Music 101

Series produced by KUNC & The Colorado Sound

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Your music history.

Music 101 is part music/part history lesson with your teacher and host Margot Chobanian. Every week, she highlights a different chapter in music history. Margot, a self-proclaimed “music and history nerd” digs deeper into the music and tells you the story behind the songs you know and love. “I have so much fun putting together Music 101! Context creates a deeper connection to the music. I love sharing that with Music 101 listeners,” says Chobanian.

Margot dives into the history of music and explores how music and history both affect one another. For more information please visit Music 101.

The program is available to all stations from the PRX Exchange and is free.


128 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Boston doesn't just hold an important place in the shaping of the United States. Boston also has a rich music history. This week, we'll explore Bos...

  • Added: May 03, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
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Put simply, a remix is defined as "a new or different version of a recorded song that is made by changing or adding to the original recording of th...

  • Added: May 06, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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Being a bass player in a band can be a thankless gig. But the bass plays an inportant part in rhythm communication between percussion and guitar. O...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2021
  • Length: 57:01
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Did you ever wonder how a band could come up with an unusual name like Death Cab For Cutie? Well, the band took their name from a 1967 song called ...

  • Added: Apr 14, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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Plagiarism is not the only reason a band or musician will end up in court. Sometimes former band members sue each other, sometimes fans sue musicia...

  • Added: Apr 07, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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In 1967, The Who's Pete Townshend was asked by a music journalist to give The Who's sound a name. Without hesitation, Townshen replied, "Power Pop"...

  • Added: Apr 02, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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In the early years of Rock, it wasn't uncommon for musicians who started in Gospel music to make the leap to Secular music. Sam Cooke publicly blaz...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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Sometimes, hearing a new interpretation of a song you have heard lots of times can give you a new appreciation for the song or even just a new way...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
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A lot of your favorite songs had their rhythms propelled by women. Female drummers don't often get their due but they will on this episode of Music...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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Music 101 Executive Producer Benji McPhail guests hosts this look at the music of Tom Waits

  • Added: Mar 05, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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Did anyone ever tell you a story that began with "this happened to a friend of a friend of mine"? If so, the story you were told was likely an urba...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
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When you're the President of the United States, you are bound to have songs written about you. (Surprisingly) not all songs about U.S. Presidents a...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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"This Are Two Tone" is the name of a compilation album that came out celebrating the second wave Ska record label Two-Tone. Two-Tone as a genre fu...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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Many Americana musicians started as Punk Rockers. This episode of Music 101, with guest host Benji McPhail, will explore how parts of the punk musi...

  • Added: Feb 03, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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Producer Steve Lillywhite is a big part of the sound of rock in the last 40 years, with over 500 credits to his name. He's produced a veritable who...

  • Added: Jan 20, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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1991 was a year of change for both the sound of rock and within the industry itself. MTV celebrated its 10 year anniversary, Lollapalooza made its ...

  • Added: Jan 13, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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The recent documentary, "Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World", highlighted the unsung contributions of Native Americans in rock music. Inspire...

  • Added: Jan 04, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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Art Rock is a genre of rock that took experimentation in music to new heights. Art Rock, also known as Progressive Rock, used influences as dispara...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2020
  • Length: 56:59
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Did you know that a lot of rock songs actually have their basis in classical music melodies? That's what we'll explore this week on Music 101.

  • Added: Dec 14, 2020
  • Length: 57:00