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Briffaut will be debuting some new tunes from their latest recording, Helsinki, next Tuesday evening during Vicky's music mix, between 7pm and 10pm, and the band will be playing an album release show at Denver’s Syntax Physic Opera on Friday, March 2, with In/Planes and Down Time in supporting.

Helsinki is a jazzy, psychedelic, folky, prog-rock romp combining the talents of Daniel James Eaton, Alex Koshak, Daniel Mikolajczyk, Mitch Macura, and Grant Sabin, and was recorded at Right Heel Studios in Colorado Springs. 

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.

Mixup Leads Couple To See Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Feb 14, 2018

Last week, All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen went to what he thought was a concert by Grace Vonderkuhn, only to discover the show was actually for tween pop sensation Grace VanderWaal, from America's Got Talent.

Early in her career, Brandi Carlile bent and broke Americana and folk stereotypes as an openly gay woman with outspoken progressive politics. Leading up to the release of her latest album, she posted an open letter on Facebook to the Baptist pastor who refused to baptize her because of her sexuality when she was 15. She forgave him.

Vic Damone, a singer who rose to fame along the tail end of the post-war era embodied by The Rat Pack, died yesterday at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Fla., according to a statement from his family. He was 89.

A first-generation Italian-American, Damone grew up closely studying the work of another similarly situated artist, Frank Sinatra, who would later become a cherished friend. "Without Frank there would not have been a Vic Damone," Damone once said.

The U.K.'s jazz scene is flourishing these days thanks, in part, to the young artists pumping it with new life. We Out Here, the latest compilation project from DJ and producer Gilles Peterson's indie label Brownswood Recordings, is a fitting proclamation of ownership from the contemporaries who are adding color to the landscape.

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On Tuesday, February 27th, the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College will be hosting An Evening with Dar Williams. Williams is a pop-folk musician, whom the New Yorker has described as "one of America's very best singer-songwriters." Having been musically active since the 90s, to date Williams has released ten studio albums. She has toured with the likes of Joan Baez, Loudon Wainwright III and Ani DiFranco among others. 

"Must Be Nice," the first single from Chicago band Varsity's forthcoming album Parallel Person, has a title that comprises a double meaning. The title phrase is habitually "bandied around sarcastically," says singer and keyboardist Stephanie Smith. But she says it can also be an ultimatum, as in: "I must be nice in order to be liked/noticed/not be considered a b****."

Feb. 7, 2018 marks the fifth anniversary of International Clash Day. What started off as a tribute to The Clash's catalog for a few hours in 2013 by KEXP's John Richards has grown into something of an international affair. San Francisco, Austin, Texas and Washington D.C.

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On this episode of Air Check, hear a special in-studio performance and interview with Suzanne Santo of the Americana band HoneyHoney. We also bring you our favorite upcoming concert recommendations, as well as the usual musical roundtable, with a twist. 

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Suzanne Santo altered her rock 'n' roll morning routine to accommodate us at 91.5 KRCC after she and her band played the Gym at Ivywild the night before. Normally, rock bands burn the midnight oil and awake midday, but on this occasion, Ms. Santo was kind enough to meet us at the station bright and early, albeit a few minutes late because her map app was steering her to Webster Ave instead of the correct address of North Weber Street for 91.5 KRCC  - obviously Siri's fault, not Suzanne's.

What's Your Swan Song?

Jan 31, 2018

If you've ever considered your own mortality and just how, exactly, you'll take your final bow, there's a good chance you've picked a song you want played at your funeral. From Frank Sinatra's "My Way" to Monty Python's "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life" — or "Yakety Sax," the song my uncle chose to have played when his casket was wheeled out of the room – your final song, your swan song, can leave a lasting impression on those you leave behind. It's like a mission statement for the life you lived and how you want to be remembered.

In a year when the nominees were more eclectic and adventurous, the safe bets prevailed at the 60th Grammy Awards.

