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Regina Spektor has announced a five-day Broadway residency which will feature special guests and reworkings of her songbook. Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly hit out on the road as holograms. Rock and Roll survivor Dickey Betts reflects on mortality and the new generation of Allman Brothers.

Baroque pop singer Scott Walker, the American who came to fame with Beatlemania-era trio The Walker Brothers, but was later beloved in Britain for his baritone voice and experimental, orchestral soundscapes, dies of undisclosed causes at the age of 76. Vans is putting out a new line of David Bowie-inspired sneakers next month. Diana Ross defends her old friend Michael Jackson in the wake of sexual abuse allegations detailed in recent HBO documentary. 

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Justin Vernon of Bon Iver teams with one of his greatest musical influences, Bruce Hornsby for a new song. Calexico and Iron & Wine are back with their second collaboration and first since 2005. The hype machine is huge for Australian psych rockers Tame Impala, but their new euphoric, disco-driven, piano-rockin' track might just live up to it.

Mavis Staples, who turns 80 this summer, announces new album We Get By, which is penned and produced by Ben Harper. The 50th Anniversary of Woodstock lineup, which takes place over three days in August, features many of the artists at the original Woodstock, including John Fogerty, David Crosby, Santana, Melanie, and The Dead. A group of over five-hundred artists and music industry vets penned an open letter to the BBC protesting their decision to cut back or drop jazz, world music and experimental music programs from BBC Radio 3. 


The extraordinarily talented and unapologetically unprolific singer-songwriter Fiona Apple, who only released four albums in her 23-year career, posted two Instagram videos that hint at new music to come. R&B singer and "Godfather of Rap" Andre Williams passed away from colon cancer over the weekend at age 82. Native Alabaman Jason Isbell curates inaugural Shoals Fest in the music mecca of Muscle Shoals, Alabama this fall with a lineup that features he and his band The 400 Unit, fiddler (and his wife) Amanda Shires, Mavis Staples and Sheryl Crow.

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Dick Dale, who turned a Middle Eastern folk tune into a thunderous, wave-crashing instrumental anthem for surfing and rock & roll has died at the age of 81. Crowded House frontman and new member of Fleetwood Mac, Neil Finn has announced he's quitting social media in the wake of the mass murder at two mosques in his native New Zealand that left fifty dead. One popular social media platform My Space has lost twelve years-worth of songs.

New York celebrates a new career-spanning archive collection with a limited-edition Lou Reed library card, Joss Stone plays to a bar with no drinks and few, if any North Koreans in North Korea and Bjork reissues all nine of her studio albums on cassette.

The angry letter John Lennon sent off to a journalist, which went off on EMI for not enthusiastically distributing his widely panned noise album with Yoko Ono, "Two Virgins," is going up for auction and expected to fetch around twenty grand. David Byrne inducting Radiohead will be one of the highlights later this month in Brooklyn, as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced presenters for this year's class. Jerry Seinfeld makes a cameo at a famous deli in a very New York-centric video for Vampire Weekend's latest. 

Poetry Out Loud 2019

Mar 14, 2019

March 17 at 5pm:

Hear students' presentations and behind-the-scenes interviews from this year's North Dakota Poetry Out Loud contest.


Hal Blaine, the man driving the beat for the Wrecking Crew, the loose group of studio musicians behind so many of rock and pop's most beloved songs, has passed away at age 90. Brian Wilson and Ringo Starr have tweeted out tributes. The co-founder of Bloodshot Records, Nan Warshaw, has resigned following allegations that her domestic partner, musician Mark Panick sexually harassed labelmate Lydia Loveless.  Idaho indie band Built to Spill is kicking off a massive summer tour in June, that includes Fargo, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their landmark album Keep It Like a Secret.