but not so much that you can’t sing/dance/jam/shake you booty/headbang along with a catchy set of lyrics.

Be sure to be at Tir Na Nog next Thursday for Local Beer Local Band, and see what the hype is all about.  The Huguenots are playing alongside The Stars Explode for what will be sure to be another fantastic FREE show in the Triangle.

Concert Preview Local Music

6/4 – Local Beer Local Band Night – Regina Hexaphone and the StarsExplode

As most of you all know, WKNC and Tir Na Nog do this thing called Local Beer Local Band Night.  Each Thursday at Tir Na Nog we have a free show with great local bands and great local brews.  This week’s line up is Regina Hexaphone and the Stars Explode.  Also, tune in to 88.1 at 5pm on Thursday, as I will be interviewing Regina Hexaphone.

Here’s a qoute from the Independent Weekly about Regina Hexaphone:

“The rustling sun-kissed beauty and easy charm of Regina Hexaphone’s folky pop echo the sweet, generous vibe of frontwoman Sara Bell. Just as a wayward smile from someone attractive can brighten your day, nothing feels quite as welcoming as Hexaphone’s soothing sonic embrace. A preview of their forthcoming album, Into Your Sleeping Heart, is impressive, indeed, from the nomadic surf-inflected pop of "Waiting for the Wind” to the Dresden-bound gypsy bounce of “The Fortyniner.” Elsewhere, they work in a hazy, pillowy drift of receding detail, like a watercolor pulling away and over the horizon.“ –Chris Parker, Independent Weekly

"The Stars Explode is the new rock band led by Doug Edmunds, co-founding member/songwriter/drummer/vocalist for 90s rockpop underground wonders, Gladhands, and most recently the drummer for Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies. The Stars Explode builds on Edmunds’ musical legacy while looking squarely to the future. With influences ranging from the rugged British rock of Paul Weller to the loud guitar pop of the Posies to latter-day singer-songwriters like Grant-Lee Phillips, Jon Brion, and Rhett Miller, Edmunds’ new band offers up a delicious blend of musical offerings.”–the Stars Explode’s Myspace

Here’s a video of Regina Hexaphone playing live in Chapel Hill:

So come out and support your community!