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As a rule of thumb, it is not big news when multiple political rallies overlap on the same weekend in the nation's capital, a prime setting for anyone trying to send a message to the people in power.

But there are exceptions to every rule — and certainly an exception can be found in a large gathering of Juggalos airing a grievance against the FBI. (More on this later.)

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Like U2, Ed Sheeran has also canceled his concert in St. Louis because of safety concerns.

The cancellations follow protests in the city prompted by the acquittal of a former police officer, who had been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a black man.

Björk's latest song, like much of the Icelandic singer's work, is strangely seductive. "The Gate" heaves and sighs with spare arrangements of strings and woodwinds before expanding magnificently in a bloom of warped electronics that sound a lot like the work of dubstep artist Burial.

"I care for you" Björk trills, over and over. "Split into many parts / Splattered light beams into prisms that will reunite if you care for me."

Grant Hart, a drummer and songwriter best-known as a member of Minneapolis' widely influential punk trio, Hüsker Dü, died Wednesday night at the University of Minnesota Medical Center of complications from liver cancer and hepatitis, his wife, Brigid McGough, confirmed to NPR. He was 56 years old.

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Musician and Colorado Springs native Miette "Mimi" Hope caught a big break in 2014, when she was awarded a full scholarship from Vans to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. In the years since, she has performed with John Mayer, collaborated with the Boston Conservatory, and released a number of recordings, both solo and with her band, Auva. 

Ride On World Cafe

Sep 12, 2017

Along with contemporaries like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive, Oxford's Ride was seen as one of the definitive bands in 1990s shoegaze. The band had success in the '90s with a fervent fanbase and music that crept up the UK charts.

More Brothers In Jazz

Sep 12, 2017
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This Sunday evening on the Jazz Excursion we’ll hear from the Jones brothers (Hank, Thad, and Elvin), and the Adderley brothers (Julian – aka “Cannonball” – and Nat) to complete last week’s theme of Brothers In Jazz.

We’ll also hear the music of pianist Bill Evans from a newly discovered 1968 recording, plus some old favorites and some new releases. The Jazz Excursion is heard on 91.5 KRCC and streaming on krcc.org, Sunday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m.

The Mexican Institute of Sound's (MIS) name conjures images of white lab coats and clip boards, well-trained scientists primed to collate information and disseminate it unto the Mexican Republic.

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Listen to the evening music mix with Vicky Monday through Friday this Fall for your chance to win spots on the 91.5 KRCC guestlists to some great shows in Colorado Springs and Denver. Ride and Ty Segall with be playing separate shows at the Summit Music Hall in Denver on September 20, and October 7.  

At the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, G Love and Special Sauce will be on stage September 27, Atlas Genius will perform Septmeber 30, Deer Tick will be playing October 27, The Blasters will take over on November 16, and on November 25 Wax Tailor lays it down. Red Rocks will be finalizing their concert season with The XX on October 9, and Alison Krauss and David Gray will be playing the Pikes Peak Center on October 13.  

We have tickets to all these shows, and your chance to win is evenings 7 to 10 p.m. during the 91.5 KRCC music mix with Vicky.

In a rap game dominated by trap and mumble, Rapsody provides a different energy. An adept lyricist the likes of Lauryn Hill, she isn't fixated on summer anthems or hooks that loom over the words. Instead, Rapsody is a throwback to late-'80s /'90s hip-hop, when gritty beats and intricate wordplay were held in higher regard.

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The Imagination Celebration is giving area residents the opportunity to connect to distant lands and cultures from right here in Colorado Springs. As part of the annual What If Festival in downtown Colorado Springs this Saturday, the Imagination Celebration has stationed a "portal" -- a golden shipping container outfitted with a camera, microphone, and an eight-by-eight-foot projection screen -- at the Pioneers Museum. The portal functions like a giant, community Skype box, linking up with other portals stationed in places as diverse as Gaza, Berlin, and Brooklyn.

We are very sad to confirm that Holger passed away yesterday, in his home, the old Can Studio in Weilerswist.

His wife passed away only weeks before. Holger was devastated by the loss of his beloved partner, but was looking forward to making more music and was in good spirits. His passing has come as a shock. — Can, in a statement issued Sept. 6. Czukay was 79 years old.

What If... / Imagination Celebration

91.5 KRCC will be hosting a day of music at the What If Festival this Saturday September 9. Join us on the Nosh Patio from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for music with Crystal and the Curious, New Vintage Jazz, Ryan Flores, My Name is Harriet, Edith Makes a Paperchain, and the Reminders.

The 91.5 KRCC Music Stage will be in the beer garden on the Nosh Patio - bring a folding chair, some sunscreen, and a state issued ID if you want to enjoy a beer along with all the great live music.  

