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Dar Williams: Modern Day Mythologist

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dar Williams tackles tough issues like mental health, religion, and gender roles through her music. Today: The singer-songwriter plays songs from “In the Time of Gods” – her forthcoming album pairing Greek mythology with social commentary. And: As the centennial of the Titanic disaster approaches, we listen to songs inspired by the disaster. Plus: We get your reactions to Axl Rose's open letter to the L.A. Times.

Axl's Axe to Grind

When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced in December that it would be inducting Guns N' Roses this year, many speculated whether the band's original lineup would reunite for the occasion. But yesterday, band co-founder Axl Rose announced (by way of an open letter to the L.A. Times) that he would not be attending the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony this weekend, and "strongly requested" that he "not be inducted in absentia." In his letter he also stated, "there isn't room to consider a conversation let alone a reunion." We discuss the frontman's announcement - and we take your calls and comments.

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Dar Williams: In Studio

Singer/songwriter Dar Williams’ first new album in four years is called In the Time of Gods, and on it she addresses some of today’s most pressing social issues through the imagery of ancient Greek mythology.  The album comes out next week - but we’ll get a preview today when she plays live. 

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Singing the Titanic Blues

100 years ago today, the Titanic was in the midst of its ill-fated voyage across the Atlantic. As the centennial of the ship sinking disaster approaches, we listen back to songs inspired by the event - from Blind Willie Johnson's "God Moves On The Water" to the Dixon Brothers' "Down With The Old Canoe." Joining us to discuss is Grammy-winning engineer and producer of the "People Take Warning" compilation set, Christopher King.

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Gig Alert: Tanlines

Brooklyn duo Tanlines performs its smart, bouncy synth-pop at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday night. Download the group's newest single "All Of Me."