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1. Vampire Weekend Contra 2. Arcade Fire The Suburbs 3. Michael Franti & Spearhead The Sound of Sunshine 4. Josh Ritter So Runs the World Away 5. Mumford & Sons Sigh No More 6. Ray Lamontagne God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise 7. The New Pornographers Together 8. The Black Keys Brothers 9. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings I Learned the Hard Way 10. Dr. Dog Shame, Shame 11. The National High Violet 12. Broken Bells Broken Bells 13. Band of Horses Infinite Arms 14. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Grace Potter & The Nocturnals 15. Frightened Rabbit The Winter of Mixed Drinks 16. Robert Plant Band of Joy 17. Laura Veirs July Flame 18. Spoon Transference 19. Bettye Lavette Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook 20. Alejandro Escovedo Street Songs of Love 21. Sade Soldier of Love 22. Junip Fields 23. Delta Spirit History from Below 24. Corinne Bailey Rae The Sea 25. Ra Ra Riot The Orchard 26. Los Lobos Tin Can Trust 27. Tegan & Sara Sainthood 28. The Hold Steady Heaven Is Whenever 29. Carolina Chocolate Drops Genuine Negro Jig 30. Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros Up From Below 31. Brandi Carlile Give Up the Ghost 32. Sarah Harmer Oh Little Fire 33. Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses Junky Star 34. Mavis Staples You Are Not Alone 35. Gorillaz Plastic Beach 36. John Mellencamp No Better Than This 37. Josh Rouse El Turista 38. Sheryl Crow 100 Miles From Memphis 39. Freedy Johnston Rain on the City 40. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Mojo 41. David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Here Lies Love 42. The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt 43. Ben Folds/Nick Hornby Lonely Avenue 44. Patty Griffin Downtown Church 45. The Holmes Brothers Feed My Soul 46. Richard Thompson Dream Attic 47. Norah Jones The Fall 48. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars Rise & Shine 49. Eli “Paperboy” Reed Come and Get It 50. The Weepies Be My Thrill

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From the General Manager Becoming Indispensable As I write, WYEP music playing in the background, Los Lonely Boys picked up where The Cure left off and just now the sounds morphed into a bluesy number from none other than the Blues Brothers. The eclectic soundtrack of unmistakable artists continues because the music matters. The music matters to us and as a recipient of our Year In Review it matters to you too! Thanks for your membership support of WYEP; we couldn’t do what we do without people like you. The music matters over the air at 91.3fm, in live performances here at The Community Broadcast Center with our Studio Sessions, Third Thursdays and Rock the Block. Music also matters out in the community at WYEP produced events like our Summer Music Fest at Schenley Plaza, Final Fridays, Alternative Souper Bowl, Live & Direct CD Release Party and our Holiday Hootenanny. We’re living through one of the most “disruptive” periods the media environment has ever experienced; our consumption of and dependence on media hasn’t seen this kind of rapid change since the advent of television. In this ever-changing environment we’re dedicated to staying relevant for you. WYEP hosts and the Programming staff work tirelessly to scan new music offerings to find great new creative artists. They delve deep into our 20,000 CD library for the best music of the past several decades. They look for the story behind the music and the musicians you’ve come to love through WYEP. In essence the typical WYEP host is your curator of music and the culture that creates the best new music today.

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1 Five Years We looked at the calendar, scratched our heads and said, “Really?! Can’t be. Really?!” It’s true, the first day of 2011 marks the Fifth Anniversary of The WYEP Community Broadcast Center and the first ever LEED-certified green radio station in America. We’re still feeling proud, we’re still feeling amazed, we’re still feeling grateful for generosity displayed by thousands of listeners and area foundations. So just what has happened since the creation of the CBC? Here’s a snapshot: Studio Sessions by over 100 artists including: Michael Franti, Chrissie Hynde, Raul Malo, Old 97’s, Lee Rocker, Andrew Bird, Gomez, Suzanne Vega, Nickel Creek, and G. Love among many others. Over 45 Third Thursdays highlighting the music of local artists. FreeZone classes for at-risk teens, teaching media literacy and communication skills Rock Radio Camp, a music and radio camp for kids Music Together, music-making for parents and infants American Shorts @ WYEP, a literary and multimedia collaboration with Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Rock the Block, our annual street fest and concert Earthforce Radio, Allegheny Front environmental journalism training with high school and college students As always I’m reminded that the friendship of those we serve is the foundation of our success at WYEP. Thanks!

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Our Mission 91.3fm WYEP Pittsburgh is an independent voice, inspiring our community with diverse music and vibrant ideas.

The Block Party that is. Weeknights starting at 8 p.m. there’s a new sound at WYEP. It’s a fresh approach to music that includes emerging artists from a wide variety of genres as well as radio that re-visits artists whose music pushed the envelope regardless of when it was created. The Block Party will push you forward, take you back, keep you anticipating and give you the best of the local music scene with a local artist every hour. There are no barricades at this block party—experience the fun!

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Credits Rosemary Welsch

Lee Ferraro

Kathleen Radock

Michael Stephen

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Jessica Romano

Teresa Trich-Gravante

Tess Riesmeyer

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Rosemary Welsch

Jessica Romano

Cindy Howes

Mike Sauter Music Director & Midday Mix Host

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Morning Mix Host & Producer

Maura O’Neill Development Director

Tony Pirollo

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John Altdorfer, Hugh Twyman, WYEP staff & interns

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Community Advisory Board

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Marco Cardamone

Greg Joseph

Claire Abi-Nader

Mark Meyers

Douglas Mac Phail

Ed Traversari

Kathy Knauer


Paul King

Kelly Ackerman

Kristine Okoye


Lynne Walicki

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Bill Luttner

Ashley Brush

Sara Pecora

Douglas Mac Phail

Brendan Coticchia

Erin Rathz


Susan Renda

Darren Diederich

Amy Roberts

Kevin Hiles

Don Spalding

Jessica Fergus

Nidal Salem


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Matthew Spangler

Regina Anderson

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Matt Wilson

Jim Griffin

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Jesse May-Stein

Jesse Ziacan

Linda McClintock President

Veronica Corpuz

Harris Jones

Regina Anderson Nanette Beerens

Crystal White

Jennifer Szweda Jordan

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Ken Chiacchia Julie Grant

Stephan Bontrager

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Rebecca Carpenter

Ann Murray

Violet Law

Gus Eles


Doug Oster

Sandy Garfinkel

Joey Spehar

Kate Malongowski

Production Director

Mark Lee

Kara Holsopple

Karen Schaefer

Prosody Interns:

