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The Tiny Desk Contest this year is now closed and we thank all the local artists who entered this year. We will have a complete list of local entrants sometime next week and a Tiny Desk Favorites concert sometime in the very near future. You can browse all entries here . Until the complete local list is available, here are a few of the local entrants:

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The Tiny Desk Contest this year is now closed and we thank all the local artists who entered this year. We will have a complete list of local entrants sometime next week and a Tiny Desk Favorites concert sometime in the very near future. You can browse all entries here. Until the complete local list is available, here are a few of the local entrants:

Carole King's iconic career as a singer, songwriter, and pianist extraordinaire is celebrated with a two-hour special, Natural Woman, The Carole King Radio Special. The first hour looks at Carole King's early career when she wrote great hits for other artists - from her first songwriting hit in 1961 at aged 18 Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow to her huge hit for the Monkees Pleasant Valley Sunday.

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Blooming storms permeate The Felice Brothers' first album in three years. With Undress, the Felice Brothers' folk-rock sound and vision has matured and focused, and the band does its best at making sense of our modern times.

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Tacocat has come a long way since its early numbers about psychic cats and Tonya Harding. Formed in 2007, the Seattle punks have garnered a devoted fan base for their feminist pop-punk anthems, catchy hooks and subversive lyrics – and they've inevitably grown up along the way. To be fair, the world also left them no choice.

As austerely down-to-earth as the modal melodies of Appalachian folk music can sound, they can also convey profound pining. "The tenderness of a folk song does not arise only from nostalgia about how wonderful everything is back home," the feminist theologian Wendy Farley once wrote. "Whatever the particularities from which this nostalgic longing arises, it continues to wound our hearts because it is also nostalgia for something no one has ever experienced." In handed-down tunes, she recognized "desire's refusal to accept the limitations of life."

Why do people need to be free? It's a facetious question, almost offensive, that can be answered in a million ways. Yet to ponder it is to touch down on the human side of political struggle. Consider one thing freedom makes possible, for example: intimacy. People become themselves through close exchanges with others, from a mother's arms to a lover's, speaking into the ear of a close friend or a sister and hearing themselves in the answers that come.

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The premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country.

The Tiny Desk Contest this year is now closed and we thank all the local artists who entered this year. We will have a complete list of local entrants sometime next week and a Tiny Desk Favorites concert sometime in the very near future. You can browse all entries here. Until the complete local list is available, here are a few of the local entrants:

Choosing different mics to capture a variety of instruments is an art form. There are countless options at different price points and there are no right answers. EQ adjustments to treble, bass and midrange frequencies can make an inexpensive mic sound good. Mic placement can change the sound dramatically. Whenever I'm not sure how to record an instrument, I move my head around until it sounds nice, then I replace my head with a mic. (Trade secret!) Also, what does the room sound like where you're recording?

As winter departs and springtime begins, Heavy Rotation returns to spotlight a collection of songs by fresh artists, selected by public radio DJs across the country.

This month on Heavy Rotation, hear SOAK's disco-ball beat that won't quit, Faye Webster's vacation breeze of a song that explores the many facets of feeling alone, a raspy battle cry from Mavis Staples and a live SXSW session from BAILEN, best heard down by the creekside and out in the awakened sun.

Carole King's iconic career as a singer, songwriter, and pianist extraordinaire is celebrated with a two-hour special, Natural Woman, The Carole King Radio Special. The first hour looks at Carole King's early career when she wrote great hits for other artists - from her first songwriting hit in 1961 at aged 18 Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow to her huge hit for the Monkees Pleasant Valley Sunday.

March is Women's History month, and Different Radio will air a series of specials focusing on some extraordinary women singers and singer-songwriters. Sunday Mornings from 10 am to noon, each week an artist will be featured, This week, March 24th,  Linda Ronstadt will be featured. The remarkable and varied performing career of Linda Ronstadt is explored by a panel of her friends, music writers, musicians and fans.

March is Women's History month, and Different Radio will air a series of specials focussing on some extraordinary women singers and singer-songwriters. Sunday Mornings from 10 am to noon, each week an artist will be featured, This week, March 17th,  Bonnie Raitt will be featured.. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and multiple Grammy-Award winner Bonnie Raitt is profiled in this two hour music and commentary special featuring an exclusive interview with Bonnie as well as comments from Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Maia Sharp, Freebo, Bill Payne, Ann Powers and more.

Once again, Different Radio is partenering with NPRMusic for this year's Tiny Desk Contest!

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March is Women's History month, and Different Radio will air a series of specials focussing on some extroidnary women singers and singer-songwriters. Sunday Mornings from 10 am to noon, each week starting March 10, an artist will be featured, starting with Joni Mitchell. Joni Mitchell recently celebreated her 75th birthday and this special looks back on her career and her influence on the music industry. The Emergence of Joni Mitchell, this Sunday March 10th, 10 AM to Noon on Different Radio.

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This weekend, we present a look at the incredible partnership of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, songwriters, producers, and influencers of the music industry.  2008 Rock + Roll Hall of Fame inductees Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff discuss the history of their collaboration, the stories behind their biggest hits, and their successful community development projects throughout Philadelphia. Legendary Philadelphia International Records artists Teddy Pendergrass, Patti Labelle and Billy Paul also chime in about their work with Gamble + Huff.

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