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WYEP Presents Rock the Block 2010

This is your audio primer for this year’s Rock the Block! The South Side’s Bedford Square will be filled with the sounds of Colonizing the Cosmos and headliner, Alejandro Escovedo. And don’t forget the exclusive VIP performance from Freedy Johnston. Listen up then order your tickets: http...

Discumentary: Radiohead "OK Computer"

1997’s OK Computer is Radiohead'’s third release and marked the band’s move toward a more experimental sound. Produced by Nigel Godrich, the album’s themes included rampant consumerism, social alienation and political stagnation.

WYEP Remembers 1977 - The Year Punk Broke

1977 is known as "the year that punk broke”. In 2007, to commemorate the 30th Anniversary, WYEP produced a series featuring some of the punk bands that were active in 1977. Click on the band/artist's name to hear the audio.

Live & Direct: Brett Dennen

Discumentary: Portishead "Dummy"

Bristol natives Geoff Barrow and Beth Gibbons joined forces to create Portishead, making a benchmark for the trip-hop genre. They relased their debut album, "Dummy" on Go Records in 1994, which reached the top 40. The group's collaborative effort produced merit, winning them Britain's Mercury Prize...

Great Lake Swimmers - Easy Come, Easy Go

Discumentary: Wilco "Being There"

The band's sophomore effort is considered one of the greatest albums of the nineties. With elements of power pop, psychedelia, and rhythm and blues mixed in with their signature sound, Being There shows Wilco's evolution from being just a country-rock band.

Discumentary: Cracker "Cracker"

From the ashes of college-radio faves Camper Van Beethoven, came Cracker. David Lowery formed Cracker which brings a mainstream rock sound to his quirky and cynical lyrics. Their debut album earned them success in the growing alternative radio scene of the time, as well as a mainstream hit.

Discumentary: Erin McKeown: "Grand"

McKeown's third album, features songs all written by her. She along with producer and musician David Chalfant and drummer Brian Jones, played all the music on this album. It not only explores various musical styles and shows off McKeown's talent, but also was somewhat inspired by the life of Judy...

Midnight Radio: The Dark Side of the House

A broadcast from Bricolage Theater Company’s Midnight Radio Series. Featuring the radio play "The Dark Side of the House", an adaptation of a true story that took place in Pittsburgh in 1947 and made national headlines. "The Dark Side of the House" is the story of Millard Wright, a career criminal...

Discumentary: Richard & Linda Thompson "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight"

The debut album of husband and wife musical team Richard and Linda Thompson, is considered a folk rock classic. The album features some of Richard's former bandmates from Fairport Convention.

WYEP Remembers the Summer of Love

The “Summer of Love” occurred in 1967, and the events of that had significant social and cultural impact. Although most of the major happenings of that summer happened far away from Pittsburgh, the significance of them still can be felt today. Accompanying it was a musical soundtrack that...

Live & Direct: Deer Tick

Discumentary: The Pretenders "Learning To Crawl"

Recovering from the deaths of two of their band members, Chrissie Hynde reinvented the Pretenders with "Learning to Crawl." Her lyrics are more emotional here, but never depressing, as the Pretenders rock out in top form.

Sharon Van Etten - Leonard

Discumentary: Dar Williams "End of the Summer"

For Dar Williams' long time fans, hearing this album must have been rather shocking, like when Dylan went electric. Williams set aside her acoustic singer-songwriter side and released this more "plugged in" album that features drum machines and electric guitars backing up her soprano voice and...

Discumentary: Creedence Clearwater Revival "Cosmo's Factory"

This was CCR's fifth album, released around the two-year anniversary of their vinyl debut. Cosmo's Factory was the group's peak of popularity featuring "Who'll Stop the Rain" and an eleven-minute version of "I Heard it Through the Grapevine".

Discumentary: Janis Joplin "Pearl"

Janis Joplin died during the recording of this album, leaving the project to be finished by her band and producer. It demonstrates Joplin's amazing vocal ability, and is considered a classic. It includes Joplin's only #1 song, "Me and Bobbie McGee".

2010 Local Year in Review

Join Cindy Howes as she looks back at some of the best in local music in 2010.

Discumentary: The Jam "All Mod Cons"

The punk/mod-revival band The Jam released their 3rd full-length release in 1978. “All Mod Cons” produced one of their biggest hits, “Down In The Tube At Midnight” and received both commercial success and critical acclaim.

WYEP Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

It's almost cliche to rank The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band as one of the finest and most influential rock albums of all time. One can call it the "Citizen Kane" or "Moby Dick" of the rock world; even those who don't count themselves as fans acknowledge its status among...

Stephen Foster: A Pittsburgh 250 Tribute

Stephen Foster, the father of American Music, was born on the 4th of July, 1826 in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania. His music lives on today and is performed by a variety of artists. Hear renditions of Foster’s best known tunes by Mavis Staples, Raul Malo, BR 549, Michelle Shocked and a few rare...

Live & Direct: Sean Rowe

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.

Dr. Dog - Lonesome

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