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.


117 Pieces

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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
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The National Recording Registry is part of the Library of Congress and is designed to preserve sound recordings that "are culturally, historically,...

  • Added: Dec 08, 2020
  • Length: 57:00
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The National Recording registry is part of the Library of Congress and is designed to preserve sound recordings that "are culturally, historically,...

  • Added: Dec 07, 2020
  • Length: 57:00
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Okay, so the flute doesn't seem to be one of the first instruments that pops to mind when you think about instruments a rock or pop musician might ...

  • Added: Nov 24, 2020
  • Length: 56:59
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Bands (or musicians) get called "Beatlesque" when a similarity between the Beatles sound is noticed in their own music. We'll explore these influen...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2020
  • Length: 57:01
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It's not unusual for musicians to want to call the shots in the studio and either produce their own work or the work of other musicians. This episo...

  • Added: Nov 11, 2020
  • Length: 57:00
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The Cold War was still going strong in the 1980s and if you lived during that time you probably remember the nuclear arms race anxiety that permeat...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2020
  • Length: 56:59
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A murder ballad is simply a story that tells the tale of a murder, usually about a real crime, but it doesn't have to be about an actual crime. Mur...

  • Added: Oct 26, 2020
  • Length: 56:59
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Gothic Country, sometimes called Dark Americana, is in essence, a musical complement to Southern Gothic literature. It's a genre that uses dark the...

  • Added: Oct 21, 2020
  • Length: 57:01
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In music, there is a type of interval known as a tritone that historically (and to the present day) is used primarily to connotate evil in a song. ...

  • Added: Oct 13, 2020
  • Length: 56:59
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Jazz was introduced to movie and TV soundtracks via film noir. This episode explores the soundtrack to noir and its importance to film and TV.

  • Added: Oct 05, 2020
  • Length: 56:59
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Put simply, sampling is using audio from another recording. Though sampling is associated with Hip-Hop, its origins go back further. We'll highligh...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2020
  • Length: 57:01
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Everyone has to start somewhere and musicians are no different. This week, we'll highlight those starting points with the first singles released by...

  • Added: Sep 28, 2020
  • Length: 57:00
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David Bowie worked with a lot of musicians in his career. Some collaborations are very well known, like Queen, John Lennon, and Mick Jagger. Howeve...

  • Added: Sep 15, 2020
  • Length: 57:00
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For a brief time, the genre of Doo Wop burned hot. Doo Wop was a truly egalitarian genre of music, instruments were not required. Born on the stree...

  • Added: Sep 09, 2020
  • Length: 57:00
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The working rights we enjoy today did not come without a struggle. (Not to mention the working rights not yet attained.) Labor Day is a day set asi...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2020
  • Length: 57:00