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Merge Records

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. Eric Hodge is back this week, and on this episode he chats with Laura Ballance of Merge Records about one of the labels early singles from the Raleigh band Angels of Epistemology.

Merge Records celebrates their 30th anniversay with a series of concerts in Durham and Carrboro July 24-27.

Sacks & Co.

Andrew Bird is a singer-songwriter, violinist and master whistler. Over a two-decade career, he's created a singular body of work that is literate, beautiful, touching and at times playful.

Bird's new album is called "My Finest Work Yet," and it would be hard to argue otherwise.

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Lindsay Metivier

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, Kamaya Truitt-Martin is in for Eric Hodge. She talks with four of WUNC's 2019 Youth Reporters about songs that inspire them and say something about North Carolina. Some of their choices might surprise you.

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Federal prosecutors in New York and Chicago unsealed sweeping charges against R&B singer R. Kelly on Friday, accusing him of abusing women and girls for nearly two decades, including kidnapping, forced labor and sending child pornography across state lines.

The bombshell indictments, the first federal criminal charges against Kelly, come a day after he was arrested while walking his dog outside his home in Chicago's Trump Tower. He faces a total of 18 federal counts.

Last month, Bon Iver released a pair of new songs — "Hey Ma" and "U (Man Like)" — with little context to surround them.

Come Hear NC On Songs We Love: G Yamazawa

Jul 6, 2019
Poet and Emcee G Yamazawa
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We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, Kamaya Truitt-Martin is in for Eric Hodge. She talks with the WUNC Youth Reporting Team about G Yamazawa's 'North Cack.'

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Jimmy Williams

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week, director of the Festival For The Eno Greg Bell talks John Dee Holeman, who has performed at the festival all 40 years it's been held.

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Nicole Nodland

British singer-songwriter Jade Bird got her start as a teenager playing blues and folk clubs around London. Over the past few years, she's toured Europe and the United States several times and was one of the first artists chosen for NPR's Slingshot program.

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MCA Records

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This time Phonte, from the recently reunited and Durham based hip hop group Little Brother tells us why he loves Jodeci.

A previously underreported fire at a California amusement park in June 2008 — and allegations of an ensuing coverup — could potentially upend the future of the world's biggest record company.

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The latest video from Sharon Van Etten finds the singer-songwriter wandering the streets of a strange and empty cit

Spoon has dropped its first new song since the 2017 album Hot Thoughts. "No Bullets Spent" is classic Spoon, with crisp guitars, spare beats and frontman Britt Daniel's cryptic observations, this time on youth and coming of age in a world plagued by gun violence and economic inequality. "You got an education," sings Daniel. "Don't know what you got 'til you're 22 / Got a mortgage hung around your neck." Repeatedly he pleas, "What we need now is an accident / No one to blame and no bullets spent."

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, Marvin Levi of The Veldt tells us about the impact that the metal band Corrosion of Conformity had on Raleigh and beyond in the 1980's.

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We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week, Executive Director of Pinecone William Lewis talks with us about the legacy of Earl Scruggs and his song 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown.' It's a tune that is as relevant at bluegrass festivals today as it was when it was written in 1949.

The music legend, guitarist, piano man, jive talker and psychedelic godfather Malcolm John Rebennack – better known as Dr. John – died "towards the break of day" on Thursday, of a heart attack, a statement has confirmed. He was 77.

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Brad Bunyea

 

Jake Xerxes Fussell's family history plays a significant role in his musical output. The son of a folklorist, curator and photographer spent his childhood listening to old bluesmen and Native American artists his father was recording.

With summer underway, NPR's latest monthly Station Breaks playlist is a great way to breathe new life into any music library. Kaina's "Green," for example, has a light and fun melody, with layers of percussion to keep your feet tapping along. In "C'est La" by David Hopkins, French and English lyrics are fused together with a funky beat.

Jack Spencer

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, Chapel Hill honky tonker  John Howie Jr. tells us why he loves Emmylou Harris' 'When I Was Yours.'

Stick around after the episode to hear 'Back When I Cared' from John Howie Jr.'s latest album 'Not Tonight.'

Pigmeat Markham
Chess Records

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, Durham musician, activist, and scholar Pierce Freelon talks to us about Pigmeat Markham's 'Here Comes The Judge' and its influence on modern hip hop.

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Hopscotch Music Festival

The line-up for the 10th annual Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh was announced today.  The three-day music festival is September 5-7.  WUNC Music will be streaming live from the City Plaza Stage which this year features a Little Brother reunion, Sleater-Kinney, Kurt Vile, Jenny Lewis and others.

In honor of this being the 10th anniversary of Hopscotch here are 10 acts we are excited to welcome to Raleigh in no particular order.

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Demon Records

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, Chapel Hill drummer Rob Ladd tells us why he loves Don Dixon's 'Girls L.T.D.' from the album 'Most Of The Girls Like To Dance But Only Some Of The Boys Like To.'

After months of watching entry videos — over 6,000 of them — the judges of the fifth annual Tiny Desk Contest have chosen a winner!

Before And After

May 13, 2019

Has anyone ever told you a secret that, in an instant, changed everything? It usually happens in a very private place — at the kitchen table, maybe, or in the close confines of a car. The teller was likely someone close to you. A lover. A family member. Your oldest friend. Telling you, I was raped. Or Our cousin Jason abused me. Saying something you might have wished, for one selfish moment, hadn't been said.

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Autumn de Wilde

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week, former Local 506 owner and Motorco booker Glenn Boothe tells us why 'Where's Summer B.?' by Ben Folds Five brings him back to a certain time in Chapel Hill. 

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Capitol Records

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, musician Joe Newberry talks about the legacy of the song "Tom Dooley." It's a song that was made famous by The Kingston Trio, but has been covered by artists ranging from the Grateful Dead to the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Sun Studies
Maria Albani

WUNC Music is excited to be presenting a sneak peek of the new EP from Sun Studies – the new solo endeavor from Reid Johnson of Schooner. Johnson says that ‘Sketches’ was recorded ‘bare bones’ style as the songs were fresh to him and then built up more after he had time to sit with them. Fans of Schooner will recognize Reid’s unique baritone vocals and exquisite use of reverb on this set of beautiful and reflective new songs.

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Jim McGuire

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week, Chatham County Line's Dave Wilson tells us why he loves 'Southbound' by Doc & Merle Watson.

PRESS RELEASE

Chapel Hill, NC (April 22, 2019) – WUNC Music is excited to announce that it’s joining VuHaus, public media’s music discovery video platform.  It’s a growing network of public stations that share a common mission to support emerging and local artists. WUNC Music joins 19 of the most influential public media stations that showcase their music video content on VuHaus.com.

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We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, singer/songwriter Skylar Gudasz tells us about her love of Nina Simone's 'Wild Is The Wind.'

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