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Each month, NPR Music asks 10 public radio DJs and music directors to send in the songs they can't get enough of. The songs they select often paint a picture of their local music scene, and this month, several of them chose to highlight rising stars.

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KOSU will host a free concert in Tulsa this Sunday afternoon.

Headlining the bill will be Matt Stansberry & The Romance, a nine-piece Oklahoma City rock ’n’ roll band influenced by r&b and soul. The band's throwback sound is often compared to that of contemporaries like St. Paul and the Broken Bones and JD McPherson.

Stansberry says their music is appealing to fans of all ages.

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The audience for Hanson's first Tiny Desk concert could be cleanly sorted into two distinct camps: the curious and the committed.

Oklahoma musician Eric Harmon passed away on on Wednesday, October 4, following a short fight with cancer. He was 48.

Harmon played in dozens of Oklahoma bands: Moore-Peace-Harmony, Cousins, The Cant, Cinderbiscuits, Chainsaw Kittens, The Golden Eggs, Realistik, American Boyfriends, The Toothman, The Conflation Congregation, Chop Shop, Goblet, Dogpatch, 40 Minutes of Hell, Locust Avenue, and undoubtedly more.

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St. Vincent's "Pills" is the kind of psychedelic Franken-pop monster that could only be concocted by Annie Clark in a lab with a mess of mad scientists — which is exactly what happened.

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Join host Fiona Ritchie and guests as they explore selections from the American Folklife Center's collection of about half a million sound recordings, including songs from Woody GuthrieBob Dylan and Carrie Grover.

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When Leon Russell died last November, the 74-year-old star was recuperating from heart surgery and itching to get back out on the road. So it's no surprise that Russell — whose music fused soul, rock, gospel and country — left behind an impressive batch of songs that hadn't yet seen release. On Friday, 10 months after his death, On a Distant Shore continues a recorded legacy that hasn't dimmed.

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