Jan Beatty

Anthony Brino

Ellen Wadey

David Hoedeman

Hosts and Producers

Amelia Possanza Kayla Slicker

Michelle Stoner

Estelle Tran

Lisa Alexander


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Jessica Walliser

Blaine Lucas

Deborah Weisberg

Thank You 2010 Volunteers Here at WYEP we rely on our volunteers. Volunteers are the face of the station as they sit at our reception desk, under the tent and at WYEP tables at station and community events. Volunteers are the voice of the station as they spin tunes and talk to you via the airwaves on evenings and weekends. Volunteers are behind the scenes packing your thank you gift or making sure your newsletters arrive. A big “Thank you!” to the more than 230 volunteers who work hard for WYEP every day. WYEP wouldn’t be possible without the help of these dedicated people who love music, the community and WYEP. Thanks! Melissa Affolter

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1. Vampire Weekend

2. Arcade Fire

Vampire Weekend is exceptionally good at creating insanely infectious melodies, so much so that it’s easy to overlook the fact that these catchy tunes are more complex than you realize. There are counter-melodies swimming below the major melody, often played by cello or keyboards. At times the tempo is so frenetic you wonder how the band can keep up the pace. Contra is billed as the band’s “California” album. Although there is a sunny sheen to the songs and lyrical references to the state, the music retains the essence of what the band dubbed “Upper West Side Soweto.” Marimbas, Brazilian percussion, and ska guitar broaden the base of world influences. Lyrics lean toward brainy topics and are often delivered at rapid speed in lead singer Ezra Koenig’s lilting falsetto. (RMW)

The much maligned “suburbs” get a new appraisal thanks to Arcade Fire. Instead of rejecting the trappings of tract neighborhoods, the band offers a complex examination of how the boundaries, values, and emotions of the environment turn us into the people we are. A constant search for excitement creates rivalries between subdivisions that rapidly dissipate into boredom, long afternoons are punctuated by drives in Mom’s car, and childhood memories spur the longing for our own families—all this is set against Arcade Fire’s epic wall of sound. Odd rhythms create an edge that builds to angst. Every song clangs with competing keyboards, guitars, and drums. Win Butler delivers his assessment of the suburbs in a voice that is both fragile and wistful. (RMW)

Contra (XL)

The Suburbs (Merge)

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3. Michael Franti & Spearhead

The Sound of Sunshine (Capitol)

Life becomes dearer when one is confronted with a serious illness. Most of The Sound of Sunshine was written while Michael Franti convalesced from a ruptured appendix. Not surprisingly, the album flows with gratitude and good will. Franti is a peace activist who never steers away from big issues, but here he takes note of life’s small joys. Franti waxes rhapsodically about family, friends, natural beauty, and especially, his woman. Even when addressing life’s challenges, he is quick to offer a hopeful antidote. The album bursts with energy and danceable melodies. Franti’s musical base encompasses hip-hop, R&B, dance, and rock, but in recent albums reggae, dub, and island grooves have become dominant elements in the mix. (RMW)

4. Josh Ritter

So Runs the World Away (Pytheas)

On his sixth album, it is clear that Josh Ritter is not a folk traditionalist, although he borrows liberally from the canon. So Runs the World Away is a dense, brooding, but ultimately uplifting dissection of human emotions. There is a depth to the production that feels like a dive into a deep pool. As you sink, waves of sound, sometimes muffled, waiting to be deciphered, roll over you. Ritter weaves the lyrics together with the deliberateness of a poet. He charms with wonderful turns of phrase, dazzles with literate metaphors, tells mysterious tales, and captures details that vividly bring life to his characters and stories. From song to song, he deftly skirts tempo and mood changes—from pop to waltz. (RMW)


5. Mumford & Sons

6. Ray Lamontagne

Sigh No More (Island)

God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise (RCA)

Mumford & Sons’ debut album evolved from the members’ need to make “music that mattered.” Blending country, bluegrass, folk, and rock, the album features a dizzying array of acoustic instruments. Guitars, piano, mandolin, and strings topple over dobro, horns, and banjo. Rarely has a banjo been used this aggressively, acting as a driving force in nearly every song. Most tracks open with a soft acoustic phrase, build emotional tension, then tear into a crescendo of mounting instruments. Songs explode into a frenzy of pounding rhythms with every instrument used percussively. With apologies, breast-beating, and broken-hearted braying, Marcus Mumford’s lyrics are penitent meditations. Despite their earnestness, they avoid soppiness thanks to the uproariously contagious pacing of the music. (RMW)

Ray LaMontagne self-produced his fourth album with help from his very able band, The Pariah Dogs. Recorded at his newly renovated Western Massachusetts home, LaMontagne and the band create an album abundant with rural atmosphere and country music influences. The opening track, “Repo Man,” a grunge-driven groove with a live unadulterated sound, is not indicative of the rest of the album. Most songs are mid-tempo ballads with lots of melancholy reflections. LaMontagne is frustrated with urban life and yearns for the simplicity of country living. He ponders the complications of love and explores youthful ambitions and the regret they engender in later life. Acoustic instruments are prominently featured with occasional string arrangements sneaking into the session. (RMW)

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7. The New Pornographers Together (Matador)

The New Pornographers are a democracy of talented musicians, each with his or her own solo career. Together, they are a force to be reckoned with. Brimming with exuberant melodies and intricate harmonies, Together is a return to the spirit of earlier releases. Neko Case sings lead, adds harmony vocals, and duets with A.C. Newman. Although songwriting is shared between Newman and Dan Bejar, these songs are a collaborative effort. This is an erudite crew so, not surprisingly, their lyrics are laden with detail and word play, even if the message is often oblique. Swirling melodies veer off at strange angles creating staccato beats. Halting rhythms tender surprising deviations mid-melody. Dips and upswings pop up when you least expect it, creating a sense of musical adventure. (RMW)

