Music

The Record
8:34 am
Thu August 21, 2014

A Rational Conversation: Do We Really Need A Rock Festival?

No Age performing at FYF Fest at the Los Angeles State Historic Park in August 2013.
Mike Windle Getty Images for FYF

"A Rational Conversation" is a column by writer Eric Ducker in which he gets on instant messenger or the phone with a special guest to examine a music-related subject that's entered the pop culture consciousness.

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All Songs Considered
12:21 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Viking's Choice: Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, 'I Ain't Waiting'

Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band.
Constance Mensh Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 2:16 pm

In Television's "Marquee Moon" from 1977, Tom Verlaine issues a shuffling call to action. First, he's "just waiting," then "hesitating" for "a kiss of death, the embrace of life" — life only comes to him. But then something shakes Verlaine in the third chorus as a defiant voice finally boasts, "I ain't waiting, uh-uh." That's where the music finds purpose, with the iconic riff suddenly becoming a staccato slash through the dark.

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The Record
3:35 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Taylor Swift Aims For Pop's Throne

A still from the video for "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift.
YouTube

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 11:52 am

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KOSU Music
5:39 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

KOSU Music: Ester Dean, Caribou & J Mascis

Ester Dean

LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney joins host Ryan LaCroix every week to discuss music news and new music releases during All Things Considered on KOSU.

Today, we look at a 2011 mega pop hit written by Muskogee native Ester Dean, the variety of sounds by Caribou, and the weariness emanating from J Mascis.


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All Songs Considered
4:48 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Guest DJ Ty Segall

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Microphone Check
11:57 am
Tue August 19, 2014

The Underachievers: 'We're Still Young'

AK (left) and Issa of The Underachievers onstage at SXSW in 2013.
Sean Mathis Getty Images for SXSW)

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 3:52 pm

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The Record
9:34 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Top 40 In A Summer Of Discontent

A still from the video for "Am I Wrong" by Nico & Vinz.
YouTube

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 1:11 pm

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Goats and Soda
5:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

'Shadow' And 'D-12' Sing An Infectious Song About Ebola

Samuel "Shadow" Morgan.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 11:04 am

Ebola has been responsible for many hundreds of deaths, for fear, for panic, for disbelief and anger.

And for a catchy dance song: "Ebola in Town."

The producers behind this unlikely music are Samuel "Shadow" Morgan and Edwin "D-12" Tweh, who grew up in the shadow of war. They both spent time as kids in refugee camps in Ghana after fleeing the civil war back home in Liberia.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:14 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Met Opera Tentatively Settles With 2 Major Unions

The Metropolitan Opera has settled labor contracts with two of its largest unions.
Jonathan Ticler Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 6:32 pm

A labor crisis threatening to shut down New York's Metropolitan Opera — the largest opera house in the world — appears to have been averted. Two of the major unions announced a tentative settlement this morning. While agreements with 10 additional unions need to be reached by Tuesday night, this represents a major turning point in a bitter dispute.

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All Songs Considered
2:15 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Song Premiere: Jennifer Castle, 'Sailing Away'

Toronto singer-songwriter Jennifer Castle releases her fourth album, Pink City, on Sept. 2.
Courtesy of the artist

When people think of Toronto's music scene, the first name that comes to mind rhymes with "fake." But there's actually a bunch of great new folk acts operating in and around Canada's queen city, too. Jennifer Castle possesses one of the scene's prettiest voices, as you can hear in "Sailing Away," a highlight of her upcoming album, Pink City (due out Sept. 2).

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