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First Listen
11:03 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

First Listen: Ashley Monroe, 'The Blade'

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The Record
5:01 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

The Cruel Truth About Rock And Roll

The Runaways (from left, Jackie Fox, Joan Jett, Sandy West, Cherie Currie and Lita Ford) in January 1976.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 3:01 pm

Last week, a story about The Runaways' Jackie Fuchs, centered around her account of being raped by the late music entrepreneur Kim Fowley in a motel room full of people on New Year's Eve in 1975, challenged the very idea that rock and roll is something worth loving.

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All Songs Considered
3:11 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Song Premiere: The Waifs, 'Blindly Believing'

Jarrad Sang Courtesy of the artist

Twenty years after forming, Australian folk-rock trio The Waifs sound both comfortably loose and tighter than they've ever been. It's a best-of-both-worlds situation for the band, whose seventh studio album, Beautiful You, will be released later this year.

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All Songs Considered
1:42 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Viking's Choice: MAKE, 'The Immortal'

MAKE.
Matthew Brantley Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 1:53 pm

Chapel Hill's MAKE is all about the journey, man. The band thrives on heavy, atmospheric jams, inspired by the likes of Isis, Popul Vuh and Neil Young's Crazy Horse, all of which made MAKE's Scott Endres a perfect match as Horseback's guitarist on 2010's doom-and-gloom choogler Invisible Mountain.

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World Cafe
6:10 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

John Moreland On World Cafe

John Moreland
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After starting out in the punk scene, Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Moreland decided it was best to start writing about himself. That attitude, and a new Americana sound, helped lend depth and honesty to his new album, High On Tulsa Heat. Moreland's World Cafe session is one of the most unexpectedly beautiful in a while.

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

New Mix: Yuck, Julia Holter & Maximum Balloon

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

Today, we have distorted guitar sounds and low-fi vocals from Yuck, intimate new music from Julia Holter, and a big ol' collaboration from Maximum Balloon, Karen O and Tunde Adebimpe.

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

All Songs Considered
2:43 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Guest DJ: SOAK

SOAK.
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Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 3:44 pm

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Music
11:22 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Songs For A Plutonian Road Trip

Bjork is one of many artists inspired by the dwarf planet the spacecraft New Horizons is exploring.
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All Songs Considered
11:03 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Song Premiere: Tunde Olaniran, "KYBM"

Tim Jagielo Courtesy of the artist

In the best way possible, "KYBM" doesn't let its listeners get comfortable — which is apt for a song inspired by social justice activists who spend their time and resources combating complacency.

Singer and rapper Tunde Olaniran works for Planned Parenthood, and is an active supporter of the LGBT pride scene around Detroit and his home base of Flint, Mich. The non-musical side of his resumé hints at the hard and unpredictable work of taking on social issues, so it's no surprise that his music reveals a restless spirit and seemingly bottomless supply of energy.

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All Songs Considered
10:23 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Protomartyr Returns With New Album — And A Brutal New Song

Protomartyr.
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Protomartyr's latest song, its best yet, is a fierce and unforgettable shredder. "Why Does It Shake?" — from the Detroit band's upcoming album, The Agent Intellect -- rumbles and roars with a gritty chug as frontman Joe Casey stares down his own mortality. "Sharp mind, eternal youth / I'll be the first to never die / Nice thought / And I'm never going to lose it."

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