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Here are several Raleigh-Durham area artists and musicians to support on Bandcamp

 By Grant Golden

June 17, 2020

Throughout the COVID crisis, Bandcamp has proven to be one of the strongest supporters of independent artists. On March 20, Bandcamp announced that they would be waiving their share of revenue from sales and pushing those proceeds back to the artists. After their initial push netted $4.3 million in total sales, the streaming platform announced that they’d be continuing this effort on the first Fridays of May, June and July. Bandcamp’s May 1 sales once again exceeded expectations, totaling $7.1 million, further helping artists to recoup losses from missed shows, merch sales, album sales, and more.

Now, Bandcamp is once again using their platform to raise funds for those in need, announcing that this coming Juneteenth (June 19, also known as Freedom Day) and every Juneteenth hereafter, they’ll be donating all of their share in sales (15% for digital, 10% for merch) to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, one of the nation’s premier non-profit organizations that fights for racial justice through litigation, advocacy and public education.

To highlight Bandcamp’s upcoming day of charity, we’ll be spotlighting some of this year’s standout releases from Triangle-based North Carolina artists. While most of the nation’s industries have been put on pause amid the covid crisis, our local artists have continued churning out groove-inducing, thought-provoking, bonafide bangers of all varieties.

Whether you choose to use music as a way to tune into new perspectives in the ever-changing world around you, or to kick back and escape the woes of reality, we’ve compiled a list from all corners of our local scene to help get you to where you need to go. Whether you’re looking for the Afrobeat-infused Latin dance stylings of Tumbao or the pensive soul-searching croons of XOXOK, the throttling alt-rock of Arson Daily or the up-tempo dance beats of Ronnie Flash, there’s something here for everyone.

DreamRootPhases

XOXOKWorthy 

Sonny MilesCatallabs 

Pat Junior I Thought I Knew 

Young Bull Young Bull Is Not An Individual 

Ronnie FlashRonnie Flash

Libby RodenboughSpectacle of Love

theDeeepEnd – Verano (EP)

Lord FessRebellion EP

Tumbao AoA

Charlie Smarts We Had A Good Thing Going

Max GowanLast Companion 

Criswell BrushesHelicopter 

Kelly KaleSome QT

Skylar Gudasz – Cinema 

Josh KimbroughSlither, Soar and Disappear

Chris FrisinaCarolina Out of My Mind

Arson DailyLate Reflections

Ravary Hands to Feel

Phil CookFrom the Kitchen: Eau Claire, WI – 8​/​13​/​2016 @ Eaux Claires Festival

Blue CactusFinger on the Button

The Muslims Gentrified Chicken

MegachromeBrackish EP

NymCountermagic

BowerbirdsThrift Store / High Rise

Matt Douglas & Sam KassirerEn Masse

Tab-OneBalancing Act

Learn more about the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and donate to the cause.

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