WUIS Xponential http://wuis.org en East Nashville Rocks http://wuis.org/post/east-nashville-rocks How do you know you are in East Nashville? Follow the beards, a current joker might say. If you do, you'll find yourself in an area tucked in between Nashville's neat downtown and the city's eastern edge, separated from each by the twisting Cumberland River. To the west, tourists flock to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Ryman Auditorium — the "Mother Church of Country Music." The Opryland complex — the venerable stage and radio show's comfortably suburban home since 1974 — is to the east, where the city sprawls into malls, hotels and tourists attractions. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:34:00 +0000 Ann Powers 30251 at http://wuis.org East Nashville Rocks Jeff Tweedy, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://wuis.org/post/jeff-tweedy-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 There aren't a whole lot of failures on the resume of Jeff Tweedy, who co-piloted the groundbreaking alt-country band Uncle Tupelo in the '80s and early '90s, then multiplied its popularity as the leader of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15164119/wilco" target="_blank">Wilco</a>. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:19:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 30245 at http://wuis.org Jeff Tweedy, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Conor Oberst, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://wuis.org/post/conor-oberst-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 Far removed from his days as a white-knuckled teenage prodigy in <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15189641/bright-eyes">Bright Eyes</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15998977/conor-oberst">Conor Oberst</a> has settled into his 30s as a wise and wizened elder statesman. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:17:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 30246 at http://wuis.org Conor Oberst, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Dawes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://wuis.org/post/dawes-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 The Newport Folk Festival sells out months before its lineup is announced, but fans aren't entirely in the dark: Most know there's at least a 50 percent chance that the lineup will include the countrified California roots-rock band <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/113932444/dawes" target="_blank">Dawes</a>. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:14:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 30247 at http://wuis.org Dawes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Ages And Ages, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://wuis.org/post/ages-and-ages-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 The Sunday lineup of 2014's Newport Folk Festival will take thousands of fans to church, as it opens with the <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/204549052/berklee-gospel-roots-choir-live-in-concert-newport-folk-2013" target="_blank">Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir</a> and closes with the gospel and R&B titan <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15395355/mavis-staples" target="_blank">Mavis Staples</a>. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:09:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 30248 at http://wuis.org Ages And Ages, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://wuis.org/post/berklee-gospel-roots-choir-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 In the past, the <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/204549052/berklee-gospel-roots-choir-live-in-concert-newport-folk-2013" target="_blank">Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir</a> has been employed as a sort of Newport Folk Festival palate-cleanser: a way to kick off the day with something kind, approachable, reverent and rooted in many folk traditions. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:40:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 30242 at http://wuis.org Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Deer Tick, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://wuis.org/post/deer-tick-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 John McCauley's ragged roots-rock band <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15773271/deer-tick" target="_blank">Deer Tick</a> has become a Newport Folk Festival staple, along with McCauley's frequent collaborators in <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/113932444/dawes" target="_blank">Dawes</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/91839891/delta-spirit" target="_blank">Delta Spirit</a>. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:31:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 30243 at http://wuis.org Deer Tick, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Nick Waterhouse On 'Song Travels' http://wuis.org/post/nick-waterhouse-song-travels Vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Nick Waterhouse has been called "the young man who makes old R&B" (<em>LA Weekly</em>). His first single, "Some Place," was recorded in an all-analog studio and released on vinyl. Although his records recall the sound of the 1950s, his style is all his own.<p>On this <em>Song Travels</em>, Waterhouse joins host Michael Feinstein to shares his love of 45 rpm records and raw, live rock 'n' roll. Joined by Jay B. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:11:00 +0000 editor 30198 at http://wuis.org Nick Waterhouse On 'Song Travels' Jenny Lewis' 'The Voyager' Is An Album To Spend Time With http://wuis.org/post/jenny-lewis-voyager-album-spend-time <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Jenny+Lewis%27+%27The+Voyager%27+Is+An+Album+To+Spend+Time+With&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxOTQ5MTI3MDEyMjA5MDI1OTZmMjJkOQ001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Our rock critic Ken Tucker has a review of the new album by Jenny Lewis called "The Voyager." Lewis began her career as a child actress. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:52:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 30189 at http://wuis.org Jessica Williams On Piano Jazz http://wuis.org/post/jessica-williams-piano-jazz Pianist and composer Jessica Williams has gained critical acclaim and multiple Grammy nominations for her writing and remarkable skill at the keyboard. Dave Brubeck called her "one of the greatest jazz pianists I have ever heard."<p>On this episode of <em>Piano Jazz</em> from 1992, Williams solos on "Why Do I Love You" and joins host McPartland for "Straight, No Chaser" — one of two Thelonious Monk tunes during the session.<p><em>Originally broadcast in the spring of 1992</em><em>.