MUSIC

MUSIC
4:31 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Talkin Music: John Hutchison & David Snider

KVNF's Willie Chicken interviews local musicians John Hutchison and David Snider.

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Sugar's Picks Feb 24, 2014
5:19 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Sugar's Picks Feb 24, 2014

The Motet / The Motet / The Motet

Take A look At Our Current Favorites & Click Below To Check Out The New Music At KVNF For The Week Of Feb 24, 2014

1. The Motet / The Motet / Motet: The Colorado based group comes from a world of Jazz,  Funk,  Salsa, AfroBeat and Dance Grooves & you can feel their love and passion for the music  in their irresistible sound!

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MUSIC
5:49 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Talkin Music: Lucius

Lucius on stage at the Paradise in Paonia
JT Thomas

KVNF's Ali Lightfoot speaks with Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of the band Lucius the morning after their sold out show at the Paradise Theater in Paonia.

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Sugar's Picks Feb 17, 2014
1:59 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

Sugar's Picks Feb 17, 2014

Various Artists / Looking Into You-A Tribute to Jackson Browne/Music Road

Take A Look At Our Current Favorites at KVNF & Click Below To Check Out All The New Music For the Week of Feb 17, 2014.

1.  Various Artists / Looking Into You - A Tribute To Jackson Browne / Music Road: 23 trax from a master songwriter performed with passion & respect by a long list of remarkable artists -  Hard to pick a favorite; Bonnie Raitt & David Lindley on  "Everywhere I Go,"  Don Henley w/Blind Pilot  on "These Days,"  Ben Harper on "Jamaica Say You Will," Lyle Lovett, Jimmy LaFave, Keb Mo, Lucinda Williams, Joan Osborne, Bruce Springsteen... Wow...

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Sugar's Picks Feb 10, 2014
1:22 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Sugar's Picks Feb 10, 2014

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe / New Ammo / Stoopid

Take A Look At Our Current Favorites at KVNF & Click Below To Check Out All The New Music For The Week of Feb 10, 2014

1. Karl Denson's Tiny Universe / New Ammo /Stoopid:  The energy & explosiveness is greater than ever with the Horns, the Funk, the Grooves, the Choruses & the track with Nicki Bluhm is hot!

2.  Robben Ford / A Day In Nashville/ProVogue: Musician Magazine named him one of the "100 Greatest  Guitarists of the 20th Century" and he proves it again with this Blues/Jazz/Rock fusion wonder.

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All Songs Considered
3:04 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Question Of The Week: What Musician Do You Love No Matter What?

Henry Ruggeri

Tomorrow on All Songs Considered we'll post a conversation we taped recently with Beck, about his new album Morning Phase. (We'll also premiere a new song from that album called "Waking Light"). While prepping for the interview, I looked over Beck's body of work from the past 20 years, and realized I couldn't find a single song or project of his I disliked. Sure, there are plenty of recordings and songs I like more than others.

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Favorite Sessions
2:35 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

KEXP Presents: Lee Ranaldo And The Dust

Lee Ranaldo and his band The Dust perform live at KEXP in Seattle.
Jim Bennett KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:48 am

With the fate of Sonic Youth up in the air, founding guitarist Lee Ranaldo has found steady ground with his group The Dust, featuring fellow SY orphan Steve Shelley on drums, along with guitarist Alan Licht and bassist Tim Lüntzel.

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Music
2:15 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

The Fringe Benefits To Bruno Mars' Free Super Bowl Gig

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 5:33 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Early ratings are in for last night's Super Bowl. And while down a bit from last year, the game clocked a respectable 96.9 million viewers. The half-time show was easily the most high-profile gig singer Bruno Mars has enjoyed in his young career.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "JUST THE WAY YOU ARE")

BRUNO MARS: (singing) Just the way you are.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
12:02 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Pixies: Tiny Desk Concert

John W. Poole John W. Poole

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 12:48 pm

The windowsills were lined with people standing, as every nook between every office desk filled to capacity with NPR employees and their assorted guests. Pixies, after getting misplaced for a time in our parking garage during a moment worthy of This Is Spinal Tap, showed up in time to encounter the largest crowd we've ever assembled for a Tiny Desk Concert. (Our new office space allows for more guests than the old one did, but it's still a mark of this band's significance for so many youthful grownups.)

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World Cafe
11:22 am
Mon February 3, 2014

20 World Cafe Downloads To Get You Through February

Dr. Dog.
Nicky Devine Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 5:37 pm

We made 20 stellar World Cafe in-studio performances available for download during February, but they're all coming down Feb. 28 at midnight. Grab music from Neko Case, Parquet Courts, Jason Isbell and more today, before they're gone tomorrow.

To download each song, click the title in the SoundCloud playlist (the song will begin playing), and then click "download" arrow to the right of the title.

