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Music to laze around with, just like slipping into a warm, comfortable bath; bubbling with many stringed instruments and live performances. (Visit homepage.)

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Tuesday, October 13th, 9pm - Midnight: Ben Mason
Melbourne Singer/songwriter Ben Mason may not be well known in the US, but he's gained fans among Portland's finest musicians including members of Death Cab For Cutie, Bright Eyes, The Decemberists and The Delines, who helped him record his third album, "She'd Need a Heart." Mason describes his latest album as, "Exploring themes of unrequited love, loneliness and gardening, (the album) combines classic '60s orchestral pop, psychedelic ambient folk lullabies, and atmospheric weather jams into a cohesive collection of songs telling the story of a man and his scarecrow." Ben's songs have a sweetness about them, sung with a simple tenor, often punctuated by complementary strings. While here on a short visit, Ben Mason will play a few tunes on Irene's show.

Tuesday, October 20th, 9pm - Midnight: Julia Kent
On "Asperities," the fourth solo album by acclaimed Canadian cellist Julia Kent, the theme of conflict creeps into her music. The word "asperity" means a roughness or sharpness of temper/conditions and Kent says, "As the title suggests, this is a record born of conflict: internal, personal and global." Julia creates these musical conflicts by looping cello, effects and found sound. Julia Kent performs some of these pieces live for the WFMU listeners.

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