</em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:41:00 +0000 editor 30187 at http://wuis.org Jessica Williams On Piano Jazz World Cafe Next: Sam Morrow http://wuis.org/post/world-cafe-next-sam-morrow For our <em>World Cafe: Next</em> this week we are featuring the music of Sam Morrow's debut album, <em>Ephemeral</em>. Morrow is from the South. He's in his early 20s. His songs are almost all influenced by his recent struggle with addiction and the insights of its aftermath. But by no means is the album depressing — particularly the tracks we'll play today. Meet Sam Morrow. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 WXPN-FM. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:08:00 +0000 editor 30184 at http://wuis.org World Cafe Next: Sam Morrow KEXP Presents: Courtney Barnett http://wuis.org/post/kexp-presents-courtney-barnett <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/239210251/courtney-barnett" target="_blank">Courtney Barnett</a> may prefer the mundane, but that doesn't mean we have to. In the songs on her debut album, <em>The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas</em>, really two early EPs mashed together, the young Australian singer-songwriter relates with hyperfocus the details of a day and moments of simply average significance. A failed attempt at gardening, an invitation to a friendly gathering, a post-breakup rant, an after-party adventure, a concerned call from mom — this can all happen to you! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:58:00 +0000 Jim Beckmann 30188 at http://wuis.org KEXP Presents: Courtney Barnett Allah-Las, 'No Werewolf' http://wuis.org/post/allah-las-no-werewolf <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpKx1tQ6VG0</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:32:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 30180 at http://wuis.org Allah-Las, 'No Werewolf' NPR CEO Appreciates The Unique Sound Of Future's 'Look Ahead' http://wuis.org/post/npr-ceo-appreciates-unique-sound-futures-look-ahead <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=NPR+CEO+Appreciates+The+Unique+Sound+Of+Future%27s+%27Look+Ahead%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxOTQ5MTI3MDEyMjA5MDI1OTZmMjJkOQ001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Finally today it's time for the regular feature we call in Your Ear. These past few weeks we've been bringing you the favorite music of members of the TELL ME MORE team. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:22:00 +0000 editor 30174 at http://wuis.org Old Crow Medicine Show On World Cafe http://wuis.org/post/old-crow-medicine-show-world-cafe Our guests today, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15397697/old-crow-medicine-show" target="_blank">Old Crow Medicine Show</a>, were singing on the street in North Carolina 14 years ago when none other than <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15344127/doc-watson" target="_blank">Doc Watson</a> came by and gave them his blessing. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:16:00 +0000 editor 30178 at http://wuis.org Old Crow Medicine Show On World Cafe Nickel Creek, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://wuis.org/post/nickel-creek-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14962789/nickel-creek" target="_blank">Nickel Creek</a>'s <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/103127675/sara-watkins" target="_blank">Sara Watkins</a>, Sean Watkins and <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=chris+thile">Chris Thile</a> started out as child prodigies, then built their band into a Grammy-winning commercial force. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:55:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 30170 at http://wuis.org Nickel Creek, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Shovels & Rope, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://wuis.org/post/shovels-rope-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 Equal parts rowdy and loving, the husband-and-wife South Carolina duo <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=shovels+and+rope" target="_blank">Shovels & Rope</a> radiates knockabout charm. Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent are equally adept at crooning moonily while locking eyes and tearing through blistering folk-rock anthems without seeming to take a breath. Hearst and Trent often swap instruments, giving their sets a freewheeling, unpredictable quality.<p>Next month, Shovels & Rope will release a new album called <em>Swimmin' Time</em>. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:52:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 30171 at http://wuis.org Shovels & Rope, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Pokey LaFarge, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://wuis.org/post/pokey-lafarge-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 You can bundle it up in MP3s and send it zinging through the ether, but <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=pokey+lafarge&dateId=0&programId=0" target="_blank">Pokey LaFarge</a>'s music still seems as though it has emerged from the dustiest 78 at the thrift shop. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:49:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 30172 at http://wuis.org Pokey LaFarge, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Aoife O'Donovan, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://wuis.org/post/aoife-odonovan-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=aoife+o%27donovan" target="_blank">Aoife O'Donovan</a> got her start in a pair of folk-leaning groups, Sometymes Why and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/17080091/crooked-still" target="_blank">Crooked Still</a>, the latter of which became one of the country's top modern string bands. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:47:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 30173 at http://wuis.org Aoife O'Donovan, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Band Of Horses, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://wuis.org/post/band-horses-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 Cinematic sweep is hardwired into <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15040950/band-of-horses">Band of Horses</a>' sound: Ben Bridwell's voice always seems to be echoing through some canyon or other, whether the guitars are chiming to the rafters or drifting along drowsily. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:52:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 30164 at http://wuis.org Band Of Horses, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Song Premiere: Horse Feathers, 'Violently Wild' http://wuis.org/post/song-premiere-horse-feathers-violently-wild Describing <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15328271/horse-feathers">Horse Feathers</a> almost inevitably diminishes the band's music: "Let's see, the lead singer has a beard and a soft voice, and he plays the acoustic guitar, and there's a string section. Oh, and they're from Portland, of course." All those identifying details hold true, and yet Horse Feathers' music never feels slight or ineffectual. