Oklahoma Rock Show

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Oklahoma Rock Show is a weekly two-hour show of Oklahoma music, from across the state. The show opens a window of Oklahoma music to the rest of the world.

Artists heard on the show: Broncho, Parker Millsap, John Fullbright, Other Lives, John Moreland, JD McPherson, Samantha Crain, Travis Linville, Jabee & more

The Women Behind The Songs: Ester Dean

Feb 20, 2019

Ester Dean's voice may be recognizable from her role as as Cynthia-Rose Adams in the Pitch Perfect movies and the animated films Ice Age and Rio, but that only scratches the surface of the Oklahoma native's work.

Colourmusic released a new nine-song album, Swimsuit, this week. It's their first studio release in five years, following 2014's May You Marry Rich.

In the time between record releases, the band stopped performing live for several years and parted ways with its record label. Drummer Nick Ley also joined The Flaming Lips during the hiatus.

The Women Behind The Songs: Jessie Mae Robinson

Jan 31, 2019

Many may know Wanda Jackson's 1960s hit "Let's Have a Party," or even the versions performed by Led Zeppelin and Elvis Presley, but most will not recognize the name of the woman who wrote it: Jessie Mae Robinson.

Sleater-Kinney has confirmed it's releasing a new album sometime this year, produced by St. Vincent. Guitarist Carrie Brownstein tells NPR, "We always planned on getting back in the studio — it was just a matter of when. If there is an overarching principle to this album, it's that the tools on which we were relying proved inadequate.

Ryan LaCroix, host of The Oklahoma Rock Show, shares his 10 favorite Oklahoma albums of 2018:

10. Gum - When the Water Hits the Moon

LISTEN: Tired Eyes, I Can Do What You Want Me To, Under Your Spell

From standard-bearing singers and instrumentalists to genre innovators, from businesspeople who introduced new ways of listening and sharing to activists who made performance their platform, vital voices from all over the music map left us this year — some far too soon.

DJ Sessions: Christmas Music Old And New

Dec 24, 2018

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with one of his favorite childhood DJs, Mike Haile (@mitmradio) of WHMS in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, about favorite holiday tunes.

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Last week, we counted down the top 25 Oklahoma songs of 2018. In total, we played 455 new songs on The Oklahoma Rock Show in 2018, so our final list was very competitive.

Check out our picks below.

25. Colourmusic - "Haunt Me"

24. Labrys - "Don't Know"

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. After pledging to never make an album of Christmas songs, my guest, roots and rockabilly musician JD McPherson, has broken that promise. And I'm really glad he did. His new album "Socks" features his original holiday songs, and they're really fun. McPherson and his band came to our studio last week with their instruments to play some of those new Christmas songs and talk about music and other things.

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