music

Songs For Reflection
11:56 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Remembering 12/14/12 With Music

Noah Baerman performs at Asylum Hill Congregational Church on the one-week anniversary of the December 14 shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
Chion Wolf WNPR

It's been one year since the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School transformed Newtown, Connecticut, the country, and the world. Over the last year, there have been countless musical tributes to the victims.

This hour, we share some of the music that came out of this tragedy. 

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Newtown: One Year Later
11:01 am
Wed December 11, 2013

A Simple, Solemn Tribute to Sandy Hook Victims

Connecticut's Poet Laureate Dick Allen said the phrase "in the snow lightly falling" was the basis for his poem, "Solace."
Credit State of Connecticut

The grief and sadness of December 14, 2012 has been expressed through countless poems, songs and other works of art, including the choral work, "Solace," a simple, solemn remembrance of the victims of Newtown, written by one of America's leading poets, and set to music by a Pulitzer prize-winning composer.

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Jazz Corridor
5:45 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Dresser Quintet in New Haven to Feature Saxophonist Mahanthappa

Rudresh Mahanthappa performs Friday with bassist Mark Dresser as part of a quintet at Firehouse 12.
Credit Rudresh Mahanthappa/Ted Walton / Rudresh Mahanthappa/Mark Dresser

Mark Dresser, a noted bassist who tirelessly expands and hones his cutting-edge approach to improvising and composing, leads his creative music quintet in performances at 8:30 and 10:00 pm Friday, December 13, in the grand finale for the 2013 Fall Jazz Series at Firehouse 12, 45 Crown Street in New Haven.

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Stupidity redux
3:14 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Stupidity's "King Midas" is "Coolest Song in the World"

Swedish Garage Rockers Stupidity
Stupidity

Last month, I spoke with drummer Tommy Sjostrom of the Swedish garage rock band Stupidity, who put on quite a show at Cafe Nine in New Haven. I got a message earlier this week from Tommy with some good news: Stupidity's new single, "King Midas," will be the dubbed "The Coolest Song in the World" by Little Steven on this weekend's Little Steven's Underground Garage radio show. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:37 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Bringing Back Boy Bands: Did They Ever Really Leave?

The Monkees made music that drove their fans wild between 1966 and 1970. They continued to make music individually and in reunion with one another for many more decades.
Credit Nico7Martin on Flickr Creative Commons

The Monkees were the first group to exhibit all or most of the qualities we now associate with the term "boy band." They were assembled through auditions. They had a set of visual styles imposed on them. They were incredibly popular with tween-aged girls. They were plagued by the accusation that there was less to them than meets the eye. That last accusation was false, by the way.

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Where We Live
4:04 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Live From WNPR: Violent Mae

Violent Mae's debut, self-titled album was released last month.
Chion Wolf WNPR

The birth of the band Violent Mae may not have been intentional, but the result has been memorable. This duo met on an organic farm in Connecticut and just released their debut album, recorded in Hartford. Violent Mae joins us in-studio for a live concert on Where We Live.

Listen to Violent Mae's self-titled album and you can get a copy of it when you contribute to WNPR.

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Live Music
10:13 am
Wed December 4, 2013

The 15-Minute Music Shuffle

Loudon Wainwright III, Blitzen Trapper's Eric Earley, Charles Bradley, and Black Joe Lewis (Clockwise, starting from the top-left)
Credit MPR/APM, WFUV, KEXP

Public radio might be best known for shows like Morning Edition, This American Life, Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me and Car Talk, but did you know public radio stations across the country also feature some amazing music?

Thanks to the World Wide Web, many radio stations and shows put out beautiful videos of musical performances from not only local acts, but big-time national names.

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Jazz Corridor
5:45 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Premier Pianists Perform Back-to-Back in New Haven and Hartford This Weekend

Helen Sung performs in Hartford, and Bill Charlap performs in New Haven this coming weekend.
Credit Helen Sung / Carol Friedman / Helen Sung / Bill Charlap

Pianophiles can double their pleasure this weekend thanks to back-to-back performances by premier pianists Bill Charlap at 8:00 pm Friday, December 6, in New Haven at Yale University’s Sprague Hall, followed the next night by Helen Sung at 8:00 pm Saturday, December 7, at Hartford’s Japanalia Eiko.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:50 am
Mon December 2, 2013

The Scramble: Metro-North, the "Globalization of Indifference," and Kurt Weill

Kurt Weill is a German composer who emigrated to the United States in 1935, at the age of 35, to escape persecution in Nazi-led Germany. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century.
Credit Kevin Dooley / Creative Commons

Metro-North has had a tough year. Yesterday's derailment in the Bronx follows the May derailment in Bridgeport that injured more than 70 people, the death of a rail worker repairing tracks in West Haven one week later, the July derailment of a freight train that occurred about 1,700 feet from Sunday's derailment, and a nearly two-week power outage in September that severely disrupted rail traffic.

