Sometimes I like to pretend I’m cool. And by cool I mean I pretend I don’t belt Taylor Swift in my car or have cups with One Direction’s faces on them…
Mostly I get to pretend I’m cool cause Mike is cooler than me and I tag along with whatever show he’s going to.
But this weekend’s show was a little different because it was thrown by my Alma Mater’s college radio station WKNC 88.1. Having only been graduated a year, I still have many friends that either work for the radio station or have worked for them at some point. Mike was a DJ for them all through school (before I knew him and before he made me cool), so he loves going to support them.
My phone was accidentally on selfie mode when I took it out to take pictures. So Mike and I took advantage of the situation haha.
Four bands played at this concert, and the proceeds went to help fund the radio station for another year. I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with the bands that they get to play every year because they are pretty well known within this community.
First was No Love, an angsty punk band with a female lead singer. Very aggressive and not really my cup of tea. Though I do appreciate the fact that they are good at what they do. I just prefer something I can at least bop my head in time with. Also, when they finished their set they just stopped playing and started packing up their gear without saying anything and the crowd was confused if they were done or not. It was really awkward, but then again not really unexpected for a punk band that doesn’t really care.
Next was Mac McCaughan, a solo act by the lead singer of Superchunk and one of the founders of Merge Records. He was pretty great, especially for being the only solo act of the night. He played several acoustic versions of some popular Superchunk songs, which the crowd definitely enjoyed, though I heard several people say that they wished he had played more songs from his recent solo album. He also used a loop pedal for a couple of songs, which of course I took notes on everything he did with it (I use one too).
Next was my favorite of the night, Lonnie Walker. They always have such a fun vibe that gets the crowd moving, and I actually liked them more this time then I did when they played at Hopscotch. Granted, at Hopscotch they were on the main stage outside and we couldn’t get that close to the stage. So maybe it was the venue, maybe they were less nervous, who knows. But they gave an incredible performance.
The last band of the night was Spider Bags, who I have also previously seen play at their album release show last year at the Pinhook. As the headliners for the show, they played the longest but they managed to keep up the energy in the building as it got later. I like their style a lot and the lead singer has a great voice. They also aren’t afraid to laugh at themselves and have fun with the crowd. It’s always an enjoyable show with them.
Mike and I had to leave early at 12:30 (a.m.), not to go to bed, but to catch up with my old roommate for her birthday party downtown (kids these days, am I right?). So we didn’t see all of Spider Bag’s performance, but Mike’s roommate said they played for another 30-45 minutes after we left. But it’s for a college radio station so OBVIOUSLY everyone’s gonna stay up late on a Saturday.
But this was only the first night of Double Barrel, since the second half is this coming Saturday. Mike and I are having our fancy Valentine’s Day dinner early (tonight actually! ekkk!) so that we can go the show. And I actually couldn’t be any happier spending my Valentine’s Day evening with my boy at a another concert. Bring it on, Double Barrel part 2!