Archive for the ‘stack sessions’ Category


Friday, September 4th, 2009

Charlotte, NC folk rockers The New Familiars stopped into the station on Tuesday for a brief chat and some sweet jams before their show at Pop’s Blue Moon.

We talked about selling out to the evils of demon electricity and making exactly twelve people upset. Check them out when they come to your town, man.

All in All (live at KWUR)


Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

What college radio means to me: an essay with pictures (NSFW)

I’ve had a lot of fun doing these Stack Sessions; it’s always interesting to meet the musicians behind the records you like and listen to regularly. When Hermit Thrushes were confirmed to come in, I was excited – they play a messy but intricately fashioned take on noise rock, and I looked forward to hearing how it would translate live. Unfortunately the show was canceled, but they agreed to come in and play on air anyway. They pulled up in a huge van, something like what airports use to shuttle people between parking lots and the terminal, and out came 8 or 9 people. If you’ve been in the station, you know that we’re a little tight on space, and I was concerned about fitting everyone in. They weren’t – in fact, they insisted on cramming the entire band (and the various hitch-hikers they’d picked up along the way) into the old recording studio, probably one of the smaller rooms in the station. What followed was the most insane, wild and entertaining in-studio to date. No listenable audio of the music they played survived. All that’s left are pictures and an interview, which are presented, in rough chronological order, below.

Interlude (interview)
(at this point the band asked if they could disrobe, and no one seemed to mind, so… they did)

(all photos courtesy of Allegra Fisher)

8 naked, sweaty people, crammed into a 10×10 room with their instruments, equipment, mic stands and piles of accumulated station crap, playing loud fucking rock and roll – this is what college radio means to me.


Friday, August 28th, 2009

UK rockers Band Of Skulls dropped by the station to play a couple of acoustic tunes on Monday. If you’ve heard their new album, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, then you’re in for a surprise – their set was a far cry from its stompin’ rock n’ roll (ala early Yeah Yeah Yeahs or White Stripes). Grab the lushly arranged “Impossible” and “Fires” below, as well as my favorite, “Honest.” As always, many thanks to the band for stopping by!


Or just listen to the whole damn thing here (interview text coming soon)


Lots of bands have/are being confirmed for more Stack Sessions – check the twitter/blog in the coming days for more info!


Monday, August 24th, 2009

Hellooooooooo Broooooooklyyyyynnn
Photo courtesy RFT and Egan O’Keefe

Sat down with Matt and Kim before last night’s sold out show at Off Broadway (Stack Sessions alumni Gentleman Auction House opened) and chatted about their VMA nominated video, what it’s like to be huge now, and life on the tour bus. For as much fun as it was (and believe me, it was a lot of fun), the duo also offered an interesting and well-spoken take on their fame and appearances in various commercials. Oh, also, it looks like Ben Allen will be producing their next album (he produced “Merriweather Post Pavilion” and Gnarls Barkley’s last). Exciting!

Download the interview HERE.

And check out the RFT’s coverage of the show HERE. If you missed it, you might have missed one of this year’s best concerts.

Also, I think we’re going to start publishing interviews in text form. Thoughts on this?


Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Summer is drawing to a close, and it’s been a busy one around here… BUT NO REST FOR THE WICKED. Without further ado, the Fall (September, basically) line-up:

8/24 – Band Of Skulls
8/26 – Hermit Thrushes
9/1 – The New Familiars
9/5 – Casiotone For The Painfully Alone (guest DJ set)
9/6 – Capybara
9/15 – Dear And The Headlights
9/17 – Pomegranates
9/23 – Miniature Tigers
10/16 – Tom Russell

As always, there’s more to come; October and November will be fleshed out as time goes on. And who knows, there might be some last minute, exciting announcements too. Exact times will be announced as the dates draw closer – check our twitter ( for more info.