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Vicky:  7pm-10pm M-F
Volunteer DJs:  10pm -midnight M-Sat
Blue Plate Special:  7pm-8pm Sat
Vintage Voltage:  8pm-10pm Sat
Jazz Excursion:  7pm-10pm Sun
Reggae w/Ron:  10pm-midnight Sun

Check here for event and concert listings, updates, music reviews, top albums in our playlist and more from Vicky, Jeff and our volunteer DJs.

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Björk's last album, Vulnicura, felt heavy. A chronicle of her separation from longtime partner Matthew Barney, its sounds had a suffocating menace, like when your breath is sucked from your lungs as you race down the highest hill of a roller coaster.

Growing up in a small town in the Midwest, singer-songwriter Margo Price often wished she lived somewhere else — a place where the landscape wasn't so flat, the winters weren't so cold and the work wasn't so hard.

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"Alice's Restaurant" is a satirical, storytellin' (and mostly true) song by Arlo Guthrie, which has become a Thanksgiving Day staple for many public radio listeners. The song begins with the tale of a littering mishap at a refuse dump which was closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, and follows the hearing and legal citation that ensued. Arlo Guthrie comically leads the listener to the Vietnam-era draft board in New York City which ultimately rejects his military conscription based on his crime of littering. In the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, the deadpan monologue delivery and fingerpickin' style of the song reveals a strong anti-war theme.

91.5 KRCC Presents Wax Tailor At The Black Sheep

Nov 15, 2017
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The French trip-hop act, Wax Tailor, will be playing at The Black Sheep on Saturday, November 25th. He will be joined on stage by singer Charlotte Savary and MC Mattis. Showtime is at 7:00p.m., with the North Carolina-based electronic-psychedelia musician, Dirty Art Club, performing as the opening act.

The Memphis gospel-soul man Don Bryant may not like rain, but he's sure dreaming about snow this holiday season.

Flamenco Is Alive After Paco De Lucía

Nov 14, 2017

The guitarist Paco de Lucía died more than three years ago, leaving behind an immense impact on flamenco music. He expanded what once was a very strict, traditional form by adding jazz and world music influences, and by collaborating with musicians outside of the genre.

Members of his last touring band, led by guitarist-producer Javier Limón, are currently on the road as the Flamenco Legends, revisiting the late guitarist's music while paying tribute to his legacy.

For decades now, country's aesthetic and ideological sensibilities have been shaped as much by the music's modern, middle-class suburban appeal as its rural working-class roots, which can make for quite the rhetorical push-and-pull (likely one of many factors that contributed to the Dixie Chicks' famed expulsion from the format over voicing distaste for the second President Bush during a U.K. concert). Working-class political speech hasn't always been recognized as political at all; it's just as likely to be dismissed as class resentment.

Pendejo is one of my favorite words. In the Spanish-speaking world, it's usually used in the context of pointing out someone's challenges to grasp the obvious or is used to just express supreme knucklehead tendencies. The somewhat vulgar word been largely claimed by Mexicans, some of whom can make high art out of applying it to any number of circumstances.

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Musician Harriett Landrum is a longtime resident of Colorado Springs. Over the years, she's performed solo and as part of the duo, the Hopeful Heroines. Recently, she's been making music as her singer-songwriter act, My Name is Harriett.

Landrum came into the 91.5 KRCC studio in October to perform two songs for a recent episode of Air Check. She also talked to Jake Brownell about her use of loop pedals and the emotional release performing brings her.

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On this episode of Air Check we bring you a special in studio performance from a pioneer of American punk rock, the front man to X, Mr. John Doe. We also revisit the Bells of St. Vrain, a local group of musicians whose art has a lovely sound that fits in perfectly with the upcoming holiday season, and meet with a group of theater pipe organ enthusiasts working to keep the instrument alive. All that and our favorite new releases on Air Check. 

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Seminal rockabilly and R&B band, The Blasters, will be playing The Black Sheep on Thursday, November 16.  Showtime is at 7:00 p.m. with local musician Chuck Snow opening.

Brothers Phil and Dave Alvin formed the group in 1978, recording 9 studio and live albums throughout their career. Their music has appeared in movies and television, with songs like "Long White Cadillac", So "Long Baby, Goodbye" and  "Marie Marie" garnering success and covers by the likes of Dwight Yoakum and Shakin' Stevens. Born from the energy of the 1980's L.A. punk rock scene, The Blasters are known for their dynamic live shows and audience devotion.

The NFL continues to wrangle with its issue of players taking a knee during the national anthem, but this isn't the first time The Star Spangled Banner has collided with politics, race and a major sporting event.

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Cocordion is a Colorado Springs-based, 3-piece indie experimental outfit made up of brothers Mitch and Mason Macura, and Thom Spano. We first discovered the band last year following their incredible release, COS (Home=Audio), and have been following them ever since. Their new album, Expectations, was released on October 28.

