Music

Jazz Night In America
3:30 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

'Everything Is Cyclical': Christian McBride Looks At 2015 In Jazz

Christian McBride is the host of NPR's Jazz Night In America.
Anna Webber Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 5:55 pm

Christian McBride likely doesn't need much of an introduction. He's a bassist who's worked with everyone from McCoy Tyner to Diana Krall to Paul McCartney.

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All Songs Considered
2:55 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Viking's Choice: Mind Over Mirrors, 'Calling Your Name'

Mind Over Mirrors.
Saverio Truglia Courtesy of the artist

At the center of Mind Over Mirrors' sound lies the Indian pedal harmonium, an instrument that elicits a piercing tone; it's at once devotional and alarming in its presence and volume. Jaime Fennelly typically surrounds these song-driven drones with tape loops and synthesizers, and on The Voice Calling, he's joined by Circuit Des Yeux's Haley Fohr, whose deep baritone voice could also be described as devotional and alarming. She's an incantatory force in "Calling Your Name."

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Sample Size
5:44 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

New Mix: Natalie Prass, Steely Dan & Screaming Females

Natalie Prass
Laura D'Art

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 a warm R&B ballad from Natalie Prass, the jazz rock of Steely Dan, and the guitar-driven punk of Screaming Females.

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All Songs Considered
4:07 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Discoveries From globalFEST 2015

Clockwise from upper left: Puerto Candelaria, Emel Mathlouthi, Sam Lee, The Jones Family Singers
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 10:53 am

The news headlines weren't always easy to read last week, between the mass shootings in Paris and the relentless violence in Nigeria. But over the weekend, in New York City, some of the most remarkable global music groups in the world converged for a moment of musical solidarity.

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All Songs Considered
11:02 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Viking's Choice: Blacklisted, 'Burnt Palms'

Blacklisted.
Courtesy of the artist

It's been six years since Blacklisted's No One Deserves To Be Here More Than Me, a gritty hardcore record that outwardly plays with melody, noise and lunging tempos that felt truer to Soundgarden or Nirvana's Bleach than anything else. Now comes When People Grow, People Go, a record that leans more on the band's straight-ahead hardcore fury, but with experimentation lurking beneath the surface. Here's one of the album's major ragers, "Burnt Palms."

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All Songs Considered
2:01 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Viking's Choice: Visigoth, 'The Revenant King'

Visigoth.
Courtesy of the artist

If wizards, battles and crunchy riffs roll your 20-sided die a critical hit, heed Visigoth's call. On its debut album, the Salt Lake City power-metal band looks to Manowar, Judas Priest and Manilla Road ("Necropolis" gets covered here) for that classic '80s sound, but the production is decidedly heavier, with mammoth choruses led by Jake Rogers' regal voice. Take a listen to the title track from The Revenant King and try not to raise your fists in triumph.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

First Listen: Until The Ribbon Breaks, 'A Lesson Unlearnt'

Until The Ribbon Breaks' new album, A Lesson Unlearnt, comes out Jan. 20.
Jesse DeFlorio Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 10:31 am

Pete Lawrie-Winfield's studio project Until The Ribbon Breaks frequently nods to celluloid, with cinematic references underpinning many of the British producer's gloomy tracks. Begun as a solo project while Winfield was still in film school (and providing his own soundtracks for his work), UTRB infuses its first single "Pressure" with snippets lifted from David Lynch's Lost Highway. In posting online a "re-imagining" of The Weeknd's "Wicked Games," Winfield set Abel Tesfaye's twisted track to the sultry imagery of a blindfolded Kim Basinger in 9 1/2 Weeks.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

First Listen: Red Baraat, 'Gaadi Of Truth'

Red Baraat's new album, Gaadi Of Truth, comes out Jan. 20.
James Bartolozzi Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 10:32 am

One of the greatest, biggest, most enjoyable brass bands has just made its best studio recording. Red Baraat is a beat- and brass-driven affair, with a double-headed Indian drum as its timekeeper and rhythm maker. Sunny Jain plays the dhol, and on Gaadi Of Truth he feeds those rhythms through processing pedals, expanding on the Indian traditions he experienced growing up in his Rochester, N.Y., home. This is the first record I can think of that applies a lot of effects to the sousaphone.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

First Listen: Viet Cong, 'Viet Cong'

Viet Cong's self-titled album comes out on Jan. 20.
Colin Way Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 10:30 am

Two miserable experiences hang heavily over the band Viet Cong. First came the acrimonious dissolution of Women, of which bassist Matt Flegel and drummer Michael Wallace were members. Not long after came the death of that band's guitarist, Chris Reimer. Both of Viet Cong's records — last year's Cassette EP and this self-titled full-length debut — labor to process grief and move forward from its grip. Cassette weaved its way through several carefully donned styles before letting the bottom drop out into dark, aggressive rock.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

First Listen: Belle And Sebastian, 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance'

Belle And Sebastian's new album, Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance, comes out Jan. 20.
Søren Solkær Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 10:29 am

Nine albums into a career spanning two decades, Belle And Sebastian resides at a tricky point in its career: Veteran musicians often shed fans rather than accumulating them, as tastes shift, the fickle lose interest and diehards succumb to distractions.

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