Radio

Mountain Stage After Midnight
10:40 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- September 13 & 14

The late, great Magic Slim first appeared on Mountain Stage in 2012. His music remains "a national treasure" in the blues world.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

As the old saying goes, "Everybody's working for the weekend," and it's no wonder considering the Mountain Stage archived performances we've picked out for this weekend's "Mountain Stage After Midnight." Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners. Each week we'll hand-pick two of our favorite episodes and they'll alternate order each night.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Hear Twin Forks Play "Kiss Me Darling" Live from Mountain Stage

Twin Forks, live on NPR's Mountain Stage with Larry Groce
Credit Brian Blauser

After nearly  two decades fronting iconic emo band Dashboard Confessional, Chris Carrabba has formed the heavily pop-influenced acoustic quartet Twin Forks. Here they perform "Kiss Me Darling," from their self-titled debut.

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Radio
8:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

In Studio with the Montclaire String Quartet

The Montclaire String Quartet after an in-house performance at West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Credit Jim Lange

This past Wednesday, the Montclaire String Quartet stopped by the studios at West Virginia Public Radio for a live in-house performance. They performed selections from their upcoming concerts, gave their insights into the pieces and talked about the group's recent transitions. The members are from around the world but have found a home in West Virginia, and this year they welcome Cristian Fatu to the group. Here is this year's instrumentation:

Anton Shelepov -- 1st violin
Cristian Fatu -- 2nd violin
Bernard DiGregorio -- Viola
Andrea DiGregorio -- Cello
 

Their upcoming concert is at the University of Charleston Sunday, September 14th at 3:00 PM. Tickets are available in advance by calling the Clay Center Box Office at 304-561-3570 or online at wvsymphony.org. Tickets can also be acquired at the door at 2:00 PM. 

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Radio
9:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Mind-Body Connection, Pt. 4 - Merely Present

Guitarist/composer/writer/teacher Robert Fripp exemplifies not only virtuosity and musical innovation, but has taught, by example, how to survive the crazy life of the professional musician.

I am a dreamer.

Far worse when I was young when just about everything jolted me or made me fearful. To counterbalance, I developed a strong imagination. My mother told me that I never needed entertaining; that hours spent with clay, comics, TV or outside activities largely kept me engaged.

But my dreaming nature created a mind that easily left the room. In short, being truly present, controlling or crawling out of that dream state, was an issue that followed me through adolescence and well into my adult years.

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Common Core changing learning and teaching
9:00 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

The Challenge of the Common Core

Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. Greater Expectations: The Challenge of the Common Core, Monday night at 8 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio

There's plenty of controversy surrounding the Common Core, a new set of education standards adopted by most states. Getting less attention is what the standards actually say, and the fact that many teachers like them. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Many teachers say those changes are desperately needed, but some are worried about new Common Core tests and whether they will help improve schools or get in the way of better education.

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Recommended If You Like: Easy, Breezy Folk
7:05 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Bahamas

Afie Jurvanen (aka Bahamas).

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Bahamas, the pseudonym for singer-songwriter Afie Jurvanen. Although Bahamas is far from being Bahamian (hint: Jurvanen hails from the non-Caribbean lands of Canada), his effortlessly beautiful folk will make you believe you're surrounded by sun and sand.

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Radio
4:03 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

On Tour with the Marshall University Chamber Choir

The Marshall University Chamber Choir and director, David Castleberry during their 2012 Tour of France

In 2012, the Marshall University Chamber Choir toured France singing in old cathedrals and churches including the Notre Dame Cathedral. They sang an eclectic mix ranging from Renaissance music to American Spirituals to contemporary music. 

The Chamber Choir is typically made up of about 32 students, with both music majors and non-majors, and is open to auditions for new members. 

This school year, they'll be performing with the Marshall University Orchestra to take on Handel's Messiah in December, and next Spring, they'll be taking a tour of the south, heading to the Atlanta, GA area with stops along the way.

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Radio
11:36 am
Fri September 5, 2014

The Science of Smart

American RadioWorks, The Science of Smart, Monday night at 8 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio

Until recently, we didn't know much about the best ways to learn. Now that's changing. Over recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this American RadioWorks program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

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Mountain Stage Radio Preview
9:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Tune in This Saturday for Patty Griffin, The Head and the Heart, and More on Mountain Stage

Patty Griffin, live on Mountain Stage
Josh Saul

Mountain Stage returns to your radio this weekend with the first premiere broadcast of our fall season. You'll hear from singer-songwriter Patty Griffin, with songs from her long-unreleased classic Silver Bell. 90's hitmakers Toad the Wet Sprocket play some of their best-know songs (including "All I Want" and "Walk on the Ocean") and a few new classics. Indie acoustic darlings The Head and The Heart make their first Mountain Stage appearance, along with newcomer and instant crowd favorite Parker Millsap.