8. The Black Keys Brothers (Nonesuch)

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney’s music is synonymous with the rust belt town they call home. Their rock has a dirty sound that matches the empty industrial feel of Akron, Ohio. Reverbsoaked vocals, fuzzy guitars, and thumping drums dominated the mix of their first five albums. Brothers reveals a distinctly southern rhythm and blues influence. Keyboards, usually buried in the mix, step to the forefront. Harpsichord offers a classical contrast to the band’s heavy rhythms and distorted vocals. The album exposes the impact of producer, Danger Mouse, and the band’s broadening base of genre influences, but the core of their music continues to be ‘70s rock. Auerbach’s vocals continue to evolve; his falsetto is one of the best in rock. (RMW)

9. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings I Learned the Hard Way (Daptone)

For their second full-length release, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings step back a decade to focus more on soul music of the late 1960s. Horn and string charts sound authentic to the period and The Dap Kings’ backing vocals are spot on. All instruments and recording equipment is vintage 1960s. Bosco Mann pens six tracks and Homer Steinweiss contributes the track “Better Things.” It’s a fine example of how well this band captures the nuances of old soul, whether it’s a catchy piano riff, a floating flute line, or twangy reverb-driven guitar. The songs span a wide range of emotions from heartbreak to redemption and Sharon Jones nails them. There’s no mimicry to be found in her interpretations of survival and pain. (RMW)

10. Dr. Dog

Shame, Shame (Anti) Dr. Dog has gone through a series of changes over its decade-long existence, but its center has held. Founders Toby Leahman and Scott McMicken surround themselves with adept players and producer Rob Schnapf for guidance. By moving the band out of West Philly to record in Woodstock, New York, Schnapf brings focus to the sessions, reeling in the band’s loose ends. The album’s theme of alienation and isolation is buoyed by cheery melodies and lots of harmony. However, songs like “Shadow People” remind us that you can take the boy out of Philadelphia, but you can’t take the city out of the boy. The grittiness of those streets comes through as McMicken describes the detail of his neighborhood. (RMW)

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11. The National High Violet (4AD)

The National is from Brooklyn via Cincinnati. The band is well known for the juxtaposition of Matt Berninger’s dead-pan vocals against dramatic accompaniment from two sets of brothers, Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Scott and Bryan Devendorf. This album was highly anticipated after their massively successful Boxer. While the band has maintained the edgy intensity of their previous release, High Violet pulls the curtains back a bit to reveal a ray of light thanks to the band’s adoption of themes of domesticity. They have managed to deliver another gem of a record, full of lyrical surprises and solid craftsmanship. (CH)

12. Broken Bells Broken Bells (Columbia) James Mercer, of the Shins, and Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, team up as Broken Bells. The album’s 10 tracks are co-written by Mercer and Burton and most instruments are shared between the two. Although these songs represent minimal changes for Mercer they do reveal a subtle side to the musically gregarious Burton. Production is dense and subdued with Mercer’s vocals swinging between falsetto and deeper registers. Burton recently collaborated with director David Lynch, and some of Lynch’s influence can be heard in horn and string arrangements, and in the eerie, twangy guitar, reminiscent of the “Twin Peaks” soundtrack. (RMW)


13. Band of Horses Infinite Arms (Fat Possum)

Band of Horses are known for their soaring harmonies and infectious southern-indie rock. Led by Ben Bridwell, the band has had a rotating cast of players over the course of their short history. Bridwell, with his unmistakable upper register vocals, has been the consistent component. Infinite Arms finds the band embracing influences as divergent as early Neil Young and Brian Wilson. “On My Way Back Home” features Beach Boys-like strings and was recorded in the same studio as Pet Sounds. Tyler Ramsey contributes several songs and shines on “Evening Kitchen,” a track that finds Bridwell singing backup to Ramsey’s lead. (CH)

14. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (Hollywood) If ever a band belonged in the glorious days of rock radio’s heyday it’s Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. With grinding guitar, heavy bass lines, pounding drums, blues harmonica, and a few reggae riffs, this is music firmly rooted in American blues rock. Like a latter day Grace Slick or Ann Wilson, Potter’s vocals come blasting out of the speakers like a woman possessed. Besides writing all the songs and playing a variety of instruments, Potter is an amazing singer who is just as capable at mewing seductive ballads as tearing up the joint with growling rockers. (RMW)



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15. Frightened Rabbit The Winter of Mixed Drinks (FatCat)

The Scottish indie group, Frightened Rabbit, continues to create music that sounds like a hybrid of U2 and Counting Crows. The lyrics on The Winter of Mixed Drinks are not as desperate and heart wrenching as their previous release, but with lead singer Scott Hutchison’s heavy Scottish brogue accenting anguished emotions, they seem just as manic as ever. Hutchison’s vocals are complemented by his younger brother Grant’s high-speed Scottish folk drumming and U2-influenced guitars. This album is a solid follow-up from a band that is just beginning to tell its story. (CH)


16. Robert Plant Band of Joy (Rounder)

Robert Plant developed his musical voice in his first band by singing songs by other writers. With Band of Joy he “re-invokes that attitude and sentiment” by re-interpreting songs by Richard Thompson, Townes Van Zandt, and Los Lobos. Buddy Miller leads the band and co-produces while Patty Griffin plays, as Plant put it, “the serene…sidekick.” Her ethereal vocals drift behind his, a ghostly presence in songs like “Silver Rider” and “Monkey.” Plant’s myriad musical tastes weave through the songs encompassing middle-eastern rhythms, British Isles folk, Appalachian ballads, and gospel hymns. The music is driven by percussive guitars and Plant’s edgy vocals. (RMW)

17. Laura Veirs

July Flame (Raven Marching

18. Spoon


Transference (Merge)

July Flame captures the essence of summer in both its physical and emotional aspects by offering a strange brew of brainy, joyous songs tempered by lingering melancholy. Bucolic imagery dots the landscape. Laura Veirs’ writing style is that of a naturalist who captures what she sees, equating it with what she feels. She exhibits a child-like wonder about fields, night-time skies, and buzzing insects that might sound forced in another singer. Producer Tucker Martine ferrets out her strengths and bolsters her vocals with beautiful harmonies by Jim James and Karl Blau. The Tosca String Quartet adds evocative shadings to the arrangements. (RMW)

For their seventh release, Spoon headed into the studio sans a producer to record an album that member Britt Daniel referred to as “uglier” than their last release. Stripped down to the bare bones, you get a sense of each band member’s unique contribution. Rob Pope’s bass takes a prominent position in the mix and Britt Daniel’s angular melodies are complemented by Eric Harvey’s minor key piano. Several tracks sound like spruced-up garage demos. The album’s title suggests Spoon has shifted their approach to music, both technically and emotionally, and show a willingness to take risks in the face of popular expectation. (RMW)

