Don't miss Joel and Ethan Coen's wonderful new film. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he's struggling to make it as a musician. Llewyn’s misadventures take him from the Village to an empty Chicago club—on an odyssey to audition for a music mogul—and back again.
Brimming with music performed by Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan, as well as Marcus Mumford and The Punch Brothers, Inside Lllewyn Davis is infused with the transportive sound of another time. (R, 1hr, 45 min)
Working at WHQR (my top station, if there be doubts) as the webmaster, I think a lot about radio, and what makes good radio. There are some generally agreed upon production standards that can help programs sound good or bad. There are basic problems, like that one dj who always plays with the zipper of his jacket on-air so you can't think about the weather advisory he's reading. All you hear is zzzzzzip zzzzzip zzzzzip. Beyond basic sound issues like that, though, it starts to get wishy-washy, creative, and cool.
Traveling folk singer John Craigie recently released his eighth studio album, The Apocolypse is Over. He sat down with WHQR's Jason Hess to talk about the role of the folk singer in contemporary American music culture. Listen to the radio-edit of the interview here:
Craigie also recorded two live songs while in the WHQR studios. Listen to these two exclusive tracks from WHQR Music:
The following song includes the genesis story of the song, along with a rumination on the value of living outside of the Nashville music scene:
Stray local is a dynamic, Wilmington based trio comprised of Jamie Rowen (guitar/fiddle), Hannah Lomas (mandolin/Vocals), and Nick Simon (percussion). With influences ranging from Southern old time to R&B, this trio sees no boundaries while collaborating and writing songs. Rowen and Lomas studied music together at UNCG, honing their classical chops while falling in love with old time fiddle music. The addition of Simon as a percussionist nicely rounds off this group's full, but subtle sound.