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4:02 am
Fri July 25, 2014

The Reign Of 'Purple Rain'

Prince makes his presence felt at the premiere of Purple Rain on July 26, 1984.
Ron Galella Getty

Prince's semi-autobiographical film, Purple Rain, hit theaters 30 years ago this weekend. Many people came out to see it multiple times, often clad in ... purple. The movie and its soundtrack weren't just hits: They challenged long-held preconceptions of what constituted "white" and "black" music, and presented the world with a bold new example of what it was to be a pop artist.

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Microphone Check
6:07 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

YG: 'I Gave Y'All What I Seen'

YG.
Courtesy of the Cashmere Agency

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Deceptive Cadence
3:21 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers

Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb has warned union workers of a lockout if a contract deal isn't settled by July 31.
Astrid Stawiarz Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 5:22 pm

The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The world's largest opera company may be headed for a shutdown. Most of the union contracts for the Met expire in a week. Yesterday, Met General Manager Peter Gelb sent a letter to the unions, warning them to prepare for a lockout if they don't come to terms.

For months now, the company and its unions have been at an impasse. Management has proposed cutting 16 percent of union members' compensation. Otherwise, Gelb contends, the company could go bankrupt in two to three years.

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Favorite Sessions
11:04 am
Thu July 24, 2014

KCRW Presents: Rodrigo Amarante

Rodrigo Amarante performs live for Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Rodrigo Amarante is well known in his home country of Brazil as part of Los Hermanos and, here in the states, he made a name for himself as a member of LA group Little Joy. While he's played with many different artists, from Devendra Banhart to Bebel Gilberto, Amarante finally released his anticipated solo debut, Cavalo, in May.

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Alt.Latino
9:12 am
Thu July 24, 2014

A Tour Of Spanish Harlem, Birthplace Of Boogaloo

Cover for Bobby Quesada and His Boogaloo Band.
courtesy of the artist.

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 12:14 pm

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