26 Jan

Two North Carolina bands will be continuing their travels along the festival circuit this year and I’m elated.

The Love Language from Raleigh, NC will be appearing at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA this April to cap off their Spring US Tour.  I’m sure this has much to do with their latest album, Libraries, being released on Merge Records just last year.  As soon as I heard their single “Heart to Tell” on Sirius XMU I knew these kids were going places.  I’m really happy The Love Language are getting national recognition.  They’re a super fun band and put on a great live show.

Those of you who live in Wilmington or The Triangle probably know this band well.  But, just in case, here are a couple videos for good measure.


GAYNGS, while technically a Minneapolis band, includes a handful of members from the Raleigh Durham area.  The group is incredibly new, formed in 2010, with their first album, Relayted, released by Jagjaguwar the same year.  In May of 2010 the band played their first show in Minneapolis.  Billed as “The Last Prom on Earth”, the concert featured all 23 members of the band, prom-themed decorations and attire, a balloon drop, and a surprise appearance by audience member Prince.  You can see them this March at SXSW in Austin, TX and at Coachella in April, which, to date, are their only shows announced for 2011.  I’m planning on both.

* Justin Vernon and Mike Noyce (Bon Iver)
* P.O.S (Rhymesayers)
* Dessa (Doomtree)
* Michael Lewis (Andrew Bird)
* Ivan Howard (The Rosebuds)
* Ryan Olson (Building Better Bombs, Digitata)
* Zach Coulter, Adam Hurlburt, and Shön Troth (Solid Gold)
* Joe Westerlund, Brad Cook, and Phil Cook (Megafaun)
* Maggie Morrison (Lookbook, Digitata)
* Jake Luck and Nick Ryan (Leisure Birds)
* Channy Moon-Casselle (Roma di Luna)
* Katy Morley
* Danny Krzykowski

They have an indie 1980s soft rock-inspired  R & B sound, which you can hear below.  Ivan is the lead vocalist in “The Walker,” with whom I’m admittedly and uncreepily obsessed.


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