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30 Years Later: Was 1988 The Greatest Year In Music?

It's 1988. A gallon of gas is about 90 cents. Movie tickets average $3.50 a flick. And while you were at the movies, chances are you caught Rain Man , Who Framed Roger Rabbit , Big or Beetlejuice . On television, Miami Vice was still going strong, as St. Elsewhere was ending. In August, Yo! MTV Raps debuted. Musically, your Walkman collection of cassettes game is strong. You're holding a new album by this new Philly hip-hop duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, and a few new releases by The...

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Gaelynn Lea performed a great concert in Fariport and Ithaca, and you can stream the album this week. .

This Saturday, WRUR will be broadcasting live as part of the WXXI Open House, from 10AM til 3PM. Scott Regan and John Sebaste will be in Studio 280 as part of our broadcast schedule. In addition, there will be fun, food, and so much more, including: 

Tune in for this live broadcast from the Memorial Art Gallery’s Clothesline Arts Festival, or stop by and see us there!  Saturday, September 8th from 10 AM to Noon on Different Radio, WRUR. Scott Regan will be broadcasting his Open Tunings Saturday program, and will be joined by Maureen Rich, host of Road to Joy, and Mike Murray of Whole Lotta' Shakin', as well as other guests. Join us for great art and music at this year's Clothesline Arts Festival. The program will also air live on WITH, 90.1FM in Ithaca.

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Over two decades ago in 1997, when violinist Hilary Hahn was 17, she made a celebrated recording debut, Hilary Hahn Plays Bach. That year, Hahn told NPR about her enthusiasm for Bach's music.

"There's nothing I really wanted to record more than Bach," Hahn said. "I can work on it for a long time and keep discovering more things that surprise me every time."

Heather Morgan has written songs for some of the biggest names in country music — Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney and Brett Eldredge just to name a few. She's the writer behind Eldredge's "Beat of the Music," which won BMI song of the year in 2015. Now, Morgan is ready to move into her own spotlight.

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Remembering Aretha Franklin

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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.

Rochester's Mikaela Davis comes home for a show and CD release party at Abilene Saturday 8/11 before heading to Europe. She will be showcasing her new album "Delivery". She will join Scott in the studio for an interview and live music Saturday Morning beginning at 10AM.

Different Radio will once again be live at the Grassroots Festival this Friday morning beginning at 9:00 during Open Tunings with Scott Regan. Scott will interview artists in this year's festival, and will include some live performances from the festival site. 

This year's GrassRoots Festival begins Thursday, July 19th and runs through the weekend, with many favorites and special guests, including host Donna the Buffalo, Patty Griffin, Toots & the Maytals, The Wood Brothers, Valerie June, Jim Lauderdale, Keith Frank & Soileau Zydeco, The Campbell Brothers, Driftwood, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Sim Redmond Band, and Big Mean Sound Machine will perform, just to name a few. Here is the complete lineup.

Join us Friday morning beginning at 9:00 for Open Tunings, live from GrassRoots 2018 on Different Radio.

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Tune in Tonight, Thursday June 7 at 8PM for A Live First Listen Concert with Neko Case.

The ever-evolving artistic journey of Neko Case takes new turns and hits new heights with Hell-On, an album borne of life's curveballs and collaborations, triumphs and surprising influences.

It is with great sadness that we are reporting the passing of  Robert "Heavy Metal Bob" Stiewe on May 16th, 2018. Bob was the host of the Academy of Shred, which he hosted since 2003 on WRUR. He owned and operated Heavy Metal Records in Webster until this past April. He is survived by his loving wife Jan and his two step daughters Cori and Kelli, as well as many many friends he considered family. A special celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family. Donations to the Benincasa House would be greatly appreciated.

Beginning at noon ET on Friday, May 18, watch Tanya Donelly's Belly and UK rock act Editors perform live at the Non-Comm radio conference in Philadelphia. The show streams via VuHaus from World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

FRIDAY MAY 18

12:00-12:25 p.m. – Belly

12:30-1:00 p.m. – Editors

Beginning at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 17, watch Brandi Carlile and Jade Bird perform live at public radio's Non-Comm conference. The show streams live via VuHaus from World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

Thursday, May 17

12:00-12:25 p.m. ET – Jade Bird

12:30-1:00 p.m. ET – Brandi Carlile

Beginning at 12 noon ET on Wednesday, May 16, watch Titus Andronicus and Courtney Barnett perform during the first Free At Noon Concert of public radio's NON-COMMvention 2018. The show streams live via VuHaus from World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Find set times below, shown in Eastern Time and are subject to change.

WEDESDAY MAY 16

12:00 p.m. - 12:25 p.m. – Titus Andronicus

Different Radio is attending NonComm 2018 hearing new music to bring back to you. You can watch and listen by going to the vuhaus link above. Here is the lineup:

NonCOMM 2018 Live Streaming Schedule (All times EDT and subject to change) TUESDAY MAY 15 7:00p-7:25p – Craig Stickland 7:30p-7:55p – Sunny War 8:00p-8:25p – Parquet Courts 8:30-8:55p – Mitski 9:00-9:25p – Nilüfer Yanya (Slingshot Artist) 9:30p-10:00p – Phoebe Bridgers (Slingshot Artist) 10:05p-10:30p – Lucy Dacus 10:35p-11:05p – Rayland Baxter 11:10p-11:40p – Gang Of Youths

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