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Friday, February 24, 2017 Justin Hurwitz may be the hottest composer in Hollywood after the release of his Oscar nominated musical, La La Land . Also, we play some of the best movie music.

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Our transmitter needs to have its main power output tube replaced, and this weekend, WRUR will be operating from a backup transmitter while this process is occurring. Starting early Saturday morning, WRUR will be operating at reduced power, which will reduce its coverage area until the main transmitter is restored to full power. This is expected to be done by late Sunday afternoon, with a full restoration of 100% power by Monday morning, Our online stream at wrur.org will not be impacted. We apologize for this inconvenience, as we ensure more reliable transmitter operation of WRUR. 

This week: we're heading to the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee for a live broadcast with Amos Lee, Jenny Lewis, and Nate Bargatze.

Join us on the radio, Saturday at 6pm .

 NPR Music is at it again with a call for unsigned musicians of all genres: Show us why you should perform in NPR Music's iconic Tiny Desk concert series by submitting an original video of you or your band playing behind a desk of your choosing. The winner of the Contest will secure a spot at the legendary performance space and a U.S. tour with NPR Music, fueled by Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell has died in Nashville at the age of 74. His wife, Jan, said through an intermediary that the legendary musician and songwriter had died Sunday in his sleep in Nashville.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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Poet and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has died. He was 82.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HALLELUJAH")

LEONARD COHEN: (Singing) Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah...

A fixture in local radio and jazz programming has died.

Tom Hampson loved jazz since he was a teenager, and he kept that passion even after he chose the law as a career, becoming an attorney specializing in corporate law. He also hosted a weekly jazz show on WXXI for more than 30 years; it was originally called Mostly Jazz, and most recently has been known as Jazz from the Cellar.

He died this week at the age of 87, but had been recording the show in his home studio until just the last several weeks.

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.

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