First Listen
10:03 am
Mon February 3, 2014

First Listen: 'Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997'

Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997 comes out Feb. 11.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 9:17 am

Dance Mania might have been Chicago house music's most popular 1990s label — not only in Chicago, but in the entire upper Midwest. To go to a rave between 1993 and '99 was to very likely encounter a handful of Dance Mania tracks per night. Odds were good you'd encounter one of its artists, too: DJ Funk, Paul Johnson, DJ Deeon and Robert Armani, to pick just a few artists on Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997, kept full schedules of one-nighters across the U.S.

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Music
9:04 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Langston Hughes Poetry Reimagined On Singer Leyla McCalla's New Album

Tim Duffy

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 12:23 pm

Leyla McCalla, formerly of The Carolina Chocolate Drops, had an ambitious idea for her solo debut as a musician. She wanted to take poems by Harlem Renaissance legend Langston Hughes and put them to song. But McCalla told Tell Me More's host Michel Martin that she wasn't overwhelmed by the challenge.

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First Listen
9:02 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

First Listen: Eric Church, 'The Outsiders'

Eric Church's new album, The Outsiders, comes out Feb. 11.
John Peets Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 8:15 pm

Eric Church was surely aware that he was cribbing from one of America's most beloved young-adult novels when he called his fourth full-length album The Outsiders. The title song opens the record with lines that could have been ripped from the jacket copy of S.E. Hinton's classic heartland/gangland story: "They're the in-crowd, we're the other ones / It's a different kind of cloth that we're cut from." Electric power chords crest and crash as Church howls out declarations in a voice that's part preacher, part rapper, part metalhead and all alpha dog.

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First Listen
9:02 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

First Listen: Thumpers, 'Galore'

Thumpers' new album, Galore, comes out Feb. 11.
Oliver Smith Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 9:18 am

Galore, the first album by the London duo Thumpers, is rooted resolutely in the first-person plural: Temperamentally as well as lyrically, it reaches out as a piecemeal missive both to and from you and me and everyone we know, assembling a steadfast vision of the whole world as a sprawling family in a tiny neighborhood. These are songs whose collective narrative engine is a belief in the power of a passionate few to forge meaningful connections, to keep life's ills at bay or, as "Unkinder (A Tougher Love)" would have it, to move the earth.

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First Listen
9:02 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

First Listen: Cibo Matto, 'Hotel Valentine'

Cibo Matto's new album, Hotel Valentine, comes out Feb. 14.
Sean Lennon Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 11:52 am

For many bands who return after long hiatuses, the absences melt away quickly. My Bloody Valentine, gone 22 years, put out an album last year that jumped directly from the sound of 1991's Loveless.

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First Listen
9:02 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

First Listen: Tinariwen, 'Emmaar'

Tinariwen's new album, Emmaar, comes out Feb. 11.
Marie Planeille Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 9:16 am

How do you build on the reputation that has made your band the most visible ambassador of an entire people? For its seventh international album, Emmaar, Tinariwen has some striking ideas that were born out of both creativity and absolute necessity.

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First Listen
9:02 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

First Listen: Temples, 'Sun Structures'

Temples' new album, Sunstructures, is out Feb. 11.
Ed Miles Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 9:15 am

It makes cosmic sense that Sun Structures, the debut album from Temples, arrives at the height of the current nostalgia wave associated with the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania and the British Invasion.

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First Listen
9:02 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

First Listen: Hurray For The Riff Raff, 'Small Town Heroes'

Hurray for the Riff Raff's new album, Small Town Heroes, comes out Feb. 11.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 1:29 pm

New Orleans is a tricky place to put into song. To a degree matched only by California and New York City, the Big Easy makes and is made by the American geographical zeitgeist, and has captured the imaginations of songwriters since its founding. It seems massively daunting, if not impossible, to tell a story about Storyville that hasn't been told before.

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Music News
4:42 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Duke Ellington's Lost Opera, Forever A Work In Progress

Karen Marie Richardson (right) plays the title role in the Long Beach Opera's staging of Queenie Pie, the jazz opera Duke Ellington left unfinished when he died in 1974.
Bryan Frank Long Beach Opera

Duke Ellington added more than 3,000 songs to the American music vault before his death in 1974. He also started composing what he hoped would be a great American street opera — which composers have spent 40 years adapting, trying to figure out what the Duke wanted for his unfinished opus.

But before you imagine soothing arias or boisterous trills and vibrato, let me stop you: Ellington's opera is very much a work of jazz.

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Sugar's Picks Feb 3, 2014
1:00 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Sugar's Picks Feb 3, 2014

St Paul & The Broken Bones/Half The City/Single Lock

Take A Look At Our Current Favorites At KVNF & Click Below To Check Out All The New Music For The Week of Feb 3, 2014

1. St Paul & the Broken Bones / Half The City / Single Lock - These guys in their White Shirt-Suit & Tie looks  have brought back Honest To Goodness Soul and they will definitely make our world a better place in which to Live and Dance and  Carry On...

3. Isa & Joe Alan / Lifelines / Isa & Joe Alan - Our homies are making a big splash and their new CD is jam packed with 11 tracks that will make you proud, pleased and pumped!

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