Give the Gift of Local Music

2014 local releases and two not-to-be missed upcoming shows

2014 New Local Albums

four great picks from this year's local releases

Local music is a wonderful holiday gift for the music aficionado in your life, whether it’s a new release from your brother’s favorite band or an EP from a group that you’re sure will become his new favorite. The gift of music also supports the hard working people in the Wilmington music scene, many of whom have spent lots of time and money perfecting their art. It’s a win all-around!

Local music expert and Star News WAE blogger Brian Tucker put together a list of the huge number of homegrown albums that dropped in 2014. Click here for Parts 1 and 2 of the list. You can pick up most of these releases by contacting the band directly or visiting our favorite local record store, Gravity Records.

Tonight, December 6th, we recommend stopping by Bourgie Nights, where local favorites Mike Blair and the Stonewalls are celebrating the release of their much anticipated full-length debut. In addition, the opening act is local folk trio Stray Local, who put out a new release of their own in October. For $5 at the door, you get to hear two great Americana acts, and for a few dollars more you can take home two of the year’s most talked-about releases. Click here to check out the Facebook event.

Coming up on Wednesday, December 10th is a show we’re very excited about and also sort of sad about. One of our favorites, Dylan Linehan, is putting on a going away show before she makes the leap to Los Angeles. Her “rock popera” has been a unique and welcome element on the music scene, and we’re going to miss her terribly. Go see Linehan perform all new original songs while accompanied by a full band which, in itself, is an all-star team of Wilmington musicians including: Keith Butler Jr. (drums), Michael Buckley (guitar), Vanessa Lynch (vocals), Nick Simon (bass), Sean Howard (bass), Chris James (vocals), and Hannah Lomas (vocals). Opening acts Chris James and Vanessa Lynch are amazing as well, so get there early. Presented by CioneProStudio, tickets are $10 at the door, $7 in advance. Click here for the Facebook event and here for tickets.

Band to watch: The Scoundrels Reunion

This week, we attended a private listening party at Hourglass Studios where we were introduced to The Scoundrels Reunion, a rock band that is coming up on the Wilmington scene. Lead singer/guitarist Brandon Rougeau is a New England transplant who wrote and recorded the album with some fellow seasoned musicians before rounding up his live band (bassist Eric Kimmel and drummer Jamie Eggleston). The album is worth a listen for sure, but if you really want to get to know these guys, see them live. In addition to a spin of the CD, we were treated to a dynamic live performance at the studio. Rougeau is a capable frontman who works off of the energy of the crowd and his bandmates, but the most impressive part of the performance is his guitar work. He plays some killer riffs while making it look really easy, and this is clearly a guy who has been shredding for many years.

While they consider themselves to be rock, The Scoundrels Reunion flirt with alt-country/americana quite a bit. They definitely have their own sound, but if you like The Black Crowes and/or Blind Melon you’ll love these guys.

Catch them at The Whiskey on Friday, August 22 at 10pm and online at http://thescoundrelsreunion.com.

Scoundrels Reunion

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Karmic Fury Records featured in Wilma Magazine

Kim Dicso and Sue Cag, Folkstar musicians and owners of Karmic Fury Records, talk business with Wilma Magazine

Wilma Magazine article about KFRFolkstar band members and owners of Karmic Fury Records, Kim Dicso and Sue Cag, are featured in the latest edition of Wilma Magazine. Dicso and Cag talk about why they started a record label and what it’s like day-to-day.

“I want music to change the world for the better.” -Sue Cag

Read the article online at http://www.wilmaontheweb.com/July-2014/Studio-Time/

Wilma Magazine feature on KFR

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