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Peter Lamb and the Wolves

Combine some of the brightest and most talented jazz musicians in the triangle, give them striking personality and a passion for enjoying the hell out of music and you've got Peter Lamb and the Wolves. Lamb is joined by"Baddass belter and keyboardist" Mark Wells, stand-up bass and bass saxophone player George Knott, Al Strong on trumpet and The Beast drummer Steven Koffman. The group's sound is a kaleidescope of rich musical backgrounds, strong cultural influence and each member's personal relationship with his musical abilities. We'll hear the group talk about what keeps them going, how they feel about their music and what being a musician means to them. We'll show you 14 minutes of why they're our favorite and since they're local to Raleigh, you'll have ample opportunities to hear them yourself.

I Was Totally Destroying It

I Was Totally Destroying It is a five-piece powerpop band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, featuring current and former members of Saddle Creek band Sorry About Dresden. After self-releasing their first full-length album and touring the country with it, the band signed with Portland-based indie label Greyday Records. Their impressive touring track record and sterling local reputation made them an obvious choice for the show. Their polished sound yields consistency, technical execution and a great energy replete with driving synthpop beats, powerful vocals and an infectious rhythms that almost force your head to bob along in time. We'll hear them talk about their history, balancing life as a dedicated member, what they think about their music and what makes them special. Discover for yourself why IWTDI has a loyal local fan base and a growing national following.

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Tad Walters and Th' Bullfrog W

As a child, Th' Bullfrog Willard McGhee paid no attention to notion that "telling stories won't get you anywhere." For Bullfrog, telling a story has made him who he is a traveling blues musician who has taken a footing in the Piedmont of North Carolina. He is a true blues man taking his music across the country. His rhythmic picking and mean slides will grab your attention, while his puffs on a harmonica hung about his neck and his raspy voice and quick winks swoon all those watching. The interlude he delivers between songs are worthy of a weekly newspaper column, but most importantly, like any blues man, he never responds to anyone who calls him by his Biblical name. Born in West Virginia, he's spent time in Chicago, Boston, California and even worked in New Orleans as a cab driver until Hurricane Katrina relocated him to the Triangle. In this episode of Sound Situations we'll hear the blues music of Th' Bullfrog accompanied by Tad Walters and learn a bit about what it's like to be a historic relic in a modern musical landscape.

Dark Water Rising

Lumberton, NC is home to the Native American tribe the Lumbees. The city sits on the coastal flat lands of Eastern North Carolina and is named after the Lumber River which runs through the community. The Lumber River is surrounded by dense swamps marked by large bald cypress trees. When the river swells the swamps grow. The dark river water rises and the large root-basin of the cypress trees become hidden. This is the land of Robeson County and home to the band Dark Water Rising. Led by vocal gem and small-town sweetheart, Charly Lowry, the six-piece is balanced equally with feminine and masculine parts. The group has a sound marked by a soulful swing and matched with determination. We'll hear amplified songs along with a special acoustic set from the upstairs lunchroom of the Mecca Diner in downtown Raleigh. We'll learn what it is to be a young band from Eastern North Carolina and why they frequently travel to the Triangle.

situation three
Free Electric State

Free Electric State is a torrent of swirling, layered, sustained, electric melodies with a precise percussive under-toe. This rock combo is complemented perfectly by powerful, intense female vocals that will pull you in with soft, fitting harmony and throw you back when they take off with vigor. Their sound is a myriad of proper 'nu-gaze'; Koslowski and Willams lay enveloping backgrounds of rhythmic effected guitar with vocals that complete the picture. You can catch the band around Durham, the triangle and sometimes in Baltimore, where the bands origins stem from. Each of the four parts of Free Electric state offer a solid background in musical passion and livelihood. Take a look behind the music and hear a good bit about who FES is, what they do, where their sound comes from and what it means to them to be musicians.

Shana Tucker

Shana Tucker, multi-talented musician and cellist from New York, might describe her music as chamber soul. "It evokes an intimate feeling," she says. Her music is a sultry pastiche of acoustic pop and soulful, jazz-influenced contemporary folk. Every nuance of her sound is a integral piece of her musical identity. You may hear subtle bossa nova rhythms with a touch of latin influence, but her lyrical execution drives her music with feeling and passion. Her classical training and life journey as a musician has shaped her unique sound throughout her career. Her sound has character – a personal touch that leads your ears into a 'sitting on the edge of your seat' feeling. We're excited and honored to bring her story and music to our audience.

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The Atomic Rhythm All-Stars

30's inspired The Atomic Rhythm All-Stars and a transient but powerful big band. They're led by entrepreneur, musician and indellible persona, George Knott. Their attire and attitude will bring you back in more ways than just the music itself does (and it does so very well). One may find them playing for a ballroom of dancers; their sound is loud, intricately arranged and always holds a fine beat.

Birds and Arrows

Birds and Arrows is the band, the name, the story and the culmination of experience and life the trio has undergone. The original Connolly duo—fused by romantic and artistic interest—met cellist Josh Starmer and formed something beautiful. Their sound is a landscape of flowing sounds, filled with Andrea's strong but softening voice and Pete's vocal timbre and carried along effortlessly by Josh's slides and vibratos along the cello's neck.

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Brian Haran and Renee Mendoza own a guitar shop called Fret Sounds in Graham, NC. That's also where they make and practice their music. Renee's vocals are piercing, thought sustained with reverb to create a lasting feeling. Brian's fretting and riffs create a backbone of ambient electric distortion—sometimes filling the gaps of their songs.

The Small Ponds

Matt Douglas and Caitlin Cary are no strangers to the area. This venerable duo has graced the greater Raleigh area for years with their merged, creative styles. The two sing in near-perfect harmony—often exchanging glances and smiles while on stage. They certainly enjoy their music and

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The Beast

Beautifully rebellious and refreshingly original, The Beast is one of the most imaginative bands to emerge from North Carolina’s burgeoning music scene. The Durham-based quartet fearlessly navigates worlds of hip hop and jazz with compelling lyrics, progressive compositions and a gripping live show. The Beast developed its sound at UNC-Chapel Hill where pianist Eric Hirsh, drummer Stephen Coffman, and bassist Peter Kimosh studied jazz, while emcee Pierce Freelon developed his intelligent lyricism in classrooms and music venues across campus. The quartet joined forces after graduating in 2007.


In September of 2010, Jeremy Walton began a project called Nests. Simple and raw, it would be Jeremy’s first foray into songwriting. The end result finds the music residing somewhere between post-country and shoegaze. These sometimes eerie, always intimate songs capture the imagination of the listener with the help of collaborators and friends, Benjamin Eales, Raymond Finn, Nathan Price and Brian Corum.