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Did you catch the interview with Billy Joe Shaver during Morning Edition today? Find out who his text buddy is and how his persistence in stalking Waylon Jennings paid off.

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This weekend, one of the original restaurants at The Gateway shopping center in Salt Lake City will serve its last meal. Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill is closing Saturday. While there is a growing list of closures at The Gateway, one restaurant is opening this month that promises a new experience.

Problem: Soy un perdedor.
Solution: You’ll never amount to anything with that attitude, mister.

At last! McSweeney’s brings us some common sense solutions to problems posed in alt-pop songs.

They've become one of my favorite bands of 2014...check out Saintseneca's Tiny Desk Concert.

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NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Jenny Lewis about insomnia, the death of her father, the creative process, her sense of humor and her new album, The Voyager.

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MC/producer Ishmael Butler once fronted Digable Planets. But don't expect anything like 1992's "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" with Shabazz Palaces' new album Lese Majesty. Butler's newest project is hip hop-based, but it's also atmospheric. Abstract. Check it out - NPR Music is featuring the album in its entirety through July 29, 2014. 

Today's RadioWest is a rebroadcast of a conversation with Michael Rossato-Bennett, the director of "Alive Inside," a documentary that explores the healing power of music. The film is screening in Salt Lake City next week (July 22, 2014) as part of RadioWest's Through the Lens collaboration with the Utah Film Center. If you've never checked out a Through the Lens screening - mark your calendar and treat yourself.

A dreamy, anthemic celebration of life brought to you by The Polyphonic Spree and our friends at NPR's All Songs TV. Check out The Polyphonic Spree's live show in Salt Lake City on July 25, featuring the band's current lineup of 22 members!

Crank up the volume...it's Moon Hooch!

Did you catch Bob Boilen (NPR's All Songs Considered) on RadioWest today? Bob shares some of his favorite artists, songs and albums of 2014. Check out his complete playlist - which includes music by by St. Vincent, Beck and Kishi Bashi. Lots of good stuff...and plenty more to look forward to for the end-of-year review!

Top off your mug and secure your dancing boots, as NPR Music brings us the most caffeinated backyard performance of the year...

I’m due for a confession. For as much as I tout myself as a great fan of alternative rock and all sub-genres that fall under that description, I only recently (in the past three years) began to regularly listen to English rock legends The Stone Roses. Still, it’s not too shocking. As fans of music, we all experience our own “eras” or “phases.” But it seems now more than ever, I’m coming around to the rich contributions that the UK offered to the rock music of the eighties and nineties.  It’s not that I’ve been completely blind to it, it’s just that I’m now immersing myself in it.

Drum Fill Fridays!

Jun 27, 2014
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Just for a moment, quit obsessing over what Game of Thrones character you are (we both know it's probably Sam) and try one of these music quizzes from the folks over at All Songs Considered's Nerds! blog.  Can you guess which shoes belong to Seun Kuti?  That's the game in the Sole Of A Band quiz series, and it's certainly not an easy one.

Work it!

Jun 26, 2014

I've been thinking about you, dear KUER Music readers, as I literally sweat the ear buds out of my head during my daily workout. I thought I'd share a few of the songs that are on my workout mix - the songs that really get me moving. And I'm always on the lookout for new workout tunes, so email me or comment to this post if you have suggestions. Everybody ona move! (la la laaaaaa)...

Michael Franti & Spearhead, "Everybody Ona Move," Yell Fire! (2006)

Chances are you've checked out OK Go's video for their new song, "The Writing's on the Wall." Cool, right? Since its release, it's been viewed more than 7 million times. All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen brings us a sneak-peek at how this one-take video was created.

Jungle Performs "Busy Earnin'" For KCRW

Jun 20, 2014

UK outfit Jungle—whose foot-stomping blend of funk, disco, and synth-pop took this year's SXSW festival by storm—recently stopped by the KCRW studios for an extended session, including the above rendition of "Busy Earnin'".

