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May 2016 Electric CD of the Month

Cleopatra by The Lumineers is the Electric CD of the Month for May at WNRN. Their second full length album doesn’t stray far from their 2012 debut, but the Denver trio has given themselves time to craft their follow up and it shows. Throughout this sophomore effort the band has been precise and not added an extra note or syllable. Although the raucous quality of The Lumineers  felt unbridled Cleopatra doesn’t feel contrived, it feels accomplished and understated.
The beginning notes of “Sleep on the Floor” quietly bring you back into The Lumineers world and once you think you know where you are the song opens up and the four years since their debut melt away.
The suite of feminine songs that make up the first half of the album include “Angela” with descriptions of a love for the modern time for a flawed character. There is also “Cleopatra” where Wesley Schulz becomes the character of an aged woman who is looking back on her past lives. With “Ophelia” TheLumineers start with a stomp similar to their well known “Ho Hey” but the song becomes a sophisticated romp.
Throughout Cleopatra The Lumineers find new ways to tell unique stories, weave lovely compositions and use their percussive style of stomping, rhythm guitar and stomping to remind you that the sophomore slump has skipped a generation.
The Lumineers have planned two stops in Virginia, at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on September 13th and then at Richmond International Raceway on September 16th.
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Take 2@2 Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Tuesday, May 03rd, 2016 we continue our week of the Day of the Dead. All this week we are spotlighting new covers of Grateful Dead songs.

Today we cover “Sugaree.” The Dead’s version is from their April 14th, 1972 set at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The cover is from Phosphorescent. The group is the brain child of Matthew Houck whom is receiving a bit of help courtesy of Jenny Lewis.

Day of the Dead is an epic tribute to the music and artistry of the Grateful Dead, curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. They have brought together some of their favorite musicians to reinterpret the songs and sounds of the Dead for a new generation. 59 tracks and over 5 hours of music makes the album a landmark to get lost in, to discover hidden treasures and to make your own playlists for whatever mood you’re in.

This is the 20th album of original music Red Hot has produced over the past 25 years to help raise awareness and money to fight HIV/AIDS and related health issues.

You can learn more about the release including links for digital retailers here: Day of the Dead.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

Day-of-the-Dead

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Free Weekly Download from Caveman!

Caveman’s “Never Going Back” is our free download for this week. Get your copy by clicking the link below.

You can see Caveman at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on May 11 and pre-order their new album, Otero War, here.

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New Morning Picks, May 3, 2016

Willie Sugarcapps came from a Southern Alabama songwriters circle. Taking their name from members of the band, Will Kimbrough, Sugarcane Jane (Anthony Crawford and Savanna Lee), Grayson Capps, and Corky Hughes, this band has just released its second album, Paradise Right Here. “Dreamer’s Sky” is the first track.

Asheville, NC country roots band, Honeycutters, has been playing up and down the East coast for years. Centered around the vocals and songwriting of Amanda Anne Pratt, she enlarged her role to the producer starting on the last album. On the Ropes is just a solid piece of work where you can hear them finding their voice. They do a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. WNRN focuses on the title track. The album will be out May 20th.

Central Virginia’s own, Carl Anderson, has just released this song, “Not Forgotten You” prior to his return for a show at the Southern Cafe and Music Hall, May 28th. WNRN welcomes any music from this now Nashville based performer and hopes for a follow up to Risk of Loss soon.

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Take 2@2 Monday, May 2, 2016

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Take 2@2 for Monday, May 02nd, 2016 we begin our week of the Day of the Dead. All this week we are spotlighting new covers of Grateful Dead songs.

Today we cover the title track to the Dead’s 1978 studio album Shakedown Street.

The cover is from New Zealand band, Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Their bright and vibrant version of “Shakedown Street” sounds modern and fresh without appearing forced or phony.

Day of the Dead is an epic tribute to the music and artistry of the Grateful Dead, curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. They have brought together some of their favorite musicians to reinterpret the songs and sounds of the Dead for a new generation. 59 tracks and over 5 hours of music makes the album a landmark to get lost in, to discover hidden treasures and to make your own playlists for whatever mood you’re in.

This is the 20th album of original music Red Hot has produced over the past 25 years to help raise awareness and money to fight HIV/AIDS and related health issues.

You can learn more about the release including links for digital retailers here: Day of the Dead.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

Day-of-the-Dead

Culture Connection: May 2nd- 8th

In Charlottesville, LILY ERB will be opening an exhibition entitled space//filling//curve. The show opens on May 6th, 6pm-9pm & May 7th, 12p-5pm. The exhibition will be at Metal Inc. located on Market Street.

Also in Charlottesville, McGuffey Art Center will present Cynthia Burkes’ exhibition Raptor as well as Salena Hitzeman’s Bicoastal in the lower Halls, north and south galleries. Burkes Raptors include small and large oil paintings featuring birds of prey and their friends. Hitzeman will show large-scale watercolors. The opening is this Friday, 5:30-7:30pm.

In Harrisonburg, James Madison University presents James Crable, Photography in the Duke Hall Gallery. James Crable, emeritus professor of art and art history at JMU, creates patterned yet geometrically diverse artwork, which has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad.

In Richmond, the 1708 gallery presents Garden Week, with works by Alex Arzt, Carrie Dickason, Naomi Reis, and Jeff Schmuki. The exhibit invites an exploration of our relationship with the natural world.

Culture Connection is a service of Hear Together on WNRN. If you have an interesting event coming up in the next month or so, email Beryl Solla at Culture@wnrn.org.

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