Isamu Jordan Obituary
5:45 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Spokane Poet, Rapper Isamu Jordan Mourned By Friends, Fans

Rajah Bose

Spokane music fans are mourning the death of a hip-hop artist who found an audience across the Northwest. Isamu Jordan was found dead at his home Thursday evening. 

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Music + Culture
1:00 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Northwest Symphonies Spotlight Video Game Music

Link is the main character from The Legend of Zelda video games, which will be celebrated by a performance from the Seattle Symphony.
Credit PhoTones_TAKUMA / Flickr

In the next couple of weeks, Northwest symphonies are reaching out to the gamers. The Port Angeles and Seattle Symphonies will both be showcasing video game music in upcoming concerts and while lush orchestral music is now present in many game soundtracks, it’s taken quite a while to get there.

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End of Military Band
7:13 am
Fri September 6, 2013

NW Military Band's History Comes To End As Air Force Shifts Focus

The Band of the Northwest had a variety program from 1951-52 on KING-TV.
Credit Washington Air Guard

A military band that entertained Northwest troops heading off to the Korean War and played the dedication of Grand Coulee Dam will close their music books for good this weekend. The military is deactivating the 560th Air Force Band, based out of Spokane.

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NWPR Books
2:32 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

On The Road To Rock Excess: Why The '60s Really Ended In 1973

British rockers Led Zeppelin pose in front of their private plane, dubbed "The Starship," in 1973.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 6:58 am

Author Michael Walker says that by the end of the 1960s, you could fairly say there were two generations of baby boomers: those who had experienced that decade's peace-and-love era of music firsthand, and those who learned about it from their older brothers and sisters.

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NWPR Books
9:03 am
Fri June 28, 2013

For Carole King, Songwriting Is A 'Natural' Talent

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 7:55 am

This interview was originally broadcast on April 11, 2012.

Carole King initially found it extremely difficult to navigate the social hierarchies of high school. The Grammy Award-winning songwriter was a few years younger than her fellow classmates and was often dismissed as being "cute."

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Music + Culture
11:46 am
Fri June 21, 2013

In Sharpness And In Tune

Pablo Helguera for NPR

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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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Music + Culture
7:33 pm
Sun June 2, 2013

First Listen: 19 Year Old Conrad Tao, 'Voyages'

Conrad Tao's new album, Voyages, comes out June 11.
Lauren Farmer Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 2:44 pm

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Not everyone gets to celebrate his or her 19th birthday the way Conrad Tao will: On June 11, he'll release a major-label debut album and curate the first day of his own three-day new music festival in Brooklyn. But if any musician is primed for such a workload at this age, Tao might just be the one.

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John LaChapelle
5:20 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Memorial Concert For Beloved Northwest Guitar Teacher Set For Sunday

John LaChapelle died at age 91 in March. He was a beloved jazz guitar teacher throughout the Northwest.
LaChapelle family

Jazz musicians from around the country will gather on Sunday to honor a musician who didn’t sell a lot of records, but influenced three generations of jazz guitarists. John LaChapelle died last month at the age of 91 in Richland, Wash.

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Music + Culture
2:03 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Can You Make Sad Songs Sound Happy (And Vice-Versa)?

Michael Stipe broods on the cover of R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" single. Earlier this year, a remarkably cheery-sounding major-key version of the song appeared online.
Album cover

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 4:15 pm

Oleg Berg, an engineer and musician in the Ukraine, had a dream as a kid. He wanted to be able to take popular songs, the recordings of which were instantly recognizable, and invert their sound: making major keys minor and vice versa.

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Accordion Competition
6:19 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Polka Is Out, Even At World Accordion Competition

Spokane accordionist Yev Nosov, 24, is one of the U.S. musicians competing at the World Trophy Accordion Championship this year.
Credit Photo by Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

This week, the Northwest is hosting a historic event – historic, at least, in the word of accordion music. The top players from 19 countries are competing in Spokane at the World Trophy Accordion Championship. It's the first time the prestigious international competition has come to the United States. As Jessica Robinson reports, U.S. accordion players feel they've got something to prove.

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