Phian interviewed Durham group The Pinkerton Raid before they played Local Band Local Beer at TIr Na Nog Irish Pub last Thursday.
You can also hear four of their songs during the interview: A Beautiful World, Just A Boy, Sins of the Fathers, and April Flower.
The Pinkerton Raid will be playing locally again at Motorco Music Hall in Durham on Friday August 8th.
WKNC is giving away tickets for Slightly Stoopid w/ special guest Stephen Marley and G Love & Special Sauce at Red Hat Amphitheater on August 8th. Just be the correct caller when the DJ asks for it, and you could win yourself some free tickets!
Slightly Stoopid truly has a unique sound which the band describes as, “A fusion of folk, rock, reggae, and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and punk.” This may sound hard to believe, but after listening to a few of their songs it is clear that Slightly Stoopid really do have an eclectic sound that’s bound to keep you entertained all night long.
Stephen Marley is the son of Bob Marley and, like his father, he has had much success with his reggae career, already earning 5 Grammy awards for his work in his brother’s band, Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers. Stephen has been involved with reggae for his whole life, and now it is your chance to experience his work live. Who else better to hear reggae from than the son of Bob Marley, right?!
G. Love & Special Sauce is another band that brings a unique sound to the stage. It’s often classified as alternative, hip-hop, and blues. Their edgy riffs and laid back style will probably leave you saying, “Dude, these dudes are gnnnarly.”
So be on the listen for DJs giving away these tickets!
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David Gray will be coming to The Red Hat Amphitheater in downtown Raleigh on August 11, and WKNC has tickets for you! Just be the correct caller when the DJ asks for it, and you could win yourself a night of great music. David Gray has been rocking out for over two decades now with successful albums like “White Ladders” and “Life In Slow Motion”. With much critical acclaim, Gray has become known as one of the best singer-songwriters in popular music.
Recently, David Gray released his new album “Mutineers”, which shows off his gift and experience in making music. There are plenty of great indie/soft rock melodies overlaid by the unmistakable voice of David Gray. Definitely give this album a listen if you haven’t already, OR even better, win some tickets and hear it live! So, Please Forgive Me if I missed anything. Don’t Sail Away to Babylon before you get a chance to win these tickets. If you want to stop hearing these horribly bad puns, then you better stop reading this post and you better start listening for WKNC DJs giving away these tickets!
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Kurtzweil(top four pictures) kicked off this week’s Local Band Local Beer at Tir na Nog with a blast. After being lucky enough to sit in on their in-studio acoustic show, I was pumped to see their pluged-in act. They brought a pounding start to the night with tight instrumentals mixed with a beautiful female vocalist.
To soothe the mid-hours of the LBLB, The Pinkerton Raid(middle three pictures) stepped on stage. While they had less energy than the other two bands, their melodies were addicting.
To top of the night, Borrowed Arts(bottom 3 pictures) took it up a notch. I was headbanging and jumping around. The drummer laid down a great beat that drove the rest of the band into a rock frenzy. It lacked lyrics, but made up for it with progression and musical technicality.
Fresh outta high school, Astro Cowboy releases Hedonism Colosseum
Wilmington indie rockers, Astro Cowboy, released their first full length album last weekend titled Hedonism Colosseum. Complete with a release party at Bourgie Nights in Wilmington on July 12th, the band handed out a hundred free copies of their album and also released it on bandcamp the following day.
Hedonism Colosseum explores the feelings, relationships, drama, and juvenile joy of being in high school. As the band writes on their bandcamp page:
"Remember when you thought that high school was going to last forever? When you thought that it was the apex of real? Every relationship, decision, and action you made, you thought was going to remain relevant and important for the rest of your life? This album is the result of those feelings."
The album features 10 brand new, original songs. It includes the heavier, punk influenced songs like “White Shoes" and "Suntan" which share a similar sound with the band’s first EP Rat-Man Vann, but on more than a couple tracks, such as “Inhale" and "Goodbye, A.E.G." the band takes instrumental explorations with intricate guitar riffs and drum fills that sound reminiscent of Modest Mouse’s The Lonesome Crowded West.
All in all this is a very solid record, and my only complaint is that it’s not longer! Clocking in at 40 minutes, the end of this album leaves the listener wanting more.
Astro Cowboy follows the release of their album with an East Coast tour supporting fellow Wilmington band, Museum Mouth.
WKNC 88.1 FM CHARTS July 22, 2014
WKNC Radio 200
1—DAN MELCHIOR UND DAS MENACE—Hunger—Castle Face
2—CRAFT SPELLS—Nausea—Captured Tracks
3—PARQUET COURTS—Sunbathing Animal—What’s Your Rupture?
