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Jul 26

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! 
For more info on David Gray and his new album Mutineers visit: 
http://davidgray.com/ 
Good Luck! 

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!

For more info on David Gray and his new album Mutineers visit:

http://davidgray.com/

Good Luck! 

Jul 25

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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."

Hedonism Colosseum album art

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.

Jul 24

WKNC 88.1 FM CHARTS July 22, 2014

WKNC Radio 200

Rank—Artist—Recording—Label

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

5—SLAVVE—Slavve—Bloodmoss

6—WHITE REAPER—White Reaper—Polyvinyl

7—TIGERS JAW—Charmer—Run For Cover

8—LANDLADY—Upright Behavior—Hometapes

9—TOTAL CONTROL—Typical System—Iron Lung

10—GULP—Season Sun—Everloving

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

17—LULUC—Passerby—SUB POP

18—BEVERLY—Careers—Kanine

19—XENO AND OAKLANDER—Par Avion—Ghostly International

20—HONEYBLOOD—Honeyblood—Fat Cat

21—EULA—Orderly [7-Inch]—Bloodmoss

22—WUNDER WUNDER—Everything Infinite—Dovecote

23—KUTOSIS—Dream It Away—Jealous Lovers Club

24—ANTLERS—Familiars—Anti

25—VULKANO—Live Wild Die Free—Self-Released

26—PHOX—Phox—Partisan

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

Top Adds

Rank—Artist—Recording—Label

1—WHITE FENCE—For The Recently Found Innocent—Drag City

2—FIELD MOUSE—Hold Still Life—Topshelf

3—ALVVAYS—Alvvays—Polyvinyl

4—FADED PAPER FIGURES—Relics

5—GOT A GIRL—I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now—Bulk

Jul 23

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*

Jul 22

Jul 21

MYKKI BLANCO feat. TENNIS RODMAN and discovery djs

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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.

Jul 20

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Jul 18

On Wednesday, July 23, Dave Matthews Band will be coming to The Walnut Creek Amphitheater and WKNC has tickets for you to win! This show is part of “A Very Special Evening With Dave Matthews Band” concert series, in which the band plays an acoustic set and an electric set. Seeing this performance is truly an unique experience; this may be the only time DMB has an acoustic/electric split concert!
DMB has also partnered with The Bama Green Project to set up food drives at every show. Drop off your non-perishables in the designated bins outside the main gates of the amphitheatre and the donated food will be distributed to local food banks. The most requested donation items include peanut butter, soup, pasta, baby food, tuna, rice, and pasta sauce. Fans can also make cash donations to the Farm-to-Family Program at the Eco-Village
So if you enjoy donating food to people in need and if you enjoy the funk rock sound of Dave Matthews Band (a sound that is meant to be heard live), then be on the listen for WKNC DJs giving away these tickets!


To learn more about Dave Matthews Band and their acoustic/electric concert series visit:
http://davematthewsband.com/
http://youtu.be/Ftc1fUP2d2k


To learn more about The Bama Green Project visit:
http://WWW.BAMAGREEN.ORG/ 
http://www.reverb.org/DMB/DMB2.html
Good Luck! 

On Wednesday, July 23, Dave Matthews Band will be coming to The Walnut Creek Amphitheater and WKNC has tickets for you to win! This show is part of “A Very Special Evening With Dave Matthews Band” concert series, in which the band plays an acoustic set and an electric set. Seeing this performance is truly an unique experience; this may be the only time DMB has an acoustic/electric split concert!

DMB has also partnered with The Bama Green Project to set up food drives at every show. Drop off your non-perishables in the designated bins outside the main gates of the amphitheatre and the donated food will be distributed to local food banks. The most requested donation items include peanut butter, soup, pasta, baby food, tuna, rice, and pasta sauce. Fans can also make cash donations to the Farm-to-Family Program at the Eco-Village

So if you enjoy donating food to people in need and if you enjoy the funk rock sound of Dave Matthews Band (a sound that is meant to be heard live), then be on the listen for WKNC DJs giving away these tickets!

To learn more about Dave Matthews Band and their acoustic/electric concert series visit:

http://davematthewsband.com/

http://youtu.be/Ftc1fUP2d2k

To learn more about The Bama Green Project visit:

http://WWW.BAMAGREEN.ORG/

http://www.reverb.org/DMB/DMB2.html


Good Luck!