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20. Alejandro Escovedo

Street Songs of Love



19. Bettye Lavette

Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook (Anti) Bettye LaVette sings with such conviction she’ll make you believe every song she sings is her own. LaVette converts 13 classic British rock songs into rich soul ballads, often to the point of making them unrecognizable. Pete Townsend, Elton John, Pink Floyd, The Moody Blues, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles get the LaVette treatment. Although she occasionally alters lyrics, it isn’t language that is transformed. The tempo changes, but more so, it is the spirit of the song that morphs. LaVette injects her own experience into these songs, taking them to a level the composer could never have imagined. (RMW)

Alejandro Escovedo may not be a household name but he gets plenty of help from famous friends. Bruce Springsteen, Ian Hunter, and producer Tony Visconti chip in on Escovedo’s latest release, and Chuck Prophet co-writes seven songs. Escovedo has referred to Street Songs of Love as a band record, so don’t overlook The Sensitive Boys. They’re a tight unit and the album is fueled by their high voltage energy. Street Songs features several ballads, but the album’s roots run to Escovedo’s punk rock past. Despite Escovedo’s hardscrabble view of the world, his ultimate message is to have faith in love. (RMW)

21. Sade Soldier of Love (Sony) Sophistication is a word associated with the music of the U.K. band Sade and its namesake, Sade Adu. The production is luxurious, the vocals poised, the music relevant. This is only the band’s sixth release in a quarter century. Adu, who claims she makes music only when she has something to say, opines on the state of love. The music is muted. Adu’s vocals are alluring with rich tones and subtle delivery, thus creating a sense of mystery. Sade maintains a status outside of any one genre; pop, jazz, and world elements mix equally, creating a cabala of sound that appeals to a worldwide audience. (RMW)

22. Junip Fields (Mute)

Singer and guitarist José González reunites his band Junip for their first full-length release. Fields is a multi-layered, sonically pleasing collision of instrumentation offset by González’ intimate and mesmerizing vocals. Drummer Elias Araya and organist Tobias Winterkorn round out the trio, creating an autumnal feel to many of the songs. “In Every Direction” and “Always” open up the record in a propulsive, driving manner and set the tone for the release. González’ songs deal with loss, possibility, and melancholy. Fields has a lot going on for a trio musically; thankfully, all of the layers add up to a pleasing sound. (KS)


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23. Delta Spirit (Rounder)

24. Corinne Bailey Rae

For their sophomore release, San Diego’s Delta Spirit has crafted an intelligent modern, folk rock, and blues jewel. From the first few lines of the opening track “9/11,” you realize that vocalist Matthew Vasquez is captivating, engaging, and has a propensity for social commentary. Fans of Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and Springsteen will enjoy the meaningful lyrics inspired by Howard Zinn’s novel A People’s History of the United States. The band’s debut was raw, rocking, and filled with plenty of crunchy inspiration to absorb. History from Below reflects the band’s maturation, culminating in strong songwriting, sophisticated production, skillful arrangements, musicianship, and intellect. (KS)

The Sea (Capitol)

25. Ra Ra Riot

26. Los Lobos

Corinne Bailey Rae’s 2006 debut was a shoestringbudget production that shot to international success. For her sophomore release she sidesteps the expectations of big-name guests and bigger production, choosing instead to self-produce 11 delicious pop/soul tracks with a trusted group of musicians in inauspicious studios. The Sea explores the grief experienced by Bailey Rae’s family due to a long ago tragedy and the recent unexpected death of her husband. Bailey Rae deftly balances emotional intensity and musical levity. Her songs range from beautiful jazz inflected ruminations on the ephemeral nature of life to funky dance celebrations of love. (RMW)

Ra Ra Riot released their critically acclaimed debut in 2008 and gave WYEP listeners their first chance to experience the band’s heartfelt bliss on themes of love at last year’s Rock the Block event. Lovers of smart, melodic songwriting discovered why this act has been dubbed “Emo for Adults.” The Orchard picks up where the last record left off thematically, but builds up the band’s sound with additional string arrangements and 80s-era synthesizer effects on multiple tracks. Vocalist Wes Miles is an honest and believable soul whose voice helps bridge the gap with the band’s venture into new territory. (KS)

Los Lobos is recognized as one of America’s premier bands due in part to their consistency. Their musicianship is precise and their songwriting finely crafted. They offer a balance of blues-based rockers, country ballads, Tex Mex, and traditional Mexican music. Tin Can Trust follows this template of success. The songwriting team of David Hidalgo and Louie Perez are responsible for six tracks. Cesar Rosas contributes “Yo Canto” and “Mujer Ingrata”—highlighting the band’s ethnic base. Rosas also co-wrote a track with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, and the band covers the Dead’s “West L.A. Fadeaway.” (RMW)

History from Below

The Orchard (Barsuk)

Tin Can Trust (Shout! Factory)

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27. Tegan & Sara Sainthood (Sire/Wea)

Twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin kick up the volume on their synth pedals, but keep their dark and dramatic lyrics on Sainthood, a record that demands your attention. These young women are not the same folk-rockers who burst onto the scene in 2000 with This Business of Art. Over the course of the decade, they have gained the band they always wanted and the songwriting skills it takes to make lasting impressions on unlikely listeners. All of this leads to Sainthood, an album that does not stop moving. The tempo is up and the band is tight, but the overall feeling is still of a dark, dramatic journey, one that these two women have been on for their entire careers. (CH)

28. The Hold Steady

Heaven Is Whenever (Vagrant) Heaven Is Whenever begins with a tinny slide guitar which suggests that the titular “whenever” is in the distant past. Sure enough, frontman and Twin Cities native Craig Finn begins singing about Minneapolis’ Hennepin Avenue. Although he is now located in New York City, Finn’s former stomping grounds are his spiritual home. Many of The Hold Steady’s songs are snapshots of alienated youth in various states of inebriation narrated by Finn as an out-of-sync observer. Although the band’s keyboard player quit the group, this album isn’t a great departure from previous works, with chugging guitars and Finn as the troubadour of the middle class. (MS)