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 30161 at http://wuis.org Song Premiere: Horse Feathers, 'Violently Wild' The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance http://wuis.org/post/great-war-100-music-conflict-and-remembrance One hundred years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. The conflict drew in country after country and grew to an unprecedented scale. An estimated 9 million combatants lost their lives and more than 21 million were wounded in what came to be known as The Great War and, eventually, World War I.<p>Among the dead and the survivors were musicians. We've been listening to some of their creations. The extraordinary level of destruction inspired them in myriad ways. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 30144 at http://wuis.org The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance First Listen: Panopticon, 'Roads To The North' http://wuis.org/post/first-listen-panopticon-roads-north There are a couple moments in "Where Mountains Pierce the Sky" — after nine minutes of acoustic guitar, fiddle and Native American flute, what could conceivably be called a black metal riff with a pop-punk bounce and flurry of twin lead guitars — that clue you into <em>Roads to the North</em>'s M.O. (As if the first nine minutes weren't enough.) First, the key-change climax, which may not seem like much, but this tectonic shift is the sound of a mountain piercing the damn sky. Then there's the chugga-chugga breakdown, the enemy of all that is grim. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Lars Gotrich 30139 at http://wuis.org First Listen: Panopticon, 'Roads To The North' First Listen: Adult Jazz, 'Gist Is' http://wuis.org/post/first-listen-adult-jazz-gist To music obsessives of a certain age, the current generation of listeners sometimes appears as lightweight grazers at the Internet smorgasbord who seem unwilling (possibly unable) to focus attention at depth on a single piece of music. The summary dismissal: The kids today, they can't handle all of what somebody like a <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15715248/frank-zappa" target="_blank">Frank Zappa</a> (or a band like King Crimson) throws at them.<p>It's a reckless, ageist generalization. But as often happens, it carries a shred of truth. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 30140 at http://wuis.org First Listen: Adult Jazz, 'Gist Is' First Listen: Christopher Denny, 'If The Roses Don't Kill Us' http://wuis.org/post/first-listen-christopher-denny-if-roses-dont-kill-us Christopher Denny's voice wasn't the easiest to place when he debuted with <em>Age Old Hunger</em> in 2007. His sensitive vibrato was likened to <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/17079284/roy-orbison" target="_blank">Roy Orbison</a>'s, but there's really quite a chasm between the Big O's ethereal elegance and Denny's more earthbound timbre and flickers of humor. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Jewly Hight 30141 at http://wuis.org First Listen: Christopher Denny, 'If The Roses Don't Kill Us' First Listen: Spider Bags, 'Frozen Letter' http://wuis.org/post/first-listen-spider-bags-frozen-letter Upon the dissolution of his old, great New Jersey punk band, the DC Snipers, Dan McGee's two former band members went the way of Horatio Alger, with Eric Holmgren running the Daggerman label in the boom-bust heyday of late '00s garage punk, and Mike Sniper helming the wildly popular Captured Tracks imprint. McGee stayed the course with music, moving down to North Carolina and toughing it out with his follow-up group, Spider Bags. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 editor 30142 at http://wuis.org First Listen: Spider Bags, 'Frozen Letter' Life Beyond The Dance Floor http://wuis.org/post/life-beyond-dance-floor Fin Greenall is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. His band, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15396724/fink" target="_blank">Fink</a>, has been releasing albums since 2006 and dropped its latest, <em>Hard Believer</em>, this month. He's also a songwriter for hire, who has lent his talents to tracks by <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15838633/john-legend" target="_blank">John Legend</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15159821/amy-winehouse" target="_blank">Amy Winehouse</a>. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 editor 30135 at http://wuis.org Life Beyond The Dance Floor Jenny Lewis, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 http://wuis.org/post/jenny-lewis-live-concert-newport-folk-2014 <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15453251/jenny-lewis" target="_blank">Jenny Lewis</a>' voice has helped provide a soundtrack to the last 15 years, but it's not part of one specific sound: She's sung heartsick ballads and spiky rock (in <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14984051/rilo-kiley" target="_blank">Rilo Kiley</a>), summery surf-pop (in <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=%22jenny+and+johnny%22&dateId=0&programId=0" target="_blank">Jenny and Johnny</a>), winsome electro-pop (in <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16146357/the-postal-service" target="_ Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:26:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 30128 at http://wuis.org Jenny Lewis, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014 Ceci Bastida: Punk Roots, Pop Sounds And A Political Mind http://wuis.org/post/ceci-bastida-punk-roots-pop-sounds-and-political-mind <em>La Edad de la Violencia</em> — "the age of violence" — is a pretty dire name for an album of upbeat synth-pop. Tijuana-born singer Ceci Bastida says that's the point: She was pregnant when she began writing her latest set of songs, and found her joy tempered with concern about raising a child in a violent world. Bastida spoke about the origins of the album with NPR's Arun Rath; hear their conversation at the audio link. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 30114 at http://wuis.org Ceci Bastida: Punk Roots, Pop Sounds And A Political Mind Latin-Funk Band Goes Metal, Covers Black Sabbath http://wuis.org/post/latin-funk-band-goes-metal-covers-black-sabbath <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Latin-Funk+Band+Goes+Metal%2C+Covers+Black+Sabbath&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxNzg0MDExMDEyMTYyMjc1MDE3NGVmMw004)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 30113 at http://wuis.org