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Hopscotch Music Festival Preview Show Sunday 8/19

 It's that time of year again, for The Independent Weekly's Hopscotch Music Festival, running September 6-8 in downtown Raleigh! As previously mentioned, WXDU will be hosting an event with Three Lobed Recordings, but we'll also be doing a preview that will showcase many of the bands that will be at the festival this year.  Because 35% of the artists performing at Hopscotch are local, it'd be a good time to look at the others coming through town as well.  On this edition of I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out, Grayson Currin, co-founder of Hopscotch and music editor of the Indy, will be coming by for an interview as well.  Tune in from 8-9 pm.

 

Hopscotch Day Party sponsored by Three Lobed Recordings and WXDU!

We are excited to announce our Hopscotch Music Festival day party!  WXDU has teamed up with Three Lobed Recordings to put together a unique show featuring current and past Hopscotch performers.  It's all going down on Friday, September 7th at Kings Barcade!  Did we mention yet that it's FREE?!

Like it says on the Facebook event page - If you're into free / avant / psych / out / other music, this is where you're going to want to be. 

 

Spider Bags on Sunday 7/15!

July's edition of I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out will be happening on Sunday, 7/15 featuring SPIDER BAGS! Spider Bags' third full length, "Shake My Head", will be out in August and we'll be playing it for everyone's listening pleasure.  Tune in at 8 pm! 

 

Man Forever Interview/In-Studio Performance THURSDAY 6/24

Tune in this Thursday (6/24) for a special interview & in-studio performance from Man Forever, the new percussion-heavy project led by Brooklyn-based multi-intstrumentalist & Oneida/People of the North drummer Kid Millions.  The group, who have been described as "a punk-infused Metal Machine Music for drums", have a brand new record out on Thrill Jockey (Pansophical Cataract) and are currently touring North America.  You can catch them at the Nightlight in Chapel Hill (http://www.nightlightclub.com) with Le Weekend & Conspicuous Convulsion tomorrow night.  But first, they'll be stopping by WXDU for a special in-studio treat.  The fun begins around 3:00pm.  Be sure to visit our Twitter page (twitter.com/wxdu) for any updates.

 

Baudelaire in a Box Preview Show!

 On Sunday 5/20, I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out is back, with Roberto Cofresi of New Town Drunks coming in and chatting about Baudelaire in a Box, a serial cantastoria based on famed French poet Charles Baudelaire's "Les Fleurs du Mal" - this performance being put on by Chicago's Theater Oobleck, it will have performances by New Town Drunks, Curtis Eller, Jason Kutchma (Red Collar), and Dexter Romweber.  In addition, scrolling images known as "crankies" will be featured.  We'll be playing some music from all artists involved and we'll even read some poetry.  A ILYBBYSO first, I think...

Tune in at 8 pm!

 

Rock against the Amendment! May 6!

 Hey y'all, the time is coming near: This Sunday, May 6, enjoy free music by Kooley High, Mount Moriah, and Amy Ray outside the Pinhook, 6pm! There will also be a rally and info about the upcoming Amendment One vote on May 8. For info, check out the facebook event here

 

WXDU sponsored show-- Dent May and Cassis Orange!

 Bull City Records, the Layabout, and WXDU present Dent May and Cassis Orange on May 16 at La Salamandra! 9pm! Free with that Duke ID, a low $5 otherwise! 

 

Instro-Summit Preview on Who's Got The Cuckoo!

Tonight! Join Robby and special guest Mr. Crispy as they preview next week's Instro-Summit 2012. Band previews, information about the Instro-Summit Raffle, and they'll be giving away 2 3-day passes! Tonight from 9-10pm EDT! 

http://www.nesmasurf.org/featured_band.htm

 

Soul Souvenirs: Thursday 4/19, 10 - 11 a.m.

Tune in to Meg and Emily's Cherry-Coloured Funk from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Thursday April 19th to hear historian Josh Davis and Carolina Soul's Jason Perlmutter play local and regional soul music from the 1960's and 1970's and discuss the Soul Souvenirs exhibit at the St. Joseph's Hayti Heritage Center that opens the same evening. 'Soul Souvenirs: Durham's Musical Memories from the 1960s and 1970s', is the gallery exhibit for Bull City Soul Revival, a locally-based humanities project seeking to recover Durham's rick heritage of soul, funk and R&B music. The Soul Souvenirs exhibit tells the story of Durham's African American community in the 1960s and 1970s through radio, television, record stores, night clubs, high schools, churches, and the civil rights and black power movements of the era. Thursday evening's gallery opening at the St. Joseph's Hayti Heritage Center will also feature a panel discussion with Durham musicians of the era from groups like the Black Experience Band and Tracy and the Jammers.

 

4/15 Tonight's College Radio Primer - The Modern Lovers! (8-10pm)

The importance of The Modern Lovers to the sound of college radio can't overstated. Their music was an essential bridge over the gap between the sounds of garage rock and the Velvet Underground in the 1960s and the birth of punk in the 1970s. Frontman, Jonathan Richman, exuded a nervous, sentimental nerdiness that would be hugely influential to bands like They Might Be Giants, Art Brut, Titus Andronicus, Weezer, and many other college rock mainstays. Members of the Modern Lovers would go on to join bands like the Talking Heads, The Cars, DMZ, and The Real Kids, which only emphasizes the impact that their sound had on rock music in the 1970s and beyond. Tune in from 8-10pm tonight to listen The Modern Lovers' hits, some rare live tracks, and a bunch of artists who followed in the Modern Lovers' footsteps.