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It is helpful to think of the release of a new Joywave album as a biological function. "I just naturally produce one every several years," lead singer and songwriter Daniel Armbruster says. "I turn it in to the record company and then they decide if they want to release it. And they liked this one, so it's going to be released." It's kind of like a snake shedding its skin? "It really does feel like that." Joywave sheds the new album, "Possession," on March 13. It's the band's third full...

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It is helpful to think of the release of a new Joywave album as a biological function. "I just naturally produce one every several years," lead singer and songwriter Daniel Armbruster says. "I turn it in to the record company and then they decide if they want to release it. And they liked this one, so it's going to be released."

It's kind of like a snake shedding its skin?

"It really does feel like that."

Ryan Yarmel, better known as Yarms in the area music scene, is one of WRUR's newest show hosts. His new show airs on Thursdays at 6PM. He is not new to Different Radio. Ryan has filled in on Open Tunings when Scott Regan has been away. With an eclectic music mix that ranges from Americana and Folk, to Indie Rock, he hoped to also present live music of the local scene, including artists who may be in town for a gig. Tune in each week for Radioland with Yarms, on Different Radio, WRUR Rochester and WITH Ithaca. 

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It is helpful to think of the release of a new Joywave album as a biological function. "I just naturally produce one every several years," lead singer and songwriter Daniel Armbruster says. "I turn it in to the record company and then they decide if they want to release it. And they liked this one, so it's going to be released."

It's kind of like a snake shedding its skin?

"It really does feel like that."

Ryan Yarmel, better known as Yarms in the area music scene, is one of WRUR's newest show hosts. His new show airs on Thursdays at 6PM. He is not new to Different Radio. Ryan has filled in on Open Tunings when Scott Regan has been away. With an eclectic music mix that ranges from Americana and Folk, to Indie Rock, he hoped to also present live music of the local scene, including artists who may be in town for a gig. Tune in each week for Radioland with Yarms, on Different Radio, WRUR Rochester and WITH Ithaca. 

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Revered songwriter David Olney (born March 23, 1948) died Saturday, January 18, 2020, after suffering an apparent heart attack during a performance in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. He was 71.

A key member of Nashville’s music community since his move to Music City in 1973, the Lincoln, Rhode Island native was a compelling and enigmatic presence. He wrote sonnets and starred at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, and his live concerts blended tenderness and ferocity, theatre and sincerity, agitation and embrace.

At age 76, Eric Andersen considers himself to be in "The Danger Zone."

"Half the people I knew are not around anymore," he says. "Townes is gone, Lou Reed is gone, Rick Danko is gone, Janis is gone. Joni, almost.

"You can't argue with gravity and health."

January is Jeff Riales' month. He's in the midst of a monthlong residency, every Thursday night at Abilene Bar & Lounge. And Friday night at Hochstein Performance Hall, he returns to the event that he inadvertently created, "If All Rochester Wrote the Same Song."

About a decade ago, local singer/songwriter Scott Regan, the host of the weekday mornings "Open Tunings" show on WRUR-FM (88.5), was snooping around Riales' basement. Relax, Regan had been invited, it was a party. And he couldn't have picked a better basement. 

Jake Clemons is the son of a U.S. Marine band director, a kid who grew up in a strict Southern Baptist household. "We listened to a lot of marching-band music," he says. "I was very familiar with John Philip Sousa, a lot of classical music and gospel." But Jake also knew that his uncle, Clarence Clemons, was the saxophonist for one of the biggest rock 'n' roll bands in the world: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

I've learned from past experience that, if you want to catch Lewis Black when he is calm and displaying socially acceptable behavior, it must be in the morning.

But when I call him at his New York City apartment at 10:30 in the morning, I'm already too late. He's been watching the impeachment hearings.

"You elect somebody who doesn't, who never took a civics class," Black says, his voice rising with his anger, "and then you've got a portion of the country THAT DOESN'T UNDERSTAND HOW THE GOVERNMENT IS RUN?"

What is it that Alan Murphy wants from his band, The Mighty High and Dry?

"I'm looking for a churchy Americana vibe," he says, "but we have some stuff that people can dance to, soul, soul and blues."

He wants different voices, so he's co-written songs such as "Little Red Dress" with Zahyia Rolle of the local R&B band Vanishing Sun. And a couple with Vanessa Mangione, one with a "Johnny Cash vibe," Murphy says, and another he describes as "a gospel party song."

WRUR is giving you some extra musical treats for your Thanksgiving Holiday. In addition to a special Open Tunings at 9AM on Thursday, you’re invited to a Thanksgiving potluck with Questlove, the co-founder of The Roots and bandleader for The Tonight Show. Quest stops by to talk about his new book, Mixtape Potluck. It’s a collection of recipes from friends like Martha Stewart, Jimmy Fallon and Maya Rudolph paired with music picked by Quest. Save room for dessert. It’s Questlove’s Mixtape Potluck, Thursday at 2PM and repeating that night at 8PM.

Music school project gets creative with fundraising

Nov 22, 2019

It's 8 p.m. on a snowy Wednesday night in November, and a crew of musicians is gathered in the cozy third-floor attic of Ben Morey and Katie Morey-Preston's home, which doubles as a recording studio and rehearsal space.

The group is gathered to rehearse for a rather unconventional event: a live performance of Harry Nilsson's "The Point!," which will take place at the Cinema Theater on South Clinton Avenue on Nov. 23 and 24. The all-ages event is a fundraiser for The Submarine School of Music, a community music school that the married couple hopes to launch in fall 2020.


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