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Topic: NPR

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Accomplished author, New York Times columnist and NPR analyst David Brooks will speak on “Liberal Arts for the Social Animal” at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Oklahoma City University’s Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center, Northwest 27th and Florida Avenue.
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Son Lux — We Are Rising

An ornate, ecstatic set of indie compositions


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Stephen Carradini
It is difficult to categorize the music of Son Lux.
 
Friday, June 24, 2011

VOTD: Givers stop by NPR

If this doesn’t amplify your Friday happiness, you may need pharmaceuticals.

A few select descriptors from NPR music writer Michael Katzif’s write-up of Givers’ Tiny Desk Show: bright, tropical, polyrhythmic, slinky, wild, loose, fun, buoyant, raw, celebratory, Afrobeat, crisp, alluring, spirited, sunny, exuberant, and bobbing.


I feel like that just about says, it don’t you? That and singer Taylor Guarisco’s hilarious white boy head-bobbing. Dude moves like a drug-addled parakeet.

OOPS: It appears you have to surf through to NPR's site to get more than just the audio. Please do so. It's a very spirited, very fun desk show.
by Matt Carney 07.29.2011 3 years ago
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MP-free roundup

This week’s best downloads and streams for your thirsty ears, that is.

Lots of free music to be heard out there this week — if you’re not on Spotify yet, that is. Each week, I’m going to sift out the best ones for you.

The Horrors’ third LP streaming at NPR
The Horrors picked a pretty sweet name for their band. If they’d wish to title themselves more true to their product, they should’ve just gone with “We Really Like The Smiths. Like. A Lot.” “Skying” is streaming at NPR’s “First Listen” series.

††† (it’s pronounced “Crosses”)
Altered Zones is reporting that Chino Moren of Deftones (Deftones?) has a witch house project (pardon?) started up. The weirdest thing is that this five-track EP is actually pretty sweet. “Option” definitely sounds more like more popular nu-metal, but “Bermuda Locke†” and “†his is a †rick” are on the scarier side. Grab the EP for free at the project’s Facebook page.

Bon Iver at the 9:30 Club, NPR
Here’s the gem in this week’s stash: This free recording solidifies many folks’ hunches that Bon Iver’s soon to pick up the reputation as one of the most moving, cathartic ethereal live acts in indie, à la Jonsi and post-rock champs Godspeed! You Black Emperor. And speaking of God, Colin Stetson’s bass saxophone, turns opener “Perth” into something downright terrifying.

Their reporter can be heard at the end of the recording saying that he’s never, in years of 9:30 shows, seen a crowd so transfixed by Justin Vernon and co.’s performance. I’m sold.

jj and Ne-Yo collab for “Adult Swim” series
Winner of this week’s most-WTF collaboration is that of Swedish indie-pop mashers jj and popular Billboard chart-topper Ne-Yo, on the track “We Can’t Stop.” It makes sense, as both artists make some sexy, adult contemporary-type music, but honestly I’d have just preferred Ne-Yo keep his too-smooth R&B register out of this one. Download it for free at Adult Swim’s site and see for yourself.

Collections of Colonies of Bees streaming at Spinner
A whole EP’s worth of good ol’ fashioned instrumental post-rock. If you like “GIVING,” be sure to check out Unwed Sailor, from Tulsa. One of my favorite local bands.

Wu-Tang Clan on Spinner
Almost 20 years since the release of “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” and Wu-Tang Clan still ain’t nothing ta f*** with. “Legendary Weapons” doesn’t quite seem to live up to its title, but it’s got almost the full cast of Wu’s finest members, save for GZA. Check out Ghostface’s “The Black Diamonds.” Spot rusher’s still gettin’ it.

Photo of Bon Iver by Drew Kaiser
by Matt Carney 08.04.2011 3 years ago
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VOTD: Give it up!

Cutesy indie rockers show up on the Black Cab Sessions.

Back in July, Louisiana Afrobeat/indie-pop goobers Givers swung by Bob Boilen's office for one of the better Tiny Desk Shows we've seen in a while.

More recently, they laid down an exuberant rendition of "Meantime" in the back of the namesake of The Black Cab Sessions, which has hit the States for an American tour in promotion of a recent documentary about American music. Watch below. And don't forget to catch the band when they swing through Stillwater to play College Days with Cold War Kids, Delta Spirit, Colourmusic and a handful of other local indie bands.

Givers from Black Cab Sessions on Vimeo.

by Matt Carney 08.15.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: Other Lives get 'Tiny'

Watch Stillwater’s dreariest band perform in NPR’s office.

Is it too soon to officially declare Other Lives “a thing”? Or too late?

Who knows, who cares, as pro-Other Lives band Local Natives sang last year. But this Tiny Desk Show in the NPR music office certainly can’t hurt the theory that they’ve arrived in the public’s indie-minded consciousness. Click through to watch as Jesse Tabish and company turn the media company somber.




by Matt Carney 08.22.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: The Decemberists watch the end of the world

The super-lit folk-rockers get inspired by DFW.

Something tells me that David Foster Wallace would’ve really enjoyed this reimagining of the game of Eschaton, one of the most hilarious and creative scenes from “Infinite Jest,” his 1,000+ page novel that’s full of them. Simultaneously a huge Decemberists and DFW fan, director Michael Schur (TV’s “Parks and Recreation”) is the big winner here. Read what he told NPR, then watch below.

“The Decemberists are my favorite band, and ‘Infinite Jest’ is my favorite book,” Schur said. “This was tantamount to telling me I had just won two simultaneous Powerball lottery jackpots, on my birthday, which was also Christmas.”

by Matt Carney 08.23.2011 2 years ago
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Semi-locals a-streamin’

Listen to a pair of brand-spankin’-new albums on NPR, one from a former Tulsan.

Certified indie dreamgirl St. Vincent is streaming her new album, “Strange Mercy,” at NPR’s First Listen right now. She also lived in Tulsa once, but I forgive her for not really claiming it. On the condition that she will go on a date with me the next time she visits, of course. Watch the video for "Cruel" below.



In less attractive musician news, Denton, Texas’ Neon Indian is also streaming a new album on First Listen this week. Check out “Era Extraña,” too, while you're at it.
by Matt Carney 09.06.2011 2 years ago
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‘Dr. no’ strikes again


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What do parks, trails and museums have to do with the Federal Aviation Administration?
 
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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You can learn a lot from David McCullough.
 
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
 
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