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List of Famous Bands from Chapel Hill

Updated June 8, 2017 9k views18 items

List of Chapel Hill bands, listed by their level of fame. This Chapel Hill musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Chapel Hill bands are included, as well as many Chapel Hill musicians of underground status. This list of Chapel Hill musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Chapel Hill bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

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  • 1
    Blues-rock, Disco

    AlbumsSweet Baby James, A Christmas Album, James Taylor at Christmas, Never Die Young, Hourglass

    James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is one of...  more

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    The Squirrel Nut Zippers are an American band formed in 1993 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States, by James "Jimbo" Mathus, Katharine Whalen, Chris Phillips on drums, Don Raleigh on bass and...  more
  • 3
    Pop music, Piano rock

    AlbumsWhatever and Ever Amen, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, Ben Folds Five, The Sound of the Life of the Mind, Naked Baby Photos

    Ben Folds Five are an alternative rock trio formed in 1993 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The group's members are Ben Folds, Robert Sledge, and Darren Jessee. The group achieved mainstream success...  more

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  • 4
    Noise rock, Noise pop

    AlbumsIcky Mettle, Vee Vee, All the Nations Airports, Archers of Loaf vs. the Greatest of All Time, South Carolina

    Archers of Loaf is an American indie rock band originally formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1991. The group toured extensively and released four studio albums, a collection album, numerous...  more

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    Folk rock, Soft rock

    AlbumsLiv, Livingston Taylor, Bicycle, Over the Rainbow, Good Friends

    Livingston Taylor (born November 21, 1950) is an American singer-songwriter and folk musician. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, he is the brother of...  more
  • 6
    Psychobilly, Rock music

    AlbumsPlastic Seat Sweat, Dirt Track Date, Mojo Box, Ditch Diggin', Too Much Pork for Just One Fork

    Southern Culture on the Skids, also sometimes known as SCOTS, is an American rock band that was formed in 1983 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The band consists of Rick Miller, Dave Hartman, and Mary...  more
  • 7
    Indie rock

    AlbumsSpells, A Def Needle in Tomorrow, Conductor, Wave to Make Friends, Bumblebee / Shining Eyes / 1:30

    The Comas formed in Chapel Hill, NC, in March 1998 as a joke country band, a sort of counterweight to the hyped No Depression movement. Before long, however, both the "joke" and the "country" parts...  more
  • 8
    Rock music, Heavy metal

    AlbumsImmortalizer, Legend of the World, Total Universe Man, Stranded on Earth, Stranger

    Valient Thorr is an American Southern rock/heavy metal band from Greenville, North Carolina....  more
  • 9
    Punk blues, Rockabilly

    AlbumsFlat Duo Jets, Safari, Wild Blue Yonder, Lucky Eye, Introducing

    Flat Duo Jets is an American psychobilly band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Athens, Georgia. They were a major influence on several bands of the 1990s and 2000s, including The White Stripes....  more
  • 10
    Folk music, Indie rock

    AlbumsLet You Down, Bronze Age, The Fast Rise and Fall of the South, The Kingsbury Manx, Aztec Discipline

    The Kingsbury Manx are an American indie rock group from Chapel Hill, North Carolina....  more
  • 11
    Alternative rock, Indie rock

    AlbumsThe Mayor Will Abdicate, The Convenience of Indecision, Live at the Dotmatrix Project, How the Cold War Began, Let It Rest

    Sorry About Dresden is a four-man indie rock band from Chapel Hill, N.C. Since forming in 1997, the band has made a modest splash in the national indie scene. Combining elements of traditional...  more
  • 12

    AlbumsTender Age, Our One Mistake, The Old Ceremony, Fairytales and Other Forms of Suicide, Walk on Thin Air

    The Old Ceremony is a Chapel Hill, North Carolina pop-noir musical group fronted by Django Haskins. Formed in 2004, the group has released five full-length albums, Our One Mistake, on sonaBLAST!...  more
  • 13
    Rock music, Alternative rock

    AlbumsBlack Unicorn Split, Losing at Life, Dress to Depress, It's Been Business Doing Pleasure With You

    Classic Case was an American rock band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina formed in 2002....  more
  • 14
    Rock music, Modern rock

    AlbumsDirty Wake, The Chartreuse EP

    Collapsis is a band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The band's name can be traced back to a Dillon Fence song of the same name. Collapsis can loosely be categorized as late-90s post-grunge, with...  more
  • 15
    Noise rock, Experimental rock

    AlbumsExploded Drawing, Today's Active Lifestyles, Shapes, Cor-Crane Secret, In Prism

    Polvo is an American indie noise rock band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The band, formed in 1990, is fronted by guitarists/vocalists Ash Bowie and Dave Brylawski. Brian Quast plays drums, and...  more
  • 16
    Hip hop music, Indie

    AlbumsPoisonous Plants

  • 17
    Pop rock

    AlbumsThe Never, Antarctica: A Storybook Record, Tour EP

    The Never is a Chapel Hill-based indie band. They have released two albums, both of which include both folk metal and R&B sensibilities. They have toured throughout the South and the East Coast of...  more
  • 18
    Rock music, Alternative rock
    Shinola was a rock band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States, that existed from 1994 to 1997, and was a regular mainstay in the burgeoning local indie-rock scene of the time. Employing two...  more