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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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If the Tiny Desk offers one lesson, it's that greatness doesn't diminish with less volume. The lesson doubly applies here.

During their performance, Bomba Estereo's Simon Mejia (bass and keyboards) observed that it was the quietist the band has ever played; they rose to the occasion with an intense performance that reflects their earliest days working smaller venues in Colombia.

In this session of World Cafe, we've got four superstar musicians for the price of one: Carlos Santana, one of the greatest guitarists of all time; Cindy Blackman Santana, a virtuoso jazz and rock drummer who spent decades as the backbone on world tours for artists like Lenny Kravitz, and her now-husband Carlos; and Ron and Ernie Isley, the two main surviving members of the legendary Isley Brothers.

It's hard to think of an artist who's brought more joy to more people, across more generations — and in more ways — than Steve Martin. In the 1970s, he won the hearts of young children for his playful appearances with The Muppets while simultaneously charming legions of older fans with his subversive standup routines. Later, as an actor, he wrote and starred in some of the most memorable comedies (and a few dramas) of all time, while writing books, plays and even a Broadway musical.

Charles Bradley, the "Screaming Eagle of Soul," whose late-blossoming career was built on fiery performances that evoked his idol, James Brown, died in Brooklyn on Saturday, Sept. 23, according to a statement by his publicist. In 2016, Bradley was diagnosed with stomach cancer, which spread to his liver. He was 68 yeas old.

This year, the 40th anniversary of the opening of Studio 54, a onetime Manhattan nightspot where very good-looking people danced to very good music while snorting very good drugs, has seen the publication of two memoirs by past owners.

In this week’s edition of the Here & Now DJ Sessions, Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with KCRW DJ Anne Litt (@anne_litt) about the latest tracks she’s spinning.

The list includes songs from Dhani Harrison, son of George, and a revival of Allen Toussaint’s “Here Come The Girls,” performed by Trombone Shorty.

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.

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Miles Davis was one of the most influential jazz musicians in the history of jazz - he was at the forefront of cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, orchestral arrangements, and jazz-fusion. 

His decline began in the mid-1970s, from which he never recovered during the 70s and 80s.  This week we’ll hear selections from his various periods, and explore the genius of Mile Davis' career. 

The Jazz Excursion is heard on 91.5 KRCC Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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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.

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