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Shirley Collins on the next World Cafe

Legendary British folk singer, Shirley Collins , performs music from Lodestar , her first release in nearly four decades in an encore edition of the next World Cafe. She shares the painful personal experience that kept her from singing for decades and what finally led her back to recording.

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

Thursday July 13 John Palocy Trio & San Gabriel Social Club

Friday July 14 Jackson Cavalier

Saturday July 15 The Jane Mutiny

Monday July 17 Uptown Groove Duo

Tuesday July 18 Alyssa Rodriguez

Wednesday July 19 The Old Hippies

Thursday July 20 John Palocy Trio & San Gabriel Social Club

Friday July 21 Connie Deming

Saturday July 22 The Jane Mutiny

Monday July 24 Stringplicity

Get the inside scoop on the 2017 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival with Democrat and Chronicle music critic Jeff Spevak.Every weekday morning during the festival June 23-30, Jeff will be joining Scott Regan on Open Tunings to run down the day’s best bets and the most intriguing artists. He’ll also throw in performance reviews and a few tips to make your trip to the festival a lot more fun. Listen to Open Tunings every morning at 10:30 on WRUR-FM 88.5 for  The Jazz Corner.

An appreciation of the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival, generally recognized as the first pop or rock festival of all-time.  It featured 33 acts in 3 days in June in 1967 and catapulted stars like Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, The Who and Jimi Hendrix into the American media spotlight.  A panel of music writers and photographers join festival co-producer Lou Adler, documentary filmmaker DA Pennebaker, guitarist Steve Cropper, and Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane to discuss what was so special about Monterey Pop with host Paul Ingles

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Chester Bennington, one of the lead singers for the band Linkin Park and a former singer for Stone Temple Pilots, has died. His death was confirmed to NPR Thursday afternoon by the Los Angeles County Coroner's office, which said that his body was discovered at a house in the 2800 block of Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles and that investigators are currently on the scene. The death is "being looked at as a possible suicide at this time," according to Brian Elias of the coroner's office. Bennington was 41 years old.

Beth Ditto is a force of nature. Her incredible voice and charming personality earned her dance-punk band Gossip an international following, and those same qualities now drive her solo career. We hosted her for a live KCRW session to celebrate the release of Fake Sugar, her full-length debut under her own name.

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Who would doubt that Michael McDonald could still sound groovy and relevant while ushering the musical feel of 1978 into 2017? Only a fool.

By now, we've been living with the popular archetype of the singer-songwriter for half a century or so, and multiple generations have worn their grooves into it, accumulating familiar lexicons along gender lines. We learned to expect our troubadours to work with particular personas, settings and themes, depending on whether they were women or men. Depictions of self-discovery through restless rambling were often heard as expressions of masculinity, while femininity was more closely associated with craving a settled existence and valuing intimate attachments.

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

21 year old Colter Wall has already begun turning heads in the country scene with high praise from big names like Steve Earle and Rick Rubin. Nashville correspondent Ann Powers uncovers the talent that has Music City buzzing, with a voice and depth of songwriting far beyond his years.

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Portugal. The Man's new single “Feel it Still” is a danceable earworm. In this interview the band reveals the covert messages the song contains about the social injustices today, and discuss the eclectic music festival feel of their upcoming album Woodstock.

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Gregg Allman died May 27, 2017, at the age of 69. He's remembered by the music world as a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band and one of the pioneers of Southern rock. We revisit Allman's last visit to World Cafe in 2011, when he performed songs from his seventh solo studio album, Low Country Blues. We also will visit with the Old 97's. 

For decades, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has ranked highly on many All-Time Best Album lists. Celebrated as the first quasi-concept album in rock, fans and critics have long lauded the songcraft, the pioneering production sounds, and its colorful, now iconic, cover art. Some say it both reflected and drove the burgeoning youth culture through the "Summer of Love" in 1967. In more recent years, some critics have tried to cut through the mythology of the album and reconsider it in every way.

Thanks to all who came out and supported our Tiny Desk favorites concert. We had a full house at Three Heads Brewery and the music, beer, and BBQ were fantastic. Thanks to Kitestring, Machine Gun English, and The Mighty High and Dry for their musical talents, and a specail thanks to Geoff, Zach, and all the staff of Three Heads for an amazing evening in support of public media and local music. Keep listening to Different Radio for details of our next event.

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Indie rockers Pinegrove won over critics and fans with their warm, nostalgia-tinged 2016 album Cardinal. The Montclair, New Jersey band talks about friendship, community and why they decided to donate all the proceeds from a live version of their album to the Southern Poverty Law Centre. Then in hour two, a lively Latin Roots session with IFE

Tonight is the Different Radio  Tiny Desk Favorites Concert at Three Heads Brewing Beer Garden (186 Atlantic Avenue), with The Mighty High And Dry, Kitestring, and Machine Gun English. Plus Midnight Smoke BBQ will be on site for some great 'Q to go along with great Three Heads Beer! Doors open at 6:00 pm and the music starts at 7:00 pm. Join us for beer tastings, flights, music and fun, and support Different Radio, WRUR and WITH!

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On his third album, This Old Dog, Mac Demarco reaches a striking level of maturity, studying the work of his songwriting heroes James Taylor and Paul Simon, and penning a few pieces inspired by the failing health of his long absent father.

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Australian rockers Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever cite fellow Aussies The Go-Betweens as an influence. On the next World Cafe they’ll perform songs off their debut EP for Sub Pop Records called The French Press. And we’ll hear the Cinderella story about how they got signed.

Missed the NonCommvention? You can catch up with the WRUR Song of the Day from VuHaus. Here is the schedule this week and you can watch the performances on the VuHaus Link:

Mon 5/22/17 The Mavericks  "Come on to Me" The Mavericks play a unique style of outlaw country that also includes elements of Latin music and Rockabilly.  (From WXPN from Non-Comm 2017)

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