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12:05 am
Fri July 24, 2015

On the Next Galactic Travels 2015-07-30

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

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long Special Focus on Modulator ESP concludes.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be disk two from "The Sound of Walking Backwards Into Infinity," a self-released title.

The latest show's playlist (show #955) is available for your inspection.

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Music
12:05 am
Fri July 17, 2015

On the Next Galactic Travels 2015-07-23

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

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long Special Focus on Modulator ESP continues.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be disk one from "The Sound of Walking Backwards Into Infinity," a self-released title.

The latest show's playlist (show #954) is available for your inspection.

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Music
11:34 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Pennsylvania Blues Festival 2015 on Lehigh Valley Arts Salon

The PA Blues Festival celebrates 24 years of Blues in the Poconos! Host Jack Adams speaks with Pennsylvania Blues Festival producer and organizer Michael Cloeren about this year's festival at Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, running July 24-26.  For more information:
PennsylvaniaBluesFestival.com

(Original air-date: 07/13/15)

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The Record
3:40 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Goodbye, Music Tuesday: Starting Today, Albums Come Out On Friday

A crowd gathers at Hollywood's Amoeba Music for a free weekday concert in 2007. A new shift to Friday album releases could spell logistical trouble for independent record stores like this one.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

If you didn't find any new albums on iTunes or in your local music store earlier this week, it's because beginning July 10, new music around the world is being released on Fridays.

For more than 25 years, Tuesday has been the standard release day for new albums in America — a tradition Keith Caulfield, co-director of charts at Billboard, says had a lot to do with shipping in the pre-digital era.

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Music Reviews
1:39 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Duke Ellington's 'Plank Session' Offers Snapshots Of A Jazz Master At Work

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 3:09 pm

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
12:03 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Willie Ruff On Piano Jazz

Willie Ruff.
Vincent Oneppo Courtesy of the artist

Willie Ruff is a master of both the bass and the French horn, which he reveals to be a singularly beautiful jazz instrument. Trained as a classical musician, Ruff studied with Paul Hindemith at the Yale School of Music and signed as first horn with the Tel Aviv Symphony. He went on to team up with pianist Dwike Mitchell, with whom he formed the Mitchell-Ruff Duo and toured worldwide.

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All Songs Considered
11:51 am
Fri July 10, 2015

All Songs +1: The Best Opening Tracks

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Tiny Desk
11:40 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Girlpool: Tiny Desk Concert

Tiny Desk Concert with Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad of Girlpool.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Girlpool's Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad perform in unison: They play their guitars that way — Tucker on lead, Tividad on bass — and they sing the same angsty, funny words simultaneously, or as if emulating a nursery-rhyme-style round, a la "Row Row Row Your Boat."

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Songs We Love
10:39 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Songs We Love: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, 'Afrique (Take 3, Vocal)'

Duke Ellington composed "Afrique" as part of The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse, a suite informed by his numerous world tours.
Courtesy of the artist

You know how some older "legacy" artists program their concerts like a greatest-hits collection? Duke Ellington did some of that as he was getting older — people wanted to hear the Maestro lead "Satin Doll" and "Mood Indigo," after all — but he never stopped writing new music, either. And his late works didn't stop pushing his own boundaries.

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All Songs Considered
9:14 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Songs We Love: Sara Rachele, 'Rebecca'

Sara Rachele
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

This song couldn't have been released as anything other than a single. A full-length album would collapse under the plaintive, heartbreaking weight of Sara Rachele's "Rebecca," and picking songs to cushion it in a track list would be nearly impossible.

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