Music News and Interviews

Giveaways for the Week: October 13th – 19th

10/16: Chuck Johnson / Daniel Bachman @ Pinhook

10/16: Colossus / The Beggars @ King’s Barcade

10/16: The Secret Sisters @ Haw River Ballroom

10/16: tUnE-yArDs / James Tillman @ Cat’s Cradle

10/17: The War On Drugs / Peter Matthew Bauer @ Cat’s Cradle

10/18: Twin Peaks / Tweens @ Pinhook

10/18: The Radio Reds / Bad Luck / Youma @ Nice Price 

10/18: Surfer Blood / Eternal Summers @ King’s Barcade

10/18: Warpaint / Liam Finn @ Cat’s Cradle

This week, tune into WKNC 88.1 FM and when the DJ asks for it, call the request lines to win tickets to these shows!  Good luck and happy listening!

Festival Coverage

WKNC at SXSW // Part 2

Hospitality performing at the Merge Records showcase at The Parish


The Orwells at the Spin Magazine day party


Temples at the Spin Magazine day party


Warpaint held it down through their technical difficulties and delivered an amazing set


Cloud Nothings killing it at the Spin Magazine day party 


Closing out the north stage at the Spin Magazine day party was Against Me!


New Album Review

New Daytime Music

Angel Olsen // Burn Your Fire For No Witness

To my ears this release is a lil’ more upbeat than previous AO releases, some of the songs almost have a punky feel, but if you have intense personal demons or a dark heart, Angel will speak sweet nothings to your inner void.

Juan Wauters // N.A.P. North American Poetry

This is put out by Captured Tracks, which means it’s laid-back guitar jams. Way less reverb on this then like Mac Demarco/Beach Fossils/Wild Nothing, so I think it finds a niche of being catchy acoustic music without being overly derivative of other CT bands.

Bleeding Rainbow // Interrupt

Upbeat shoegaze jams from Philly’s Bleeding Rainbow!! This album is so much fun and an improvement from their last one in my opinion.

Speedy Ortiz // Real Hair

Another release from 90’s acolytes Speedy Ortiz. If you like them, you know what to expect: 1995 vibes that sound exactly like Helium. In fact, if you like Speedy Ortiz, go listen to Helium, and you’ll be getting the authentic 90’s experience.

Warpaint // S/T

Female-fronted space-rock goodness from a band who’s brand of psych I’ve admired for a while. Very ethereal, and by ethereal I mean any other word that means ethereal because that word gets used a ton, damn

Dog Bite // Tranquilizers

Silky PBR&B from Toro y Moi’s labelmate Dog Bite. Very smooth.

Habibi // Habibi

I feel like my parents would dig this record, but in a good way…? This is an all-female Burger Records (well-known Cali garage rock label) band that updates the sounds of 60’s girl-pop with modern punk and post-punk tropes, yet manages to avoid sounding like Best Coast. Omg remember Best Coast?

Orthy // Emily EP

A slightly older release, but re-released by the industry in anticipation of new music..? Anyway, this album feels like someone dumping a big box of Polaroids on your head. Very chill.

XIU XIU // Angel Guts: Red Classroom

If you’ve ever listened to a Xiu Xiu record you know what kind of dark vibes to expect. This is a band that has an album called Dear God, I Hate Myself. Does that put you in the right mindset? Anyway, this is dark post-punk synthy music with lyrics that are really dark, even for this milieu. Not entirely my thing, but hopefully this finds the right people.

Together Pangea // Badillac

More Burger Records royalty. Super fun and upbeat, if you dig Wavves and Fidlar and all that surfy garage stuff, this is along the same lines.

Marissa Nadler // July

Marissa’s first album for Sacred Bones, this sounds at place on that usually-dark label, as this is an album of solid dusky folk music. Also the cover has good typography, because it’s a Sacred Bones release, duh.

Music News and Interviews

This Week’s Fantastic Giveaways

This week we have a lot of cool stuff to give away!

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We have tickets to The Stone Temple Pilots with The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on October 5 at The Raleigh Amphitheatre and  Sound Tribe System 9 at The Raleigh Amphitheatre on August 25.

We have tickets to Warpaint on August 18 at The Local 506.

On August 19, we have tickets to Cockabilly Roadshow at The Pour House and Lou Barlow At Cat’s Cradle.

On August 20, we have tickets to Jack the Radio at Slim’s, Chatham County Line at Fletcher Theatre, and The Design at The Pour House.

On August 21, we have tickets to Malarkey Gras ft. American Aquarium at The Pour House.


The Other Guys, Scott Pilgrim v. The World, and The Expendables

Keep Listening to WKNC for these giveaways and more!