When: Fri., Feb. 1, 10 p.m. 2013
During the last decade, as WKNC has repositioned itself as one of the most ardent boosters of and outlets for music made in North Carolina, some of the Triangle's most popular bands have played the station's annual benefit—Megafaun, The Mountain Goats, Polvo, Annuals and so on. Those appearances raised awareness as much as funds for WKNC's retrenched localism, showing that the Wolfpack kids cared. In 2013, though, if you're interested in sounds made near home, you likely know that N.C. State's radio station is a righteous source for learning about them. As such, for the 10th-anniversary Double Barrel, WKNC chose not to return to the familiar well of famous boosters but instead to advocate for the relative upstarts. On Friday, the bill opens with the frenzied narcotic sprees of The Lollipops, goes dancy and dreamy with Jenny Besetzt, turns panoramic for Lilac Shadows and offers a slow-burn alt-country coda with J Kutchma. Oulipo's squiggly pop starts Saturday before yielding to the stately sprawls of Some Army and the anxious narratives of Wesley Wolfe. Spider Bags, one of the funnest bands on the planet, headlines. There are more notable and perhaps better bills this weekend, but WKNC presses ahead with its Triangle advocacy, stars on the bill or no. FRIDAY–SATURDAY, FEB. 1–2, AT THE POUR HOUSE. $10–$12/10 p.m.