X honored at Hollywood Rockwalk

Listen to Looch: why X mean so much to me

This week, Mary Lucia talks about legendary Los Angeles punk-rock band X, who are playing Rock the Garden 2019. As a longtime fan, Lucia explains why X mean so much to her -- and why it's important to see X perform.

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Aretha Franklin performs at Radio City Music Hall in 2017.

Music News: Aretha Franklin awarded honorary Pulitzer Prize

There are two Pulitzer Prizes being awarded to musicians this year: the regular prize, to composer Ellen Reid, and a Special Citation for the late Aretha Franklin. Also in the news today: Mick Jagger's bouncing back, Fender designs 'Game of Thrones' guitars, and a Paris crowd respond to the Notre-Dame fire with healing song.

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Deborah Dugan with Bono at a (RED) event in 2012.

Music News: Grammys organization to name first-ever woman president

Billboard reports that for the first time ever, the Recording Academy will be led by a woman. Also in the news today: Coachella recap, Jay-Z to reopen Webster Hall, fans petition to rename black hole in Chris Cornell's honor, and Spoon respond to video of Pete Buttigieg playing their music. Plus, what are Taylor Swift and Madonna teasing?

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Music News: Unfinished Prince memoir gets publication date

Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL perform at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.

A memoir that Prince started writing prior to his 2016 death will be published Oct. 29, with supplemental commentary by his editor. Also in the news today: M.I.A. responds to Sri Lanka bombings, Woodstock 50 delays ticket sale, one musician marriage ends and another begins. Plus, a roundup of Coachella weekend two news, and Florence Welch's 'Game of Thrones' song.

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Hayes Carll plays songs from 'What It Is' live in the studio

Hayes Carll performs in the Radio Heartland studio

Hayes Carll says his personal Mount Rushmore of songwriters has always been Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Kris Kristofferson and John Prine, but having the sound advice of co-producers Allison Moorer and Brad Jones has given his latest release, 'What It Is,' a fresh sound.

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Coffee Break: Earth Day

Planet Earth

Today is Earth Day - a day to demonstrate and promote environmental awareness and calls for the protection of our planet. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear for Earth Day?

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Daniel Johns

Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Daniel Johns

Daniel Johns was born; John Lennon took a new middle name; the Who performed 'Tommy' at the Bolton Institute of Technology; the Blues Brothers made their debut; Peter Frampton comes alive at age 65; and the Troggs released a 'wild' tune that left its mark on garage and punk rock, Today in Music History.

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