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On this episode of Air Check, we invite local DIY promoter and metal guru Bryan Ostrow to sit in on the musical roundtable and tell us about the upcoming 71Grind Fest, and we bring you an in-studio performance and interview with Josiah Johnson of the Head and the Heart, along with his two traveling music partners, Aviva Lipkowitz and Chelsea Coleman.

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91.5 KRCC will be giving away dozens of pairs of concert tickets this summer, and if you're subscribed to the weekly 91.5 KRCC Music Newsletter, you'll be eligible to win each week tickets are given away!  

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Chicago bluesmen Buddy Guy will be playing the Pikes Peak Center on June 19th. Buddy Guy is one of the last living old-school bluesmen who played alongside Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Koko Taylor and others.

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On this  episode of Air Check, Dr. Steve Hayward -- co-host of A Day In the Life on 91.5 KRCC -- joins us for the musical roundtable discussion, Paulina Ukrainets talks with Colorado Springs based musician Gwen Wolfenbarger, AKA Seal Eggs, about her music and inspiration, and we have an in-studio performance from Briffaut playing a song from their newest release Helsinki.

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PRI and WNYC have named Tanzina Vega as the new host of the nationally syndicated show The Takeaway which can be heard weekdays from 9 to 10am on 91.5 KRCC. 

Previous to hosting The Takeaway, Ms. Vega was a digital correspondent for CNN Politics, and before that, she spent 8 years as a reporter for The New York Times.  Listen for Tanzina Vega beginning next Monday, May 7th at 9am on 91.5 KRCC.

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Veterans, service members, and military families are encouraged to share their stories when Story Corps visits Colorado Springs next week. The Story Corps Military Voices Initiative will be hosted at Pikes Peak 21C Library, April 30th through May 11th.  

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April 21, 2018 marks the tenth year that artists and independently owned music stores have come together to offer various promotions, performances, and parties all centered around music, and the people who make, sell, consume and keep it in the forefront of our cultural psyche.

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On this week's episode of Air Check, local audiophile and music enthusiast Chris O'Shea sits in on the musical roundtable discussion, Low Cut Connie talks with Vicky and plays a couple songs in studio, and we suggest a few concerts that we think you might enjoy attending in the near future.   

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Frankie Cosmos will be under the spotlights this Friday evening at the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs. The band is gaining in notoriety, and was recently featured on NPR's Weekend Edition with Scott Simon.

91.5 KRCC and Pikes Peak Library 21c are hosting the StoryCorps mobile recording studio April 30th through May 11th as part of the Military Voices Initiative.  

Veterans, service members, and military families are encouraged to share their stories, and in doing so, we will honor their voices, amplify their experiences, and let them know that we - as a nation - are listening.

Tickets go on sale Monday, April 2nd, for the 12th Annual Blues Under the Bridge Festival in downtown Colorado Springs. This year's headlining act is Los Lobos -- the Grammy Award winning group out of east L.A. that has popularized a unique mix of Mexicana, roots and blues with 22 albums, inclusion on countless compilations, tribute albums, and soundtrack recordings. In addition to Los Lobos, Chris Thomas King, (who portrayed Tommy Johnson in the Cohen brothers film, O' Brother, Where Art Thou), will be performing.

Jake Brownell earned a Colorado Broadcasters Association Award of Excellence this past weekend for his news feature Guns to Garden Tools: Beating Swords Into Plowshares.

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On this episode of Air Check, local musician Nina de Freitas picks a favorite new tune and sits in on the musical roundtable discussion, Dar Williams plays a couple songs in the 91.5 KRCC studio and talks with Vicky about her love affair with America's towns and cities, and some local music aficionados tell us about their concert picks in the weeks to come.

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This week on Air Check, Dar Williams talks with Vicky about her new book What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician's Guide to Rebuilding America's Communities—One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time , and also plays a couple tunes in studio.

Listen to Air Check this Saturday at 6 p.m. and next Wednesday at 7 p.m. You can find every episode of 91.5 KRCC's Air Check here at KRCC.org .

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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. 

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The 2018 Concert Season is well underway, and 91.5 KRCC will be giving away a pair of tickets every other week through the 91.5 KRCC Music Newsletter. Sign up here to get the newsletter, (and your chance to win) delivered to your inbox Thursday mornings. 

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Being a true Coloradan means taking in a concert or two under the summer sky at Red Rocks. Ask anyone who has been, and they will confirm that the place is magical, in and of itself. Add in a special friend and a stellar performance from a favorite group or musician, and you have the makings of a wonderful memory.  

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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.

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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. 

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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.  

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American Public Media has announced that it is ceasing production and distribution of the popular Saturday morning program Dinner Party Download in 2018.  Luckily, there is a silver lining in almost every cloud, and the program Milk Street is the bright new program addition in this scenario. 

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The show formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion has now become Live from Here with Chris Thile, and remains a Saturday-night destination for audiences everywhere. This variety show continues to feature a unique blend of musical performances, comedy and audience interaction.

Acclaimed musician and songwriter Chris Thile welcomes a wide range of well-known and up-and-coming talent to share the stage and create a beautiful listening experience. 

Listen to Live from Here Saturday evenings from 4 to 6 p.m. and Sundays mornings from 10 a.m. to noon on 91.5 KRCC.

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Last minute present wrapping? Decorating the tree? Christmas Eve party? Let 91.5 KRCC provide the soundtrack to your Holiday festivities! 

On Sunday December 24, we'll be airing the ever popular Tinsel Tales from NPR at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., and then local jazz host Tim Everett will be playing some Christmas standards on the Sunday Evening Jazz Show.  We hope you'll allow us to be a part of your Christmas traditions old and new!

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We at 91.5 KRCC understand that recent developments surrounding Garrison Keillor and "A Prairie Home Companion" have been difficult for our members, just as they have been for us. American Public Media’s statement last week involving allegations of sexual harassment was made after a long, thorough and deliberate investigation. American Public Media and 91.5 KRCC are not at liberty to disclose details surrounding its actions, but are committed to providing a safe and secure work environment for our employees.

Because Garrison Keillor owns the trademarks to "A Prairie Home Companion", "The Writer’s Almanac", related brands, and content associated with those trademarks, we are no longer able to use them. In the short term, APM has asked 91.5 KRCC to use the placeholder title, “The Show with Chris Thile.” APM will share a new show title and assets soon. 91.5 KRCC apologizes for any inconvenience to our listeners.

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For 2017's final Air Check episode, we sat down in the studio to reminisce about our favorite songs and albums. Last year was a stellar period for new releases, so narrowing our choices down was a difficult task –– we’ve ended up picking everything ranging from the Malian blues artist Boubacar Traoré to Kendrick Lamar’s recent double platinum-certified album, Damn. 

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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.

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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.

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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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