Music http://kosu.org en Teenage Songwriters Take On 'Bro-Country' http://kosu.org/post/teenage-songwriters-take-bro-country No theme has dominated country radio playlists and charts more in the past couple of years than celebration of the sort of small-town good life that features trucks, beer and scantily clad women as the must-have accessories. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:42:00 +0000 NPR Staff 5325 at http://kosu.org Teenage Songwriters Take On 'Bro-Country' The Mix Hosts Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin' Chariots & Idabel http://kosu.org/post/mix-hosts-kyle-reid-and-low-swingin-chariots-idabel <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">KOSU,&nbsp;<a href="http://dunlapcodding.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">Dunlap&nbsp;Codding</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.robothousecreative.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">Robot House Creative</a>&nbsp;host&nbsp;<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/themixokc" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">The Mix</a></strong>, a &nbsp;free monthly outdoor concert series in Oklahoma City.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">The next edition of the series takes place at 7pm,&nbsp;Thursday, August 14 at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dcfilmrow.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">DC on Film Row</a>&nbsp;and will feature Norman&nbsp;zydeco&nbsp;band <a href="http://www.kylereidmusic.com/" target="_blank">Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin' Chariots</a>&nbsp;and Oklahoma City three-piece folk band&nbsp;<a href="http://www.idabelmusic.com/" target="_blank">Idabel</a>.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:09:21 +0000 Ryan LaCroix 5309 at http://kosu.org The Mix Hosts Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin' Chariots & Idabel First Listen: Jenny Lewis, 'The Voyager' http://kosu.org/post/first-listen-jenny-lewis-voyager "Nostalgia has no place for the woman traveling alone," the great travel writer Mary Morris once wrote. "Our motion is forward, whether by train or daydream." She's describing a necessary ruthlessness: Women are so often defined by their attachments (family, romance, even the fetishes of style) that becoming light enough to move often requires behavior others might read as cruel or, at best, distanced. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:20:00 +0000 Ann Powers 5293 at http://kosu.org First Listen: Jenny Lewis, 'The Voyager' First Listen: Quetzal, 'Quetzanimales' http://kosu.org/post/first-listen-quetzal-quetzanimales Twenty years is a long time in the life of a band. In the case of Quetzal, its two decades have been spent playing the soundtrack of its East L.A. neighborhoods: an evolving mash-up of Mexican <em>son jarocho</em>, low-rider oldies, cumbia, boleros, rock and blues.<p>Many Angelenos consider Quetzal as much as an institution as its East L.A. brethren in Los Lobos. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 5294 at http://kosu.org First Listen: Quetzal, 'Quetzanimales' First Listen: Bear In Heaven, 'Time Is Over One Day Old' http://kosu.org/post/first-listen-bear-heaven-time-over-one-day-old Two minutes and 11 seconds into "They Dream," from <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=bear+in+heaven">Bear in Heaven</a>'s fourth album <em>Time Is Over One Day Old,</em> the music takes a strange turn. The band has been shuttling along at a riveting adventure-movie clip, with Jon Philpot's reverb-swaddled voice functioning as the primary distinct element in a sleek blur. Then, abruptly, the tempo stops. A wash of Space Mountain synths dissolves slowly — the set has been struck. When Philpot begins to sing again, he's the sole occupant of the spotlight. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 5295 at http://kosu.org First Listen: Bear In Heaven, 'Time Is Over One Day Old' First Listen: Shabazz Palaces, 'Lese Majesty' http://kosu.org/post/first-listen-shabazz-palaces-lese-majesty Broadcasting live from the land of legal weed and sliding into the frame like a giant Pacific octopus, here comes <em>Lese Majesty</em>, the third album from Seattle's <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=shabazz+palaces">Shabazz Palaces</a>. It's definitely hip-hop, but... was that a drum? Human? Synthesizer? Sample of an old record? We may never know. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Andrew Matson 5296 at http://kosu.org First Listen: Shabazz Palaces, 'Lese Majesty' First Listen: Wildest Dreams, 'Wildest Dreams' http://kosu.org/post/first-listen-wildest-dreams-wildest-dreams In a career spanning three decades, Harvey Bassett has done a bit of everything. He bashed drums in a John Peel-approved U.K. punk band in the late '70s, then found himself taken with hip-hop and turntables while visiting New York City in the early '80s. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 editor 5297 at http://kosu.org First Listen: Wildest Dreams, 'Wildest Dreams' First Listen: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 'Hypnotic Eye' http://kosu.org/post/first-listen-tom-petty-heartbreakers-hypnotic-eye Even when he was in his late 20s, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15300677/tom-petty">Tom Petty</a> had a curmudgeonly edge to him, so it's no surprise that he's sneering about threats to the American dream in the opening moments of his new album, <em>Hypnotic Eye</em>. At 63, Petty is well into his transition to full-blown misanthropy, at times splitting the difference between <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14982343/randy-newman">Randy Newman</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15193203/bob-dylan">Bob Dylan</a>. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:01:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 5298 at http://kosu.org First Listen: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 'Hypnotic Eye' Unlocking The Eclectic: A Conversation With Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler http://kosu.org/post/unlocking-eclectic-conversation-shabazz-palaces-ishmael-butler <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFGLQe65Abg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tk9e7FG2ww</p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 NPR Staff 5288 at http://kosu.org Unlocking The Eclectic: A Conversation With Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler A Guitar Hero Draws His Own Sketches Of Spain http://kosu.org/post/guitar-hero-draws-his-own-sketches-spain If you're a classical guitarist, it may be impossible to resist the pull of one iconic piece: the <em>Concierto de Aranjuez</em> by Spanish composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/98281968/joaquin-rodrigo" target="_blank">Joaquín Rodrigo</a>. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:04:00 +0000 NPR Staff 5268 at http://kosu.org A Guitar Hero Draws His Own Sketches Of Spain