Congratulations to Brian Tarquin, WFIT’s radio host of Guitar Traxs, for being nominated Best Album at the 17th Annual Independent Music Awards for his new record GUITARS FOR VETERANS. Brian has put together a heartfelt benefit project to help our veterans. GUITARS FOR VETERANS includes Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal (ex-Guns N' Roses), Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake), Tony Franklin (Jimmy Page, Blue Murder) and Tina Guo (Al Di Meola).

This story is part of American Anthem, a yearlong series on songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and call to action. Find more at NPR.org/Anthem.

Rock fans fell in love with The Cranberries in the early '90s, thanks, in large part, to the haunting, Celtic-inspired voice of the Irish rock band's lead singer, Dolores O'Riordan. The Cranberries, made up of O'Riordan on lead vocal, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler on drums, created an intoxicating juxtaposition of grunge and alternative pop, with O'Riordan's lilting lyrics searing through right in.

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In Japan, the Taiko or Japanese traditional drum, carries a special significance. Used in religious ceremonies, wartime and in celebrations, the taiko’s powerful sound can also reach people at a personal level - often compared to a reflection of one’s own heartbeat. Online registration. For more information: Donna Sewell at 321-674-6129 or textiles@fit.edu.

Olivier Latry, one of the chief organists at Notre Dame Cathedral, was the last artist to record on the famous instrument before the catastrophic fire on April 15 that damaged the church and caused its spire to collapse. This pipe organ is the largest in France and dates back centuries. Though it was spared from the flames, it will still require extensive renovation.

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With the state of the recording industry these days, you may well not have had the opportunity to hear some of the conductors who are now leading our major orchestras. We'll feature two of them on this week's program.

Andris Nelsons, now in his fifth season at the Boston Symphony conducts Shostakovich, and Jaap van Zweden -- brand new at the New York Philharmonic -- conducts Stravinsky.

Both orchestras are in good hands. Listen this Thursday night and see what you think.

Caroline Shaw's new album, Orange, is a love letter to the string quartet. The North Carolina native burst onto the music scene in 2013, when she was the youngest composer to win a Pulitzer Prize. She's still in her 30s and now, for the first time, there's a recording devoted entirely to her work.

Check out one of the up and coming indie rock bands from Central Florida. Gary Lazer Eyes was recently voted one of the best rock acts in Orlando. On our next studio session the band plays some new songs that caught our ear. Hear Gary Lazer Eyes in the studio, this Friday at noon on Sound Waves 89.5 FM WFIT.  

It sort of stood to reason that after winning multiple Grammys this decade — including one for Album of the Year — Beck would retire to the cushy corners of modern alt-rock. As a testament to that, he even collaborated with Cage the Elephant earlier this year. But Beck, ever the disruptor of standards, took a pivot into left-field. He's announced a new album, Hyperspace, as well as a new single, "Saw Lightning" today. It's due out, according to a press release, "at an as yet undetermined point in the space time continuum."

In 1986, Bruce Hornsby became famous for his single "The Way It Is." But since then, he has embraced the constant evolution of his musical style throughout his career, experimenting with jazz, classical and even country. Never the same kind of musician, Hornsby has jammed on the accordion with the Grateful Dead and composed movie soundtracks for Spike Lee.

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