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Phoenix on Monday's World Cafe

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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Legendary country singer Jessi Colter has had an interesting life as a successful recording artist and wife to Waylon Jennings, all of which she recounts in her book, An Outlaw and a Lady. Also, a special Latin Roots segment featuring Rahsaan.

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  Aimee Mann knows that she has a reputation for writing depressing songs. For her new album, Mental Illness, she used this as permission to craft a set of down-tempo, acoustic ballads. 

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British multi-disciplinarian Kate Tempest has tried her hand at everything from rap to poetry to playwriting. Let Them Eat Chaos, a hip hop concept album, is her latest project.

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Soft-spoken singer-songwriter Andy Shauf might not seem like an avid partygoer, but his latest album, The Party, revolves around his experiences at a memorable late-night gathering. And in the second hour, a live set from   The Wild Reeds, a folk-rock quintet out of L.A. 

Rock and roll icon Ray Davies has toured all over the world with his band The Kinks, but his fascination with the United States is what drives his new album, Americana. Plus, Talia premieres exclusive Record Store Day tracks by Jason Isbell and The War on Drugs.

John Nau of Spectra joins Scott Regan on Friday's Open Tunings to talk about a special CD release party for Carol and the Impalas and a tribute to their lead singer, the late Carol Heveron. The event takes place at Abilene at 9PM on Friday April 21. Be sure to tune in to Open Tunings, 9 to noon, on Different Radio.

As the host of Blacks & Blues, I want to showcase the best new and classic blues artists each week. That includes you if you are a blues artist or group. Please reach out to me, so I can showcase your music, tour dates, and more. You can reach me at my email link on this post or at my Facebook page as well.  

Be sure to tune in each week for Blacks & Blues, Fridays at 9 PM, on Different Radio, WRUR and WITH, Different Radio.

Thursday April 20, 2017  

Country artist Charlie Worsham tells our Nashville correspondent Ann Powers about using old fashioned Southern sounds to expose some of the negative stereotypes that come with being a white man from Mississippi.

 

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David Gans, Musician, radio producer, author/journalist, and Grateful Dead archivist joins Scott Regan Thursday morning, prior to his concert with Pearly Baker's Best at Flour City Station later that evening. 

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