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Members of Manic Street Preachers say they are not involved with a forthcoming biopic on Richey Edwards, their missing and presumed dead guitarist whose car was found on a Welch bridge notorious for suicides in 1995. A book that came out earlier this year alleged that Edwards faked his own death and is living on a kibbutz in Israel. D.A. Pennebaker, the filmmaker famous for documentaries on Dylan, Bowie and Bill Clinton has died at the age of 94. The Strokes, fresh off their lukewarmly-reviewed Lollapalooza performance have announced a New Year’s Eve gig in Brooklyn. And the life of Rickie Lee Jones will be the subject of a new TV series from the CW Network. The Horses will depict the acclaimed jazz/beatnik singer-songwriter’s turbulent childhood and her early music career in Los Angeles. 


Vampire Weekend has partnered with a restaurant in their adopted hometown of Los Angeles for the signature "Vegetarian Weekend" taco and fajita. They're chocked full of good things like shiitake mushrooms, bell peppers, cilantro, cheese and guac. Proceeds benefit an LA homeless charity. Canadian power-pop supergroup The New Pornographers (featuring A.C. Newman and Neko Case) are set to release their eighth album In the Morse Code of Brake Lights in September. And the David Bowie cult classic sci-fi flick from the 70's, the Man Who Fell to Earth, in which the Thin White Duke starred as alien trying to siphon the earth's water for his planet, is being turned into a tv show on CBS. No premiere date or cast has yet been released. 


Wild Rose is British musical drama directed by Tom Harper.


The Winston-Salem, NC venue hosting a September gig by Tinariwen, the highly acclaimed, professionally respected rhythmic guitar band from Northern Mali, has been receiving racists comments and death threats towards the band on their Facebook page. An alternative weekly in the area who covered the story, has also received xenophobic remarks on their social media platforms. The band of nomadic Tuareg, have been touring the world to avoid extremist violence at home. In fact, their lead singer was once kidnapped by terrorists and later released. John Prine will undergo a heart stent procedure and, as a result, has had to cancel shows in Canada and the Pacific Northwest. He's expected to make a full recovery. And ex-Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones has formed new band Sons of Chipotle with a Finnish cellist, and will play concerts in Japan. 


Jul 24, 2019

"With their relationship in trouble, a young American couple travel to a fabled Swedish midsummer festival where a seemingly pastoral paradise transforms into a sinister, dread-soaked nightmare."

Classic rock is winning social media, as Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" becomes the first video made before 1990 to be streamed over a billion times on YouTube. Songwriter Angel Olsen, known for her powerfully raw, yet complex song arrangements released her first new music since 2016. Tributes are pouring in for keyboardist Art Neville of the Neville Brothers and The Meters, including a poignant Instagram post from his brother Aaron, and Bruce Springsteen will premiere a companion film for his new album Western Stars at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. 

NY Kammermusiker

Jul 23, 2019

Ilonna Pederson and Athena Gracyk join us to preview this season’s tour of North Dakota by the New York Kammermusiker.


Keyboardist and founding member of New Orleans First Family The Neville Brothers, as well as funk ambassadors The Meters and Funky Meters, has passed away at age 81.  Singer-songwriter and core alt-country artist Ryan Adams has emerged from a self-imposed exile of sorts, with a rambling Instagram post, in which he says he has a lot to say and he's going to say it soon. Adams was accused by multiple women of sexual and psychological abuse. French alt-pop-dance band Phoenix will celebrate thirty years of existence with the release of a book in the fall, which chronicles interviews, photos and lyrics. And Memphis cult singer-songwriter Bob Frank, who experienced a late-in-life revival after copies of his initially commercially unsuccessful 1972 debut album started selling for a hundred-dollars-each, has passed away at the age of 75. Memphis producer Jim Dickinson (Big Star) once called Frank "the greatest songwriter you never heard of."

July 21 at 5pm:

Hearing Voices and PRX present "Go By Train"

Emily Vieweg's Bipolar Poem

Jul 15, 2019
Starling Artistry

Emily Vieweg is a Fargo poet with a growing reputation  One particular poem she is reputed for is "Bipolar Is..."  Here, she discusses with Bill Thomas making a "Poem Video" about it, and how the poem has attached to her -- and that she is OK with that.  The piece concludes with an energetic, live-audience reading of the poem.