Music

The Record
4:39 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

D'Angelo At The Apollo: We Were All Here Before

D'Angelo.
Gregory Harris Courtesy of RCA Records

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 5:24 pm

We were all here before. Rising up out of the subway onto 125th Street, it strikes me that I should come uptown to Harlem more often. The Popeye's on 125th and St. Nicholas Avenue is still there, offering the same crispy bird parts and sodium-heavy buttermilk biscuits; it's still the same bustling, up-til-3-a.m. refuge it always was. Vendors still hawk street literature, pamphlets and incense sticks on fold-up tables that line the sidewalks. It could just as easily be 1995. That's when I was restless and unsettled.

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All Songs Considered
12:21 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Viking's Choice: Chris Weisman, 'Backpack People'

Chris Weisman.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 12:53 pm

Chris Weisman's songs shouldn't work. Or, at the very least, the massive volume and musical limits the Battleboro, Vt., singer places on his songs shouldn't work.

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World Cafe
11:31 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Marilyn Manson On World Cafe

Marilyn Manson.
Jiro Schneider Courtesy of the artist

"I think America needs people like me," Marilyn Manson tells World Cafe host David Dye. "The world needs bad men to keep out the other bad men. And I think the world needs a villain like me, because I'm the part of the movie where change happens."

Known as a dark, demonic, heavily made-up shock rocker, Manson just released his first new album in three years, called The Pale Emperor. Written and produced with film composer Tyler Bates, it exhibits a stylistic shift, as a few blues chords sneak into Manson's industrial rock.

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All Songs Considered
9:50 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Hear A Brand New Song By Lord Huron

Lord Huron's sophomore full-length, Strange Trails, is due out April 7.
Josh Sanseri

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 7:07 am

Lord Huron's "Fool For Love" opens with a delicate wash of humming bells, a distant organ drone and a few carefully plucked strings. It's a beautiful, meditative mix that shimmers with the kind of hope and determination that only a new day can hold in its earliest hours, just after waking, before the inevitable letdown.

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Music Interviews
2:19 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Push It Further: Rhiannon Giddens Takes A Turn On Tradition

"It still speaks to people," Rhiannon Giddens says of old folk music.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 8:16 am

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Music News
4:48 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

One Of Sam Smith's Grammys A Win For Tom Petty, Too

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 6:27 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Sam Smith won four Grammy Awards last night. And that was good news for Tom Petty. Petty and another songwriter will get royalties from Smith's hit "Stay With Me" because it sounds a lot like one of their songs. NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports.

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Music Interviews
4:48 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Before He Was A Grammy Winner — A Conversation With Sam Smith

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 6:27 pm

Soulful singer Sam Smith swept the Grammy Awards on Sunday night. Melissa Block interviewed Smith about his album "In the Lonely Hour" in 2014. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on June 16, 2014.

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Monkey See
2:10 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

A Grammy Wrap-Up, With Soft Music And Extra Beck

Actress Kristen Wiig participated in Sia's performance during the Grammy Awards.
Larry Busacca Getty Images for NARAS

On Sunday night, the big Grammy Award winners included Beck and Sam Smith, both of whom put out records that moved pretty slowly. As Stephen Thompson and I note in our wrap-up of the night, the ceremony was a little heavy also, despite some strong performances and a helpful infusion of social commentary.

Premiere On Film Row
12:30 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Kierston White to Perform in KOSU's OKC Studios

Devon Ray

On Friday, February 20 at 8pm, KOSU hosts singer/songwriter Kierston White in our Oklahoma City performance studio, as part of Premiere on Film Row.

The Norman musician plays a mixture of country and folk music, which is shown on her 2014 album, Don't Write Love Songs.

  • For a chance to win tickets to this exclusive event, e-mail us at tickets@kosu.org.

Music News
5:14 am
Mon February 9, 2015

The Rise And Fall Of Marion 'Suge' Knight

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 7:38 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

I'm David Greene, and I want to remind you what commercial rap music sounded like in 1991.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "GOOD VIBRATIONS")

MARKY MARK: (Singing) Yo, it's about that time to bring forth the rhythm and the rhyme.

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