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What Makes A Great Album Last?

The season of list-making, specifically (for us) lists about the year's best music, is rapidly descending. But before the craziness begins over who had the best album or song in 2017, we thought we'd look back at some of our previous top-ten lists to see if they even hold up. As you can imagine, some albums we once thought were great have since lost their luster, while others haven't aged a day. This got us wondering: Why? And what, exactly, makes a great album last? When an album doesn't...

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October at The Little Cafe: (follow link for more information)

Wednesday October 4 (7-9pm)  Margaret Explosion

Thursday October 5 (7-9pm) Big Blue House

Friday October 6 (8-10pm) Auld Lang Syne

Saturday October 7  (8-10pm) Connie Deming

Monday October 9 (7-9pm) Watkins and the Rapiers

Tuesday October 10 (7-9pm) Lakeshore @ The Little: Jerry Falzone, Cammy Enaharo, Maria Sebastian,                                                                    Chris Wilson

This week: our final (finally) rebroadcast before our new season starts on October 7!

A Vietnam Soundscape

Sep 24, 2017
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During World War I, soldiers carried song books in their kit bags. In World War II, some soldiers had access to radios and could hear Glenn Miller and the Army-Air Force Band perform. Others were lucky enough to catch Bob Hope headline a USO show. During the Korean War the military set up its own radio network, Armed Forces Radio (Korea). Vietnam had all these outlets and more. Its GIs brought their own radios and instruments from home. They bought records and swapped tapes of their favorite music.

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Talib Kweli has, for more than two decades now, been considered a standard bearer for what's sometimes called "conscious rap." Both as a part of the hip-hop duo Black Star with Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and as a solo act, his music provides social and political commentary layered over a bed of eclectic production. Outside the studio, Kweli has been just as outspoken. whether sparring with Don Lemon on CNN or trolls on social media.

Eminem gave his fans a mix of old and new during his appearance on Saturday Night Live Nov. 18. The Detroit rapper delivered a must-see performance as musical guest during the Chance The Rapper-hosted show.

Cécile McLorin Salvant has been called "the finest jazz singer to emerge in the last decade."

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World Cafe on WRUR

The premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country.

Music for a Solar Eclipse, Monday August 21, 2017!

Aug 18, 2017
Photo courtesy of Romeo Durscher/NASA

On Monday, August 21 a total solar eclipse will darken the skies across the continental United States from Oregon to South Carolina. It's the first eclipse that will be seen from coast to coast in 99 years. The “Path of Totality,” where the sun appears to be completely covered, will be about 70 miles wide. Outside the Path of Totality, many of us will see a partial solar eclipse with only a portion of the sun covered by the moon.

Here in Rochester and the Finger Lakes, we will see approximately 70% coverage of the sun. The partial eclipse will last about 2½ hours, beginning at 1:14 pm and ending at 3:52 pm. The maximum coverage will be at 2:35 pm.

Todd Owyoung

Rock and Roll legend, Chuck Berry, recently passed away at the age of 90. Three months after his death, Berry?s final album, Chuck, was released? one last gift to all his loving and dedicated fans. Chuck Berry's son Charles Berry Jr. played guitar on the album and joins us to share stories of growing up, recording and touring with his late father on the next World Cafe.

Juan Queirolo

It's an indie dance-pop rave-up with Javiera Mena for World Cafe's Latin Roots session!  Get ready to move to a live performance that showcases why the Chilean songstress is so beloved at home, and earned a Latin Grammy nomination here for her last album, 2015's Otra Mena.  Tuesday at 2 PM on Different Radio,

Danny Clinch

For more than fifty years, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has kept the pulse of New Orleans’ musical traditions strong, but the rhythms of their latest album So It Is are infused with inspiration from the band’s recent trip to Cuba. Preservation Hall Jazz Band delivers an explosive performance guaranteed to make you move on the next World Cafe.

Courtesy of the Artist

Katie Crutchfield's new Waxahatchee album Out in the Storm came after the end of a difficult relationship - but she wants listeners to focus on is how the songs touch their own experiences.  She talks about that, and the support twin sister Allison gave her on this record, as their creative relationship has evolved over the years. Today at 2 PM on Different Radio.

Courtesy of the Artist

Sherman Holmes’ career has been defined for decades as a member of the trio the Holmes Brothers. But in 2015, his bandmates Wendell and Popsy passed away. Holmes talks about how he found the courage to go on and make his debut solo album without his bandmates. Sherman Holmes performs on the next World Cafe.   

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One of America's premier songwriters, Randy Newman, sits down at the piano to perform and talks with the Cafe's David Dye.  He's been releasing records since the '60s, and his new album, called Dark Matter, is out today. Friday at 2 PM on Different Radio.

Courtesy of the Artist

Mexico's Café Tacvba are considered one of the most groundbreaking bands of the rock en espanol movement. Cafe Tacvba performs and talks about the musical diversity that defined their seminal album Re and continues through their latest Jei Beibei on the next World Cafe. Today at 2PM on Different Radio.

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Atlanta-based Manchester Orchestra step out of their crunchy, guitar-driven comfort zone in favor of sweeping, cinematic sounds on their latest release, A Black Mile to the Surface. They explain how scoring the film Swiss Army Man, starring Daniel Radcliffe, changed their approach to making albums and perform live on the next World Cafe. Today at 2 PM on Different Radio.

Courtesy of MTV

"Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll". Those were the words TV audiences heard on August 1, 1981 when a brand new channel called Music Television launched. MTV changed the world of music, and we celebrate with a full show of the earliest video hits including The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" and Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

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