Brothers In Jazz

Sep 6, 2017
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Sometimes music runs in families - this week we’ll be featuring several sets of brothers who have made their marks in jazz; they include the Marsalis, Heath, Jones, Adderley, Montgomery, Brecker, and other brothers in jazz. We’ll hear music from the brothers individually and in combination. The Jazz Excursion is heard on Sunday evenings, 7 to 10 p.m., on 91.5 KRCC and streaming on krcc.org.

This essay is one in a series celebrating deserving artists or albums not included on NPR Music's list of 150 Greatest Albums By Women.

Walter Becker, co-founder of Steely Dan, died Sunday at the age of 67, according to his website.

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This week on Air Check we to talk to local electronic musician Jackson Jason about his surprising rise to fame on the internet; Colorado Springs native Miette Hope reflects on her musical career and her time so far studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston; We hear singers from Gaza, a violinist in Rwanda, and more through a portal in front of the Pioneers Museum in downtown Colorado Springs; and we take a minute to talk about some of our favorite local music.

Kendrick Scott opened his first set on Tuesday night, at the Jazz Standard in New York City, with a pensive new composition titled "Home." It had a bittersweet melody, a waft of dark harmony, and a beat defined both by chop and flow. "I'm just going to send this out as a meditation for everybody in Houston, Texas right now," said Scott, a drummer, as he introduced the tune.

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Labor Day Weekend is a time for rest and relaxation, (or at least it is supposed to be), so the Jazz Excursion will be taking it easy this Sunday evening. We’ll hear some old favorites and some new releases, mostly of the mellow kind.

The Jazz Excursion is heard each Sunday evening, 7 to 10 p.m., on 91.5 KRCC and streaming on krcc.org or you can access past episodes on our new Music on Demand website at mod.krcc.org.

After the unfortunate Songs of Innocence roll-out, many people questioned whether there was still a place for U2 in 2014 and beyond. U2 seems to have asked themselves the same question. As other, more grippingly consequential upheavals occurred over the ensuing years, the band found themselves touring their newly relevant 1987 classic, The Joshua Tree.

Like many singer-songwriters, Jason Isbell writes music that mirrors developments in his own life. In recent years, that's thankfully included the hard-won contentment he's experienced on his path to 40: sobriety, marriage and on from there.

Dan Fabbio was 25 and working on a master's degree in music education when he stopped being able to hear music in stereo. Music no longer felt the same to him.

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The summer just isn't complete without a Red Rocks show, and this summer's concert season is starting to end. Here's your chance to win two tickets for this Friday's concert with Father John Misty at Red Rocks - be listening to 91.5 KRCC Music this Thursday night between 7 and 10 when Jeff gives away a pair of tickets. 

Here at 91.5 KRCC, we're committed to showcasing the best music Southern Colorado has to offer on our nightly music mix and through interviews, reviews, and in-studio performances on our show, Air Check.

Now, we're offering one more way to keep track of all the great music being made in Southern Colorado: a regularly updated Spotify playlist that you can listen to anytime. 

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Cold Heart Revival began with a fateful encounter at an open mic night in Colorado Springs. 

"I'm originally from New Jersey, and my job had moved me out to the Springs," says guitarist and lead vocalist Stephen Masi. "I'm really bad at meeting people so I was like, 'I'm just gonna play a bunch of open mics and try to connect with some folks.'"

The artist Chronixx, born Jamar McNaughton, is 24 years old. But he's already been hailed as the leader of Jamaica's roots revival moment: an island-wide return to old-school reggae.

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The 91.5 KRCC mobile app is making it easier to listen to music anytime, anywhere. If you missed Vicky's show last night, you can listen to it now, or listen to it later with the new and improved mobile app for iPhones and Android devices. Just click on 91.5 KRCC Music in the top navigation bar.

Two weeks of archived shows are available at any time - listen to Rasta Ron's Reggae show during breakfast, enjoy the Blue Plate Special during your lunch hour, or calm down with Vicky's evening show on your afternoon commute.

Update your app now at the iTunes App Store or with Google Play, and tap into the tunes from 91.5 KRCC Music 24/7!

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1959 was a Golden Year for jazz. It was a year in which some of the greatest innovators in jazz were recorded on five of the most influential albums in jazz history, and it was also a year in which three great jazz musicians died. 

This Sunday on the Jazz Excursion between 7 and 10 p.m., we’ll listen to those albums, and we’ll hear the music of the jazz musicians who made 1959 remarkable.

You can also listen to Dick's show in our updated 91.5 KRCC Mobile app available on iTunes and Google Play.

Jamila Woods and Chance The Rapper have a new video to counter Chicago's image as a hotbed of guns and gang violence. The two homegrown artists challenge this one-dimensional caricature of the city with innocent scenes of children, families and loving communities.

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