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Connecticut Native Plays, Talks
4:35 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

'It's Hard To Stay Patient': A Conversation With John Mayer

John Mayer in Studio 1 at NPR's Washington, D.C. headquarters.
Amy Ta NPR

John Mayer has a lot to be thankful for this year, including his return to the stage. A Grammy winner and a multi-platinum seller, Mayer is one of the most successful musicians of the past decade-plus — but a few events in his life have left him uncharacteristically quiet of late. He took a break from press after a pair of controversial interviews in 2010; not long after, he underwent surgery for damage to his vocal cords and had to stop speaking and singing publicly for more than a year.

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Strings For Newtown
11:56 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Newtown Concert Features Some of America's Best-Known Fiddlers

Bruce Molsky, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Mark O'Connor, Julie Lyonn Lieberman, Donna Hebert, Laraaji Venus (clockwise from top-left corner) and Norwalk Youth Symphony (center).

Grammy-winning violinist Mark O’Connor, nationally celebrated duo Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, and premier fiddler Bruce Molsky are among the musicians who will be in Connecticut on Sunday December 1 to perform during a concert called Strings For Newtown. The program begins at 3:00 pm at Newtown Congregational Church.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:27 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

The Agony and Utility of Ecstasy

C. Michael White is a Professor and Department Head at UConn’s School of Pharmacy.
Chion Wolf WNPR

"Molly" is the nickname for MDMA, or Ecstasy, and it's short for "Molecule", meaning you're getting the "real thing", chemically speaking. Except you almost never do. On this show, we'll talk about the dangers of Molly, the medical uses of MDMA, and the curious romance between the drug and the form of music known as EDM, Electronic Dance Music.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:45 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Harmonica Heroes Take Over WNPR

Don DeStefano's harmonica case.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Are there countries where harmonica players are BIG stars? Why don't more women play it? How many different musical styles can you squeeze out of one of these things? Guests include a lot of the pros: Howard Levy, Don DeStefano and Chris DePino whose odd career arc has taken him from railroad conductor to chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party to professional harmonica player. Also, Wolfie gets an on-air harmonica lesson from these gods of the harp.

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Live Music
10:24 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Little Ugly: Live Performance Video

Watch videos from Little Ugly's performance on WNPR's <em>Where We Live.</em>
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Little Ugly performed live on WNPR's Where We Live from our pop-up radio storefront. If you couldn't make it to our pop-up radio storefront, relive it here.

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Moxie
12:40 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Daytrotter Session From New London's Daphne Lee Martin

Listen to Daphne Lee Martin's Daytrotter session over at Daytrotter.com.
Credit Illustration by Johnnie Cluney / Daytrotter

New London's Daphne Lee Martin is making a national name for herself. Earlier this year, she released a new album called Moxie and went on to tour throughout the country. 

Most recently, she stopped off in Chicago during a tour in the Midwest, which is where Daytrotter is located. Daytrotter records sessions with a range of musicians like The Civil Wars, Iron & Wine, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and Deer Tick.

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Spotlight on the Arts
10:58 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Meet the Juice Vocal Ensemble

Juice Vocal Ensemble.
Credit Dannie Price

Each of the three singers has a solo career, but when they come together, the women of the Juice Vocal Ensemble perform a wide range of music. Alto Kerrie Andrew spoke with CPTV. "We can sing very difficult virtuosic new music," she said, "or we can sing folky stuff, or have a go at a bit of beat boxing, or be told what to in an opera or improvise, or work with electronics. So we like to think that’s fairly individual for our group, that we’re pretty diverse."

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Spotlight on the Arts
11:27 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Direct From London: Mesmerizing A Cappella

Juice Vocal Ensemble: Kerrie Andrew, Anna Snow, Sarah Dacey
Credit Dannie Price

There’s a hypnotic vocal harmony that is both soothing and mysterious in "Didn’t Leave Nobody But the Baby," sung a cappella by the Juice Vocal Ensemble on their album Songspin. It’s as if I’m standing over a child’s crib and hear warm breathing and shushing and sighing. It’s sense-o-round that wraps around me. Then, suddenly, I wonder: who are these voices? Where’s the baby? Everything, okay?! The music has moved me. And Juice has done its job.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:44 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

An Ode to Opera

Willie Waters is the former director of Connecticut Opera.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Last month, the New York City Opera-- what Mayor LaGuardia called "the People's Opera" -- declared bankruptcy. This is/was the opera that introduced Americans to Placido Domingo and Beverly Sills.  Make what you will of the fact that the bankruptcy announcement coincided with the presentation of a new opera about Anna Nicole Smith.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:46 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Mystery Surprise Monday Theater 3000 (Ep. 2)

Credit epSos.de, Flickr Creative Commons.

