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For Crying Out Loud, the new CD by Scott Miller is out, and he'll be doing songs from it in our first of 3 Final Fridays at Schenley Plaza shows on Friday, July 31st at 7pm. Scott's new cd was financed by the sale of initial song demos and an enhanced CD with video presold to the fan base, a truly an independent record and the debut on Scott's own label, F.A.Y. Recordings. 

You may recall Scott's song 'Amtrak Crescent' airing on WYEP.  This past May Scott did an Amtrak tour on that included 5 dates that began in New Orleans on the 30th anniversary of Amtrak and National Train Day. The tour concluded in New York City.

Join us for the free event on July 31st at Schenley Plaza. The Final Fridays at Schenley Plaza  schedule can be found at

http://www.wyep.org/events/category.php?id=37

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Former Mazzy Star frontwoman Hope Sandoval is making her return musically in September with a release on Nettwerk records called Through the Devil Softly.  It will mark the first album in eight years from Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions. After the breakup of Mazzy Star, vocalist Hope Sandoval joined with Colm O'Ciosoig (formerly of My Bloody Valentine) to form Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions. The project kept the laid-back, slowcore indie sound of Mazzy Star.

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Thanks to all that attended this year's 12th Annual WYEP Summer Music Festival at Schenley Plaza on Friday, June 26th.  The crowd was out early for great sets from Meeting of Important People, The Duhks, Dar Williams, and The Sam Roberts Band.


Meeting of Important People

The Duhks

Dar Williams

Sam Roberts Band

It turned out to be a beautiful summer night for outdoor music. Thanks to all that attended ! A big Thank you goes out to all the bands and our WYEP volunteers that helped to make this years event a very special one.

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We've had a lot of positive reaction to K'Naan's new song 'Wavin Flag' on WYEP.  From K'Naan's wikipedia page I discovered he was born in Mogadishu, Somalia and spent his childhood in the district of Wardhiigleey ("The River of Blood") and lived there during the Somali Civil War.  His aunt, Magool, was one of Somalia's most famous singers.

His 2nd effort called 'Troubadour' is being well received by critics and music fans. His music falls somewhere between reggae, hip hop, and r&b. There's definitely a positive feel and message to his lyrics and music.

According to K'naan, he makes "urgent music with a message", talking about the situation in his homeland of Somalia and calling for an end to violence and bloodshed. He curently lives in Canada.

Something to check out.

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Earl Bayer and his daughter Rachel were the recent winners in the WYEP online Coldplay photo op sweepstakes. They had access to the photo pit for the first few songs and took some great photos of the concert at the Post Gazette Pavillion.  Check out the entire set http://www.flickr.com/groups/1085674@N25/

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Jay Bennett, a musician and singer that was a former member of the band Wilco has died at age 45.  He left Wilco after relations soured with band members as documented in the film "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart."  In 2005 Bennett recorded "The Palace at 4a.m." with musician and friend Edward Burch.

Jay Bennett appeared and performed solo at the WYEP Community Broadcast Center on October 24, 2006.  If you'd like to hear the interview and performance check out our ondemand audio page, and scroll down to October 24th, 2006.

http://www.wyep.org/music/ondemand/streaming/index.php?showall=Studio+Session#Studio+Session

 

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Earlier today, the free download of Coldplay's new live album, LeftRightLeftRightLeft, was made available.

The free download will be available from Coldplay.com until the band plays their final 2009 show.

Check out http://lrlrl.coldplay.com/leftright.html to download the free, live recording.

 

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 We started the 913 Essential Songs this morning (Monday, May 11th) at 6am with Cindy Howes.  Keep up to date on the countdown by heading to our live playlist at anytime. http://www.wyep.org/playlist/index.php

 Many suprises and great music to come as we count down the listener generated 913 Essential Songs.  Thanks to all that voted and are tuning in. Don't miss a song.

If you have any comments or thoughts, feel free to post them or drop us an email newmusic@wyep.org

 

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Steven Patrick Morrissey, better known as Morrissey is turning 50 on Friday, May 22nd.  We'll celebrate by playing some music from Morrissey's solo catalog and tracks from his time as a member of The Smith's.  Tune in throughout the day on May 22nd to 91.3fm WYEP for a musical spotlight shining on Morrissey as he turns 50.

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Rusted Root dropped by for a WYEP Studio Session on Tuesday, May 5th. The band was in great form and talked about their first studio effort since 2002, called Stereo Rodeo, which just came out.  Hear the band's studio session in case you missed it in our ondemand audio section of the website. http://www.wyep.org/music/ondemand/streaming/

You'll also catch a couple of off-air bonus tracks that they did just for the studio audience.

 

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