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On his new album City Music, Kevin Morby, taps into his love of Lou Reed and Patti Smith to craft characters and songs that evoke New York City. Morby was also inspired by a 2015 New York Times article called "The Lonely Death of George Bell" to write about the solitude of living in a big metropolis.

Phoenix holed up in an old Paris opera house in 2014 to begin recording their new album Ti Amo. The French band turned their feelings of unrest about the tumultuous times around them into music that serves as an escape. Ti Amo explores “love, desire, lust and innocence” with the a romanticized flair of summer discos in Italy.

It's the first day of summer and what better way to celebrate than with Yacht Rock? Kick back with an ice –cold beverage and enjoy an ocean of smooth soft-listening music made in the late 70s and early 80s by artists like Toto, the Doobie Brothers, Hall & Oates and Kenny Loggins. Note: this show is best enjoyed on a luxurious boat wearing a Captain hat.

In 2015 (Sandy) Alex G stepped out of his bedroom and gave us his first album, Beach Music, earning himself a place alongside Frank Ocean on two of the pop sensation’s albums, Blonde and Endless. Now, Alex G is back and at it again, sweeping us up through intimate songs with a homemade feel, on his most recent album, Rocket.

Soft-spoken singer-songwriter Andy Shauf might not seem like an avid partygoer, but his latest album, The Party, revolves around his experiences at a memorable late-night gathering. And in the second hour, a live set from   The Wild Reeds, a folk-rock quintet out of L.A. 

John Nau of Spectra joins Scott Regan on Friday's Open Tunings to talk about a special CD release party for Carol and the Impalas and a tribute to their lead singer, the late Carol Heveron. The event takes place at Abilene at 9PM on Friday April 21. Be sure to tune in to Open Tunings, 9 to noon, on Different Radio.

David Gans, Musician, radio producer, author/journalist, and Grateful Dead archivist joins Scott Regan Thursday morning, prior to his concert with Pearly Baker's Best at Flour City Station later that evening. 

Wednesday April 19, 2017  

Garage blues group Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears play funky tracks from their record Backlash and talk about how their hometown Austin has changed in the past few years
 
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Here's a fun fact about Noname's Tiny Desk Concert: It almost didn't happen. Around the time of their D.C. stop, she (born Fatimah Warner) and her bandmates got their first dose of tour sickness. Thanks to rest, medicine and our mutual excitement, she made her way into the NPR offices the following day. If there ever was a 'Noname' way of doing things, this is definitely her signature method. It's in the way she's able to muster a smile while performing a heartbreaking tale of abortion. It's those sometimes bleak, melancholy lyrics over brilliant, colorful production.

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.

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