Local Band Local Beer /// May 1, 2014
Show starts at 9:30 // 18 + // FREE
N.C. State's student-run college radio station playing indie rock, electronic, metal and hip-hop with a focus on North Carolina music. -- !>
Show starts at 9:30 // 18 + // FREE
Slim’s Downtown is hosting 5 amazing nights of music April 15 - April 19. Why? Because we’ve been here for fifteen years and if we didn’t celebrate it would be highly out of character for us. It has been a long and lovely ride, from what we can remember (and according to the stories we’ve been told about our behavior on the mornings after). We would like to thank everyone who has made Slim’s their living room away from their living room. You’ve helped us become the community of drunks, musicians, servers and patrons we are today as we look forward to many more great years ahead. Thank you, Raleigh, now let’s get silly.
Tuesday, April 15 (8pm)
Wednesday, April 16 (8pm)
The Bleeding Hearts
Thursday, April 17 (9pm)
Friday, April 18 (8pm)
Saturday, April 19 (9pm)
WKNC presents Fridays on the Lawn, our FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES, with Double Barrel Benefit 10’s JKutchma & The Five Fifths and local favorite, Wool! It will be catered by Howling Cow- ICE CREAM!
"The Lawn" is back to its roots at HARRIS FIELD in front of WKNC at the Witherspoon building. This is on the intersection of Cates Avenue and Dan Allen Drive.
Come out for a FREE evening of local music, free food, prizes, and giveaways. Bring some buds and a blanket, and enjoy a wonderful spring afternoon!
Parking is available in Dan Allen Deck and all spots marked “C” at and after 5 PM.
JKutchma & The Five Fifths
Jason Kutchma has been a staple of the North Carolina scene for some time now, rising through the ranks of mediocrity and anonymity with one of the most popular local groups of the past decade, Durham’s Red Collar. But when Red Collar decided to take a break back in 2010, Kutchma didn’t and continued on the road performing heartland rock inspired solo material, hardly starting over.
After a year and two live EPs, perfecting his newfound spur jangling, percussive playing craft, the Five Fifths were introduced and their incredible debut album, Pastoral, was released. The Five Fifths combine the punk attitude and energy of his old band, Red Collar, with the boot stomping, soul searching rawness that he became known for while performing solo in between the groups. What emerges is the best of both worlds.
From Impose Magazine on WOOL:
"Every so often there is a single that transports your entire sense of being to places where even the sky can’t reach. Such is the case with the premiere of this new interstellar song from Wool, with "Stars". A creative crew that heralds from Raleigh, North Carolina; Troy Brian Hancock, Zack Oden, Johnny Hobbs, and Raymond Finn continue to make music that is not of this planet alone. Following up 2013’s Delta EP and the recent single "Divine", "Stars" takes off into the hazy density of black holes, red dwarfs, and seltzer water supernovas of the mind’s eye.
With the application of head changing effects, WOOL makes a dream machine spaceship. “Stars” orbits on account of steady percussion programming, Hancock’s moonage-space-dream vocals, with everything wrapped in the rhythm and sustained fuzz guitars generators. Troy and Zack find the right affected keys and treatments for a guitar sound that creates an instant chemical and empathetic response from the listener. The song connects the dots from the star-gazing earthbound folks with ears to hear to the galaxy trekking star-bound fans of the final frontiers. For over three minutes you can experience the bridging of solar systems and planetary collisions compliments of Raleigh’s indie quintet with “Stars” in their eyes.”
WOOL is very promising band from Raleigh on the cusp of releasing their first EP, Delta, this Friday, and they stopped by the After Work Special for an in-depth chat with DJ e baby and myself, Spaceman Spiff. We discussed their songwriting process, the happenstance nature of musical discovery on the internet, and their myriad of creative influences.
The band brought their instruments and played gorgeous renditions of “Mountains” and “Stars.” I’ve seen WOOL live several times in the past few months, and I was always struck by the beautiful noise they made: lovely dream pop songs, enveloped in hazy guitars, that build to rapturous crescendos. The acoustic versions they played were intimate and confessional: the pop underbelly of the songs were brought to the foreground. We played their recorded single “Bulletin Air,” and the band debuted their recorded version of “Delta.” If the other two songs on the EP sound this great, we’re truly in for a gem.
WOOL’s EP Release Show is this Friday, October 25 at Kings Barcade with See Gulls and Derek Torres of T0W3RS.
WOOL is one of the most promising new bands in the Triangle, and it was a pleasure to be wrapped up in their sound on Sunday night at the Pinhook. Frontman Troy Hancock writes gorgeous, glowing dream pop gems, his romantic vocal melodies enveloped by a sound womb of guitars and brilliant, wiry bass lines. These are earnest pop songs wrapped in a blanket of noise.
[caption id=”attachment_26927” align=”aligncenter” width=”400”] WOOL played a mesmerizing set[/caption]
Troy expressed their excitement for opening for Saint Rich before launching into a short, mesmerizing set. Songs such as Mountains and Bulletin Air broiled into enchanting, slow-burning climaxes. Our station has been enamored with the Bulletin Air single released in January, and I cannot wait until they officially press these songs. Their EP release show is on Friday, October 25 at Kings with The Human Eyes and See Gulls, and I’ll surely be there.
[caption id=”attachment_26928” align=”aligncenter” width=”400”] Saint Rich had swagger and songs to boot[/caption]
Saint Rich followed shortly after a hushed pep talk with Mac McCaughan, who co-leads Merge Records (might I add that Mac’s band Superchunk has an amazing new album?). Saint Rich announced that Sunday night’s show was their first in their record label’s hometown, and they did not disappoint. These guys made playing rock and roll look effortlessly easy. The band nailed a roaring set of country rock, and their triumphant guitar leads of Steve Marion and swaggering vox by Christian Peslak had my toes tapping.
[caption id=”attachment_26929” align=”aligncenter” width=”400”] The Pinhook has the nicest bathroom graffiti![/caption]