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Decade of Difference: The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips formed in Oklahoma City in 1983, recording a series of EPs and LPs for an independent record company. After a few lineup changes the band landed a contract with a major label, after the rep saw them perform at a show where they almost burned down the venue. Riding a wave of interest in alt rock in the early 90s, the band brought along an interesting mix of psych, noise-rock, and bubblegum melodies.

The band’s second major label release Transmissions from the Satellite Heart delivered an unexpected top 40 hit with She Don’t Use Jelly. The Flaming Lips benefited from the songs’ use on the Beavis and Butthead Show, earning spots on several late night shows and beginning a years long touring schedule. While the Lips released many more critically acclaimed albums and won three Grammys, they have not yet had a song that charted as highly as She Don’t Use Jelly.

The Flaming Lips chose to embrace the socially-distant era, extending frontman Wayne Coyne’s famous performance orb to an entire Oklahoma City venue for a two-night run. Originally planned for December 2020, the two shows finally occurred in January, and featured fans encased in their own bubbles with up to three people to a bubble.

Fortunately, the band won’t need to employ the same technique on their just announced 2021 / 2022 tour which will include a stop in Washington, DC in November.

The bands’ four decade career has now generated more than twenty albums and won them three Grammys. Last years’ American Head is the latest, a release that explores their roots as an American band and features collaborations with Kacey Musgraves.

2021-05-06T07:56:13-04:00May 7th, 2021|Decade of Difference|

WNRN Premiere: David Wax Museum “Juniper Jones”

David Wax Museum’s living room jams are just like yours – except when they invite over pals it’s people like multi-instrumentalist Alec Spiegelman (Okkervil River, Lake Street Dive) and Lucius drummer Dan Moland. Spiegelman co-produced the duo’s latest recorded-from-home album Euphoric Ouroboric and the 4-piece perform single “Juniper Jones” plus “Pattern Of Mind” from the new album ahead of a live performance May 8th at Chisolm Vineyards in Charlottesville (tickets & info here).

2021-05-06T10:35:36-04:00May 6th, 2021|Featured, In-Studios|

Decade of Difference: Todd Snider

Todd Snider spent his childhood in Portland and when his family moved to Houston, Snider ran away from home to return there. After high school he drifted through Santa Rosa and Austin before settling in Memphis, where he established a residency playing at the Daily Planet.

His first album Songs From the Daily Planet takes its name from that time and it included Sniders first minor hit Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Rock Blues. The song demonstrates Sniders songwriting style with lively and witty lyrics that typically dig deeper emotionally than you expect.

While in Texas Snider had his first chance to see the late Jerry Jeff Walker perform. From that point on, Snider was convinced that he could make a living as a performer modeled after Walkers’ style. While in Memphis he got the attention of John Prine who signed him to his Oh Boy record label and offered Snider the opening spot on his upcoming tour.

After the great shutdown of 2020 began, Snider started his weekly What It Is livestream. With a combination of originals, covers and stories the hour long program mimicked the veteran folkie’s concert, even down to the singer-songwriter occasionally showing up buzzed. Towards the end of the year, the program name changed to First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder which also is the name of his newest album.

Snider’s lockdown for COVID included his bandmates on the new album and with a tour rescheduled to begin in June, he is anxious to get his show back in front of an audience that he can see.

Photo by Stacie Huckeba

2021-05-05T08:25:32-04:00May 6th, 2021|Decade of Difference|

Listen Here: Lime Kiln 2021 Season Preview

Preview the Lime Kiln 2021 Concert Series line up and hear artists like the Steep Canyon Rangers, Seldom Scene, and Sara Watkins talk about returning to the venue, plus Lime Kiln Director Spencer McElroy breaks down each date with WNRN’s Patrick Coman, tells stories from behind the scenes, and plays music from all the upcoming 2021 artists.

The Lime Kiln 2021 Season Preview:

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About Lime Kiln

The Lime Kiln Theater is rooted in and inspired by the magic of a natural, outdoor theater. In 1967, two Washington and Lee University students, Tommy Spencer and Don Baker, produced A Midsummer Night’s Dream in an abandoned, turn-of-the-century lime quarry and kiln located in Lexington, VA. Fifteen years later, Tommy Spencer convinced the owner of the site containing the quarry to donate the use of the land for the establishment of an arts organization. After thousands of volunteer hours to clear the brambles, thickets, and rubble and to build the stage, the first season was presented in 1984.

