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Phoenix holed up in an old Paris opera house in 2014 to begin recording their new album Ti Amo . The French band turned their feelings of unrest about the tumultuous times around them into music that serves as an escape. Ti Amo explores “love, desire, lust and innocence” with the a romanticized flair of summer discos in Italy.

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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

The Little Theatre is ready to party like it’s 1929!

The newly renovated Little Theatre marquee will reclaim its place as one of Rochester’s visual landmarks on Monday, June 12, with a Marquee Relighting Block Party. The street celebration begins outside The Little (240 East Ave.) at 6:30 p.m. and the relighting presentation begins at 8:30 p.m.

After a brief set of presentations at 8:30 p.m., the new marquee will be switched on for the first time at dusk.

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Yes, Ravi Coltrane is the son of the John Coltrane, one of the most famous and important jazz saxophonists and composers of all time. He's also the son of multi-instrumentalist, composer and spiritual leader Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda. (In fact, all members of the band here are performing artists in their own right and come from artistically rich families; drummer E.J.

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Greg Townson has played his share of instrumental music since the mid-1980’s; Outfits such as the Essentials, Salamanders, and Hi-Risers have been privy to Greg’s musical talent. He’s also produced an album by Swiss roots-rockers Hillbilly Moon Explosion back in 2011, and is currently co- guitarist with Eddie Angel in Los Straitjackets, who have just completed an album backing the one and only Nick Lowe. Greg’s third LP, “Travelin’ Guitar” was released last week on the Greg’s own label, 2-Bit records.

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  The New Pornographers have been manufacturing power pop records for nearly two decades. On their latest, Whiteout Conditions, they’ve embraced a more synthetic sound and termed it “bubblegum krautrock.” 

You know The Little Theater as the area's premier cultural center for the presentation of American and foreign independent films, along with discussions and educational activities. However, The Little is also a musical hotspot most nights of the week with a variety of artists of different genres performing in The Little Cafe.

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Chris Stapleton's 2015 album Traveller turned the already successful Nashville songwriter into a mainstream star. His highly anticipated follow-up album From A Room: Volume 1 drops today, and Stapleton joins Nashville correspondent Ann Powers to share it.

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On their sophomore album Pageant, queer punk duo PWR BTTM explode with glitter, grit and a powerful message of inclusion that extends way beyond their roots in the LGBTQ community. Also, on a special Nashville Session, Ann Powers welcomes Ruby Amanfu

This week:  from the famed Fitzgerald Theater, in sunny Saint Paul, Minnesota a rebroadcast of the season finale with  host Chris Thile and guests The Avett Brothers, Jesca Hoop, and comedian Jen Kirkman.

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  On her new album, Golden Eagle, Holly Macve’s haunting voice and emotionally impactful songs are a reflection of her trying past. 

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Gorillaz play a set from their first album in seven years, called Humanz. And Portugal. The Man showcase danceable music from their upcoming album, Woodstock.

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All American Rock Hall of Famer John Mellencamp is back with his new album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. This collaboration with veteran country artist Carlene Carter promises a grand return to Mellencamp’s eclectic roots.

On her ninth studio album, Be Myself, Sheryl Crow revisits the sounds that made her an icon of ‘90s pop.

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