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Mandolin Orange to perform live on The Bull City Cosmic Hoedown -- Tues April 20th 7pm

 Tune in to The Bull City Cosmic Hoedown during the 7:00pm hour on Tues April 20 to hear a live performance and interview with Chapel Hill's Mandolin Orange.  This exciting young folk/bluegrass duo has been burning up the club circuit and outdoor festivals with their fiddle and mandolin playing and their tight vocal harmonies.  Andrew Marlin and Emily Franz have been drawing large crowds wherever they play and have gotten a lot of attention for their wonderful duet singing and original songs, as well as covers of classic country and bluegrass tunes.     Last year they released an EP and are now about to release their first full-length album, "Quiet Little Room", with an album release party at Local 506 on May 1st.

 

 

 

 

The Words That I Manifest

Hip-Hop legend and GangStarr founder Guru has passed away yesterday morning (April 19) after a long battle with cancer.
Rest In Peace.

 

 

Free Electric State: Live Interview, 11 April 2010 @ 6:00 PM

Tune in for conversation with Free Electric State. We'll be chatting about their soon-to-be-released full-length album Caress, which will be released on Churchkey Records on April 20th.

We welcome your questions: send them in via our online request line (on the left hand side of our website) at any time during the program.

Tune in at 88.7 FM in the triangle area or at wxdu.org worldwide.

 

Flamenco guitar music live on The Bull City Cosmic Hoedown -- Tues March 30

 

Tune into The Bull City Cosmic Hoedown on Tues March 30th 6-8pm to hear live Flamenco guitar music played by Ed Stephenson and Craig Hilton of the Raleigh-based Paco Band.  They'll be playing flamenco classics from the likes of Paco de Lucia as well as tunes that mix jazz and flamenco styles.  The live music starts in the 7pm hour.

 

 

 

Azucar y Candela featured review: CURTIS BROTHERS QUARTET

The Curtis Brothers--bassist Luques and pianist Zaccai--might have featured their mentor, Eddie Palmieri, on their debut quartet album Blood Spirit Land Water Freedom. Instead, they asserted their artistic independence by joining forces with other young lions. The results are fresh and revelatory, like spring growth in the garden of Latin jazz.  READ MORE>>>>

Born of African-American and Puerto Rican heritage and raised in Hartford, Conn., the Curtis Brothers filled out their quartet edition with conguero Reinaldo DeJesus and drummer Richie Barshay. A deeply felt sense of Puerto Rican identity pulses through the album, with the strong emergence of Afro-Puertorican rhythms alongside traditional Afro-Cuban elements.

 

Dueling Harmonicas tonight on The Bull City Cosmic Hoedown

Tune in Tues March 16 6pm-8pm for The Bull City Cosmic Hoedown to hear two of North Carolina's finest harp slingers, Chris Turner and Bill Newton.  Chris is well known for his work in blues, folk and celtic music and has led such ragged Durham aggregations as The Nee Ningy Band, The Wompers and The Pesky Varmints. Bill Newton can be seen weekly with The Duke Street Dawgs or out in full force with Rebecca and The Hi-Tones, playing regularly in The Jon Shain Trio, or leading his own horn-heavy BBQ.   These guys are both deadly harmonica players and will be sporting a massive collection of diatonic, chromatic and chord harmonicas, including some two and three foot-long German specimens... Tune in for their live set in the 7:00 hour tonight.

 

The Music lab Electronic Dance Music Saturday Nights

Tune in to the Lab!!!   Saturday Nights are a night of excellent electronic dance music on WXDU. Irax/Nine starts the night off at 10pm with the Music Lab. Live mixes and local information on DJ parties. Tune in For live mixes and fresh international Electronic Dance music every weekend.

Some of the genres you may hear on any given night Electro House, Techno, Drum and Bass, Dubstep, Minimal, House, Tech House Mixed Live at the WXDU station by me Irax/Nine. So tune In Sat Night 10-Midnight for Irax/Nine and 12-2am for Peter.
 

We're Working On It!

Tuesday 3/16/10. 11:30am. We're having some work done on our transmitter, but stick with us, the engineers are on the case and things should be normal soon.

 

Azucar y Candela featured review: RICARDO LEMVO y MAKINA LOCA

Angolan singer Ricardo Lemvo, born in The Congo and based in L.A., celebrates his 20-year recording career, NOT with a "best of" compilation, but with ALL NEW recordings of favorite tunes spanning five albums. Confidently expanding on hits like "Mambo Yo Yo" and "Yiri Yiri Bon," and including two never-heard bonus tracks, Retrospectiva was well worth the effort. READ MORE>>>>

Lemvo's trademark pastiche, a deeply multi-cultural mix of African and Latin American grooves, has never felt, or sounded, better. The remakes are built out and rearranged in ways that enhance all of Lemvo's rootsy appeal, without sounding like cookie cutter studio productions. Cuban pianist, flutist and arranger "El Niño" Jesus Alejandro Perez is heavy and smokin' like an old lady's puro, and both of Lemvo's fabulous soukous guitarists, "Huit Kilos" Nseka and Bopol Mansiamina, are in force throughout. Admittedly, I'm a salsa fan, but the sexy, slow-creeping African dance grooves are some of my favorite tracks here. Retrospectiva will make you fall in love with Ricardo Lemvo all over again.

 

 

 

The Kool Keith Special on ILL BEATS

Kool Keith is coming to Cat's Cradle 3/16 and in honor of this, I will be playing a 2 hour career-spanning set of tracks by Keith/Ultramagnetic MCs/Dr. Octagon/Nogatco Rd/Dr. Doom on Thursday March 11 from 10 PM-Midnight.

WHICH MC SHOULD BE APRIL'S FEATURED ARTIST ON ILL BEATS?

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