Live Music

21st Century Masters and Almond Milk Paradises

Jan 23, 2013

This week on The Needle Drop, we're looking at the latest releases from pop/rock revivalists Foxygen, and experimental rapper Milo. We'll also be hearing new tracks from Factory Floor and Low.

My Favorite Music of 2012: Part 5

Jan 16, 2013

It's our 5th and final installment of music off of my favorite records of 2012. Thanks for listening, and I hope to have turned you on to some music you love over the course of this year-end series. 2013! Let's do this!

My Favorite Music of 2012: Part 4

Jan 9, 2013

This week on The Needle Drop, it's the show's fourth installment in our look back at some of the best records of 2012--don't worry, we're almost done. We'll be flying through releases from TNGHT, Dope Body, Holograms, iamamiwhoami, and more.

Guitarist Hilton Valentine became famous as a member of the British invasion group The Animals. Originally from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Valentine now lives in Connecticut, and performs this Saturday night at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook.

WNPR's Ray Hardman caught up recently with Hilton Valentine, and Jeff Walls, guitarist and producer of Valentine's latest album, a collection of originals, early rock and roll, and British skiffle music. 

My Favorite Music of 2012: Part 3

Jan 2, 2013

This week on The Needle Drop, we head further into my favorite albums of 2012 with my third episode in this series.

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Church bells across the state and the nation tolled 26 times to honor those killed one week ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

So much has changed about where we live in this last week. And we've spent this time trying to grapple with the emotions - and the possible solutions. But after so much talk - and so much more to come - we thought we'd take today to listen.

My Favorite Music of 2012: Part 2

Dec 19, 2012

This week on The Needle Drop, we continue our revisit to some of the best releases 2012 had to offer. We bring tracks from Soap&Skin, Spiritualized, Bit K.R.I.T., BADBADNOTGOOD, and more!

Steven Sussman, Litchfield Jazz Festival

This week, we lost Dave Brubeck.

You’ve been hearing about his music and its impact on generations.

You might know that he made his home in Connecticut and influenced many artists here.

You might not know about his work in fighting the spread of communism during the cold war. Or his work for civil rights, by leading integrated bands at a time when that was not the norm.

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The ukulele was not always obscure. Two of the biggest stars of the 20th century used them as their principal instruments. One is a name you probably don't know, but George Formby was a enormous sensation in Great Britain on stage and in movies in the 1920s and '30s. He specialized in playing a banjo-shaped ukulele, and he trafficked in comical, mischievous songs full of double entendres. 

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Lez Zeppelin has toured the world, and has been lauded by critics for their faithful interpretation of Led Zeppelin, and their energetic live shows. Lez Zeppelin plays tonight at Up or on the Rocks in Downtown Hartford. The founder and guitarist for Lez Zepplin, Steph Paynes says playing in Hartford is a homecoming of sorts.

"Hartford was our honing ground," said Paynes. "We played Sully's and we played the Hungry Tiger."

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In the past decade, West African sounds and rhythm have become part of America’s musical mainstream.  Less well-known is music from East Africa  which blends African drumming with Middle Eastern melodic inflections.  

A music and dance ensemble will bring the sounds of Ethiopia to Connecticut this weekend. 

Endris Hassan is practicing his single stringed fiddle called the masenqo.  He's part of Fendika, a collective of musicians and dancers.

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Today, hear a live, in-studio performance by and conversation with the Punch Brothers, before their performance at Jorgensen Theater at UConn, Storrs. They are a five-piece band enjoying an explosion of critical esteem and new popularity over the past few years. Its leader, Chris Thile, just won a MacArthur Genius Grant, and has been working with giants from other genres, including cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, and jazz great Brad Mehldau.

See all the photos by Chion Wolf here.

Joe Webster (www.joewebster.net)

It’s been nearly 10 years since the deadliest rock concert disaster in US history. The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island went up in flames only minutes after a pyrotechnic display by the heavy-metal band Great White.

The final death toll from the fire was 100 and looking back, one of the big tragedies is that it all could have been avoided. A tangled web of bad decisions and shortcuts along the way led to the tragedy.

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Today, we’re in our studio 3 for some live music with the New Haven indie-folk band “Goodnight Blue Moon.”

They’ve been playing as a band in the area since 2008...but many of them have been playing songs together for much, much longer.

Erik Elligers is the lead singer and plays guitar. His wife Nancy plays cello and his brother Sean plays trumpet. Along with Mathew Crowley and Henry Lugo, they’ll be playing songs from the band’s new record, “How Long.”

Jill Sobule Live!

Jun 14, 2012
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[Featured on the Audio to the left: A one-hour conversation and performance with and by Sobule in which she sings "Jetpack" and "Heroes" and some rarities.]