Music News and Interviews

WKNC’s DJ DiGiorno interviewed Estrangers, who were our featured Local Artist in March. You can also hear two of their songs, Cape Fear and Dayzd, during the interview.

Read more about Estrangers on our blog and on Estranger’s website.

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New Local Music

Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba // The Great Peace

Some truly entrancing music from this Carrboro based outfit. Diali Cissokho hails from Senegal but moved stateside and teamed up with a crew of really talented local musicians to form this incredible band. Some ridiculously dancy tunes interspersed with some intensely emotional tracks. To hell with the language barrier, music is universal. Play it if you’re looking for something different!

Ladyfriend // Ladyfriend EP

This band is split between N.C. and N.Y, but you wouldn’t know that with how cohesive and smooth this EP is. Sort of like a mix between Love Language and Jamaican Queens, Ladyfriend combines surf-psych elements with experimental pop and some slight electronic instrumentation pepper throughout the mix as well. REALLY awesome stuff!

Ellis Dyson & The Shambles // Whiskey Business

The name of this EP is far more descriptive than I’d imagined. These whiskey-soaked tunes can easily lead to some foot-stompin’ hootin’ and hollerin’ (pardon, that’s the eastern North Carolina coming out in me). A bit of ragtime influence thrown in with some exciting folk-rock standards, there’s tons of potential here! Remind me a lot of an early Holy Ghost Tent Revival.

Sinners & Saints // Love & Misery

This Charlotte based duo is churning out some excellent folk-rock music. A lot of strong influences bleeding through on this release, very reminiscent of acts like The Avett Brothers. All around some really enjoyable tunes that range from poppy and anthemic to slower folk-leaning ballads.

Estrangers // Season of 1000 Colors

One of the most slept on local releases of last year without a doubt. Lots of comparisons can be drawn to The Love Language, but Estrangers add enough of their own flair to make it interested and unique (a little bit of classic 50s pop stylings and some sweet harmonies!) An excellent way to kick off Spring is by spinning these sun-soaked tunes!

Band/Artist Profile Local Music


Estrangers is a five-piece hailing from Winston-Salem, NC consisting of Philip Pledger on vocals and guitar, Mike Wallace on Guitar, David-Todd Murray on keyboards, Nathan H. Bedsole on bass, and Drew Braden on drums.  The fuzz-pop quintet formed in the summer of 2011.  By November, they had released their debut effort Black Ballroom and had opened for Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Titus Andronicus.  Their bright, washed-out pop was reminiscent of older days.  After a period of indecision and a few lineup changes, they were back with their follow-up Sunmelt EP.  This effort found them exploring more into a psychedelic side of their lo-fi pop sound.

Their latest LP, Season of 1000 Colors, was released last summer as their first release of their newly founded label Phuzz Records.  This album really finds Estrangers nailing down their sound.  Season features more polished production then their last two outings, but still maintains their earnest, fuzzy pysch-pop tunes.  The album is a melodic wash of bright pop comprised of huge melodies, complimented by fuzzy guitars and synths grounded by thundering drums and bass.  Through and through, their first full-length is a brilliant album that picks you up on the first listen and has enough layers to keep bringing you back.

Philip Pledger not only serves as the singer and guitarist of Estrangers but also as the founder and co-director of Phuzz Phest.  Phuzz Phest is an annual music festival that is now in its 4th year that takes place in downtown Winston-Salem.  The festival works to bring some of the best local acts as well as some great local acts in for a weekend long festival.  This year during the first weekend in April, Phuzz Phest brings No Age, Kool Keith, Jessica Lea Mayfield, White Fence, Diarrhea Planet, Mount Moriah, Ex Hex, The Love Language and over 40 more incredible acts to Winston-Salem for an insane weekend that will now also feature a coffee conference and afterparties. Check out their website for the full schedule and more information.

With Phuzz Phest right around the corner, Estrangers is hitting the road again with some new songs before they return home to play Phuzz Phest.  Tune in to WKNC at 7pm on Wednesday March 12th to hear an interview with the band before their show at Kings that night!

Check out their video for “Cape Fear" here!

3/12 Kings Barcade (Raleigh) with Eston & The Outs, Flash Car

3/13 The Gold Bar (Baltimore) with Infinite Honey, Joy Classic

3/14 The Gutter (Brooklyn) with IYEZ

4/04 Phuzz Phest (Winston-Salem)

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Phuzz Phest Announces 2014 Lineup

WKNC is delighted to be the primary media sponsor for this year’s Phuzz Phest- Winston-Salem’s premiere annual music festival.  This fourth annual event returns to the City of the Arts & Innovation’s burgeoning downtown area to thousands of music fans across the southeast. This year the festival will span three days from Friday April 4 through Sunday April 6, featuring their most potent and genre-spanning lineup yet with more than 50 musical acts coming from as far away as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Brooklyn and Detroit.

Though far from NC’s largest music festival, Phuzz Phest has built its reputation on keenly curating the region’s best acts for a truly special weekend of music, offering attendees a rare opportunity to see critically-acclaimed artists alongside under-praised locals in settings more intimate than would otherwise be possible.


The 2014 lineup features headliners like L.A.’s pioneering noise-punk duo No Age, visionary rap legend Kool Keith, hypnotic alt-country songstress Jessica Lea Mayfield, and San Francisco psych-rock stalwarts White Fence. Festival alumni and Merge Records acts Mount Moriah & The Love Language make return appearances alongside Ex Hex, the new project of Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Autoclave, Helium) whose debut record is due in March via Merge Records. View the full lineup below, bold indicates headliners.

All Them Witches (Nashville, TN)

ASG (Wilmington, NC)

Bocanegra (Lima, Peru)

Body Games (Carrboro, NC)

Brain F/ (Charlotte, NC)

Caleb Caudle (New Orleans, LA)

Dark Prophet Tongueless Monk (Winston-Salem, NC)

Diarrhea Planet (Nashville, TN)

Drag Sounds (Greensboro, NC)

Eston & The Outs (Raleigh, NC)

Estrangers (Winston-Salem, NC)

Ex Hex (Washington, D.C.)

Ex-Cult (Nashville, TN)

Flagship (Charlotte, NC)

Human Pippi (Charlotte, NC)

I, Anomaly (Winston-Salem, NC)

IYEZ (Brooklyn, NY)

Jessica Lea Mayfield (Kent, OH)

Jews & Catholics (Winston-Salem, NC)

Josh Moore (Carrboro, NC)

Judy Barnes (Winston-Salem, NC)

Kool Keith (The Bronx, NY)

Libraries (Wilmington, NC)

Loamlands (Durham, NC)

Miss Eaves (Brooklyn, NC)

Mount Moriah (Durham, NC)

Must Be The Holy Ghost (Winston-Salem, NC)

No Age (Los Angeles, CA)

Primovanhalen (Winston-Salem, NC)

Spirit System (Winston-Salem, NC)

T0W3RS (Carrboro, NC)

The Bo-Stevens (Winston-Salem, NC)

The Genuine (Winston-Salem, NC)

The Love Language (Chapel Hill, NC)

The Nervous Ticks (Richmond, VA)

The Sweets (Winston-Salem, NC)

The Tills (Asheville, NC)

Toon & The Real Laww (Durham, NC)

Trioscapes (Greensboro, NC)

Twelve Thousand Armies (Drughorse, NC)

Uzzard (Winston-Salem, NC)

Whatever Brains (Raleigh, NC)

White Fence (San Francisco, NC)

Wilde Blood (Winston-Salem, NC)

Woodsman (Brooklyn, NY)

Yip Deceiver (Athens, GA)