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Diggup Tapes 

When: Thu., Feb. 10, 9:30 p.m. and Fri., Feb. 11, 9:30 p.m. 2011
Price: $6 each night

In 2009, N.C. State's student-run radio station, WKNC-FM 88.1, released Hear Here, a superb compilation that collected new tracks from more than a dozen of the Triangle's best bands. Recorded in a high-end studio and pressed onto shiny silver discs, it was a professional endeavor, the sort of here-and-now capsule you could play for your parents. DiggUp Tapes Cassingles Vol. 1, then, is Hear Here's misfit younger brother, the sort of dirty kid who parents send to shopping malls when company comes over. Recorded on the cheap and dubbed onto casette tape, these dozen songs find some of the same bands—Birds of Avalon, Motor Skills, Lonnie Walker—forgoing sheen for the scruff. Birds of Avalon's gnarled "Guffaws" twists and scrapes through detuned guitars and broken percussion, and Lonnie Walker plays the role of DeVotchka led by Devendra Banhart during his hobo days, both taking to the basement to mix up the medicine. With a piss-off shrug by Whatever Brains, a horn-abetted blast by Yardwork and a head-shaking lament by NAPS, Vol. 1 showcases new blood and grit, too.

DiggUp Tapes began just as a way to release music by a group of friends cheaply and quickly. "We were talking to William Cashion from Future Islands, and he told us that tapes are so cheap, even if we lost money, we'd lose, like, $100," says Nathan Price, who plays bass in NAPS and co-runs DiggUp Tapes with Lonnie Walker leader Brian Corum. Now, after this edition of 200 singles, DiggUp Tapes plans to release more NAPS material and a full-length or two by new Raleigh acts.

Whatever Brains, Birds of Avalon, NAPS and Arbor Myst play Thursday, Feb. 10. Lonnie Walker, Embarrassing Fruits, Fat Camp and Bubbly Mommy Gun play Friday. Veelee, also included on the compilation, plays Kings Sunday, Feb. 13. Hear the music at cassinglesvol1.bandcamp.com. —Grayson Currin

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