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March 18, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

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March 17, 2016 by kyle@wyep.org

Key tacks for the week of March 7th features a talented and top female Blues voice in Shemekia Copeland. Her first release came out in 1998, Shemekia now has 7 studio efforts that border
and bounce from traditional blues to soul, r&b, and contemporary blues. The following are the 5 Key Tracks, so far, from Shemekia Copeland's career.

Monday's Key Track 'Lemon Pie'

Tuesday's Key Track 'Outskirts of Love'

Wednesday's Key Track 'Who Stole My Radio'

Thursday's Key Track 'Never Goin' Back to Memphis'

Friday's Key Track 'Livin on Love'

Key Tracks is a feature that airs weekdays at 1pm on WYEP. Tune in for a different artist and their 5 Key Tracks each week on WYEP. listen at wyep.org

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March 17, 2016 by kyle@wyep.org

This week's Key Tracks on WYEP features the music of My Morning Jacket. The band calls Louisville Kentucky home, and is led by Jim James. James has had a hand in quite
a few musical projects, production, and a solo effort.

Monday's Key Track from My Morning Jacket

Just One Thing

Tuesday's Key Track

Compound Fracture

Wednesday's Key Track

Golden

Thursday's Key Track

Jim James "A new Life"

Friday's Key Track

Key Tracks airs weekdays at 1pm on WYEP. Featuring a different band each week, spotlighting 5 Key Tracks from their career. Listen at wyep.org

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March 16, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott:

Andrew Leahey & The Homestead, "Little in Love" - "Let's stay up 'til the church bells ring," sings Leahey on this easy-going single from a May 27 album produced by Uncle Tupelo/Wilco drummer Ken Coomer. "I wrote that song in my friend's van on the way back home from South By Southwest," the Nashville-based Leahey says via email. "It was a perfect afternoon -- open windows, lazy sun, road markers, stretched sky -- and I tried to funnel that feeling into the music."

Citing Tom Petty as an influence (I hear a little Dawes), Leahey's entire album brims with hooky, straight-forward rock songs that celebrate life's simple joys. He wrote the album while recovering from emergency surgery to remove a brain tumor, which spurred the album's joie de vivre. Leahey will entertain March 19 at a cool local music club, Wooley Bully's, in New Brighton, where there's never a cover charge.

Laura Gibson, "Empire Builder" - A different kind of road-trip tune; pretty and poetic with images of lumber yards, coal mines, dried up oil fields and "1,000 lonely pines bending their backs to the sky" whisking by as the folk-rock singer takes a train trip, leaving behind the man she loves for a journey of self-discovery. Gibson recounted that trip in an NPR interview, saying, "The whole time on the train I was checking my phone for some sort of text, an affirmation from him that this choice I was making was OK. He was conflicted too, and much of the first half of the route is beyond the reach of cell phone towers. I'd stare out into the dark, and every so often capture more footage. I found myself writing the same two sentences over and over again: 'Hurry up and lose me. Hurry up and find me again.' This song captured a moment of utter unknowing, of self-doubt and confliction."
Do yourself a favor, and check our Gibson's lyric video to this, title track for her album coming out April 1. Better yet, check her out live tonight (March 16) at Club Cafe, opening for Shearwater.

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March 11, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

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March 9, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of our most trusted music aficionados joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Patrick Bowman!

In case you missed, it here's what Patrick played:

Little Scream, “Love as a Weapon” - Back in 2011, Laurel Sprengelmeyer released The Golden Record, her debut album as Little Scream, which drew comparisons to St. Vincent / Neko Case/ CHelsea wolf for really intense electric folk/ with gothy overtones. She’s back with a song/new direction/new label (Merge) on “Love as a weapon” a funky little pop song with Sprengelmeyer trying on a very vampy falsetto, and a generally very cool vibe.

Kendrick Lamar Feat. Cee-Lo Green, "untitled 06 | 06.30.2014" - King Kendrick surprised his fans with an album of eight unreleased tracks last Thursday night, titled untitled.unmastered. that for whatever reason didn’t make his generation defining, shoulda-been-album-of-the-year To Pimp a Butterfly. "untitled 6 I 06.30.2014" is another trip down the acid funk rabbit hole, sharing extremely similar creative real estate with the bulk of TPAB, but still capable of surprising. Kendrick is in the zone right now, and it seems like anything he touches is worthy of thorough analysis and celebration.

