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Friday, October 28, 2016: Rising country star Sturgill Simpson’s new album, A Sailor's Guide to Earth, is a guide for his new born son.
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This week, we close out our fall run in Saint Paul with a broadcast from the famed Fitzgerald Theater. Bassist, singer, and composer Esperanza Spalding 

brings her genre-bending band to the Fitz stage for a few tunes sure to induce spontaneous dancing up and down Exchange Street, on both banks of the Mississippi River, and across the country; Dawes 

add their road-honed Southern California rock n' roll to help warm up a Minnesota fall that's suddenly turned chilly; and comedian and writer Aparna Nancherla

Catch it again Sunday at Noon on WXXI AM 1370.

Catch it again Sunday at Noon on WXXI AM 1370.

This week: we kick off a new season and a new era as Chris Thile steps to the mic to host a live broadcast from our home base, the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, rock star, and man-about-Nashville Jack White

joins us for a few acoustic tunes. We also welcome Brooklyn's Lake Street Dive 

Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature. The prolific musician is the first Nobel winner to have forged a career primarily as a singer-songwriter. What's more, he's also the first American to have won the prize in more than two decades. Not since novelist Toni Morrison won in 1993 has an American claimed the prize.

Hear Andrew Limbong's remembrance of Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr. at the audio link, and read on for an obituary written by Mark Mobley.

Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., an international ambassador for Louisiana roots music with his genre-leaping band Buckwheat Zydeco, died early Saturday morning. He was 68.

They came, they measured, and they returned to perform a show like no other. It was the great NPR Tiny Desk Takeover by Blue Man Group.

If you've not seen this performance ensemble and their production in New York, Las Vegas, Orlando, Boston, Chicago or Berlin, then you've missed a night of magical fun. These Blue Men may never say a word, but the performances make for poignant looks at who we are as humans. They also make unusual music on instruments of their own design.

Actor and writer Gene Wilder, who brought his signature manic energy to films such as The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and the role that forever ensconced him in the collective memory of a generation of children, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has died. He was 83.

Wilder died early Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn., of complications from Alzheimer's disease, according to a statement from his nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman.

Join WRUR at Record Archive on Tuesday, September 6th, for a special listening party for Wilco's new album, Schmico. Record Archive has again been chosen to be part of a group of select record stores around the country to preview an up-coming release and provide exclusive prizes to it's customers.To give you an idea, the next closest place to hear this is Scranton, PA! 

Jack White is sharing a previously unreleased White Stripes song called "City Lights."

The song was originally written for the band's 2005 album Get Behind Me Satan. But it was forgotten until White revisited the album for a 2015 Record Store Day vinyl reissue.


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