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Last week John Doe, the front man for L.A. punk band X, came in to the 91.5 KRCC studios to talk with Vicky Gregor about his new book "Under the Big Black Sun," play a couple acoustic songs, and reminisce about the emerging punk rock scene in Los Angeles during the 1970's and 80's. 

Tune in to Air Check this Saturday, November 4 at 6 p.m. to hear the songs and interview.  (Hint: if you're too busy, or miss the show, 91.5 KRCC will rebroadcast it on  Wednesday, November 8 at 7 p.m., and it will be available in podcast form through iTunes.)

Miguel Zenón was 12 when he first experienced the devastation of a major hurricane in his homeland, Puerto Rico. That was Hugo, which hit as a Category 3 in 1989, and drove nearly 30,000 residents from their homes.

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Here is your alternative to mid-week Halloween festivities fraught with work obligations the day after! 

It's the Seventh Annual Noche de los Muerto (Night of the Dead) on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Marmalade under the Colorado Avenue Bridge in downtown Colorado Springs. Doors open at 7, and there will be musical performances from 8-11 p.m. that include the New Depressionists, and members of Moonhoney, Roma Ransom, and La Noche. 

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Recently, Garret Dutton -- aka G Love -- dropped into the 91.5 KRCC studios. He was in Colorado Springs for a show at the Black Sheep, and made time to play a couple songs and speak with music director Vicky Gregor for this month's episode of Air Check.

Teased early Thursday with three caption-less Instagram posts, "Gorgeous" arrived just before midnight, finding Swift in more traditional pop territory than the previous releases from her upcoming sixth studio album Reputation, due Nov. 10.

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Legendary punk rocker John Doe will be performing in the intimate setting of Western Jubilee Warehouse Friday October 27th at 7:30 p.m.

Not only were John Doe and partner Exene Cervenka among the first wave of American punk rockers in the late '70's with their band X, but John Doe has since created an impressive solo career. He has released as many as 12 albums, contributed to numerous film and television soundtracks, and acted in dozens of television shows and Hollywood films. He a recently published a book named after X's album 'Under the Big Black Sun', which chronicles a personal history of L.A. punk.

Tickets for the show can be purchased online through Eventbrite.

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Gord Downie, singer of The Tragically Hip, died of complications from brain cancer Tuesday night at the age of 53. His death was announced in a statement from his family.

The receipts from Bruce Springsteen's first week on Broadway are in. The Boss, over five sold-out performances, grossed $2.33 million — or about $466,000 per night.

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Be listening to this evenings'  Music Mix, from 7 p.m to 10 p.m.,  for two chances to pick up a pair of tickets to see David Gray and Alison Krauss at The Pikes Peak Center on Friday, October 13.  

Details on how to win will be found in the 91.5 KRCC Music Newsletter, delivered to your inbox every Thursday morning.  Subscribe here.

One of the most influential figures in hip-hop will now take a lead role in one of the nation's most prestigious cultural institutions.

Q-Tip, along with Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White, formed A Tribe Called Quest in the early '90s. The hip-hop collective introduced smooth beats and sharp social commentary inspired by the group's friendship and the issues of the time.

Last year, the group released what would turn out to be its final album, We Got It from Here ... Thank You 4 Your Service, after the death of Phife Dawg.

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This week on Air check we have a special collection of performances and interviews from local and national talent. Local group Cocordion sits down with Vicky to shares the story of how they came together and discusses their new album, Expectations; Harriett Landrum, aka My Name is Harriett, performs some of her solo work and talks with Jake about her process of building a big sound through looping; And finally, G Love drops by to play a couple songs and chat with Vicky about his illustrious career. 

When Tomás Pagán Motta played the Fine Arts Center in August, we talked him into playing a couple songs for us before the show.  Here's a 91.5 KRCC exclusive video of Motta's "My My (Living a Lie)", the title track to his newly released album, Living a Lie.

For more from Tomás Pagán Motta, take a listen to this interview he did with 91.5 KRCC's Vicky Gregor prior to his tour stop in Colorado Springs.

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This week host Dick Fairly wraps up his  weekly Jazz Excursion on 91.5 KRCC by stopping at important milestones along the evolutionary route of classic jazz.

Dick will start his final excursion with Louie Armstrong  in 1927 and end 40 years later with John Coltrane in 1967. The stops will include the seminal recordings of Louie, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Jerry Mulligan, Miles Davis, Joe Morello, John Lewis, Trane, and others. 

Although Dick has reached the finish line of his weekly journey on The Jazz Excursion Sunday evenings at 7, the jazz baton will be picked up by Tim Everett Sunday evenings on 91.5 KRCC.

Tom Petty, leader of The Heartbreakers and member of The Traveling Wilburys, died Monday night from cardiac arrest. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee was 66 years old.

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