29. Carolina Chocolate Drops Genuine Negro Jig (Nonesuch)

Cue the banjos, fiddles, jug, and bones, we’re headin’ for the front porch and the rockin’ chair for some old time jigs. Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson were schooled at festivals and jam sessions, the knee of old-timey fiddler Joe Thompson, and by listening to the recordings of numerous old-time players. The trio dutifully researched the history of each track, discovering the original players and the styles in which they played. In doing so, they introduce a new generation to the rich legacy of Black string bands and the influential role they have played in modern American music. (RMW)

30. Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros

Up From Below (Community) Edward Sharpe is a messianic character created by singer/songwriter Alex Ebert. The Magnetic Zeros, presumably, are his followers. Mr. Sharpe is easily distracted from saving the world by the attention of beautiful women and therein lies the premise of Up From Below. The band recorded the album in Laurel Canyon, which explains the southern California hippie love vibe. There’s a confluence of other influences that flow through the album, including psychedelic rock, mariachi bands, folk/pop, and country & western. Throw in hand claps, positive energy, and 12-part harmonies and you get a weirdly twisted, updated version of “Up With People.” (RMW)

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33. Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses Junky Star (Lost Highway)


32. Sarah Harmer


31. Brandi Carlile

Give Up the Ghost (Columbia) Brandi Carlile pours her angst and vulnerability into melancholy melodies and confessional lyrics. She possesses a strong, crystalline voice that sails to high notes while wringing out every bit of emotion possible. The music is mostly acoustic with lots of guitar, dobro, banjo, cello, and a slightly tinny piano. Carlile’s songs are almost universally about love and youthful yearning. She searches for love, loses love, and pines for love. Carlile is joined by a spectacular line-up including Benmont Tench (The Heartbreakers), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), studio journeyman Lenny Castro, Amy Ray of Indigo Girls, and Sir Elton John. (RMW)

Oh Little Fire (Zoe)

Sarah Harmer’s music reflects opposing lifestyles, straddling rural contentment and city commitments. Her new songs crackle and pop through layered production. Although this isn’t a folk record, those underpinnings exist. “New Loneliness” is a meditative ballad featuring countrified metaphors, muted horn, and acoustic guitar. “Silverado” features Neko Case and a country music swagger. Pedal steel, clicking acoustic guitar, and twangy electric guitar offset the women’s paired vocals. Oh Little Fire is the result of relaxed studio sessions and creative experimentation. After a four-year hiatus Harmer sounds invigorated while playing a variety of instruments including drums and assorted keyboards. (RMW)

Ryan Bingham captures the grit and determination of desperate lives in a dozen beautiful, dusty, haunted tales of woe. Bingham teams up with producer T. Bone Burnett, who also produced Bingham’s Academy Award-winning “The Weary Kind.” Junky Star was recorded in just three days and its straightforward, no-frills approach spurns excess. Guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, and harmonica are the only instrumentation. Burnett’s production approach is to step back and let the story and the storyteller take center stage. Bingham sings with a voice so weary and raw it seems to lean against the words for support. (RMW)

34. Mavis Staples You Are Not Alone (Anti) When fellow Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy signed on to produce Mavis Staples’ gospel record, he offered Wilco’s loft studio and asked for one of her father’s guitars. The distinctive sound of Pop Staples’ telecaster resonates throughout this album as it did on those of The Staple Singers. Tweedy wrote two original songs for Mavis and infuses several tracks with Wilco-esque rocking interludes. Ms. Staples covers songs by Allen Toussaint, John Fogerty, Reverend Gary Davis, and Pop Staples. Her voice has settled into a lower register and rumbles with lived-in warmth. She’ll break your heart with her rendition of Randy Newman’s “Losing You.” (RMW)

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36. John Mellencamp 35. Gorillaz

Plastic Beach (Virgin) Damon Albarn’s cartoon band has returned with their third release, taking us to a place called “Plastic Beach.” Although not really a concept album, sea and synthetic (rhinestones, Styrofoam, plastics) themes pop up quite frequently. Musically this album is all over the map. Each track has very thick instrumentation covering an amazing and eclectic bit of ground. Of course, a Gorillaz album wouldn’t be complete without a long diverse list of guest artists, like Lou Reed, members of The Clash, Snoop Dogg, De La Soul, and The Syrian National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music. (BS)

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37. Josh Rouse

(Rounder Records)

El Turista (Yep Roc)

38. Sheryl Crow

“I am done being a rock star,” says John Mellencamp—and he proves it by releasing a stripped to the bone folk/roots record. Mellencamp and producer T. Bone Burnett traveled to historic sites to record songs written for the locations. “Right Behind Me” was recorded in room 414 in the Sheraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio where Robert Johnson recorded. Mellencamp’s tapings at Memphis’ Sun Studios feature the same setup used by Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. All songs were recorded in mono using a 1955 Ampex portable recording machine with all the musicians huddled around—just like in the old days. (RMW)

Five years ago, after a bruising divorce and battle with alcoholism, Josh Rouse moved to Spain, married a local girl, and began soaking up the sounds of his Mediterranean world. El Turista reveals an inspired singer/songwriter exploring the music of his adopted home and beyond, with influences spanning Valencia, Spain, Cuba, Africa, and South America. These songs are fueled by sun, surf, and the streets of seaside neighborhoods. The music is a breezy mix of sophisticated pop and Latin jazz. Rouse’s command of Spanish is impressive; working with his wife, Paz Suey, he works in colloquialism and perfects a Valencian accent. (RMW)

Sheryl Crow’s seventh release is a homing pigeon album. Musically speaking, she’s heading back to her days in Kennett, Missouri—her hometown located about 100 miles from Memphis. The sounds she soaked up during those formative years—Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Stax Records— form the basis for her new songs. The album was made quickly, getting multiple songs down each day for only 10 or 12 days. The approach seems to have given the CD an energy and sense of fun. Notable guests include Keith Richards, Justin Timberlake, and Citizen Cope on Crow’s cover of his song “Sideways.” (MS)

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Rain on the City (Bar None)

40. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

The spotlight began to shine on Freedy Johnston back in 1994 with his release of This Perfect World, which garnered him a lot of critical acclaim, album sales, radio airplay, and Rolling Stone naming him “Songwriter of the Year.” Rain on the City, his first release of new material in seven years, finds his well-crafted lyrics front and center again. Johnston’s lyrics deal with loss, love, and the difficulties of life. There are several variations on styles of music with upbeat pop rockers, a straight ahead country track, and quality songwriting. It’s a return to form for a songwriter who continues to write memorable songs that beg for repeat listens. (KS)

