Rock Music

The State of Things
11:51 am
Tue January 13, 2015

'The Rinaldi Flying Circus,' An Eclectic Family Band

The Rinaldi Flying Circus' first album, 'Old Hat'
Credit The Rinaldi Flying Circus

Stacey, Joe, Mike and Rob Rinaldi say their brand of rock and roll ranges from dirty blues to driving rock and tear-jerking ballads.

Along with drummer Aaron Cummings, the Greensboro family band plays a vintage rock sound with an eclecticism that lives up to their name.

Host Frank Stasio talks with The Rinaldi Flying Circus.

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The State of Things
11:24 am
Fri January 9, 2015

The Will McBride Group

The Will McBride Group: Will McBride, Brad Miles, Jeff Hatley and Michael Pelz-Sherman
Will McBride

The jazz-influenced pop ensemble, The Will McBride Group, led by guitarist Will McBride, recently released their fourth album, All In. It tells the story of the life and relationships of a musician through songs with both jazzy swing and rock rhythm. Host Frank Stasio talks to the group about their new record and they perform live in studio. The group is Will McBride on guitar and vocals; Jeff Hatley on bass and vocals; Brad Miles on drums, and Michael Pelz-Sherman on keyboards.

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Girls Getting Their Rock On

Girls Rock Alums Tehila Rosenblatt-Farrell and Bella Mead of La Bête Magique performing at The Casbah.
Tim Walter

For much of music history, rock music has been considered a boys club. 

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State of Things
11:12 am
Fri August 1, 2014

The Rosebuds Bloom

The Rosebuds is Kelly Crisp (left) and Ivan Howard (right)
Credit Western Vinyl


For more than a decade, Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp have played together as the musical duo The Rosebuds. The pair’s sentimental grooves endure on their new album, Sand + Silence, as they pay homage to their North Carolina home.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Fri July 18, 2014

It's A Beautiful World

Duncan Webster (left) and Leah Gibson (right)
Credit Beauty World


Musicians Duncan Webster and Leah Gibson strive to never play the same show twice. The experimental duo, formerly known as Prypyat, recently embraced a new chamber pop sound along with a new name: Beauty World.

The band combines their classical training with a sharper, rock-fueled delivery. They perform at the Raleigh City Plaza at 6pm next Thursday, July 24th.

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Arts & Culture
10:52 am
Fri June 27, 2014

"Boys Rock For Girls Rock" Tonight in Saxapahaw

Girls Rock NC organizes days camps to help girls write songs, form rock bands and learn about feminism.
Credit Girls Rock NC

Girls Rock NC is turning 10 years old this summer.  The series of week-long day-camps gathers girls of varying ages and musical abilities to form bands.  They write original music and play a show at the end of the week. 

But tonight, some male musicians are covering songs by female artists at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw to benefit the nonprofit.  With me this morning is Girls Rock NC founder Amelia Shull, and Stu McLamb of the band The Love Language

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The State of Things
12:26 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Music Under The Stars

Clockwork Kids band photo



An alternative rock band from Chapel Hill, Clockwork Kids' music combines psychedelic sounds with soft folk and hard rock. The Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill has synchronized a space show inspired by the group's new album, "Rememory". Clockwork Kids will play the album live under the stardome for their album release party on April 3 at 7 pm. 

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The State of Things
8:00 am
Sun January 19, 2014

Mount Moriah’s Heather McEntire On 3 Musicians She's Loving Right Now

Heather McEntire's guitar. She propped it in WUNC's 'Green Room' before her live conversation with Frank Stasio
Credit Carol Jackson / WUNC

You may know Heather McEntire as the vocalist and guitar player of Mount Moriah.  The beloved band has released two albums and toured nationally, but they call the Triangle their home.

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The State of Things
2:17 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Music Fridays: The Erin Nenni Band

Erin Nenni Band CD
Credit Erin Nenni Band

Singer-songwriter Erin Nenni and guitarist Scotty Miller performed as an acoustic duo until late last year when they decided to form the Erin Nenni Band. They play tomorrow night at The Pour House in Raleigh, but first they talk with host Frank Stasio and perform live in studio.

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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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