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4:30 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Violinist Federico Britos Returns To The Hot Club

In his long career, 76-year-old Uruguayan violinist Federico Britos has played with many of the top jazz artists in the U.S. and Latin America.
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Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 7:25 pm

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All Songs Considered
11:10 am
Thu May 7, 2015

What Song Reminds You Of Your Mom?

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 2:45 pm

Mother's Day is back again (it's this coming Sunday) to remind you to do something nice for your mom. But maybe you don't need a commercial holiday to think about your mother and all she's done (or hasn't done) for you. Maybe all it takes is a song. If so, we want to know what it is. What song reminds you of your mother every time you hear it? Tell us in the form below. We'll talk more about it and make a playlist of some of the picks in this week's Plus One podcast.

All Songs Considered
10:47 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Songs We Love: Sharon Van Etten, 'Just Like Blood'

Sharon Van Etten
Laura Crosta

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 2:19 pm

Sharon Van Etten could sing the instruction manual for a dishwasher and make it sound like lyrical poetry. Over the course of four full-lengths, her voice has only evolved and grown both bolder and more nuanced. Van Etten plays every word like an instrument, bending one note into the next with a woozy purr that's sometimes sensual, sometimes heartbreaking but always arresting.

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Music News
3:46 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Songwriters And Streaming Services Battle Over Decades-Old Decree

Neil Portnow (left), president and CEO of The Recording Academy, talks with Lee Thomas Miller, head of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, at a music licensing hearing in 2014.
Paul Morigi WireImage for NARAS

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 2:16 pm

Music streaming services like Spotify and Pandora continue to grow more popular with music fans — but not with musicians, who complain they used to earn more in royalties from CD sales and music downloads. Songwriters say they've been hit even harder, and the Department of Justice appears to be taking their complaints seriously: It's exploring big changes to the music publishing business for the first time since World War II.

If you look at the top songs on the Billboard charts, most of them were written by at least one professional songwriter. It's a real job.

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Music
4:19 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

The Evolution Of Earworms: Researchers Track History Of Pop Music

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:55 pm

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The Record
3:29 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

In Search Of Intensity, Musicians Turn To Adrian Utley

Musician and producer Adrian Utley in his studio in Bristol, U.K., in 2013.
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Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:00 pm

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All Songs Considered
12:41 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Songs We Love: Pale Honey, 'Over Your Head'

Pale Honey's self-titled debut album is out now.
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Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 2:20 pm

Tuva Lodmark and Nella Daltrey, the pair of 22-year-old Swedes who together make up the minimalist-rock duo Pale Honey, have been making music together since elementary school. Their latest music is quite spare – they turn it up every now and then with some great distortion, but usually it's simple, propulsive synth lines paired with strummed guitar and an understated beat. They remind me of The xx with a slightly elevated pulse.

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All Songs Considered
12:33 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Songs We Love: Jeen, 'Everywhere I Go'

Jeen O'Brien's debut solo album, Tourist, is out June 30th.
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Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 2:20 pm

Singer Jeen O'Brien has been around for a while, making music with a number of artists. She and Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene are in a band together called Cookie Duster. Don't ask me what a cookie duster is — I have no idea.

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World Cafe
11:13 am
Wed May 6, 2015

World Cafe Next: John Moreland

John Moreland
Kris Payne/Courtesy of the artist

This week's World Cafe: Next artist, John Moreland, is an Americana singer-songwriter from Oklahoma who just released his second album, High On Tulsa Heat.

Before turning to songwriting, Moreland was in a metal band; nowadays, though, his work channels a deep well of emotion and pain. In this segment, you can hear two of his songs, which can also be downloaded here.

Set List:

  • John Moreland, 'High on Tulsa Heat'
  • John Moreland, 'Cleveland County Blues'
Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

New Mix: Hop Along, Other Lives & Wet

Hop Along

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 catchy, raspy-voiced rock from Hop Along, a slight shift in sound from Stillwater band Other Lives, and a dose of R&B and dance sounds from Wet.

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

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