Cincinnatti rockers Tweens came by The Lounge to play some songs off their record Bored In The City along with some brand new ones. The last song they played, Be Mean, was actually on CMJ’s list of The 30 Best Songs of 2014 So Far. Check out the 5 song set above.
Play it SAFE Benefit: 5/30 at the Pinhook!
WKNC // WXYC // WXDU // WUAG Present: Play it SAFE a benefit for the Durham Crisis Response Center. The show will be at the Pinhook on May 30th.
This North Carolina college radio collaboration features the excellent grrrl punks that are See Gulls, and our much beloved friend T0W3RS, who you may recognize from DBB11, FOTL, or The Lounge.
WKNC is more than excited to be joined among such great company for such a great cause. Of course we are also more than psyched to be dancing our shoes off to these two great local acts. Let’s throw some french fries!
Moogfest Artist Spotlight: RiFF RAFF
What is it about Horst Christian Simco that makes the public so drawn to him?
Is it his love of branding? His innovative non-capitalization of the letter i? Perhaps its his rich history with the Greensboro police department? Or maybe it’s just because he committed a soft form of animal abuse by dying his husky blue while simply declaring "RAP GAME BLUES CLUES."
Whatever it is about Simco (aka RiFF RaFF, aka MTV RiFF RaFF, aka JODi HiGHROLLER) that launched him to public figure status, he is an undeniably an entertainer (of sorts).
The now pop-culture icon had humble beginnings as a reality TV star. Simco had made attempts to appear on P. Diddy’s “Making the Band,” to no avail but eventually earned a short-lived spot on MTV’s “From G’s to Gents,” which in turn convinced the young rapper to reserve an everlasting spot on his neck to MTV. (See “love of branding” image in the first paragraph)
JODi’s musical style ranges from characteristically over produced early 2000’s rap to sloppy school yard free style. With odd meter and minimalist refrains sometimes it’s hard to tell whether or not the man is playing some kind of big trick on America—Especially with so many tongue and check artists out there now a days (ie LIL B).
Ultimately it matters not the source of Raff’s uniqueness—it’s got to be somewhat genuine to dedicate that much ink. HiGHROLLER’s performance in Asheville is something I am personally greatly looking forward too and will without a doubt be a great ole Versace time.
Pre-Phuzz: Non-Music Coolness
This year’s Phuzz Phest in Winston-Salem is obviously exploding at the seams with high tier artists of all kind, but they didn’t stop there.
Phuzz has decided to follow suit after some other festivals from North Carolina and elsewhere by including some great programming during the daytime that runs a cool-weird gamut.
Similar to Hopscotch in years past, this year’s Phest will include an alley cat style bike race.
For those unfamiliar with this kind of bike race here’s what wikipedia has to say.
From personal experience at the Hepcat and others around Raleigh I can say it is of the utmost of all fun. Little to no experience is necessary to participate and even succeed in these camaraderie building events. This race in particular looks cheap and inviting. Plus— there’s prizes, what else matters? The race will begin at Krankies Coffee on Saturday at noon.
Speaking of coffee, also in conjunction with the musical festivities this coming weekend is a “Coffee Conference” on Sunday also held at Krankie’s beginning at noon and all I have to say is—
free espresso shots until four! If you’re trying to get hyped for the evens later in the night, that’s what you’ll need. There will also be tables from coffee roasters and brewers from Carrborro, Raleigh, and Athens, GA as well as a keynote speaker and a live broadcast from KNC! Come stop by! We’ll be jittery.
One of the less thought of consequences of the 2010 London riots may have been the loss of numbers of crates filled with what was to be the debut album of Hiss Golden Messenger - “Bad Debt.” The fires ended up destroying the entire first pressing of the record. The intimate collection of songs, recorded at a kitchen table on an analog tape deck, has now been re-released and has been making headlines ever since the street date.
The band had a proper release for the LP last Friday at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.
Check out the first installment of Hiss Golden Messenger’s set in the Lounge here.
The Love Language stopped by WKNC the other day to talk with us about their recent album “Ruby Red” as well as their tour and their upcoming Winter Formal with Sylvan Esso at Kings this Friday and Saturday night. They also stepped back into The Lounge for an intimate, stripped-down set to show off their latest effort. Stu and Autumn armed with only a guitar, a floor tom, a keyboard, and a tambourine were enough to have the freshmen in the neighboring dorm sticking their heads out their window as Stu’s strong voice escaped the building. Stay tuned for another song of their new album from the performance and be sure to check out our YouTube channel for all of our past performances!
Top Ten Afterhours Albums for 12/02
1 DECO “Timescales” (Deceast)
2 BOTANY ”Lava Diviner (Truestory)” (Western Vinyl)
3 BREAK SCIENCE “Seven Bridges” (Pretty Lights Music)
4 RUN DMT ”Run Dmt” (Self-Released)
5 SLOW MAGIC ”Triangle” (LebensStrasse)
6 ALLUXE “Nomad” (Electronic Creatives)
7 IKONIKA ”Aerotropolis” (Hyperdub)
8 ELIZABETH ROSE “EP2” (Inertia)
9 MACHINEDRUM ”Vapor City” (Ninja Tune)
10 OM UNIT ”Threads” (Civil)
Jackson Scott “Sandy” - WKNC’s The Lounge
When Fat Possum artist Jackson Scott came by knc’s studio for an on air interview after his Chapel Hill debut performance at the Cradle with Unknown Mortal Orchestra on Oct 6th, 2013 we felt it more than necessary to stick a couple camera’s in his face and tell him to play.
The psych-rock virtuoso out of Asheville ended up playing a stripped down 3 song set as a part of KNC’s new video series The Lounge.
"Sandy" is just the first installment of the show, be on the look out for more to be premiered soon!
You can also check out our first episode with Daniel Bachman.
Today marks the launch of WKNC’s new and ongoing video series entitled The Lounge.
After having so many great artists from North Carolina and around the country stop by our studio we thought it would be a shame not to share their unique, intimate performances with the our listeners to repeat on their electronic devices over and over again.
This first episode features recently relocated american finger stylist Daniel Bachman, now currently residing in Chapel Hill. His ethereal Hopscotch 2013 performance at the Long View Center and day party collaboration with Pelt at the Raleigh Rose Garden caught our attention—but Bachman had long been catching the attention of others, read what Indy writer Grayson Currin had to say about his music.
You’ll be able to find his and other performances at WKNC’s youtube account. Be on the look out for our next session coming up with Asheville resident and Fat Possum artist Jackson Scott.
WKNC Daytime Indie Rock Charts and Adds – Apr. 16
Every week, WKNC compiles a list of charts and adds. Here are the Daytime Indie Rock charts for this week. You can tune into our Daytime programming weekdays from 5am to 7pm.