This is one of our new Monday shows where right up to show time, I'm not 100% sure what we're talking about. I know for sure we'll discuss the time change you experienced over the weekend and the ever-swelling choir of voices suggesting that its harms outweigh its advantages, assuming there are any real advantages.

I'm also dying to discuss the attempt by Saturday Night Live to address on this weekend's episode another ever-swelling choir, the voices of people who say the show is not diverse enough. It's not, and the show pretty successfully made a joke out of that this weekend without really committing to doing anything about it. 

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Spotlight on the Arts
8:25 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Javier Colon, a Voice with Soul and Humility

Javier Colon performs at Achieve Hartford!
Credit Andy Hart

Winner of NBC’s "The Voice," Javier Colon, is a rare combination of talent, star-power, and humility. His extraordinary tenor voice and “acoustic soul” style bring spiritual integrity and musical sophistication to his pop song chart. 

The growing collection of original work Colon has developed over the last several years often showcases personal stories about relationships and his family life. 

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New London
12:41 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Wagner Opera Makes Its Connecticut Debut

The Connecticut Lyric Opera's production of Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman"
Connecticut Lyric Opera

Wagner's opera, "The Flying Dutchman," will get its Connecticut premiere this weekend, 170 years after the opera made its debut in Dresden, Germany. The Connecticut Lyric Opera will present Wagner's early masterpiece Friday night at Trinity-on-Main in New Britain, and Saturday night at the Middletown High School Arts Center.

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Live Music
2:06 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Neko Case: Live Tiny Desk Concert

Neko Case.

It's Halloween! Watch a live Tiny Desk Concert featuring Neko Case and Kelly Hogan, as well as Eric Bachmann of Crooked Fingers and Archers of Loaf. Case is keeping her outfit under wraps for now, but promises a reveal worthy of the occasion.

Where We Live
11:44 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Little Ugly: LIVE on WNPR

Little Ugly performing on WNPR's Where We Live.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Little Ugly has become a staple of the Hartford music scene. They were named the "Best Indie Rock" band at the 2013 Connecticut Music Awards and were referred to as "one of the hardest working bands you'll ever encounter." Their latest release is called Where the River's Born and we'll talk with Little Ugly and hear some music.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:29 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Can Music and Art Bring Countries Together?

Credit Nic McPhee/flickr creative commons

From Faith Middleton: Music and art can make your life bigger. And, under the theory that the world is now “flat,” music and art just might dissolve boundaries, making the world a more manageable place.

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Garage rock
3:22 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Swedish Garage Band Stupidity Rocks the Elm City

Swedish garage band Stupidity plays in New Haven's Cafe Nine, Monday night 10/28
Stupidity

The Swedish garage band Stupidity stops by New Haven's Cafe Nine Monday night, October 28. The band is touring the U.S. in support of two new singles on their upcoming album, "Some Kinda Love" and "King Midas." 

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You're going to reap just what you sow
11:10 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Just a Perfect Day: Lou Reed, Bouncers and President Taft

Via WikiMedia Commons

"We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars," says a character in an Oscar Wilde play. That pretty well sums up Lou Reed. We're both honored and saddened to tackle him as our first topic as we experiment with putting more immediacy into our Monday show. We decided to let the weekend tell us what our topics were. 

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Walk on the Wild Side
3:01 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Lou Reed, Leader Of The Velvet Underground, Has Died At 71

Musician Lou Reed, for decades a rock icon, died Sunday at age 71. In 2006, he took a picture of an ad for his own photo exhibit in Naples.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 27, 2013 3:51 pm

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The Colin McEnroe Show
9:21 am
Fri October 25, 2013

The Nose Runs...to New Haven

Credit Dok1 / Creative Commons

On The Nose this week, a viral video musical tribute to Chinese food triggers cries of racism, a father welcoming his fourth daughter into the world, and opens up a can of complicated thoughts about that. And we talk about the time we walked in the shoes of the opposite sex. Listen to our weekly culture panel live from New Haven on WNPR.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:43 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Hop on the Troubadour Train!

Kristen Graves
Chion Wolf

Today you're going to meet the new State Troubadour, Kristen Graves, and renew your acquaintance with three former troubadours.

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Host's Diary
2:42 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

We Just Don't Do This Song Thing Very Well, Do We?

A kazoo must be played with enthusiasm.
Credit Stefan Westhoff / Wikimedia Commons

We're trying to gather up some Connecticut State Troubadours in our studio later this week, so it occurs to me to ask: Which is more ear-splittingly bad?

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