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March 4, 2016 by kyle@wyep.org

Key Tracks is a feature that airs weekdays at 1pm on WYEP's Midday Mix. Five quality songs from the library of the artist of the week.

The week of February 29th to March 4th focuses on the varied career and sounds of Ben Harper. Ben Harper developed a large following after the release of his debut album Welcome To The Cruel World in 1994. His music combines elements of rock, soul, funk, folk, reggae, and blues. Harper has released a dozen albums, and is getting set to release his 13th studio effort later this Spring.

Monday's Key Track 'Fly One Time'

Tuesday's Key Track 'With My Own Two Hands'

Thursday's Key Track 'Steal My Kisses'

Friday's Key Track 'Burn To Shine'

Listen up weekdays at 1pm for Key Tracks on WYEP. A different artist is featured each week.

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March 3, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

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March 2, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of our most trusted music aficionados joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs!

Woods, "Sun City Creeps"  - Woods does it again! For the ninth time! These Brooklyn freak-folk dudes are freakishly consistent, and also amazingly prolific. For fans, that means a new album almost every year with surprisingly few (none, to my count) duds in the bunch. "Sun City Creeps" is a fun, horn-driven little ditty with a sneaky groove from Woods' latest album "City Sun Eater in the River of Light."

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, "No Love Like Yours" - The flower cult king has returned. Edwarde Sharpe may always be that guy who sang your hipster cousin's wedding song ("Home"). On his third album with the Magnetic Zeroes, he takes a less sing-songy approach with some stretched out, darker performances. But on first single "No Love Like Yours," we've got his familiar sound — a happy-go-lucky chorus, some rambling group vocals and lots of singin' about love.

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February 26, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week. Listen to the audio:

February 24, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Freakwater, Bolshevik and Bollweevil - I confess to knowing the band's name more than its music until recently, but Freakwater's history stretches back into the '80s and now includes their first album in a decade, called Scheherazade. Led by Catherine Irwin and Janet Bean, it's a loose, old-timey sound with a dose of punk too, and Irwin's more Hazel Dickens/Lucinda Williams vocals and Bean's more Emmylou Harris tone mix in dissonance as much as harmony, especially in this song.

Quilt, Roller - Another recent discovery (for me) reminds me that I haven't lived in Boston for many years, because Quilt started making music together there back in 2008. Now the band is releasing its third album, called Plaza, this week. This song has a smooth, psychedelic feel, and the vocals of Anna Fox Rochinski and the steady bass groove grabbed my ear.

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February 23, 2016 by kyle@wyep.org

This week of February 22nd-27th we have Michael Franti in the spotlight on our 1pm feature called Key Tracks

This song starts a week of music from Michael Franti that incorporates Soul, Reggae, hip-hop, jazz, and rock. Franti got his start in music in the hip-hop group the Beatnigs, and then formed The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. That project evolved into Spearhead, their first effort was released in 1994. Franti has continued to evolve the bands sound in more of a soul/pop direction the past 5 to 6 years. Franti has continued to be an outspoken supporter of peace and social justice issues through his music and benefit concerts.

"Everyone Deserves Music"

"I Know I'm Not Alone"

From the first Spearhead album called Home
"People In The Middle"

Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
"Television The Drug of a Nation"

Michael Franti
Say Hey (I Love You)

Key Tracks is a feature that airs at 1pm, weekdays during the midday mix on WYEP. Listen up for 5 key tracks from an artists career each week

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February 19, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

Listen to the audio:

February 17, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott:

Ron Pope & the Nighthawks, "Hell or High Water" - Averaging 15 million Pandora spins per month, indie-folk-pop singer Pope releases this debut from his new band, The Nighthawks. Peppy horns, buoyant piano, tight guitar and soulful vocals ... all present and accounted for. Says Pope, "This song more so than any of the others reminds me of what it’s like to run with the ‘Hawks on the road, up on stage sweating, dancing until I almost fall over, watching a room full of people lose it as we get loose."

Holy Wave, "She Put a Seed in My Ear" - From out in the West Texas town of El Paso, people are falling in love with this psych-rock band. Vocals have that hazy/dreamy vibe, though the guitar is more focused, the hooks more crystalline than some of their neo-shoegazer peers. Pitchfork dropped comparisons to early Kinks (I'm not quite hearing that) and "Nuggets" psychedelic-garage rock (I'll buy that.)

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February 12, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

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