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If you're a regular listener of Snap Judgment, you know that each story is crafted with a beat - music isn't simply relegated to a segue or hidden underneath a story. Snap Judgment's Pat Mesiti-Miller (artist, producer and sound designer) talks with Transom about how he uses music to give life to a story. Catch Snap Judgment Saturdays at 11 a.m. on 90.1.

Willie Nelson On Women And Song

Jun 16, 2014
David McClister

"I've been around a lot of women," says country legend Willie Nelson, "So you'd think I'd have learned more than I know.

First Listen: Phish, 'Fuego'

Jun 16, 2014
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As reigning kings of the jam band scene, Phish have always been a bit divisive—some fans fall in love with their free-wheeling improvisation and extended live sets, while others find the sound a bit too unmoored, the constant noodling perhaps a bit self-indulgent.  With their most recent album, Fuego, however, NPR's Michael Katzif writes that Phish have hit upon "[their] finest work in more than a decade", and one with the potential to score some new converts to the Phish-head side.

The Walkmen's Walter Martin has produced a family-friendly album (We're All Young Together). Here's the video for the song "Sing to Me" featuring Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O (courtesy of All Songs TV). So sweet!

KEXP: Young Fathers

Jun 9, 2014

Scottish trio Young Fathers rip it up with their live performance of "Get Up." Check out the entire set on KEXP's YouTube channel.

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Icelandic singer, fashionista and eco-activist Björk's "multimedia exploration of the universe" ecological curriculum has been adopted by schools in several north European countries, including her native Iceland. The Biophilia Educational Programme is funded by the Nordic Council, and is designed to promote learning outside of the confines of classroom walls.

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The Utah Arts Festival is a summer tradition. Whether you're in the market for a new piece of artwork or you want to treat the little ones to an afternoon of face painting, there's something to entertain the whole family at this year's festival. As always, there's a fantastic slate of live music: guitarist Anna Popovic, vintage rockers Chris Robinson Brotherhood, singer/songwriter John McCutcheon and newgrass jam banders Mountain Heart. Click here for the full music schedule.

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Although I'd arrived at my destination, I sat in my car this morning so I could finish listening to David Greene's interview with musician Bob Mould. The band he co-founded in 1979, Hüsker Dü, provided the soundtrack to my teenage years and early 20s. More than half a lifetime later, I'm downloading songs from his new album.

All Songs TV brings us a video by Trampled by Turtles for their new single, "Are You Behind the Shining Star?" Such a sweet summertime song, I'm smitten!

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Weathering the shaky test of time that the music industry has seen over the past two decades, The Heavy Metal Shop (63 Exchange Place, Salt Lake City) has stood strong—one might say with one big “maloik” (also called “sign of the horns”) held high. Owner Kevin Kirk has spent the past 27 years in Rock & Retail and has seen it all—from fanatical anti-metal people coming into his shop to legends like Alice Cooper sporting the iconic shop logo.

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What's spinning on public radio? Malian singer-songwriter and guitarist Habib Koite's replaced his guitar with a banjo in his song "L.A." and Ohio folk-poppers Saintseneca put a happy face on loneliness with "Happy Alone" (I'm absolutely loving this song). Download the songs that are on heavy rotation at public radio stations throughout the U.S. courtesy of NPR Music.

KUER's Books & Beats

May 29, 2014
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Have you heard KUER's new feature Books & Beats yet? Betsy Burton brings you all things books and Dan Nailen covers beats. Check the Books & Beats archives for previews of upcoming concerts, including Red Butte Garden's 2014 Outdoor Concert Series. Books & Beats airs Saturdays at 7:35 a.m. and 9:35 a.m. during Weekend Edition on 90.1.

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When the sole focus is on making good things and you clear the decks of all the noise, it — so far — has yielded good results.  — Rick Rubin

Did you catch producer Rick Rubin on Studio 360 last weekend? He's produced albums by Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash, Kanye West and Jay Z. The man is brilliant. Did you hear what he did with Neil Diamond's 12 Songs album? Pure magic!

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