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Music Helping Jeni B. 'Come Alive Again'

9/13/2018
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Bloomington native Jenny Bratcher-Crafton, a.k.a. "Jeni-B.," has an opera and musical theater background. But debilitating health issues sidelined the music career of this talented vocalist and songwriter just over a decade ago.

Duration:00:10:38

Twin Cities Musicians Pull Matt Garrison Back Into Music

9/12/2018
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Matt Garrison says bandmates in Bloomington-Normal cajoled him out of a seven-year music hiatus that began with the birth of his son nine years ago.

Duration:00:10:04

Professional Recording Studios Thriving In Twin Cities

9/10/2018
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Music industry experts have predicted the demise of the traditional recording studio for nearly two decades.

Duration:00:05:15

From Mali To The Twin Cities

8/17/2018
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Defining a griot’s role in West African society can be a challenge, as the title doesn’t translate easily to European-based culture. Roughly, a griot is fluent in history and has a deep understanding of the culture and lineage of the clan in which they were born into. Historically they would counsel kings and tutor princes, and often counsel other families of means. They’re also storytellers and musicians.

Duration:00:08:48

Billy Branch Shaped By Blues, Classic Rock

8/17/2018
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Billy Branch is a Chicago bluesman through and through. But he says many bands we now call classic rock had as much an influence on his sound as did the blues legends that became his mentors.

Duration:00:05:04

Mourning Aretha Franklin: 'There Was No Greater Voice'

8/16/2018
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The contemporary music world lost perhaps its greatest voice Thursday morning when Aretha Franklin passed away at age 76 .

Duration:00:05:47

Thelonious Monk Documentary To Show At Normal Theater

8/15/2018
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Illinois Wesleyan University jazz studies director Glenn Wilson says rare concert footage is a major reason the Thelonious Monk documentary is "a must watch."

Duration:00:05:01

City Mouse Band Leader Says Punk Keeps Her Sane

8/9/2018
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Miski Dee Rodriguez said she left corporate America 15 years ago to follow her true love: Music.

Duration:00:05:22

Old Smoke Band Takes Time To Craft Impressive Debut Album

8/2/2018
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The now five member blues-rock outfit Old Smoke has been headlining central Illinois shows and opening for national acts including Samantha Fish and Tommy Castro at the Castle Theatre for roughly three years -- despite no album to sell or promote.

Duration:00:05:11

Chicago Farmer's Birthday Present to His Fans: Live Album And 2-Night Party

8/1/2018
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Cody Diekhoff as his alter ego Chicago Farmer is a riveting live performer who has cultivated a loyal following with folk songs and stories about the American heartland. And especially central Illinois.

Duration:00:05:27

Stefen Robinson: Improvising Music When Words Fail

7/26/2018
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What to do when words won’t describe the current political landscape in the United States? At least words that can be aired on the radio?

Duration:00:05:39

Bloomington Hip-Hop Artist: Attitude Connected To Religion

7/19/2018
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Bloomington hip-hop artist Dominique Stevenson said positive messages and uplifting vibes in his music are connected to his religion. He doesn't believe people can achieve happiness, or good, alone.

Duration:00:09:53

Switchback: American Roots With Celtic Soul

7/12/2018
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A new take on an old Irish proverb: Original music is like a four-leaf clover — hard to find and lucky to have.

Duration:00:08:21

Bloomington Record Store Finds Live Music Niche

7/12/2018
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John Anderson has filled a record store niche in the Twin Cities with an eclectic mix of genres at Reverberation Vinyl, his store on Main Street across from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.

Duration:00:08:35

The Something Brothers Launch 'Apollo'

7/11/2018
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The Something Brothers guitarist Edwin Pierce said it was surprisingly easy for band members to create and record new music together despite a nearly 30-year studio hiatus, and missing a key band member.

Duration:00:06:08

Megg Farrell Finds Her Country Style

7/9/2018
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The woman who fronts the Hot Jazz band Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers with Normal native and saxophonist Ryan Weisheit said a desire to tap into her folk and country roots was the impetus to morph into a different lineup with a new name.

Duration:00:11:08

Textures, Imagery Key To Latest Neko Case Album

7/2/2018
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The last time singer-songwriter Neko Case played the Castle Theatre in Bloomington, the sold-out crowd missed out on her new album. The recording "Hell-On" was still a few months away from release.

Duration:00:04:05

Band Of Heathens Believes Music Is A Uniter

6/28/2018
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Musicians not prone to wade into politics are showing their hand more often in the current political climate.

Duration:00:04:33

Kyle Yap Brings Keen Ear For Melody To Normal Music Fest

6/20/2018
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Bloomington singer-songwriter Kyle Yap said his father raised him on a steady diet of his classic rock LPs. You can hear the influences during a live Yap show.

Duration:00:14:01

At Their Lowest Point, Music Lifts Up Harmonious Wail

6/14/2018
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The husband-wife team behind the Madison, Wisconsin-based Harmonious Wail says their resolve to play uplifting music was tested when their son died three years ago.

Duration:00:03:52