Music

5:00am

Fri April 17, 2015
Music

National Record Store Day Celebrates Vinyl's Revival

Aubrey Jacobs, 27, picks through the racks of records at Bizarre Bazaar.
Stacy Nick KUNC

For all the advantages that digital music has to offer - portability, price, playlists - more people are going back to the turntable.

"A record makes the experience of an album a complete package, and a satisfying one at that, because you have an appealing presentation, and of course you have the old setup of a certain number of tracks per side and needing to flip the record," said Ben Peterson, the vinyl guru at Fort Collins' lone record store, Bizarre Bazaar.

He’s not alone in his appreciation for the old-school allure of the LP. In fact, everyone who makes the annual pilgrimage on National Record Store Day would nod their head along to the beat in agreement.

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2:00pm

Thu April 16, 2015
Microphone Check

Hank Shocklee: 'We Had Something to Prove'

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 8:07 pm

Hank Shocklee, of Public Enemy's production team The Bomb Squad, in Austin, Texas for an interview with Microphone Check.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

1:08pm

Thu April 16, 2015
Music Interviews

The Story Behind Mark Ronson's Hit Song 'Uptown Funk'

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 2:43 pm

Mark Ronson is a music producer, DJ and guitarist who's recorded with Adele, Paul McCartney, Ghostface Killah, Lily Allen and Duran Duran, among others.
Astrid Stawiarz Getty Images

When singer Bruno Mars and producer Mark Ronson first landed on the instrumental track and a few lines of what would become the hit song "Uptown Funk," Ronson says the room was filled with electricity.

"There's nothing more exciting than that period of the song, because the potential is unlimited," Ronson tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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12:59pm

Thu April 16, 2015
Music Interviews

In Compton, Boogie Just Wants To Empower His Neighborhood

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 5:40 pm

Boogie.
Jack Wagner Courtesy of the artist

On the surface, Boogie's got the kind of backstory often told in hip-hop: The child of a single mom and an absent father, a high-school dropout, a former gang member. He's from Compton, Calif., home to N.W.A, The Game and Kendrick Lamar. It's the birthplace of gangsta rap, but for Boogie, "It's about me showing my friends and homies that we can honestly make a change."

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5:00am

Wed April 15, 2015
Music

UNC Jazz Fest Keeps The Genre's Faith In Greeley

UNC Director of Jazz Studies Dana Landry leads a rehearsal of the UNC Jazz Lab Band 1. The group will perform with jazz artists, including Chris Potter, at the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival.
Stacy Nick KUNC

What music are we consuming less and less in the United States? If you answered either, classical or jazz you'd be right – only because they are both tied in a recent survey done by Nielsen. But don't tell that to the organizers of the annual UNC/Greeley Jazz fest.

"Some people have looked at CD sales and iTunes sales and equate that to 'Well, there's not an interest in jazz,'" said Dana Landry, UNC director of jazz studies and one of the festival’s organizers. "But there definitely is still a big interest in jazz."

So much interest in fact that the festival is having its best year yet, with more than 8,000 expected attendees from across the country. Not too bad for a festival that has given Greeley, Colorado an unlikely claim to fame.

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