Mojo, the first album from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers since 2003, finds the guys tearing through the catalog of American music, wringing out a mix of rock, blues, country, and a tinge of reggae. Mojo is infused with southern imagery and pacing akin to a sticky, humid afternoon. There are several songs that build to sustained jams, allowing Mike Campbell the chance to unleash his best blues licks or spurred on by Benmont Tench’s soulful organ lines. Petty hasn’t lost his penchant for edgy lyrics; whether directed at a dead president or ex-lover no one delivers a dressingdown like Petty. (RMW)

39. Freedy Johnston

Mojo (Reprise)

41. David Byrne & Fatboy Slim

Here Lies Love (Nonesuch) David Byrne and producer Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, gather a menagerie of artists for a concept album about the world of Imelda Marcos. The album juxtaposes her life with that of her servant Estrella Cumpas. Thumping dance beats recreate the discothèques Marcos once haunted. Byrne employs Marcos’ own words for his lyrics to parallel Marcos’ luxurious life with Cumpas’ desperate poverty. The women are portrayed in song by many singers including Tori Amos, Martha Wainwright, Nellie McKay, Cyndi Lauper, Kate Pierson, and Sharon Jones. Here Lies Love gives insight into one of history’s charismatic couples, and underscores the thin line between fame and politics. (RMW)

42. The Tallest Man on Earth

The Wild Hunt (Dead Oceans) The second album by Swedish musician Kristian Matsson under the ironic (or at least metaphoric) moniker is a simple, direct folk gem. Matsson largely uses the classic “one guy, one guitar” approach immortalized by early Bob Dylan and innumerable troubadours before and since. But there’s little that is tired or well-worn about this album. The lyrics are sharply written, the music is fluidly composed, and Matsson has an undeniable charisma throughout the album’s 10 tracks. (MS)

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44. Patty Griffin (Credential Recordings)

Feed My Soul (Alligator)

46. Richard Thompson

Patty Griffin offers an alternative approach to gospel music, focusing on powerful motivations in the secular world as opposed to the pew and pulpit. Her choice of songs ranges from rockabilly to blues to country, and underscores the relationship between early rock and the church. The album was recorded live in Nashville’s Downtown Presbyterian Church, a cavernous structure that echoes the slapping stand-up bass, chugging rhythm guitar, and wistful pedal steel. Griffin’s reverence and passion for this music is evident in her emotional vocals. It’s a reminder why so many have chosen music to honor a greater power. (RMW)

Brothers Wendell and Sherman Holmes, along with Popsy Dixon, have been creating a unique blend of blues, soul, country, and gospel music for three decades. Following Wendell Holmes’ battle with bladder cancer, the trio recorded what they refer to as an album of legacy and hope. These songs offer a level of intensity, depth, and spirituality unmatched on earlier releases. Writing most of the material while recovering from chemotherapy, Wendell Holmes used his near-death experience to cast a new light on the experience of living. Joan Osborne produces with a light touch, keeping a focus on the trio’s harmonies. (RMW)

When a musician’s career is strewn with magnificent albums dating back 40 years it must be daunting to consider how to approach each new release with fresh ears. Richard Thompson chose to record 13 new tracks with a full band in front of a live audience. Thompson is in a class by himself, penning songs that bridge medieval troubadour and rock deity. His lyrics consist of a mythology of his own creation, delivered in the tongue of a mystic. Thompson’s guitar can scream like a banshee or whisper like a delicate breeze. Fiddle, saxophone, flute, and mandolin complement the master’s work. (RMW)

Downtown Church

43. Ben Folds/Nick Hornby Lonely Avenue (Nonesuch)

This collaboration makes perfect pop sense. Ben Folds wrote the music with lyrics by author Nick Hornby. Hornby has been curating music to go alongside his writing and films for years. Based on what he’s selected in the past (Badly Drawn Boy, The Beta Band, Marah), Ben Folds fits right in with his quirky, poppy tastes. Hornby describes each song in the liner notes, which is helpful in shedding light on his inspiring ideas. Folds is great at storytelling in his own songwriting, and his playing on this release is sensitive and passionate. (CH)

45. The Holmes Brothers

Dream Attic (Shout! Factory)

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49. Eli “Paperboy” Reed

Come and Get It (Capitol)

47. Norah Jones

48. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars

Norah Jones’ past releases featured mellow ballads that straddled pop and jazz. The Fall alters that sound by putting less focus on keyboards and changing up production values. While continuing to work with past collaborators Jesse Harris and Richard Julien, Jones branches out, writing with Ryan Adams and Will Sheff of Okkervil River. Jazz, folk, and country influences populate the release. Producer Jacquire King, chosen thanks to his work on Tom Waits’ Mule Variations, creates a dense, layered sound without allowing the music to become dark or brooding. Waits’ guitarist Marc Ribot joins Joey Waronker, Lyle Workman, and Smokey Hormel, as Jones’ band. (RMW)

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars are proof of the indomitable nature of the human spirit and the redemptive powers of music. Formed in refugee camps following Sierra Leone’s civil war, the musicians, led by Reuben Koroma, offer songs of hope and joy. Sierra Leone was once at the epicenter of the slave trade, and the country’s music reflects various African musical styles as well as a heavy reggae influence. The band’s vision is global, tackling issues encompassing the environmental, political, and personal realms. The All-Stars recorded most of the album in New Orleans, and the release features a multitude of the city’s musicians. (RMW)

The Fall (Blue Note)

Rise & Shine (Cumbancha)

Eli “Paperboy” Reed is an aficionado of obscure soul music. His major label debut features 11 original songs reflecting his influences—from the rural churches of Mississippi to the blues-inflected soul of Chicago to the string-drenched pop of Ray Charles. Hip-hop producer Mike Elizondo is an inspired choice to run the show as he balances the Stax Record horn section—The True Lovers— with strings and raucous guitar. Reed’s vocals roll effortlessly from swagger to howls to falsetto. His enthusiasm for the music is evident in every song, as is his respect for the singers who paved his way. (RMW)

50. The Weepies Be My Thrill (Nettwerk) The best adjective one can use to describe the music of The Weepies is sweet; deceptively so. Be My Thrill is loaded with charming melodies and appealing harmonies, but in the lyrics there lurks suggestions of discontent and warnings of pitfalls. The Weepies’ success is anchored in their ability to merge the best aspects of folk and pop. The duo’s acoustic instrumentation is bolstered by a cast of seasoned musicians. But their harmonies, and Deb Talan’s understated no-frills lead vocals, are the core of their sound. Throw in strings and xylophones and you’ve got a recipe for the musical equivalent of dessert. (RMW)

The Top 50 albums were selected by WYEP’s Programming staff: Cindy Howes (CH), Brian Siewiorek (BS), Kyle Smith (KS), Mike Sauter (MS), and Rosemary Welsch (RMW) Please note: Some Top 50 selections may be from 2009 due to our printing deadlines and when that release had its primary impact. Also, certain deserving late 2010 releases may have to wait until next year’s list.

