Music

Goats and Soda
5:08 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

A Tale Of Dueling Ebola Songs: One From Britain, One From Africa

TK
Courtesy of Jean-Christophe Nougaret/MSF

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 10:34 am

In separate recording studios and separate songs, two groups of international stars have harnessed the power of their voices to help raise awareness of Ebola.

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Music Interviews
12:04 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Mary J. Blige: 'I'm Not Worried, Trying To Keep It Real — I Am Real'

Mary J. Blige has just released a new album, her 13th, called The London Sessions.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 7:25 pm

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Sample Size
6:04 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

New Mix: Grooms, MRD & Young Ejecta

Grooms
Ebru Yildiz

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. This week, we're also joined by The Oklahoman's entertainment editor Nathan Poppe.

Today, we look at a new song from Brooklyn band Grooms, a long road to recovery for Brantley Cowan of MRD, and the danceable synth-pop of Young Ejecta.

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Music News
5:07 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Anatomy Of A Hit: Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone'

Kelly Clarkson performs during an American Idol broadcast in 2002.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 2:24 pm

What makes one song sound like another? Sometimes it's coincidence; sometimes it's plagiarism. And sometimes, it's the byproduct of deliberate craftsmanship: building a song piece by piece from distinct styles of music. All of that can make it hard to give a tune a genre.

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Remembrances
5:07 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Rolling Stones Saxophonist Bobby Keys Dies

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 6:24 pm

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Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Saxophonist Bobby Keys was still a teenager when he started playing with his fellow Texan Buddy Holly and pop star Bobby Vee. Later, he joined up with the Rolling Stones. And for more than 40 years, Bobby Keys' powerful sax was a key part of their sound.

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The Two-Way
3:44 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Bobby Keys, Who Played Saxophone For The Rolling Stones, Dies At 70

Saxophonist Bobby Keys of The Rolling Stones performs at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., on Sept. 7, 2012.
Taylor Hill FilmMagic/Getty Images

Updated at 3:44 p.m.

Bobby Keys, the legendary saxophonist most associated with The Rolling Stones, has died. He was 70 years old.

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All Songs Considered
10:30 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Introducing Our Tiny Desk Concert Contest

Introducing our Tiny Desk Concert Contest.
NPR

Want to play a Tiny Desk Concert? Now's your chance: NPR Music and Lagunitas are holding a contest, and the winner gets to perform at my desk here at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:03 am
Mon December 1, 2014

What's Your Top 100 Of The Last 100 Years?

Composer Steve Reich, whose Music for 18 Musicians pulled out ahead of Gershwin, Shostakovich, Bartok, Ives, Berg and all others in last year's Q2 poll.
Wonge Bergmann Courtesy of the artist

For the past few years, member station Q2 in New York City has been enlisting listeners in a thought-provoking year-end poll. Forget the best music of the last year — what are the very best compositions of the last century?

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First Listen
11:06 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

First Listen: 'When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel 1926-1936'

African-Americans on their way to church.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 10:43 am

In the history of American popular music, gospel is the great conveyor. People could hear it everywhere as the 20th century grew from infancy to adolescence: in churches, of course, but also on street corners, sung by wanderers whose guitar work and moaning vocals arose in dialogue with the blues; in factories and mines, where harmonizing quartets provided balm to frustrated workers; on the radio, where preachers and singers performed live to thousands of listeners; and through the new medium of recordings, which turned regional styles into national trends.

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First Listen
11:05 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

First Listen: PRhyme, 'PRhyme'

PRhyme is Royce Da 5'9" (left) and DJ Premier.
Courtesy of The Chamber Group

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 10:42 am

PRhyme, rapper Royce Da 5' 9" and producer DJ Premier's collaborative project, is in actual fact a hardcore rap fan's fantasy realized; it's also one of those mythical instances of a good-looking tracklist exceeding all expectations. PRyhme is a nine-song testament to its creators' perseverance in changing times and proof positive that — even in an era when novelty supplants quality more often than not — the "dope rhymes, dope beats" formula can still yield something remarkable.

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