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  • The best rock picks, October 17

    Posted by David Menconi on October 16, 2014

    The War on Drugs, whose new album “Dream” is shaping up as 2014’s album of the year, will play live Friday at Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom.

    The War on Drugs, whose new album “Dream” is shaping up as 2014’s album of the year, will play live Friday at Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom.

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  • The best rock picks, October 10

    Posted by David Menconi on October 9, 2014

    Ian McLagan will perform Sunday at Kings in Raleigh.

    Ian McLagan, best-known for his time alongside Rod Stewart in Small Faces, is still cranking out solid new albums. He will be showing off songs old and new Sunday at Kings in Raleigh.

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  • Bluegrass on the radio in a commercial place: WFNL, 102.3-FM

    Posted by David Menconi on October 7, 2014

    World of Bluegrass is over for another year, the Banjostand packed away until next fall. But it has left behind at least one thing for at least a little while, a bluegrass commercial radio station in Raleigh. That’s WFNL, 102.3-FM, which launched on Sept. 26 with a playlist heavy on Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs and other old-school bluegrass icons. Bluegrass was originally intended to be a temporary format on WFNL to coincide with World of Bluegrass, but response has been encouraging enough for Curtis Media Group to keep it going long enough to see what kind of ratings come in.

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  • The best rock picks, October 3

    Posted by David Menconi on October 2, 2014

    Mary Timony, best-known from her time in Helium and the indie-rock supergroup Wild Flag, nowadays fronts for amped-up rock band Ex Hex. They play Saturday at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle as part of Girls RockNC Rally: 10-Year Anniversary Celebration.

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  • World of Bluegrass is still mostly awake

    Posted by David Menconi on September 28, 2014

    “I’ve Been Mostly Awake,” an IBMA fund-raising album, will be unveiled at this year’s World of Bluegrass festivities in Raleigh.

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  • Kat Robichaud will take on the National Anthem in Charlotte

    Posted by David Menconi on September 26, 2014

    Singer Kat Robichaud, formerly of Raleigh and currently of San Francisco, will be back in her old home state for a spell to play a show in Raleigh and sing the National Anthem at the Panthers game in Charlotte.

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