Arts and Humanities
8:00 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Louisville Music Web Series for Kids Releases First Season of Shows

Jacob Duncan hosts and Will Oldham answers audience questions during a Liberation Living Room concert.
Credit Liberation Living Room.

Hipster children's music albums abound—everyone from They Might Be Giants to Bloodshot Records has cashed in on the laudable trend of non-saccharine music for kids. Members of Louisville jazz group Liberation Prophecy have taken the idea a step further with their 2013 project Liberation Living Room, a series of live concerts for kids by acclaimed musicians filmed for a web series—with nary a "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" in sight. 

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Arts and Humanities
10:01 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Serbian-Born Djuro Zivkovic Wins Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition

Djuro Zivkovic
Credit University of Louisville

 A Serbian-born composer has won the Grawemeyer Award for music composition from the University of Louisville.

The university says Djuro Zivkovic's chamber orchestra piece “On the Guarding of the Heart” “makes a huge emotional journey” through the course of its 20-minutes.

The piece was first performed in 2011, and it was written in the months prior in an 18th-Century house in Sweden.

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Arts and Humanities
3:12 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Pumpkin Faces in the Night: Wax Fang Covers Misfits' 'Halloween'

Wax Fang
Credit Wax Fang

Here's a treat from local favorites Wax Fang (winners of the inaugural Louisville Music Award Song of the Year for "The Blonde Leading the Blonde") -- a stately baroque cover of the Misfits' spooky anthem "Halloween." 

If anyone sees Scott Carney packing a ton of cat litter through the Kroger parking lot today, send us a pic.

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Arts and Humanities
9:48 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Guitar Emporium Likely to Reopen This Month

Credit Guitar Emporium

The store’s walls were mostly empty but for some signed pictures, and a few guitars. Those few guitars were of quality.

There was a Bourgeois Small Jumbo acoustic costing $3,400.  A Gibson Les Paul electric, a rare Martin electric. And while these instruments might excite guitar geeks, they’ll probably get more excited to learn where they hung: the Guitar Emporium.

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Local News
7:40 am
Sun August 11, 2013

Q&A: Guestroom Records Bringing OKC Shop to Louisville

The U.S. economy is getting better, observers say. Maybe slowly, but it's getting better.

The Great Recession and the changes wrought by the digital age decimated many industries, and the market for brick-and-mortar record shops has long been on the deathwatch list. The situation was made perfectly clear in Louisville in 2011 when Ear X-tacy, the city's biggest (10,000 square feet in what's now the Panera Bread on Bardstown Road) and most famous record shop, closed.

Smaller shops have endured in Louisville. And a new one is coming from an unlikely place.

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Arts and Humanities
12:34 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Forecastle Schedule Released

Forecastle has released the daily schedules for its upcoming festival, so you can start obsessively arranging your three days on Waterfront Park hour-by-hour. The festival kicks off on Friday, July 12 at 4:45 p.m. with folk-rockers Roadkill Ghost Choir (sounds like: Radiohead channels Gram Parsons) on the Boom Stage and American bass pioneer Salva on the dance-oriented Ocean Stage, then wraps at 11 p.m. Sunday, July 14, with closing headliners The Avett Bros. 

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Local News
4:30 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Now on WFPL...Your Music

Remember a few weeks ago, when we asked local musicians to submit instrumental music for us to play in between stories, segments and shows on WFPL?

You responded. 

We had over 100 submissions. We've been digging through them for the last few weeks, and we have come up with a steady rotation of local music beds, which are now airing on WFPL. Tune in. You'll hear them throughout the day. 

Thank you.

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Local News
1:32 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

WFPL Wants (Needs?) Local Music for Station Breaks

Even Devin Katayama is writing music for WFPL.

Hey, Louisville. WFPL loves local music, and we want to feature more of it on air. No, we're not taking on our beloved sister station, WFPK. We're looking for fresh songs to play in between news segments and shows throughout the day.

You know the music we use. You've been hearing it for years. It's the acoustic guitar riff that plays right after Ira Glass signs off, or that synth-and-drums number you hear underneath the credits on Sunday afternoons.


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Arts and Humanities
2:49 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Byline: Music City Hit-Makers with the Louisville Orchestra

Songwriters Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson with their Grammy Award for "Jesus, Take the Wheel," recorded by Carrie Underwood.

On today's Byline, I welcomed Grammy Award-winning songwriter Brett James and composer Charlie Judge, two of the members of the Music City Hit-Makers team. James has written songs for Kenny Chesney ("Out Last Night," "When the Sun Goes Down") and Carrie Underwood (including the Grammy Award-winner "Jesus, Take the Wheel"), as well as Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Tim McGraw and dozens of other chart-topping artists.

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