The State of Things
12:09 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Greensboro's DADDY ISSUES

Greensboro's DADDY ISSUES performs live on The State of Things.

The cleverly-named female band DADDY ISSUES from Greensboro, North Carolina started making music last year. 

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The State of Things
11:28 am
Fri December 12, 2014

A Musical Craftsman

Chris Staples' newest album American Soft was released earlier this year on Barsuk Records (cover art).


Singer-songwriter Chris Staples has spent much of his career as a backup musician for other artists. 

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Chapel Hill's Utility Player

Nick Vandenberg

This was originally aired on  10/17/2014

Nick Vandenberg is a man of many talents. 

In the early 2000’s Nick ventured from his home in the Mid-Ohio Valley out to L.A. in hopes of writing scores for films, and guess what? It happened. He worked wrote music for indie flicks that have made their way to the Sundance Movie Festival and has even had his music featured on Nickelodeon. But, now the multi-instrumentalist is based in Chapel Hill and he’s working on his second album of folk/roots music. 

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Fri November 21, 2014

The Emily Musolino Band

Emily Musolino of the Emily Musolino Band at Motorco in Durham.
Credit Emily Musolino Music


When Durham native Emily Musolino left for the Berklee College of Music, the only thing she knew she wanted to do with her life was to make music. 

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

The Lone Bellow

The Lone Bellow dropped by WUNC to play The State of Things.

The Lone Bellow is a band is born from tragedy with songs told with heart and simplicity. 

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Roots Music And The Cigar Box Guitar

The cover photo for Justin Johnson's latest album, Smoke & Mirrors.
Credit Justin Johnson Music


North Carolina Musician Justin Johnson has always been drawn to stringed instruments. Starting with the beat up, one-string Stella guitar his mother handed down to him, Justin has played music with any band that would take him.

So when he was handed a homemade cigar box guitar at a show a few years ago, he was instantly drawn to the sound and feel of the unique instrument. Ever since, he's been making and collecting homemade instruments to play on the road.

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Arts & Culture
4:51 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

LISTEN: The Lone Bellow

The Lone Bellow is coming through North Carolina and stopped by the WUNC Studios.
Credit NPR Muisc

The Lone Bellow is a band made of up Southerners living in Brooklyn. 

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Music And Mirth at The Murphey School

The Murphey School Radio Show is a semiannual fundraising event raising money this year for StudentU and EmPOWERment, Inc.
Credit The Murphey School Radio Show

The Murphey School Radio Show takes place at the formerly abandoned but now renovated 1920s-era Murphey School in Orange County. The School serves as a community performance space and an incubator for small nonprofits. The semiannual show features skits, jingles, and musical acts to bring the community together to benefit local non-profits Student U and EmPOWERment, Inc. 

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Fri October 17, 2014

A Chapel Hill Utility Player

Nick Vandenberg is a Chapel Hill musician (posing outside the Durham studios).
Credit Hady Mawajdeh (WUNC)

Nick Vandenberg  is a man of many talents. 

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Joe's Sailing On Dry Land

Joe Woodson prepares for the show.
Hady Mawajdeh

Joe Woodson and The Bean Trees have released a new album of Americana music that has an old-fashioned grounded by solid songwriting. 

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