Mountain Stage After Midnight
1:17 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- September 6 & 7

Loudon Wainwright III has played on the show fourteen times since his Mountain Stage debut in 1988.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

 

Longstanding Mountain Stage alums Justin Townes Earle and Loudon Wainwright III are releasing new records this week, so it only seems right to open up the Mountain Stage archives to reminisce over their past performances with the help of “Mountain Stage After Midnight." Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners. Each week we'll hand-pick two of our favorite episodes and they'll alternate order each night.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
1:32 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Hear Toad the Wet Sprocket Play "Walk on the Ocean" Live on Mountain Stage

Toad the Wet Sprocket, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Hitmakers Toad the Wet Sprocket made their first appearance on Mountain Stage near the beginning of their career in 1992. They return 22 years later to perform some of their most beloved songs, including this favorite, "Walk on the Ocean."

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Radio
9:00 am
Wed September 3, 2014

King Crimson 2014: Joy?

KC 2014.
Credit dgmlive.com

"Everything you've heard about King Crimson is true. It's an absolutely terrifying place." ~Bill Bruford

King Crimson - a place where the music might resemble a tsunami, a typhoon, a hurricane and that's just the nice bits. King Crimson - where musical ideas such as acerbic Bartokian Jimi Hendrix guitar riffs, wicked bass lines and polyrhythmic drumming are commonplace. King Crimson - where the 21st century schizoid man roams in all his fractured red nightmares.

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Recommended If You Like: Art Pop from Appalachia
6:07 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews New God

New God, led by West Virginia natives Curt and Kenny Tompkins
Credit Hillary Wilson

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Petersburg-native Kenny Tompkins about New God, Tompkins' Baltimore-based art pop band that includes his very own brother, Curt Tompkins. The interview veers into topics as diverse as New God's music, the future of youth in West Virginia, and the confusion over the band's name and a popular Kanye West song. If you're a fan of music that invokes the breezy, lo-fi catchiness of The Beach Boys, this interview and band are recommended for you.

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Radio
2:06 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

U.S. Marine Band Tours the Mountain State

Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig conducting the United States Marine Band in concert.

The United States Marine Band will be starting its annual 30-day tour starting September 1st. They'll be making two stops in West Virginia:

Morgantown: Tuesday, Sept. 2nd 7:30 PM at the Clay Concert Theater at the Creative Arts Center

Charleston: Wednesday, Sept. 3rd 7:30 PM at the Municipal Auditorium.

They're also kicking off their tour near the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia in McHenry, MD on September 1st.

Tickets are FREE!! and are distributed by the local sponsor.

Tickets may be obtained by sending a self addressed and stamped envelope to...

St. Albans High School
C/O Tim White / Tickets
2100 Kanawha Terrace
St. Albans, WV 25177

or:

Tickets will be available at
Charleston Civic Center Box Office & Taylor Books
For more information visit marchingdragons.com or marineband.marines.mil.  

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
7:10 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- August 30 & 31

Jakob Dylan, Neko Case, and Kelly Hogan performed together as the super-group Jakob Dylan & Three Legs on Mountain Stage in 2010.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Want to hang out with some great live performance radio this Labor Day weekend? Of course you do! To celebrate the end of summer, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" is serving up some delicious performances straight from the Mountain Stage archives. Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners. Each week we'll hand-pick two of our favorite episodes and they'll alternate order each night.

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Mountain Stage Staff Picks
9:30 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Mountain Stage Staff Picks: Mieka Pauley Plays "Wreck"

Mountain Stage Associate Producer Jeff Shirley.
Credit Josh Saul

Earlier in the year, Mountain Stage staffers each picked a single performance to be featured as bonus content on the "best of" USB drives that are given away as pledge premiums. Associate Producer Jeff Shirley chose "Wreck" by singer-songwriter Mieka Pauley:

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:58 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Hear the Steep Canyon Rangers Play "Tell the Ones I Love" Live on Mountain Stage

The Steep Canyon Rangers, Live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers appear on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, fresh off their Grammy award-winning collaborations with Steve Martin. Here they perform the title track from their latest album, "Tell The Ones I Love."

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Radio
9:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

K Flay - Mixing It Up

K Flay.
Credit K Flay

Channel surfing one night, I stumbled upon a video of a young woman performing on Carson Daley's Last Call.  She was rapping and singing what appeared to be original material. It was infectious.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
7:32 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- August 23 & 24

Bahamas, the tropical pseudonym for Afie Jurvanen, appeared on Mountain Stage for the first time during this 2013 show.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

What goes best with Doctor Who's Season 8 premiere this weekend? A big ball of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey live performance radio!

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Recommended If You Like: Of Monsters and Men
4:26 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

"A Change of Tune" Interviews Run River North

Run River North

  This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Alex Hwang (vocals, acoustic guitar) of indie folk group Run River North about the band's self-titled debut. The discussion also veers into the Korean-American band's connections to Honda, their definition of folk music, and how the group was influenced by, of all things, rap and hip-hop music. If you’re a fan of indie folk music with a twist, this interview is recommended for you.

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