Music

The State Of Things
12:16 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Rocking Out At Recess

Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players
Credit Justin Roberts

The New York Times calls him, “the Judy Blume of kiddie rock,” and USA Today says he is “hands down the best songwriter in the genre.” Grammy-nominated children’s musician Justin Roberts writes not only for young audiences but for parents and grandparents as well. He and the Not Ready for Naptime Players will play at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Carrboro ArtsCenter. Host Frank Stasio talks with Roberts about his music.

The State of Things
11:43 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Schooner Juggles Line-Up For New Album

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The band Schooner’s journey to their first national release of an album was not without bumps in the road.

Founder Reid Johnson created a new line-up of members after the band nearly broke up in 2007. The composition of the band changed again for the latest album, Neighborhood Veins. Host Frank Stasio talks to Schooner, and they play live in the studio.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Fri October 4, 2013

100 Men In Black Male Chorus Cuts First Single

The 100 Men in Black Male Chorus

    

  

The 100 Men in Black Male Chorus doesn't quite live up to its name -- they haven't broken the 100-man mark yet, but that's not stopping them from recording their voices for posterity.

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The State of Things
11:05 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Musical Doctors Raise Awareness Of Gynecological Cancers

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While the pink ribbons of breast cancer garner considerable public attention, other, more deadly cancers affecting women fall far from the spotlight.

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The State of Things
12:06 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

The Evolution of the Music of Branford Marsalis

Jazz great Branford Marsalis joins the State of Things to speak about his work.
Credit Palma Kolansky

Grammy-award winning artist Branford Marsalis is one of the world’s leading jazz artists. In a career spanning more than three decades, the saxophonist has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music across an array of genres. 

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Gross Ghost Haunts The Triangle

Gross Ghost plays the main stage at the Hopscotch Music Festival in 2013.
Credit Soleil Konkel

Before Mike Dillon and Tre Acklen formed the band Gross Ghost, they were friends and roommates.  They lived in a rural area on the outskirts on Raleigh and started creating music to combat boredom and cabin fever. Five years after the start of their friendship, they are releasing their second album, Public Housing.  

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Movie Series Looks At History Of America's Music

America's Music is a film and performance series at the North Regional Branch of Wake County Libraries.
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America’s Music is a film and performance series that traces the soundtrack of a nation. The program features documentary screenings and discussions about the history of 20th century American popular music from blues to Broadway and bluegrass to rock 'n' roll. 

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The State of Things
11:06 am
Fri August 30, 2013

The Hotels Embrace Katy Perry As Pseudo-Spiritual Leader

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Chandler Kelley of the band The Hotels describes their music as, “a trashy, drunk version of big radio pop.”

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The State of Things
11:19 am
Fri August 23, 2013

From Louisiana To Hollywood

The Lost Bayou Ramblers play songs from their new album Mammoth Waltz on The State of Things.
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Last year's independent film Beasts of the Southern Wild was a surprise box office hit.  The movie garnered four Oscar nominations and near universal acclaim. The soundtrack to the swampland fantasy prominently featured the music of The Lost Bayou Ramblers, a band born in Louisiana’s Cajun country. Host Frank Stasio talks with band members Louis Michot, Andre Michot, Cavan Carruth and Pauly Deathwish about their blended sound and the film. 

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Last Motel
5:47 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

Mandolin Orange On Last Motel

L-R: Jeff Crawford, host Eric Hodge, Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz. Mandolin Orange appear on 'Last Motel' on Sunday Aug 18 at 6 p.m.
Credit Al Wodarski / WUNC

Mandolin Orange is a Chapel Hill-based duo combining the talents of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz. Mixing elements of folk and traditional elements with rock n roll and country music, their music is predominantly acoustic-based featuring guitars, mandolins, fiddles mixed in with various other instruments. Both Emily and Andrew grew up in North Carolina and their roots show in their songs.

Mandolin Orange have just released their latest.  It's called "This Side of Jordan." 

Andrew and Emily along with bassist Jeff Crawford dropped by the WUNC studios, checked into Last Motel, and chatted with Eric Hodge for Sunday's broadcast. They play some tunes in-studio from their new album.  You can hear the full interview and conversation Sunday night August 18 at 6 p.m. Here's a highlight:


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