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2:03 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Australia's Hiatus Kaiyote Carves Out A Crazy Path

Hiatus Kaiyote.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 6:58 pm

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All Songs Considered
1:29 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Drum Fill Friday, With Purple's Hanna Brewer

Purple's Hanna Brewer laying down the party-rock beats.
Roger Ho Courtesy of the artist

This week's Drum Fill Friday comes from Guest Quizmaster Hanna Brewer, drummer for the Texas party-rock group Purple. The group is known for its rowdy live shows and healthy sense of humor, and is currently on tour for its debut album, (409).

Brewer, who also sings for Purple, shared a range of her own influences for this week's puzzler, from hip-hop to reggae, rock and pop. I'd give it three drum sticks out of five for difficulty. As always, good luck, careful listeners!

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All Songs Considered
11:38 am
Fri May 15, 2015

All Songs +1: How Music Can Really Save Your Life

While they're not splitting open a person's chest and massaging their heart back to life, musicians and the songs they make may actually be saving lives.

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The Two-Way
3:47 am
Fri May 15, 2015

B.B. King, Legendary Blues Guitarist, Dies At 89

B.B. King performs at Bluesfest Music Festival in Byron Bay, Australia, in 2011.
Mark Metcalfe Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 2:11 pm

It seemed as if he'd go on forever — and B.B. King was working right up until the end. It's what he loved to do: playing music, and fishing. Even late in life, living with diabetes, he spent about half the year on the road. King died Thursday night at home in Las Vegas. He was 89 years old.

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All Songs Considered
5:08 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

All Songs At 15: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah In A 2006 Concert

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in an early 2006 publicity photo.
Stephane De Sakutin AFP/Getty Images

When Clap Your Hands Say Yeah released its self-titled debut record in 2005, it became one of the first albums to break big because of the Internet. The band recorded and released it on its own, without any label support, and shared it on the group's website, where fans picked it up and quickly spread the word.

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The Record
2:36 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Shakey Graves, Lucinda Williams And Sturgill Simpson Lead Americana Awards Nominees

Shakey Graves performs at the Americana Music Association Showcase at Gatsby's during SXSW 2014 in Austin, TX.
Erika Goldring Courtesy of the artist

The nominees for the 2015 Americana Honors and Awards were announced today at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. This year's slate shows how the definition of Americana is gently expanding to include more generationally, racially and stylistically diverse stars, while remaining grounded in its country-leaning, singer-songwriter-dominated definition of roots music.

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All Songs Considered
1:59 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Viking's Choice: Superheaven, 'Gushin' Blood'

"Gushin' Blood" still.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 2:07 pm

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Business
6:49 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Vinyl's Comeback Keeps Record Pressers Busy

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 7:58 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF JACK WHITE SONG, "HIGH BALL STEPPER")

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

New Mix: Kamasi Washington, Hot Chip & Sufjan Stevens

Kamasi Washington

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

Today, we hear the epic jazz output of Kamasi Washington, the glitchy electronic rock of Hot Chip, and a review of a thrilling live show by Sufjan Stevens.

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

All Songs Considered
2:43 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Songs We Love: The Mynabirds, 'Semantics'

Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds.
Bliss Braoudakis Courtesy of the artist

I've been a fan of Laura Burhenn since we met at NPR's studios with her band Georgie James eight years ago. Her pop wisdom and desire to push her limits have produced some great music, especially the past two Mynabirds records.

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