Rock & Roots

Rock & Roots
12:52 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

NPR Music Presents: Josh Ritter In Concert

March 3, 2013 Ritter's new album, The Beast in Its Tracks, is by any definition a breakup record; he wrote it following his own divorce, and every song finds him picking through a relationship's wreckage in pursuit of root causes and a way forward. Watch him perform the album's songs live from New York City.

WATCH and LISTEN HERE...

Rock & Roots
12:48 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

David Bowie, Rock's Shape Shifter, Returns

My musical world does not exist without David Bowie's influence.

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Rock & Roots
9:21 am
Wed February 20, 2013

First Listen: Atoms For Peace, 'Amok'

No two words have ever summed up the music of Radiohead's Thom Yorke quite like his band's own song title, "Paranoid Android." It's all there: the unease and suspicion, the weight of worry, the otherworldly quality, the blend of man and machine, the sense that we're all headed toward imminent collapse.

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Rock & Roots
12:11 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Jim James: On A Spiritual Quest In The Digital Age by: Tom Moon

When he's leading his band My Morning Jacket, Jim James often comes across as a seeker — someone with at least passing curiosity about the metaphysical, if not the unknowable. On his first solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God, his questioning goes a bit deeper.

Rock & Roots
11:33 am
Tue February 12, 2013

WUKY's Rock & Roots continues to support local musicians... LINK to Shaker Steps.

WUKY's Rock & Roots continues to support local musicians... LINK to Shaker Steps... "First and foremost, our goal is to document, present, and share the work of artists we respect performing their music in unique and often unexpected places. We live, work, and play in and around the Lexington, Kentucky area and our hope is to show how this environmental context shapes the music that is created and performed here." ENJOY!!

Rock & Roots
4:26 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

WATCH: Carrie Rodriguez Performs "I Cry for Love" At WUKY

Singer/songwriter Carrie Rodriguez and Luke Jacobs performs a live version of "I Cry for Love" from Rodriguez's Give Me All You Got album at WUKY.

Rock & Roots
2:35 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite Get Muddy by NPR Staff

Ben Harper grew up roaming the aisles and restoring guitars at his family's music store, the Claremont Folk Music Center. Going on its 60th year of business, the storefront in Southern California is where Harper first discovered the harmonica playing of blues legend Charlie Musselwhite.

"We had Charlie's records stacked high at my family's store and at my house," Harper tells NPR's Steve Inskeep.

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Rock & Roots
9:56 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

First Listen: Richard Thompson, 'Electric'

The title of Richard Thompson's 21st solo album, Electric, promises a change of pace while doubling as a mission statement. And, sure enough, the record finds the great guitarist, singer and songwriter plugging in and indulging his rock 'n' roll side, complete with occasional solos that qualify as workouts. On an acoustic guitar, Thompson often simulates the sound of several players plucking and strumming at once.

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Rock & Roots
9:53 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

First Listen: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, 'We The Common'

Quirky but cutting, playful but forceful, controlled but ragged, Thao Nguyen is one of the most commanding and distinctive young singers around. She infuses everything around her with electricity and mischievous boldness, from her live-wire concerts to the way her songs gallop and clamor, picking up intensity as they go along. With her band The Get Down Stay Down, Nguyen is about to release her third album — We the Common, out Feb. 5 — and it's full of tense, clattering folk-rock.

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Rock & Roots
9:50 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

First Listen: Jim James, 'Regions Of Light And Sound Of God'

With My Morning JacketJim James presides over a band whose only consistent characteristic is bigness, whether its members are raging through arena-sized rock 'n' roll, soaring like a choir or indulging a mile-wide playful side, with room for stomping funk, angelic ballads and everything in between.

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