Weekly Charts

WKNC 88.1 FM Afterhours Charts 10/20

1. GHOST DATA, The Occulus Occult
2. Toro Y Moi, Boo Boo
3. Washed Out, Mister Mellow
4. Noga Erez, Off The Radar
5. Actress, AZD
6. Hippie Sabotage, Drifter
7. Forest Swords, Raw Language
9. KOROstyle, Project: KOROkat
10. Little Dragon, Season High

Music News and Interviews

The Strokes Awaken From the Dead!

It’s been a little over two years since their last live performance in November 2011 in Brazil, but The Strokes are back for a much anticipated performance at this year’s Governor’s Ball Music Festival. Julian Casablancas will also be performing a separate show during the festival. 

The band released their fifth album, Comedown Machine, in 2013 but no tour came along with the new release.


Other headliners for the Governor’s Ball music festival in New York City include Outkast, Jack White, and Vampire Weekend along with performances from Phoenix, TV on the Radio, Broken Bells, Neko Case, Sleigh Bells, Grimes, Washed Out, Earl Sweatshirt, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Wild Belle, Tanlines, among others. 

Concert Review

Show Review: Washed Out

For a band who helped define a genre referred to as “chillwave”, Washed Out brought a lot of energy to their live set last night at Cat’s Cradle. The stage was set in cheesy but endearing floral decor that, in combination with the band’s dreamy tunes, created a nice halcyon effect inside the window-less venue.

Although the group relies heavily on electronic effects in recording, their sound transferred seamlessly to a live show, thanks in part to a great stage presence by Ernest Greene. The set included a nice mix of songs from both full-length albums and even a performance of “Despicable Dogs”, the band’s remix of a Small Black single. Even the most awkward of hipsters felt a tugging at their hips as the group jammed through their indie hits, eventually ending the night with “Eyes Be Closed.” Any show that can make people lose themselves to groove on a Monday night deserves some recognition, and these guys killed it.

Set List:
It All Feels Right
New Theory
Get Up
Far Away
Despicable Dogs
All I Know
Don’t Give Up
Feel It All Around
Amor Fati

Hold Out
Eyes Be Closed

Weekly Charts

Top 40—WKNC’s Top Albums of the Week 7/26

Each week, the WKNC music directors tally up spins for new releases and submit their top charts to CMJ.

CMJ Loud Rock from WKNC’s Chainsaw Rock

Artist Album Label
#1 ALL SHALL PERISH This Is Where It Ends Nuclear Blast
#2 TOMBS Path Of Totality Relapse
#3 ENDSTILLE Infektion 1813 Season Of Mist
#4 SUICIDE SILENCE The Black Crown Century Media
#5 EXHUMED All Guts, No Glory Relapse
#7 BOOK OF BLACK EARTH The Cold Testament Prosthetic
#8 DRACONIAN A Rose For The Apocalypse Napalm
#9 PESTILENCE Doctrine Mascot
#10 STREAM OF PASSION Darker Days Napalm

CMJ RPM from WKNC’s Afterhours

Artist Album Label
#3 WASHED OUT Within And Without Sub Pop
#4 ZOMBY Dedication 4AD
#5 MAGNETIC MAN Magnetic Man Star Time
#6 YACHT Shangri-La DFA
#7 FM BELFAST Don’t Want To Sleep Morr
#8 BORGORE Delicious [EP]
#9 FIORA Blue Muse

CMJ Hip-Hop from WKNC’s Underground

Artist Album Label
#1 AMAD JAMAL Hood Tales
#2 SHANE ELI I Can Do Better
#4 JAYLIB Champion Sound: Deluxe Stones Throw
#6 KING MEZ King’s Khrysis
#7 CITIZEN AIM As Just Cause Cries Humble Beast
#8 SHABAZZ PALACES Swerve… The Reeping Of All That Is Worthwhile
#9 IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE “No Me Importa” [Single]
#10 SHAD “Telephone” [Single]

CMJ Radio 200 from WKNC’s Daytime Rock

Artist Album Label
#1 Gardens & Villa Gardens & Villa Secretly Canadian
#2 Unknown Mortal Orchestra Unknown Mortal Orchestra Fat Possum
#3 Motopony Motopony tinyOGRE
#4 Seapony Go With Me Hardly Art
#5 Balkans Balkans Double Phantom
#6 Sbtrkt Sbtrkt XL-Young Turks
#7 1, 2, 3 New Heaven Frenchkiss
#8 Bella Ruse Kuhzoo Self-Released
#9 Memory Tapes Player Piano Carpark
#10 Vaccines What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? Columbia

DJ Mason Interviews Washed Out

This past Wednesday, WKNC had the unique opportunity to interview Ernest Greene, frontman for Washed Out. The band is credited by some as a pioneer of the chillwave genre. Washed Out’s song “Feel It All Around” has been featured as the theme music for IFC tv show “Portlandia,” and its most recent album “Within and Without” is rising in the college radio charts. Pitchfork awarded the album a rating of 8.3, naming it “Best New Music.” In addition, the LP landed a spot as WKNC’s 27th most played this past week. Washed Out will be touring with Cut Copy this September and will make a stop at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.

DJ Mason Interviews Washed Out

Listen to the interview above to hear Washed Out’s take on the Atlanta music scene, the sensual cover to “Within and Without,” finding saxophone players on Craigslist, and more!



Concert Review

Beach House bring dreamy sound to Cradle

This past Saturday, WKNC DJ’s made the trek to Cat’s Cradle to experience the breathtaking and moving music of Beach House. After waiting in traffic for an hour, possibly parking illegally, and missing all but thirty seconds of Washed Out’s set, we made it in and were ready to be swept away by the mesmerizing music of Baltimore’s Beach House.

After much anticipation, vocalist/organist Victoria Legrand and mulit-intrumentalist Alex Scally took the stage and reeled the audience in with “Walk in the Park.” The duo smoothly transitioned from song to song, playing many songs off their recent release, “Teen Dream,” but also keeping the crowd pleased with favorites like “Gila” off of their 2008 album Devotion. The sold out crowd swayed to “Silver Soul” and “Lover of Mine”, but the excitement really heightened when the first notes of “Zebra” kicked in. During the song, lead singer Victoria Legrand, fittingly dressed in black and white, wafted her hands emulating a “black and white horse.”

Adding to the ethereal atmosphere of the dreamy set was the fog emanating from the stage, pastel colored pom poms dangling from the ceiling, and what can only be described as giant, rotating diamonds covered in multi-colored foil which hypnotized the audience and added to the cavernous vibe of the music. As the show wound down, Legrand jokingly asked the audience if they were depressed, and without response, dramatically commenced “Used to Be”. In between songs, the group referred to their first time playing Chapel Hill, at the Nightlight, jokingly commenting they preferred playing for six people. Beach House ended their hour-long set with an incredible “Take Care”, followed by an encore and closing the show with the epic “10 Mile Stereo”.The show was, without a doubt, one of the best any of those in attendance will likely see this year.