Few careers in contemporary music had the arc and the diversity that South Africa-born trumpeter/singer/composer Hugh Masekela did, before he succumbed to prostate cancer on Tuesday at the age of 79.

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91.5 KRCC presents an evening of reggae music with the band New Kingston on Sunday February 18 at the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs.  New Kingston is a progressive reggae group whose members combine their Jamaican heritage with the urban sounds of their New York home. 

The death of rocker Tom Petty in October 2017 came as a result of an accidental drug overdose with a toxic mix of drugs taken for several ailments, including a fractured hip.

The results of an autopsy were released Friday by Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner Jonathan Lucas.

Petty died at 66 of "multisystem organ failure due to resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest due to mixed drug toxicity," according to a brief statement.

The drugs listed included "fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl, and despropionyl fentanyl."

Looking back on Common's gripping Tiny Desk performance at the White House in 2016, I recall a couple of prophetic moments. The first was that the rapper confessed his desire for an Emmy Award while fixated on Bob Boilen's trophy on the desk in front of him.

For nearly a decade, Tune-Yards' Merrill Garbus has been known for drumming, strumming and dancing wildly onstage as she coaxes sound from a handful different instruments and a trusty loop pedal. While the signature sound of Tune-Yards is distinct, Garbus isn't one to put labels on her music.

"It's always the hardest thing," she says. "I appreciate how I'm allowed to maybe not classify the music I play because as soon as you do, assumptions begin to be made and you start shutting out people."

Edwin Hawkins' "Oh Happy Day" was an accidental hit. The song, a gospel-style rework of an 18th century hymn, starts with a jazzy drum beat and a kind of blues pop piano groove. Dorothy Morrison, who sings lead on the recording, remembers at first, the pop feel got a lukewarm reception from the church.

"At first the reaction was, 'Well, we're not sure,' " Morrison says.

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On Wednesday February 28, the alternative folk/country band Blitzen Trapper based out of Portland Oregon are slated to play the Black Sheep..  To date, Blitzen Trapper have produced 8 studio albums and 3 live recordings, some of which have won praise from Nerve, Pitchfork Media, Spin, and Rolling Stone Magazine.  

In Charlotte Zwerin's 1988 film Straight, No Chaser, Thelonious Monk road manager Bob Jones tells a story about Monk appearing on a television show sometime in the late '50s. Monk is asked what kind of music he likes, to which he replies "all kinds." The interviewer, hoping for a "gotcha" moment, smugly asks "even country?" to which the maverick pianist coolly deadpans, "I said all kinds."

Updated Jan. 19 at 9:45 a.m. ET

Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of the Irish band The Cranberries, has died suddenly at age 46.

O'Riordan defined the sound of The Cranberries — with hit songs like "Linger," "Salvation" and "Zombie." She brought a particularly Irish inflection to pop charts around the world, particularly in the 1990s.

Her publicist confirmed that O'Riordan died suddenly Monday in London, where she had been recording.

The sitting president did not receive a word from hip-hop's reigning prophet last night.

The last time bandleader Kim Deal, her sister Kelley Deal, bassist Josephine Wiggs and drummer Jim Macpherson got together to make a record, they recorded The Breeders' 1993 classic Last Splash, a wiry and infectious burst of sly invention and shambling joy. On March 2, at long last, that lineup returns with All Nerve, the first full-length Breeders album with any lineup since 2008.

David Shire was hired to compose the soundtrack for Apocalypse Now but had a falling out with the film's director Francis Ford Coppola. Now, Shire's original electronic, all-synthesizer score is being released for the first time.

Shire says he'd mostly forgotten about the music he wrote for Apocalypse Now. He heard it again for the first time a little over four years ago, playing back from a cassette that'd been gathering dust in a drawer.

When Win Butler of the Canadian rock band Arcade Fire stumbled upon Bomba Esteréo playing in a church basement during the Pop Montreal International Music Festival, there was no turning back.

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