Thu August 14, 2014

3 Young Artists We Can’t Wait For At Folks Fest

There's always a great crowd for the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest
Jim Hill KUNC

Folk music is all about telling stories, evoking emotion and preserving culture for posterity. At the 24th Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival a diverse mix of new and old will take over the beautiful grounds in Lyons August 15 to 17.

Randy Newman, Brandi Carlile, Ani DiFranco, John Fullbright and Randy Newman will add a classic folks touch, but we’re most excited about three of the youngest musicians at this years festival.

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Tue August 12, 2014
Music Interviews

Help Find The Man Who Inspired Passenger's 'Riding To New York'

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 7:45 pm

Passenger is Mike Rosenberg. Whispers is out now.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Last year during a tour stop in Minneapolis, Passenger's Mike Rosenberg had made a late-night gas-station trip to buy cigarettes when he walked past an older man.

"I walked past him and he said, 'This is the best cigarette I've ever had in my life,' " Rosenberg tells NPR's Melissa Block. "It was such a bizarre thing for him to say. It was almost surreal."

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Mon August 11, 2014
World Cafe

World Cafe Next: Bernhoft

Fred Jonny Courtesy of the artist
  • Hear Two Songs By Bernhoft

Our World Cafe: Next artist for this week is Norwegian singer-songwriter Bernhoft, who just released a new album of retro soul titled Islander. In contrast to his live, carefully built solo performances, the album was made much more loosely.

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Mon August 11, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Bob Mould: Tiny Desk Concert

Tiny Desk Concert with Bob Mould on June 16, 2014.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

Bob Mould came alone, except for his 1987 Lake Placid Blue Fender Stratocaster. We provided the Epiphone Blues Custom 30 amp, which he promptly cranked. Needless to say, he announced his own Tiny Desk Concert without using the paging system.

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Sun August 10, 2014

Fifty Years Of 'Farmer John': A Hit That Opened The Door For Chicano Rock

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 5:34 pm

The Premiers in 1964. From left: Tony Duran, John Perez, Lawrence Perez, Frank Zuniga and George Delgado.
Warner Bros. / Courtesy of Mark Guerrero