Music

CD of the Month
4:23 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Over The Rhine, "Blood Oranges in the Snow"

Music
11:02 am
Mon December 8, 2014

2014 Top 89 Contest Rules

How to Enter
Submit entry starting at 11am on December 8, 2014. The contest will end at 11:59 pm on December 19, 2014.  All times are Eastern Time.

To participate in the contest, use the following method. All entries must include your first and last name, address, phone number, email address, and all other requested information:

Enter your top 5 picks by filling out our online form or sending a postcard to WNKU Top 89, 301 Landrum Academic Center, Highland Heights, KY 41099.

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Music Interviews
4:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

After Decades Of Success, Joni Mitchell Is Still Just 'A Painter Who Writes Songs'

Ebet Roberts Redferns/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 11:38 am

"It took a mature woman to bring it to life. I grew into that song."

Joni Mitchell on re-recording "Both Sides Now," a song written after she'd chosen adoption for her daughter 54 years earlier. She talks about her new four-disc boxed set, Love Has Many Faces, and the different colors such a collection can reveal in a lifetime of work.

For more conversations with music-makers, check out NPR's Music Interviews.

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Music Interviews
7:38 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Before Dylan, Dave Ray's Blues Rocked Minneapolis

Originally published on Sun December 7, 2014 12:25 pm

Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.mpr.org/.

Transcript

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sat December 6, 2014

St. Paul And The Broken Bones: Tiny Desk Concert

James Clark NPR

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 5:07 pm

Close your eyes and listen, and you might imagine someone who looks a bit like Otis Redding. Open them, and you're likely to see someone who looks more like your neighborhood bank teller.

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Music Interviews
8:03 am
Sat December 6, 2014

All Possibilities: The 'Purple Rain' Story

Prince celebrates his birthday and the release of Purple Rain at 1st Avenue in Minneapolis.
Paul Natkin Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 2:47 pm

Here's a recipe for disaster: a low-budget movie with a cast that's never acted before, a first-time director, and a star who refuses to do publicity.

That's the story of Prince's iconic 1984 film Purple Rain. Music critic and journalist Alan Light provides the details in his new book, Let's Go Crazy.

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Music Interviews
2:03 am
Sat December 6, 2014

'Oxford American' Waltzes Across Texas

Willie Nelson, seen performing in the U.K. in 1980, is one of the featured artists in Oxford American's Southern Music issue about Texas.
David Redfern Getty Images

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 11:51 am

A scholarly literary magazine is celebrating the music of Texas — but don't let that academic approach get in the way of enjoying it.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:27 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Dublin Guitar Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

Claire Eggers NPR

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 5:09 pm

Don't ask the members of the Dublin Guitar Quartet to play the time-honored classics of the Spanish repertoire. They might play traditional Spanish style classical guitars, but they're not your standard guitar ensemble. The Dubliners are strictly devoted to contemporary music. They've been commissioning new pieces and adapting others for both acoustic and electric guitars since 2002, when the group formed at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

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Music Interviews
12:04 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Mary J. Blige: 'I'm Not Worried, Trying To Keep It Real — I Am Real'

Mary J. Blige has just released a new album, her 13th, called The London Sessions.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 7:25 pm

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Studio 89
12:34 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Studio 89 with Buffalo Wabs and The Price Hill Hustle

Seating is no longer available for tonight's Studio 89 but you can tune into WNKU tonight at 7pm to listen live! 

WNKU welcomes local band Buffalo Wabs and The Price Hill Hustle to Studio 89 on December 8th.

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