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20 Feb 2019

World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN

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WXPN's live performance and interview program featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians

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    Paisley Underground Bands Swap Songs and Stories

    In the early 80's, The Bangles, Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade and The Three O'Clock were all part of a tightly knit community of LA musicians called the Paisley Underground. Steve Wynn of Dream Syndicate, Danny Benair of The Three O'Clock, and Vicki Peterson of the Bangles talk lovingly about their time playing together, growing together, and rooting for one another. Now, the bands have reunited with a project where they cover each other's tunes. It's called 3 X 4 – that's three covers by four different bands, and they dig into the why and how, as well as what the Paisley Underground movement ultimately means.

  • Posted on 19 Feb 2019

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    I Try Not To Freak Out Over Macy Gray

    Talia here. Macy Gray looms large for me. Like a lot of people, my first introduction to Macy was her 1999 debut "On How Life Is". That album launched her into superstardom and the song "I Try" won her a Grammy. For some people, Macy is frozen in that song and time. And those people, in my humble opinion, are missing out. Macy has been busy growing, reinventing herself and putting out new music consistently for the past twenty years. That includes her latest album Ruby, which you'll hear Macy performs songs from today. Her band is on fire. We talk about why she's so devoted to issues around mental health, why she wrote a song called "White Man" and why her whole career almost didn't happen. Macy was a single mom of three when she got her big break.

  • Posted on 18 Feb 2019

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    Listening For The Future During Black History Month

    We're joined by The New Yorker's Music Editor Briana Younger, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's bandleader Jon Batiste and NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael. They shine a spotlight on some of the black creators who are shaping the future of music. We discuss how artists like Masego and Braxton Cook represent a resurgence of black instrumentalists, how storytellers like Saba use personal tales to illuminate systemic issues, and how artists like Tierra Whack may be innovating so quickly that the industry can't keep up with their genius. And we talk about the double burden placed on black artists, who are both marginalized by the system and often expected to do the work of speaking out against it; and the damaging assumption that music created by black artists is always a reaction to whiteness. We celebrate the brilliant bright future of black creators and listen to some amazing new music.

  • Posted on 13 Feb 2019

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    Stories From Glasgow's Storied Music Venues

    Rumor has it that David Bowie stole one of the famous decorative stars from the Barrowland Ballroom (aka Barrowlands). Guitar great John Martyn used to play in the corner by the fireplace of the Scotia, the city's oldest pub. And Glasgow's Grand Ole Opry is truly a country Western homage to its Nashville namesake. Scottish music journalist and presenter Nicola Meighan tells us stories about Glasgow's music scene through its most notable venues. And we enjoy a surprise Scottish celebrity sighting at legendary independent record shop Monorail Music.

  • Posted on 12 Feb 2019

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    Julia Jacklin: Crushing

    We were introduced to Julia Jacklin when David Dye met up with her in Australia for our Sense of Place visit in 2016. Now she's returning the favor, joining us in the US to share a sneak peak of her forthcoming record, Crushing, which is personal, intimate, and beautiful. The Melbourne based singer spent the last two years touring her first album Don't Let the Kids Win, and Crushing directly reflects back to her experiences from that time period.

  • Posted on 05 Feb 2019

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