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.

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Folkstar CD Release Celebration at Gravity Records

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

On October 5th, Karmic Fury Records artist Folkstar will celebrate the release of their newest album Loud and Clear at Gravity Records in Wilmington, NC. Folkstar will perform with a full band featuring local musicians Graham Wilson, Nick Simon, Dylan Linehan, and Leslie Wiegle. The event will also feature a special performance by local musician and CMA winner Crissie McCree.

Gravity Records is a local landmark and the hub of local musicians and music lovers. The Folkstar CD Release Celebration will double as a celebration of local music and local businesses.

Our favorite local libations shop Wilmington Wine will be on site with wine and beer, including a selection of local brews. Jacksonville pitbull charity Sugarheart Foundation will also be participating.

Sound will be provided by local audio engineers Karen Kane and Nyla Cione.

Facebook Event Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/445817732198475

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KFR Press Release – August 7th, 2013

August 7, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Karmic Fury Records, an independent label based in Wilmington, NC, would like to announce the pending release of Loud and Clear, the sophomore album by folk-rock group Folkstar. The album will appear in select record stores and download sites on August 20, 2013, with a release party to follow on October 5 at Gravity Records in Wilmington.

Folkstar, a musical collaboration formed by Kim Dicso and Sue Cag in 2011, offers a unique blend of acoustic folk and rock-infused guitar. Their first release, 2012’s Emotional Bootcamp, received broad-based acclaim from critics of independent music as well as nationwide radio play. Loud and Clear expands their sound and the scope of their songwriting. With 13 songs and three bonus tracks, the album addresses a variety of issues. “Final Curtain” and “New Eyes” explore themes of death and loss, while “It Gets Better” directly addresses teen suicide and LGBT issues. “Human” and “Abolitionists” are calls for animal rights and humanitarianism. The first single and title track deals with Cag’s experiences with hearing loss and the effect it had on her music.

A number of other regional artists make guest appearances on the album. Dylan Linehan plays piano on “Dream Thieves” and “Afterglow,” Nic Martinez adds bass to “Natural High,” and Preston Luce plays cello on “Afterglow.” Leslie Wiegle provides additional vocals throughout the album.

A release party will be held at Gravity Records in Wilmington, NC on October 5, 2013, including several live performances and a cash bar.

In addition to its retail release, the album will be available for download from iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and all other major online retailers.

For more information about the album, visit http://folkstar.net or http://karmicfuryrecords.com. For media inquiries, please contact Karmic Fury Records.