From that summer season of one play, 12 performances, and an audience of 2,000, Lime Kiln expanded to an annual season peak of 74 performances of four plays and 23 concerts for an audience of nearly 25,000. Through Lime Kiln, artists have created and premiered 20 original scripts, and helped develop eight works by other playwrights. In February 2012, the theater temporarily ceased operations due to challenging economic conditions. In 2014, a newly energized Lime Kiln board, led by executive director Spencer McElroy, undertook the challenge to bring the unique performance space back to life.

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2021-05-06T10:25:32-04:00May 5th, 2021|Featured, Miscellaneous|

Community Connection: On the Road Collaborative

On the Road Collaborative is a youth empowerment nonprofit in Harrisonburg that provides middle and high school youth with equal access to educational opportunities and hands-on career experiences through afterschool and summer learning programs.

They invite you to learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of local youth by sharing your passion and teaching them about your career. You may just inspire the next generation.

For more information about volunteering with On the Road as a Community Teacher, you can go to their website.

2021-05-05T17:30:26-04:00May 5th, 2021|Community Connection|

Community Connection: Appalachian Conservation Corps

Appalachian Conservation Corps is currently accepting applications for their summer youth day crew. These paid positions, which are open to local youth ages 15-18, will complete necessary conservation projects alongside trained leaders and project partners from the United States Forest Service. No previous outdoor experience is required.

You can learn more about Appalachian Conservation Corps and view the full position description at their website, or you can find them on most social media platforms at @appalachian_cc.

2021-05-05T18:57:01-04:00May 5th, 2021|Community Connection|

Community Connection: World Pediatric Project

World Pediatric Project is a nonprofit headquartered in Richmond, dedicated to healing critically-ill children in Central America and the Eastern Caribbean and building healthcare capacity both abroad and here at home.

On Friday, May 21st, they are hosting their 12th annual Rock ‘n’ Heal—a socially distanced, pod-concert featuring Futurebirds— at Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond. This event will be a celebration of our health care heroes and medical volunteers.  Party Pods include drinks for those 21 and older and light appetizers catered by Mosaic. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place to ensure the health and safety of all guests.

Proceeds from this event will benefit World Pediatric Project and will help them reach the thousands of kids who need help.  You can learn more online by visiting rocknheal.org.

2021-05-05T16:00:57-04:00May 5th, 2021|Community Connection|

Hear Together: VA Center for Inclusive Communities

Founded in 1935, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities sought to address a rise in antisemitism, anti-Catholicism, and racism. Over the past eight-and-a-half decades, they’ve worked with schools, businesses and communities throughout the state to forge a cultural shift that’s more equitable, inclusive, and just.

Over the past five years, the Virginia Center has seen a 1300% increase in the demand for its services in the face of bias, bullying and discrimination. For this Hear Together profile, we spoke with President and CEO Jonathan Zur about recent trends and what we can do to bring our communities together. Listen at the audio link below and learn more about the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities here.

2021-05-06T17:03:47-04:00May 5th, 2021|Hear Together|

Decade of Difference: Adele

No singer of the 2010s could match Adele in terms of music sales or stardom. Her career started in 2006 with a demo that secured a contract for the then eighteen year old. She began touring as an opening act before graduating to be the headliner, then was featured on Later with Jools Holland alongside Bjork and Paul McCartney.

By the stratospheric standards set by her three albums, her first release 19 was only moderately successful. Her debut album was 3x platinum in the US and earned her two Grammy awards. 2011 brought her second album 21 which spent eighteen weeks in the top spot on the charts and sold 25 million copies. At the 2012 Grammys she became one of the few artists to ever earn six major awards in one year.

Adele began singing at four, explaining that as a child she was obsessed with voices. She attended the BRIT school for performing arts which she credits for nurturing her talent. At the start of her career her homesickness and dislike of flying led her to cancel her first US tour in its entirety. A later appearance of Saturday Night Live launched her in the US when she had the good fortune to be on an episode with then vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin which drew the biggest audience to the show in fourteen years.

After years of touring, Adele was forced to cancel the US portion of her tour supporting her 21 album when she suffered a hemorrhage of her vocal cords. Without an extended period of rest she feared permanent damage. Continuing to release albums named for her age at their recording, Adele released 25 in 2015. Continuing her incredible sales and awards success the new album sold more than 3 million copies in its first week and won another five Grammys.

2021-05-04T07:39:13-04:00May 5th, 2021|Decade of Difference|