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Got Desk? 2018 Tiny Desk Contest

NPR Music is once again asking unknown bands and musicians across the country to film themselves performing one song at a desk of their choice. The 2018 Tiny Desk Contest will be sponsored for the fourth year by Lagunitas Brewing Company , and the winner will play NPR's famous Tiny Desk in Washington, D.C., before embarking on a U.S. tour that includes appearances at a taping of NPR's Ask Me Another and at events hosted by NPR Music and Lagunitas, in partnership with Member stations,...

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NPR Music is once again asking unknown bands and musicians across the country to film themselves performing one song at a desk of their choice. The 2018 Tiny Desk Contest will be sponsored for the fourth year by Lagunitas Brewing Company, and the winner will play NPR's famous Tiny Desk in Washington, D.C., before embarking on a U.S.

Since 1991, Sundays at 6PM have been greeted with the presentation of jazz standards by Ruth Elaine, a volunteer host on WRUR. Through the years, Sunday Session has developed a following, with dedicated listeners tuning in for the program. After 26 years, Ruth Elaine has decided to retire her program. She wishes her listeners well. A very private person, Ruth Elaine had a strong presence on the the radio. 

Two Trains Runnin'

Jan 31, 2018

Two Trains Runnin', a documentary about the search for two forgotten blues singers, set in Mississippi during the height of the civil rights movement, will be shown at The Little Theatre, February 13th at 7pm and February 17th at 3pm as part of the "One Take" Documentary series. Director Sam Pollard will Skype with the audience after the screening on February 13th. 

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In this program, Fiona Ritchie guides you to some very special landscapes. We feature music from Karine Polwart's award-winning theatrical event "Wind Resistance," originally presented in association with the Edinburgh International Festival. We'll also hear excerpts from fiddler Duncan Chisholm's "Sandwood," named for the finest and least accessible beach in Scotland.

If you've ever gone down the rabbit hole that is OK Go's YouTube channel, then you know how insanely cool the band's music videos are.

The National Library of Congress has shared its latest batch of musical inductees to the National Recording Registry. The 25 works — a mix of singles, field recordings, albums and soundtracks — represent myriad genres and time periods, and bring the Registry's overall catalog up to 500 entries.

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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.

Join us this Friday at Noon as Strand Of Oaks performs our weekly Live from World Cafe Live 

World Cafe, June 23-27

Jun 23, 2014

Here's the guest list for World Cafe this week. Tune in from 2-4pm!

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

World Cafe, June 9 - 13

Jun 9, 2014

Here's the line-up for this week! Tune in weekdays at 2pm.

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Looking back to last year for another Vintage Cafe, David Dye welcomes London Grammar, whose debut album, If You Wait, went platinum in their native UK.

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Roots revivalists and former leaders of The Blasters, Dave & Phil Alvin, have returned for a new tribute album to Big Bill Broonzy entitled, Common Ground: their first as a duo.

This week's Live From World Cafe Live features David Gray, who will perform to a Sold Out crowd at noon on Friday.
David Gray comes back to town in support of his new album, Mutineers, the latest in a long list of consistently great

   music released by Gray, whose first album, A Century Ends, was released in 1993. Since then, the past 21 years have been a whirlwind for UK-born Gray, releasing new music and touring virtually nonstop. He's amassed 10 albums of fantastic music – including 1998’s White Ladder and it’s hit single “Babylon." 


World Cafe, June 2-6

May 30, 2014

It's another week of live music and conversation with David Dye and his special guests. Tune in for World Cafe every weekday at 2pm.  

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

On this edition of the Vintage Cafe, David Dye goes back to his 2009 interview with Wilco about their seventh record, Wilco (The Album).

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Noah Gundersen drops by to perform songs from his newest record, Ledges.

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

World Cafe, May 12-16

May 12, 2014

It's another week of cool stuff on the radio. Tune in weekdays at 2.

Monday, May 12th, 2014

On this 2012 Vintage Cafe Australian singer-songwriter, Gotye and his sensationally successful, multi-Grammy award winning album, Making Mirrors, which features “Somebody that I Used to Know”.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

The Black Keys return with Turn Blue, their highly anticipated eighth studio album.

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

All Kinds of You is Chicago folk-rock musician, Ryley Walker’s debut album.

World Cafe, May 5-9

May 5, 2014

Here's the new lineup for World Cafe. Tune in weekdays from 2-4pm.

Monday, May 5th, 2014

On this Vintage Cafe folk duo Milk Carton Kids play acoustic songs from last year’s Ash & Clay.

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Divisionary is the new album from the gospel-influenced Portland rock band, Ages and Ages.

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Benjamin Booker’s self-titled debut album bridges punk, folk, and New Orleans blues.

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

A diverse collection of music, from rock to reggae, funk, gospel and even a band that just plays baseball songs. That's all part of this year's Windstream Party in the Park concert series in Rochester which sees some changes from last year.

Tune in weekdays at 2pm for Word Cafe with host David Dye. Here's the lineup for this week.

Monday, April 28th, 2014

On this Vintage Cafe from 2007, Peter Bjorn & John play songs from their album Writers Block, including the instantly recognizable “Young Folks”.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Australian indie-folk band, Boy & Bear, have a new album entitled Harlequin Dream.

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

World Cafe, April 21-25

Apr 21, 2014

You can hear World Cafe every weekday at 2pm. Here's the line up for this week.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Our Vintage Cafe with Jackson Browne recorded in 2008 was a wide ranging exploration of his songs, old and new.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Known as a country songwriter, Robert Ellis channels his pop influences on the new record, The Lights from the Chemical Plant.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014