Oklahoma music

World Cafe Next: Parker Millsap

Mar 31, 2014

The latest World Cafe: Next artist is Oklahoma singer-songwriter Parker Millsap, who recently released his solo debut and follows in the footsteps of fellow Oklahoman John Fullbright. With strong songwriting, a powerful voice and an engaging live show, Millsap represents himself awfully well for someone who's only 20. Download a pair of his songs on this page, or as part of our World Cafe: Next podcast.

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The long-haired, bearded vocalist known as Smooth McGroove arranges, performs and produces a capella renditions of classic video game tracks, from Final Fantasy to Street Fighter.  He has more than 814,000 subscribers on YouTube to show for it.  KOSU's Nikole Robinson Carroll spoke with him about his process, his background… and his cat.

You can follow Smooth McGroove on YouTube and Twitter.

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Science Museum Oklahoma presents a traveling exhibit that explores the science of rock music.  The museum’s resident “Celestial Wizard,” Wayne Harris-Wyrick, took a break from running the planetarium to show KOSU's Nikole Robinson Carroll around.  He says rock music is important because it reminds us of our roots and our development as a human race.

While dozens of Oklahoma bands drove several hours to play SXSW, two Stillwater natives only had to drive a few miles. That’s because they’ve lived in Austin for eight years.

Singer Daniel Pruitt and guitarist Garrett Hellman grew up in Stillwater from an early age. They played in the band Shiloh Fivecoat and both went to Oklahoma State University – Daniel studied English and Garrett studied Electrical Engineering.

Next week, dozens of Oklahoma bands will head down to Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest Music Festival. One of those bands is Oklahoma City's Skating Polly.

At the ages of 13 and 18, Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse want to be taken seriously. And, you should.  

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Next week, dozens of Oklahoma musicians will head down to Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest Music Festival. One of those musicians is 21-year-old Purcell native Parker Millsap.

At an age when many are figuring out who they are and what they want to do, Millsap is exactly where he wants to be.

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Gayla Peevey

Flip through the radio stations in your car or visit the mall this month and you’ll probably hear “I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas” a time or two.  The song was recorded in 1953 by then 10-year-old Oklahoman Gayla Peevey.  The song’s popularity helped raise enough money to adopt Matilda, the Oklahoma City Zoo’s first hippo.  KOSU's Nikole Robinson Carroll had a chat with Peevey for the 60th anniversary of the song’s release.

BRONCHO On World Cafe

Oct 4, 2013

The fun, aggressive pop band BRONCHO is reminiscent of both The Ramones and Weezer. Straddling the line between pop and punk, the band's 2011 debut Can't Get Past The Lips has 10 songs but clocks in at just 20 minutes.

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