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Host Schedule:
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.

Listen to 91.5 KRCC Music anytime! Just go to our Music on Demand website for Vicky's show, our great volunteer DJs, Blue Plate Special, Vintage Voltage, Jazz Excursion and Reggae with Ron.

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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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George and Ira Gershwin didn't set out to write what have since become jazz standards, but jazz musicians have found that the chord progressions and melody lines of their songs provide great platforms for improvisation. 

We’ll hear their music performed in a variety of styles by a variety of musicians, both instrumental and vocal. The Jazz Excursion is heard on KRCC 91.5 and streaming on krcc.org, Sunday evenings 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 

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Local musician Jackson Jason leads something of a double life. The 19-year-old lives in Widefield, Colorado, where he grew up, and works as a janitor at Fort Carson. He spends a lot of his free time making music, but says most of his friends and family aren’t too interested the sample-based electronic tracks he produces.

But on the internet, it’s a different story. In online communities dedicated to sharing music – on sites like Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Youtube, and Reddit – he has a huge following. Fans from around the world have flocked to his music, and his tracks have generated more than a million plays on Soundcloud alone. 

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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