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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. 

Matt Olien reviews the latest Spiderman film

Chicago Sun-Times

Grammy-nominated country rock band Confederate Railroad was recently removed from the lineup at the Du Quoin State Fair by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, who cited what he calls racist and white supremacist imagery like the confederate battle flag that often accompanies their shows. Fans and some in the media claim political correctness is behind the move and that the stars and bars is a symbol of southern pride and heritage and not slavery and racism. Brewer Goose Island has partnered with witty indie band Parquet Courts for an exclusive witbier for next weekend's Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. And baritone Jerry Lawson of longtime a cappella group The Persuasions passed away yesterday after a long illness. He was 75.  The Grateful Dead and Frank Zappa, who discovered The Persuasions, were big fans.

Doug Hamilton visits with the assistant director and three of the cast.