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Sky Blue Sky is not just the name of a Wilco album, but a destination concert experience, set for the Mexican Riviera in January that features Sharon Van Etton, Courtney Barnett, Yo La Tengo, Kamasi Washington, Dr. Dog and more. Longtime and highly influential jazz composer/guitarist/educator Kenny Burrell and his wife are facing financial ruin and homelessness after a confluence of events have, including an accident and identity theft, have pushed them to brink. The American Music Association have announced musicians up for their Americana Honors & Awards, which will be given out at the Ryman Auditorium in September, including all female nominees for the Artist of the Year Award. 

Seth Rogan's latest rom-com gets a luke-warm thumbs up.

A huge opening for the latest blockbuster.

An Oregon State University philosophy professor is behind the first-of-its kind Phish Studies Conference, which takes place at the college next month. Prince's estate will soon put out more unreleased material, including demos of Prince songs made famous by others, and a Prince memoir of handwritten lyrics and a scrapbook. The Better Oblivion Community Center (w. Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst) drops new song online. Bruce Springsteen announces new album of late 60's/early 70's Southern California influenced- pop, Western Stars, his first in five years.

Sting announces My Songs, a career-spanning Vegas residency at Caesar’s Palace which starts in May of 2020. As part of her holiday songs series, Lucy Dacus drops new single in honor of her mother and babies born in the month of May. And British wireless company EE announces a 5G trial run at Glastonbury this June. It marks the debut of a 5G network at a music festival.

Beguiling vocalist and vocoder maestro Imogen Heap and super-producer and sound mixer Guy Sigsworth are back as Frou Frou for the first time in fifteen years with a new song and reunion tour. In honor of Earth Day yesterday, Jack Johnson announced his BYOBottle campaign, which promotes reusable bottles at concerts. Adele, known for her multi-platinum breakup albums, announces separation from her husband while on the other end of the nuptial spectrum, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney marries singer Michelle Branch. 

Rolling Stone

At a recent show in Vienna, Austria Bob Dylan took a tumble and did was he rarely does, talk to the crowd. He voiced displeasure and struck a mock pose after some fans documented the moment with their smartphones.  The Decemberists are organizing a benefit show in Portland, Oregon for super-producer Tucker Martine, whose vintage gear was stolen from the studio he owns with his wife Laura Viers. Tom Morello is behind a petition to name the recently-photographed supermassive black hole after Audioslave bandmate and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. Streams of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" have gone way up after the photo came out.

April 21 at 5pm:

In this hour, we trot across the continent from the story of a payphone in Columbia, MO, to a rapidly changing neighborhood in Nashville, TN. Plus the story of a box of postcards, never sent to their final destination.