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Discumentary: Michael Franti "Everyone Deserves Music"

Creating what he calls 'Conscious Music for the Masses', Micheal Franti tackles topics like AIDS, homelessness and police brutality but sets these themes to melodies you can groove to. "Everyone Deserves Music" is an extension of this method that includes elements of funk, folk, reggae and rock....

Live & Direct: Guster

Discumentary: Victoria Williams "Loose"

Before this album, Victoria Williams was pretty much a musician's musician. Her unique and unusual singing voice as well as her songwriting grabbed her a devout following. A tribute album that came out just before Loose raised money to pay for it.

Fanfarlo - Shiny Things

Discumentary: Iris DeMent Infamous Angel

Iris DeMent's debut album became a success mostly due to the rave reviews it received, many critics called it an instant classic. The reviews led to DeMent signing a contract with Warner Brothers who re-released the disc in 1993. The album features guest appearances by Emmylou Harris and Iris'...

Punch Brothers - "Movement and Location" Who's Feeling Young Now? Preview

Discumentary: The Eurythmics "Touch"

Many call this a groundbreaking album, as it experimented with rapid electronic beats long before the word "techno" was ever thought up as a music genre. It was also tremendously successful commercially, generating three hits that were eased into popularity thanks to the newly assembled MTV.

Discumentary: Roxy Music "Avalon"

English art-rock band, Roxy Music, released it’s 8th and last studio album in 1982. “Avalon” featured sophisticated production,complex melodies, and Bryan Ferry’s soulful crooning. The album was the band’s only platinum U.S. release and produced the hit single, “More Than This.”

Discumentary: Ani Difranco "Little Plastic Castle"

“Little Plastic Castle” was Ani Difranco’'s 8th studio album and her most commercially successful release. Tune in to hear the story behind the album and the unique artist who is considered one of the most powerful independent artists in the music world.

Discumentary: R.E.M. "Life's Rich Pageant"

University of Georgia dropouts Bill Berry, Mike Mills, Peter Buck and Michael Stipe recorded "Lifes Rich Pageant" in 1986, their fourth album on IRS Records. The album produced the single, "Cuyahoga" and solidified them in the college rock world.

40 Years Down The Beatles' Abbey Road

On October 1, 1969, the Abbey Road album by The Beatles made its U.S. debut, the final one recorded by the band before dissolving into history. For the 40th anniversary of this influential pop masterpiece, WYEP presented a series of features giving the stories behind each of the album's songs...

Live and Direct from the WYEP Studios

Hear the best in-studio performance from WYEP in 2011. Including: Fitz and the Tantrums, North Mississippi All Stars, Warren Haynes, The Avett Brothers, Iron & Wine, The Jayhawks, KT Tunstall, Dawes, and many more.

Live & Direct: Old 97's

Discumentary: The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

Sgt. Pepper's was released in June of 1967, solidifying the Beatles new style introduced in their 1966 album Revolver. The complex and arrangements along with Martin's innovative production style recreated rock music in an album that Rolling Stone considers to be the greatest of all time.

Live & Direct: J.J. Grey

Discumentary: Warren Zevon "Excitable Boy"

Before this album was released Warren Zevon was a singer/songwriter with a few albums out. His biggest claim to fame was that Linda Ronstadt had recorded some of his songs. "Excitable Boy" was the big breakout album for him, containing the big hit "Werewolves of London", a song that takes days to...

Live & Direct: Mike Doughty

Discumentary: Peter Gabriel "So"

For his fifth album, Peter Gabriel teamed up with producer Daniel Lanois to produce his most upbeat and fun album, titled "So". Gabriel also recruited the help of musicians such as Kate Bush, African singer Youssou N'Dour and The Police's Stewart Copland. The album became Gabriel's breakout success...

Good Old War - Calling Me Names

Discumentary: John Hammond "Wicked Grin"

A remarkable album of songs written by Tom Waits, performed by John Hammond, produced by Tom Waits. The result leads to new interpretations of some of Waits' best known songs, and a feat rarely seen in the music industry.

Discumentary: Ben Harper "Diamonds On the Inside"

This 2003 released was the first time in 10 years that Ben Harper did not credit his band, Innocent Criminals, even though the band did back him, aided by new addition Marc Ford, formerly of the Black Crowes. The songs reveal a wide range of influences as Harper deftly mixes gospel, soul, rock, and...

Discumentary: Robert Randolph & The Family Band "Unclassified"

“Unclassified” is the 2nd full release from New Jersey native and Sacred Steel genius Robert Randolph and his Family Band. Showing influences that range from The Allman Brothers to Bootsy Collins to Mahalia Jackson, Randolph fully realized his musical vision on this release, creating a unique...

Discumentary: Aretha Franklin "Lady Soul"

Aretha's third album for Atlantic records, this one includes the hits "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and Chain of Fools. It also reatures an impressive collection of musicians, including a young Eric Clapton.

2008 Local Music Year in Review

Cindy Howes hosts this look back at the year in the Pittsburgh local music scene.

2011 Year in Review Countdown

Rosemary Welsch counts down WYEP's Top 50 albums of 2011.

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