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The Group Harmony Review For March 21

by Dan Romanello
Ruth Brown (courtesy of Rhino)

"The Group Harmony Review" at midnight is a special for Women's History Month. The show will include various ladies of rhythm and blues, the blues, and rock 'n' roll. I'll feature both popular and obscure artists, from a variety of time periods, including Ruth Brown, Hadda Brooks, The Staple Singers, the Shirelles and Savannah Churchill.

Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear: SXSW 2015

by Laura Fedele

Independence, Missouri's Ruth and Madisen Ward are a mother-and-son duo who go by the moniker Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear. They're the kind of artists you root for in this world — you want to tell people about them so they'll have that many more fans.

Ruth was already a fixture on the coffeehouse circuit when Madison started sitting in with her in about 2010. He got inspired to start writing his own songs to add to those gigs, and wrote parts for her too.

UKNY On FUV For March 21

by Kara Manning
Pins (photo courtesy of Bella Union)

It's officially spring—at last—and on UKNY at 11, a salute to that season via songs from Ben Watt, British Sea Power and others (never mind the snow). Also, the latest from Liverpool's PINS and we'll check out Johnny Marr's fierce cover of a Depeche Mode classic, set for release on Record Store Day on April 18. And, since East India Youth's William Doyle is down at SXSW this week, we'll revisit an FUV Live session with that talented Bournemouth-bred musician who was nominated for a Mercury Prize last year for his debut, Total Strife Forever. His second album, Culture of Volume, is released in April.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For March 21

by Marshall Crenshaw

Tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" is a "rerun anthology" with a piece from here, a piece from elsewhere in the archive, and so on. I slapped it together with one foot out the door, so to speak. In reality, tonight I'll be traveling home (finally) from a month-long road trip.

I know for sure that Part One is a long piece that deals with a great book that I read a while ago, called Peppermint Twist: The Mob, the Music, and the Most Famous Dance Club of the '60s by Joel Selvin, John Johnson, and Dick Cami. The rest of the show—I can't remember exactly—but I'll promise you this: It won't be just dead air, at least not by my intention. And I'll be back to non-reruns next week (I think).

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For March 21

by Vin Scelsa
Dayna Kurtz (courtesy of the artist,

Tonight's "Idiot's Delight"® at 8 illustrates the art of having a "conversation" on the radio by creating sets with songs that talk to, and comment on, each other. Songs that illuminate, enforce, echo, and sometimes argue with—and contradict—each other. Perhaps the way that any group of friends does on a night when words and ideas are freely flowing and connections are revealed. Something like that! So please join me with "conversations" in song via Dayna Kurtz, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Leonard Cohen, Emmylou Harris, Modest Mouse, The Decemberists and much more.