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Music, artist interviews, and upcoming performances around western Montana.

Iceland Rocks

Aug 11, 2013

Maybe it is something to do with the landscape, but with a population only a little bigger than Spokane (about 320, 000), Iceland produces more than its fair share of talented musicians.   The well-known names include Björk, Jónsi and his band Sigur Rós, as well as youngsters Of Monsters and Men.

Michael Marsolek talks with John Zoltek, Music Director of Glacier Symphony and Chorale, about the sixth annual Festival Amadeus, August 4-10 in Whitefish, MT. Eight guest soloists will perform chamber and orchestral music over seven nights with the Festival Amadeus Orchestra, kicking off with the free Open Air Concert in Whitefish's Depot Park, Sunday, August 4th, 7:30-9:30pm.

http://www.gscmusic.org/festival-amadeus

When Two Jazz Greats Collide.

Jul 22, 2013

Pat Metheny plays John Zorn.     And why not?     While Zorn is best known for his sometimes difficult, avant-garde jazz, Metheny is no stranger to blistering experimentation.   On Tap: The Book of Angels, Vol. 20, Metheny returns to a style he worked in 1994 with Ornette Coleman (‘Song X’), solo in 1994 ('Zero Tolerance for Silence') and then with Derek Bailey in 1996 ('Sign of 4').

Ten Years of Baroque in Paradise

Jul 20, 2013
Montana Baroque Music Festival, Sanders County Arts Council

Michael Marsolek talks with Adam LaMotte, Artistic Director of the 10th Annual Montana Baroque Music Festival, Tuesday, July 23rd - Thursday, July 25th, 7pm on the lawns of Quinn's Hot Springs Resort in Paradise, MT. http://www.montanabaroquefestival.org

Mainstreet Uptown Butte

Join host John Myers Monday evening, 7:30-8:30, as he previews the music at the Third Annual Montana Folk Festival. From Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14, in Uptown Butte, you can listen, watch, and dance to over 250 musicians, craftspeople, artists and dancers for free.

It’s been nine years since the last release from The Pixies, and twenty six years since their first release, Come On Pilgrim.  Now in the same time they announce the departure of bassist Kim Deal, arrives a kicking new song, Bagboy.   It’s the same bratty, scratchy and rocking sound as ever:

Mainstreet Uptown Butte

"Front Row Center," July 7th: Beth Anne Austein talks with George Everett, Executive Director of Mainstreet Uptown Butte, about the Third Annual Montana Folk Festival, July 12-14 in Uptown Butte.

The free three-day festival features many styles of traditional music.  From blues, bluegrass, Cajun and Irish music to Ethio-jazz and funk, Vietnamese dan bao, South Indian classical dance and Latin dance music, the sound of the festival is enormously diverse.

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During the holiday season of 2011/12 it was almost impossible to avoid the three chord singalong, Lonely Boy, the first track on The Black Keys’ seventh album, El Camino.  For bandmates, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney it marked distinct commercial success, as the song reached 64 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the album being certified a platinum record.

It has been a fast-paced year since Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released “Same Love”, the first track off their debut album.   Previously little known hip-hop performers from Seattle, they have now sold more than 2 million copies.  

Returning to western Montana, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis play the Adams Center at the University of Montana on Thursday, Oct. 24.  Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 28, and are available at all GrizTix locations, by calling 1-888-MONTANA or online at griztix.com.

Winner of the of the Americana Music Association's "Artist of the Year" award in 2007, Patty Griffin is touring in support of her seventh album, American Kid.  A collection of songs focused on her late father, this album marks a powerful return to her own writing.   At turns romantic and at others uplifting, Patty gives voice to the joys and challenges of middle age. 

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