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Music Interviews
4:45 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Gurrumul, An Unlikely International Star, Reaches U.S. Ears

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, who goes by Gurrumul, released his self-titled debut album in the U.S. this week.
Adrian Cook Courtesy of the artist

The Australian musician and singer-songwriter Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, who goes by simply Gurrumul, is an international star. He has sung a duet with Sting, performed for Britain's Royal Family and President Obama and even graced the cover of Rolling Stone, who called him "Australia's most important voice." That's remarkable for a man who was born blind, is extremely shy and doesn't speak much English.

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Music
11:56 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Master Sergeant David Bullman of The U.S. Army Field Band on WDIY Classics

Host Karen El-Chaar welcomes Master Sergeant David Bullman, Concert Band & Soldiers' Chorus Tour Coordinator of The U.S. Army Field Band, for a preview of their Saturday concert at the Levitt Pavilion in Bethlehem.

(Original air-date 7/25/2014)

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All Songs Considered
10:05 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, With Interpol's Sam Fogarino

This week's guest Quizmaster is Sam Fogarino, drummer for the band Interpol. The group is set to release its latest album, El Pintor, in September. It's Interpol's first new record since 2010's self-titled release. Can you identify the songs he selected from just a few seconds of drumming?

As always, if you know a fill (or intro) or drummer you'd love to see featured in this game, let us know in the comments section, or via Twitter @allsongs, #drumfillfriday. Good luck, careful listeners!

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All Songs Considered
10:03 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Viking's Choice: Witch Mountain, 'Psycho Animundi'

Witch Mountain.
Marne Lucas Courtesy of the artist

For a band that went into hiding for a decade, Witch Mountain sure has made up for lost time.

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Music News
5:02 am
Fri July 25, 2014

The Reign Of 'Purple Rain'

Prince makes his presence felt at the premiere of Purple Rain on July 26, 1984.
Ron Galella Getty

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 8:14 am

Prince's semi-autobiographical film, Purple Rain, hit theaters 30 years ago this weekend. Many people went to see it multiple times, often clad in ... purple. The movie and its soundtrack weren't just hits: They challenged long-held preconceptions of what constituted "white" and "black" music, and presented the world with a bold new example of what it was to be a pop artist.

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Music
12:10 am
Fri July 25, 2014

On the Next Galactic Travels 2014-07-31

On the next Galactic Travels...
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long Special Focus on Ron Boots concludes.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be Dreamscape on Groove Unlimited Records.

The previous show's playlist is available for your inspection.

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Microphone Check
7:07 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

YG: 'I Gave Y'All What I Seen'

YG.
Courtesy of the Cashmere Agency

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Deceptive Cadence
4:25 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers

Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb has warned union workers of a lockout if a contract deal isn't settled by July 31.
Astrid Stawiarz Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 6:22 pm

The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The world's largest opera company may be headed for a shutdown. Most of the union contracts for the Met expire in a week. Yesterday, Met General Manager Peter Gelb sent a letter to the unions, warning them to prepare for a lockout if they don't come to terms.

For months now, the company and its unions have been at an impasse. Management has proposed cutting 16 percent of union members' compensation. Otherwise, Gelb contends, the company could go bankrupt in two to three years.

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Music
12:52 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Michael Cloeren Talks PA Blues Fest 2014

Michael Cloeren (L) and WDIY's Jack Adams (R)

Lehigh Valley Arts Salon host Jack Adams welcomes PA Blues Fest producer and organizer Michael Cloeren to the studio to discuss this year's festival at Blue Mountain Ski Resort.

(Original air-date 7/21/2014)

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Favorite Sessions
12:04 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

KCRW Presents: Rodrigo Amarante

Rodrigo Amarante performs live for Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Rodrigo Amarante is well known in his home country of Brazil as part of Los Hermanos and, here in the states, he made a name for himself as a member of LA group Little Joy. While he's played with many different artists, from Devendra Banhart to Bebel Gilberto, Amarante finally released his anticipated solo debut, Cavalo, in May.

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