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Music Interviews
7:56 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Grammys Show Producer Explains The Origin Of Onstage Mashups

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 11:45 am

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Music Interviews
7:56 am
Sat February 7, 2015

On A Majestic Debut, Emotions Hide In Plain Sight

Singer-songwriter Natalie Prass has just released her self-titled debut album.
Ryan Patterson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 11:47 am

A young singer and songwriter came out with a debut album last week, but it has the sound of a vintage record. The songs of Natalie Prass are elaborate productions, painstakingly arranged, shot through with traces of big band and Tin Pan Alley, 1970s country and soul — and yet her own fine, delicate voice still rises above it all.

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Special Program
5:56 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Valentines From the Hills of Home

Funny how one word can yield not only familiar tunes, but so many overlooked -- nonetheless wonderful -- songs and recordings.  Tune in to Music From the Hills of Home on February 8th and 15th from 6p - 9p as we explore bluegrass songs with "heart" and "love". 

On Feb. 8th, its kind hearts, sweet hearts, broken hearts, and any and all other bluegrass songs with "heart" in the title.  On the 15th, its the Lovesick Lover's Longing with any and all bluegrass songs with "Love" in the title.

Trust us.  You're gonna love both these shows!  Cross my heart.

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Live Music
11:59 am
Fri February 6, 2015

"Show Your Love: A Benefit for WNKU" Continues Tonight

Last night, over 400 people packed the Southgate House Revival for night 1 of the 2-night "Show Your Love" benefit for WNKU presented by The Good People Festival.  The party continues tonight as another 15 bands perform on three stages beginning at 7:30 pm. 

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:41 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

John Reilly & Friends: Tiny Desk Concert

Colin Marshall NPR

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 1:04 pm

It might be easy to dismiss a music project from actor John Reilly, but that would be a huge mistake: Reilly is a fine singer, especially when he gets a hold of old-time material, and his guitar work provides a perfect foundation for these church and porch tunes from America's past.

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Music
1:54 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

WNKU and Wilco to Celebrate Two Big Anniversaries Together

WNKU welcomes Wilco to the Taft Theatre on Tuesday, May 5, as part of the station's 30th Anniversary Celebration.

WNKU first signed on the air in the spring of 1985.  Ten years later, almost to the month, Wilco released their debut album, A.M., and we've had the pleasure of playing their music ever since.  As one of the pioneering acts of WNKU's Adult Alternative format, it's only fitting that Wilco helps WNKU celebrate 30 years on the air at the same time WNKU helps Wilco celebrate 20 years as a band.

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Music Interviews
7:56 am
Sun February 1, 2015

A Portrait Of The Boy Band As Grown Men: Backstreet Boys' New Documentary

Show 'Em What You're Made Of, a new documentary, tracks the 20-year career of the Backstreet Boys.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 11:39 am

They were five guys struggling to make music careers for themselves, ranging in age from 12 to 21. When a Florida businessman put them together to make a band, there was chemistry, tight harmonies, creative facial hair — and a formula for success.

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Music Interviews
5:41 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Talking With Hey Rosetta!, A Great Big Band From Newfoundland

Hey Rosetta!'s latest album is Second Sight.
Scott Blackburn Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 1, 2015 11:39 am

On the eastern edge of North America there's a sprawling Canadian island known for its dramatic coastlines, expansive barrens, and dense evergreen forests. Not exactly the place where you might expect an indie-rock band to find a following.

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Music Interviews
5:35 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Diana Krall: Liner Notes From A 'Wallflower'

Diana Krall's latest album, a collection of jazz takes on rock and pop classics, is called Wallflower.
Bryan Adams Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 1:20 pm

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Song Travels
12:00 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

John Wilson On 'Song Travels'

John Wilson.
Courtesy of the artist

British arranger and scholar John Wilson serves as conductor for numerous orchestras throughout the U.K., including his own.

On this episode of Song Travels, Wilson describes his project to reconstruct the lost scores of iconic MGM films, such as Singin' In The Rain and The Wizard Of Oz. Musical selections include "Love Of My Life" and "Les Girls" from the John Wilson Orchestra's album Cole Porter In Hollywood.

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