All Songs Considered
11:00 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Hear Lydia Loveless Cover Prince's 'I Would Die 4 U'

Todd Cooper Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 11:07 am

Last year, as an April Fools' Day joke, the label Bloodshot Records announced that it had brought together 21 affiliated artists for a roughed-up roots take on the music of Prince, to be pressed as a "purple swirl colored double vinyl LP" set.

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The Record
8:03 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Benjamin Booker Faces The Past

David Goldman Courtesy of the artist

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Music Interviews
2:03 am
Wed March 11, 2015

How Mexico Learned To Polka

Legendary norteño group Los Alegres de Terán, in a promotional still from the 1976 documentary Chulas Fronteras.
Courtesy of The Arhoolie Foundation Frontera Archive/UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 12:59 pm

A casual listener would be forgiven for not knowing one kind of accordion music from another. But where two cultures in particular are concerned, the similarity comes with a century-old backstory involving immigration and imitation.

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

New Mix: Courtney Barnett, John Moreland & Grimes

Courtney Barnett
Neil McCarty

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 poignant songwriting of Courtney Barnett, the title track from the upcoming John Moreland album, and a new dance-pop track from Grimes.

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

All Songs Considered
12:57 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

New Mix: Villagers, Joanna Gruesome, Young Fathers, More

Clockwise from upper left: Joanna Gruesome, Trish Keenan of Broadcast, Conor O'Brien of Villagers, Eskmo, Young Fathers
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 5:04 pm

On this week's All Songs Considered, we look at one of life's immutable truths: Nothing's ever easy! Or, at least some things are way harder than they need to be. That's part of the message in the new kiss-off song that opens our show, "Hot Scary Summer," from the upcoming Villagers album Darling Arithmetic.

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Microphone Check
4:00 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Leila Steinberg: 'With Earl, It's A Journey'

Leila Steinberg at a benefit for A.I.M., the organization she founded that produces workshops meant to foster emotional literacy, in 2008.
Brian To FilmMagic/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 12:55 pm

When Leila Steinberg was 25 years old, she met a 17-year-old named Tupac. She became involved in his career in a managerial role, which she had stepped away from by about 1993. The next time Steinberg agreed to a management relationship with a musician was almost 20 years later. At the request of Earl Sweatshirt's mother, she began working with him while he was still in Samoa. And then she went and got him, brought him home. We spoke to Leila about her relationships with both rappers, and the work she's done apart from them.

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All Songs Considered
12:41 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Viking's Choice: Girlpool, 'Ideal World'

Alice Baxley Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 1:27 pm

With just an electric guitar and bass, Girlpool inhabits an entire ecosystem in the space of a bedroom. The single-note melodies are simple and quiet; their instruments are cheap, yet full of character. "Ideal World" comes from the duo's debut album, Before The World Was Big.

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First Listen
11:05 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

Review: Inventions, 'Maze Of Woods'

Inventions' new album, Maze Of Woods, comes out March 17.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 10:41 am

Last year brought the first album from Inventions, the duo of Explosions In The Sky guitarist Mark Smith and Eluvium's Matthew Cooper.

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First Listen
11:04 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

Review: Lightning Bolt, 'Fantasy Empire'

Lightning Bolt's new album, Fantasy Empire, comes out March 24.
Natalja E. Kent Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 2:23 pm

About 15 years ago, Lightning Bolt's members set up on the floor in the living-room area of a fourth-floor residential loft in Brooklyn. Sweating in full-body knitwear and ski masks, they rolled out stacks of amplifiers and a massive drum kit, then proceeded to blast the 50- or 60-person audience through the sheet rock.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

Review: Twin Shadow, 'Eclipse'

Twin Shadow's new album, Eclipse, comes out March 17.
Milan Zrnic Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 10:40 am

In songs that go big and hit home, Twin Shadow sets his musical register to "epic" and only looks upward from there. As a default mode, it's intense and unrelenting, occasionally disorienting for its outsize sense of scale. But then little details — a delicate synth sound here, an incisive lyric there — bring Eclipse back to matters reliably close to the heart.

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