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Review: The New Pornographers, 'Whiteout Conditions'

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. It's hard to imagine a band that abhors a long, throat-clearing windup more than The New Pornographers . Listen to any of the group's seven albums, and each bursts out from the jump with a blast of pure, blissfully irresistible power pop. Take the title track from 2015's Brill Bruisers , which opens the record by racing from...

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As the host of Blacks & Blues, I want to showcase the best new and classic blues artists each week. That includes you if you are a blues artist or group. Please reach out to me, so I can showcase your music, tour dates, and more. You can reach me at my email link on this post or at my Facebook page as well.  Be sure to tune in each week for Blacks & Blues, Fridays at 9 PM, on Different Radio, WRUR and WITH, Different Radio.

John Nau of Spectra joins Scott Regan on Friday's Open Tunings to talk about a special CD release party for Carol and the Impalas and a tribute to their lead singer, the late Carol Heveron. The event takes place at Abilene at 9PM on Friday April 21. Be sure to tune in to Open Tunings, 9 to noon, on Different Radio.

David Gans, Musician, radio producer, author/journalist, and Grateful Dead archivist joins Scott Regan Thursday morning, prior to his concert with Pearly Baker's Best at Flour City Station later that evening. 

Wednesday April 19, 2017  

Garage blues group Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears play funky tracks from their record Backlash and talk about how their hometown Austin has changed in the past few years
 
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11 shows to see this weekend: March 24-26

Mar 24, 2017
Joe Crookston
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An eclectic array of bands is visiting Ithaca this weekend, including a few from neighboring Pennsylvania. Plus, Gucci Mane plays a big show at Cornell’s newly renovated Barton Hall.

Sarah Jarosz set for sold-out Ithaca debut

Mar 10, 2017
Sarah Jarosz
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Just off winning her first two Grammy Awards – for Best Folk Album (for “Undercurrent”) and Best American Roots Performance (for “House of Mercy”) – Sarah Jarosz will make her Ithaca debut at the Hangar Theatre Friday night in a show that sold out weeks ago.

9 shows to see this weekend: March 10-12

Mar 10, 2017
Modern Measure
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A variety of music is on tap this weekend, from Americana and electronica to Celtic, gospel and ska – not to mention a couple of choice classic-rock shows.

11 shows to see this weekend: March 3-5

Mar 3, 2017
resAUnance
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Punk, Klezmer, pop, rock and jazz are all on the musical menu this weekend.

The Jeremy Kittel Trio
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The seventh annual Winter Village Music Festival returns to Ithaca this weekend, bringing an array of acts to La Tourelle Spa and Resort from Thursday night to Sunday afternoon. 

6 shows to see this weekend: Feb. 17-19

Feb 17, 2017
City Limits
Casey Martin

A variety of music – from classic rock and reggae to experimental and prog rock – is on tap for the weekend.

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Soft-spoken singer-songwriter Andy Shauf might not seem like an avid partygoer, but his latest album, The Party, revolves around his experiences at a memorable late-night gathering. And in the second hour, a live set from   The Wild Reeds, a folk-rock quintet out of L.A. 

John Nau of Spectra joins Scott Regan on Friday's Open Tunings to talk about a special CD release party for Carol and the Impalas and a tribute to their lead singer, the late Carol Heveron. The event takes place at Abilene at 9PM on Friday April 21. Be sure to tune in to Open Tunings, 9 to noon, on Different Radio.

David Gans, Musician, radio producer, author/journalist, and Grateful Dead archivist joins Scott Regan Thursday morning, prior to his concert with Pearly Baker's Best at Flour City Station later that evening. 

Wednesday April 19, 2017  

Garage blues group Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears play funky tracks from their record Backlash and talk about how their hometown Austin has changed in the past few years
 
Copyright 2017 WRUR-FM. To see more, visit WRUR-FM.

Here's a fun fact about Noname's Tiny Desk Concert: It almost didn't happen. Around the time of their D.C. stop, she (born Fatimah Warner) and her bandmates got their first dose of tour sickness. Thanks to rest, medicine and our mutual excitement, she made her way into the NPR offices the following day. If there ever was a 'Noname' way of doing things, this is definitely her signature method. It's in the way she's able to muster a smile while performing a heartbreaking tale of abortion. It's those sometimes bleak, melancholy lyrics over brilliant, colorful production.