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Microphone Check
12:26 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Large Professor, Part 1: 'We're Living In The World of Hip-Hop'

Large Professor at an event in New York City in April, 2013.
Cindy Ord Getty Images

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Music News
4:58 am
Wed July 29, 2015

A Mexican Restaurant Turned Iconic Venue? 'That's Nashville'

Vince Gill and Paul Franklin of The Time Jumpers perform at 3rd and Lindsley in 2014. The band has a standing Monday-night gig at the small Nashville club.
Rick Diamond Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:59 am

The Hollywood Bowl. Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Madison Square Garden. They're the iconic venues that round out top-10 lists of the country's best places to see live music. But this summer, Morning Edition is visiting America's side stages, places the locals know and where players love to play. We begin, appropriately, in Music City at 3rd and Lindsley, an intersection that's the home and namesake of an unassuming Nashville venue.

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

New Mix: Night Beds, Sports & All Dogs

Night Beds

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, we have a cascading series of sounds from Night Beds, subdued dream pop from Tulsa band Sports, and catchy, fuzzy pop punk from All Dogs.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:05 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Unassuming Czech Pianist Ivan Moravec Dies At 84

Pianist Ivan Moravec was known for his lyrical playing and recordings of Chopin and Mozart.
Anost Nosek

Ivan Moravec, a Czech pianist known for his lyrical and selfless approach to music, died Monday in a Prague hospital, according to a management representative, Linda Marder of CM Artists in New York. Moravec had been treated for pneumonia. He was 84.

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All Songs Considered
1:18 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Guest DJ: Leon Bridges

Erin Margaret Alison Rambo Courtesy of the artist

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Music Articles
4:21 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Hot Pants, Glitter And Alan Lomax: How A Rising Singer Found Folk Music

British singer and "song collector" Sam Lee.
Frederic Aranda Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 6:35 pm

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The Record
11:41 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Drive By-Truckers To Release Massive Live Album

Greg Chow Courtesy of the artist

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All Songs Considered
11:24 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Song Premiere: Palehound, 'Cushioned Caging'

Ellen Kempner of Palehound.
Chad Kamenshine Courtesy of the artist

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The first line of Palehound's "Cushioned Caging" begins in the middle of a thought. "And when the organ starts a-playin," sings frontwoman Ellen Kempner, whose voice arrives in a crashing wave of sound after a twangy, beachy one-chord intro. It sends a message that resonates through the rest of the too-brief song: This ain't the half of it.

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Mon July 27, 2015

All Songs + 1: Josh Ritter's 'Sermon on the Rocks'

Josh Ritter.
Laura Wilson Courtesy of the artist

I'd never imagined a great song poet writing "Getting Ready to Get Down," but there we have it. It's a hard and humorous look at religion, sex and a "risky" teenager becoming herself despite Bible school intervention. I talked with Josh Ritter about this song, and you can hear that interview and the song here or subscribe to the All Songs Considered podcast.

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Songs We Love: Patty Griffin, 'Rider of Days'

David McClister Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 4:58 pm

The guitars that open "Rider of Days," the first single from folk giant Patty Griffin's forthcoming album Servant of Love, take a moment to come into focus. They swim up from silence and surface just in time for Griffin's unmistakable voice to arrive and settle over them. Everything about "Rider of Days" is a slow burn, in the same way a victory lap is taken slower than the rest of the race.

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