4—A SUNNY DAY IN GLASGOW—Sea When Absent—Lefse
6—WHITE REAPER—White Reaper—Polyvinyl
7—TIGERS JAW—Charmer—Run For Cover
9—TOTAL CONTROL—Typical System—Iron Lung
11—WHITE LUNG—Deep Fantasy—Domino
12—TURN TO CRIME—Can’t Love—Old Flame-Mugg And Bopp
13—COLD BEAT—Over Me—Crime On The Moon
14—DEAD STARS—Slumber—Old Flame
15—PETER MATTHEW BAUER—Liberation!—Mexican Summer
16—OBN IIIS—Third Time To Harm—Tic Tac Totally
19—XENO AND OAKLANDER—Par Avion—Ghostly International
22—WUNDER WUNDER—Everything Infinite—Dovecote
23—KUTOSIS—Dream It Away—Jealous Lovers Club
25—VULKANO—Live Wild Die Free—Self-Released
27—MATT KIVEL—Days Of Being Wild—Woodsist
28—BLACK BANANAS—Electric Brick Wall—Drag City
29—PHENOMENAUTS—Escape Velocity—Silver Sprocket
30—FUTURE LOVES PAST—Our Solar System [EP]—Self-Released
1—WHITE FENCE—For The Recently Found Innocent—Drag City
2—FIELD MOUSE—Hold Still Life—Topshelf
4—FADED PAPER FIGURES—Relics
5—GOT A GIRL—I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now—Bulk
Beck Ticket Giveaway
Want tickets to see Beck tonight at Red Hat Amphitheater? All you have to do is be the first to correctly answer three questions. The answers can all be found here on our blog.
1) How many back up singers did Curtis Eller’s American Circus have when they played Local Band Local Beer?
2) During our Lounge session with Tweens, what was on the bass player, Peyton Copes’ shirt?
3) At the Mykki Blanco/Discovery show at King’s Barcade, Mykki covered his nipples with _________.
Be the first to reblog this post/tweet at us with the correct answers and your contact info, and we’ll tell you how to pick up your tickets!
*You must be following WKNC on twitter/tumblr to be eligible*
One of the best parts of North Carolina’s music scene is the familial vibes that go around. Some have described it as an “incestuous” community where lineups are interchangeable, band members come and go, but everyone feeds off of one another. So what happens when one of the area’s most beloved songwriters decides to go on his own and craft an album entirely on his lonesome…well something along the lines of Weller.
Nathan Toben has long been a fixture of the North Carolina music scene. Years ago he could be spotted in rhythm sections for acts like Wild Wild Geese or Americans in France, but he’s best known for being the mysterious front man for The Toddlers. The Toddlers received constant praise from musicians and concertgoers alike for their dark, dreamy pop songs that propelled them to opening spots for acts like Lost in the Trees and The Love Language. But once the band released their full-length debut they seemed to die out with a whimper. Now nearly half a year later Nathan Toben has resurfaced as the sole member of Weller, an incredible music expedition into the depths of “studio magic” and the inner-expanses of one man’s mind.
Toben joined Grant Golden in the studio for Carolina Grown two weeks ago to discuss the inspiration behind his concept album 1, a piece of work that’s as brooding as it is groovy. Compelled by the age-old concept of the four elements, Toben teamed up with Wesley Wolfe (who covered most of the production for the album) to crank out an album’s worth of introspective pop brilliance. Throughout the hour Toben discussed the songwriting process behind these tracks, his inspiration for making this a studio exclusive project (meaning no live shows) and what we can expect to hear from the esteemed songwriter in the near future.
Listen below for some selected tracks from Weller’s debut full-length and the full conversation:
MYKKI BLANCO feat. TENNIS RODMAN and discovery djs
This performance was by far one of the most spectacular nights I’ve had all summer, and it all happened thanks to these rising artists of Raleigh.
The show began with the Discovery DJs spicing the crowd up with some irresistibly catchy club beats. Tennis Rodman took it from there with his experimental mash-up of hip-hop, rap, beats and dance. His energetic personality emerged as he spit a diverse range of aggressive rap styles and beat production to the crowd.
Next, Mykki Blanco sat amongst the crowd as a casual participant and quickly began his show with an attention grabbing poem filled with drama. His performance ranged from sarcastic and narcissistic tirades of gender confusion to theatrical explosions that included eating a microphone and having a voluntary seizure on the sticky concrete floor. Mykki Blanco had me constantly entertained with not only his mastery of performance art, but also with the interesting commentary in his lyrics and the various ways of executing them. This included acappellas or mosh-instigating rap styles that offered outrageous and unexpected performances that made me laugh or feel uncomfortable at times. Nonetheless, I can surely say that everyone at the show had a crazy night.