Top 5 Local Artists 1. Colonizing the Cosmos The First Frontier Take a listen to CTC’s debut album and you’re surrounded by delightful and delicate indie-rock that’s wholesome and uplifting. This doesn’t mean they don’t have an edge. This band is capable of anything, especially in concert where there are usually a dozen people onstage. Amongst the They Might Be Giants/Fountains of Wayne-style hooks on the new album, there is much outer-space imagery peppered into smartly written songs about being happy and spreading joy. It was hard to pick stand-out tracks on this release because they’re all so catchy and good. “Dear Citizens” was the one that stuck in our heads and in “C the C” they sing their own name. Colonizing the Cosmos has given us an album that is not only completely accessible musically, but also intelligently written. (CH)

2. Joy Ike Rumors

3. Nik & The Central Plains Nik & The Central Plains

In a world saturated with singer-songwriters, Joy Ike stands out in the same way as Corinne Bailey Rae or Ingrid Michaelson. On her new release, Ike’s tapped into something special that pulls on your emotions when you listen to her sing away about finding God or fitting in. Her stellar backing band floats alongside her honey voice. Her thoughtful piano playing is comparable to Sarah McLachlan or Sara Bareilles. Joy Ike has got a one-up on most of her songwriting peers because not only is she brave enough to say what she’s saying, she has the chops and the skills to say it gracefully. (CH)

Nik Westman never listened to Pavement or Luna growing up, but his record has a Malkmus/ Wareham meets The Band/The Kinks feel to it. There are songs that beg you to sit on your front porch with your lemonade or your whiskey (or both) while watching the sunset (“You’re the Blues”). Although, there are also times when you want to knock your chair back and throw your hands in the air while Nik’s voice goes from a whisper to a giant scream within one second (“King of the Bridge”). Nik & The Central Plains have released the city’s best roots-rock album of the year. (CH)

4. Lohio Family Tree This is one beautiful EP from local indie darlings, Lohio. Reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens’ indie-folk triumph Illinois album (minus the cheerleading outfits), there’s a lot going on here. It can also be skimmed and enjoyed on the surface. Pay attention to Greg Dutton’s whimsical lyrics about having adventures in the woods and traffic on the George Washington Bridge. When listening to Family Tree, you can hear the big giant heart that’s at the core of this magnificent band. (CH)

5. Mariage Blanc Mariage Blanc Mariage Blanc’s eponymous debut album is chock full of attention grabbing rock and roll hits. While they have the ability to please fans of Elliott Smith, they also have a Radiohead-style guitar thing going on. All members share equally in the album’s sound, with each taking part in mixing and production. The album flows well and yet each song stands strong. (CH)

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Best of Evening, Weekend, Specialty & Overnight Shows

Dubmission with Kerem Gokmen

1. Swede:art Emotional Colors 2. Hubert Daviz Proceduri de Rutina 3. Monkey_ Sequence.19 Substantial 12 Monkeys 4. Actress Splashz 5. Bilal Airtight’s Revenge

The Bluegrass Jam Session with Bruce Mountjoy

Traditional Ties with John Trout

1. Steep Canyon Rangers Deep in the Shade

1. Larry Stephenson Band 20th Anniversary

2. Sam Bush Circles Around Me

2. Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers

3. The Infamous Stringdusters Things That Fly 4. Del McCoury Band Family Circle 5. Jeremy Garrett I Am a Stranger

The Block Party with Joey Spehar

An American Sampler with Ken Batista

1. The Hold Steady Heaven Is Whenever

1. Angel Band Bless My Sole

2. Frightened Rabbit The Winter of Mixed Drinks

2. Red Molly James

3. The Henry Clay People Somewhere on the Golden Coast 4. Murder By Death Good Morning, Magpie 5. Galactic Ya-Ka-May

3. Darrell Scott A Crooked Road 4. Storyhill Shade of the Trees 5. Loudon Wainwright III High, Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project

3. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Light on My Feet, Ready to Fly 4. Special Consensus 35

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1. The Black Keys Brothers 2. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings I Learned the Hard Way

WYEP’s 2010 Listeners’ Poll WYEP delivers music that matters to you—these are the releases you, our Member and listeners, chose as the best of the year.

3. Dr. Dog Shame, Shame 4. The National High Violet

1. Arcade Fire, The Suburbs

5. Carolina Chocolate Drops Genuine Negro Jig

2. Broken Bells, Broken Bells 3. The Black Keys, Brothers

5. Snyder Family Comin’ on Strong

The Saturday Mix with Adam Kukic

1. Arcade Fire The Suburbs

The Blues and Rhythm Show with BumbleBee Slim

1. Rev. KM Williams When I Rise

The Roots and Rhythm Mix with Jesse Novak

4. Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs, God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise 5. Vampire Weekend, Contra

1. Band of Horses Infinite Arms

6. The National, High Violet

2. Hank III Rebel Within

7. Band of Horses, Infinite Arms

2. Vampire Weekend Contra

2. Nick Curran & the Lowlifes Reform School Girl

3. Tegan & Sara Sainthood

3. John Lee Hooker Jr. Live In Istanbul Turkey

3. Justin Townes Earle Harlem River Blues

8. Gorillaz, Plastic Beach

4. Best Coast Crazy for You

4. Travis “Moonchild” Haddix A Dozen Times

4. Boris and Ian Astbury BXI

9. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More

5. George Thorogood & Destroyers Live in Boston, 1982

5. Jesse Malin and St. Marks Social Love It to Life

5. April Smith & The Great Picture Show Songs for a Sinking Ship

10. Patty Griffin, Downtown Church

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Bringing You Live Music On any given day you can count on WYEP to bring you live music, whether on the air, at the studios, or outdoors. Many of this year’s Top 50 Artists visited The WYEP Community Broadcast Center in 2010, including Frightened Rabbit, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, and Freedy Johnston. These artists and many others performed WYEP Studio Sessions live on the air and for a studio audience, giving our guests a chance to see and hear their favorites in an intimate setting. Part of our commitment to bringing you live music includes introducing you to the many talented artists in the area. Our local music happy hour is host to local artists every month at Third Thursdays at WYEP. And we can’t get enough outdoor music—Final Fridays at Schenley Plaza features a live band every month of the summer, and we celebrate the release of our Live & Direct CDs with a big party and concert at Schenley Plaza every spring. These are just some of the ways you can count on WYEP to bring live music into your life.

