Tuesday is a big one for music: the release of the first David Bowie album in a decade. Most fans and critics are very excited - the owners of the record shop Exile on Main Street are even having a special 'David Bowie Day,' with the mayor of Champaign performing The Thin White Duke's hits, along with many other local musicians. But some people aren't so enthuasiastic. Jim DeRogatis was the rock music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times for years, and is one of the long-time hosts of Sound Opinions, a nationally syndicated public radio show. Count him as a Bowie skeptic. DeRogatis joins us to discuss Bowie's new record, 'The Next Day,' and the nostalgia trap that he sees many critics falling into.
Singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman is coming through Illinois this week. Alex Molotkow, the senior editor of Hazlitt Magazine, joins us to discuss Richman's career and to pick out three of his most essential songs.
With Seth Fein (Festival Organizer)
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Ellnora, The Guitar Festival, and Opening Night Party at Krannert
With Bridget Lee Calfas (Public Information Director, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts)
Refuge", to be sung by the Black Chorus, Sunday, September 11, 7:46 AM CDT, Smith Memorial Recital Hall, University of Illinois
With Ollie Watts Davis, D.M.A. (Professor of Voice, School of Music; University Scholar 2008; Director of the Black Chorus, Univeristy of Illinois)
With Sally Takada Bernhardsson ( Executive Director, DoCha / Downtown Champaign Chamber Music)
With Michael Cheney (Professor of Communication and Liberal Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield)
With Seth Fein (Organizer of the Pygmalion Music Festival)
With Rich Warren (Host of the Midnight Special on WFMT and WILL-AM)