All Songs Considered
12:48 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Viking's Choice: Wild Throne, 'War Is A Romance'

Wild Throne.
Mike Azria Courtesy of the artist

Within the first minute, "War is a Romance" gives you everything you need to know if you're going to be onboard with Wild Throne: a deranged hardcore twang a la Converge, a galloping Motörhead riff, fusion-y Mars Volta-style guitar acrobatics — oh, and a whistle. And then there's Josh Holland's voice yelping and squealing and scaling burning buildings with insane octave jumps.

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World Cafe
11:52 am
Wed March 18, 2015

JD McPherson On World Cafe

JD McPherson
Kelsey Stanger / WXPN

To hear JD McPherson say it, he heard Little Richard and there was no turning back. That pioneering hero and the music of Buddy Holly form the basis of the sound of the records McPherson has gone on to make. His song "North Side Gal" caught a lot of attention for his first album, which was made in a bit of a vacuum with nobody having many expectations.

That's not so true for his new one, Let The Good Times Roll. McPherson worked hard to not make the same record again. We'll talk about that process, let him expound on some of his favorite music and mostly hear some fabulous performances from the stage of World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

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All Songs Considered
11:20 am
Wed March 18, 2015

NPR Music At SXSW 2015: Tuesday

A musician plays on the street in Austin on the opening day of the 2015 South by Southwest music festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 9:43 am

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Microphone Check
8:03 am
Wed March 18, 2015

ASAP Ferg: 'I Want This Moment To Last Forever'

ASAP Ferg in New York City in February.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 6:34 pm

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

New Mix: Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens & Tame Impala

Kendrick Lamar

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look at the surprise release of Kendrick Lamar's new album, a return to intimate, acoustic sounds by Sufjan Stevens, and a melding of classic rock and dance music from Tame Impala.

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

Music News
2:11 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Remastering 78s: A Company Brings Clarity To Pianist Artur Schnabel's Works

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All Songs Considered
7:22 am
Tue March 17, 2015

SXSW 2015 Music Preview

Top row, left to right: Soak, Little Simz, Andy Shauf; Bottom row, left to right: Bully, Dale Watson, Kero Kero Bonito
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 11:24 am

If you love music as much as we do (we really love music), there's a good chance that this is one of your favorite weeks of the year. This is when the massive South by Southwest music festival and conference bubbles up and spills over into the streets of Austin, Texas. For five days, live music pours out of every alley, doorway, club, restaurant and street corner. Whether it's sensory overload or total nirvana, March 17-21 is all about discovering some new band or sound that sets your ears on end.

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The Record
3:18 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Winning In Country Music, With No Help From Nashville

Aaron Watson on stage during the National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Fanfest in Las Vegas in 2014.
Mindy Small Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 12:53 pm

There's only one word to describe Aaron Watson's music: country. Watson, from Abilene, Texas, sings about rodeos, fence posts and family with a twang in his voice that would sound like a huge moneymaker if you're the kind of fan who stopped listening to country in the early 1990s, when George Strait and Garth Brooks were selling millions of albums and scoring hits on country radio.

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SXSW Music Festival
3:17 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Doritos Stage Pulled From SXSW But Issues Remain

At SXSW 2014, pop star Lady Gaga performed on a stage made to look like a five-story-tall Doritos vending machine, which won't be returning this week.
Kevin Mazur WireImage/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 11:01 am

South by Southwest is in its 28th year, with its music festival starting Wednesday and featuring more than 2,200 bands from 62 countries.

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6:33 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

In South Africa, Soulful Music Delivers Serious Messages

The newest album by The Muffinz, Do What You Love, tackles heavy issues such as politics, race and education.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 7:21 pm

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