Filling the Lawn at Schenley Plaza Quickly becoming one of our favorite places to play live music, Schenley Plaza is home to several WYEP outdoor concerts every summer. This June, WYEP held the 13th Annual Summer Music Festival at Schenley Plaza and welcomed upwards of 5,000 people to enjoy a night of live, free music. Local artists The Boogie Hustlers kicked it off, followed by Joshua James, Sarah Harmer and her band, and headliner Nicole Atkins & The Black Sea. As day turned to night, the crowd filled the lawn and enjoyed outstanding performances. This year we welcomed a record number of families, as we expanded the festival to include a kids’ area, complete with activities provided by our non-profit partners, and a local craft marketplace. Do you see your friendly face in the crowd? Support for WYEP’s Summer Music Festival at Schenley Plaza provided by Dollar Bank, Duquesne Light Company Watt Choices, Giant Eagle Market District, IKEA Pittsburgh.


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Taking Over Bedford Square September 18, 2010 brought more than 800 people to Bedford Square for our largest fundraising event of the year, Rock the Block. With food and drinks from nearly 20 local restaurants and vendors, a craft marketplace by I Made It! Market, a film festival by Carnegie Museum of Art, and live performances by three WYEP favorites, this year’s Rock the Block provided hours of fun and entertainment for the crowd. Freedy Johnston took the stage for the VIP Party, playing an exciting set for guests inside The WYEP Community Broadcast Center. Outside in Bedford Square, local group Colonizing the Cosmos filled the stage in an opening performance to headliner Alejandro Escovedo, whose band had the crowd on its feet. We are grateful to everyone who contributes to this important event and in turn, The Station Where the Music Matters.

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Connecting to the Community Whether we’re collecting food donations at the Alternative Souper Bowl, broadcasting live from the Pittsburgh Blues Festival, celebrating local artists at the Holiday Hootenanny, handing out Frisbees at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, or welcoming world-renowned authors during American Shorts @ WYEP, our commitment to the community is strong and unwavering. By helping to spread the word about fundraisers, events, and missions, WYEP supported more than 100 local community organizations in 2010, and the list is growing. From music to human services to the arts, there is amazing work being done in Pittsburgh, and WYEP is proud to connect you to the community that’s making it happen.

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Engaging and Educating

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Each year WYEP’s Education & Community Engagement department looks to bring you new opportunities to be a part of The Station Where the Music Matters. In 2010 we brought you Your Weekly Green—our first ever green series exposing you to exciting environmentally-friendly initiatives going on throughout the city. We also added a Kids’ Area to the Summer Musical Festival, where kids got to meet a ballerina, enjoy a puppet show, play in a drum circle, get balloon animals, and more. Don’t forget the programs we bring you every year from FreeZone, our teen radio production classes, to our adult workshops. We never stop working to bring you educational programming that piques your interest and stimulates your mind.

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IKEA Pittsburgh Johnstown Area Heritage Assoc. Joseph Beth Booksellers

J & T Tire and Auto Service Kaufmann House Kazansky’s Delicatessen

Kingpin Productions Kohler Family Dentistry / Dr. Jonathan Kohler

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Sustainable Pittsburgh Taj Mahal Restaurant The Andy Warhol Museum The Hillman Center for Performing Arts The Open Mind Bookstore The Sprout Fund The Square Café Thunderbird Café Turner Diary Farms United Healthcare University of Pittsburgh Annual Jazz Seminar

University of Pittsburgh School of Education Unseam’d Shakespeare Company UPMC Health Plan Waddell & Reed - Monroeville Division Westinghouse Electric Company Westmoreland Cultural Trust West Overton Village & Museum Whole Foods Market Winchester Thurston School Z Brand Group

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The WYEP Programing Staff

1. Vampire Weekend Contra 2. Arcade Fire The Suburbs 3. Michael Franti & Spearhead The Sound of Sunshine 4. Josh Ritter So Runs the World Away 5. Mumford & Sons Sigh No More 6. Ray Lamontagne God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise 7. The New Pornographers Together 8. The Black Keys Brothers 9. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings I Learned the Hard Way 10. Dr. Dog Shame, Shame 11. The National High Violet 12. Broken Bells Broken Bells 13. Band of Horses Infinite Arms 14. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Grace Potter & The Nocturnals 15. Frightened Rabbit The Winter of Mixed Drinks 16. Robert Plant Band of Joy 17. Laura Veirs July Flame 18. Spoon Transference 19. Bettye Lavette Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook 20. Alejandro Escovedo Street Songs of Love 21. Sade Soldier of Love 22. Junip Fields 23. Delta Spirit History from Below 24. Corinne Bailey Rae The Sea 25. Ra Ra Riot The Orchard 26. Los Lobos Tin Can Trust 27. Tegan & Sara Sainthood 28. The Hold Steady Heaven Is Whenever 29. Carolina Chocolate Drops Genuine Negro Jig 30. Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros Up From Below 31. Brandi Carlile Give Up the Ghost 32. Sarah Harmer Oh Little Fire 33. Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses Junky Star 34. Mavis Staples You Are Not Alone 35. Gorillaz Plastic Beach 36. John Mellencamp No Better Than This 37. Josh Rouse El Turista 38. Sheryl Crow 100 Miles From Memphis 39. Freedy Johnston Rain on the City 40. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Mojo 41. David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Here Lies Love 42. The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt 43. Ben Folds/Nick Hornby Lonely Avenue 44. Patty Griffin Downtown Church 45. The Holmes Brothers Feed My Soul 46. Richard Thompson Dream Attic 47. Norah Jones The Fall 48. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars Rise & Shine 49. Eli “Paperboy” Reed Come and Get It 50. The Weepies Be My Thrill

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