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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...

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.

Donora - And Then the Girls

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.

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.

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...

2010 Local Year in Review

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

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...

Live & Direct: Old 97's

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.

Live & Direct: Brett Dennen

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".

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...

Great Lake Swimmers - Easy Come, Easy Go

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.

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: 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'...

Live & Direct from the WYEP Studios - 2010

Brian Siewiorek plays the best performances from artists who played in the WYEP studios in 2010. Including, Michael Franti, The Posies, Brandi Carlile, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and many more.

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...

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.

Live & Direct: Deer Tick

Discumentary: Phish "Billy Breathes"

In 1995, Phish teamed up with producer Steve Lillywhite to create their seventh album. Many critics cite this album as the closest representation of the energy of Phish's live performances. It also gave them their highest charting single in the U.S.

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.

Sharon Van Etten - Leonard

Discumentary: The Smiths "The Queen Is Dead"

The Smiths' 3rd studio album featured songs by guitarist Johnny Marr and singer Morrissey. It was released in June of 1986 and helped to establish the band as one of the best British rock bands of the era. "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" and "Big Mouth Strikes Again" highlight the album that...

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