Oklahoma music

In the spirit of The Austin 100 and all things music at SXSW, listen to NPR Slingshot's second-ever Station Breaks, a monthly playlist spotlighting emerging artists. These acts are creating the songs that NPR Music station personalities are excited to hear.

Every Tuesday, The Spy adds new music to its rotation. Here are the adds for the week of March 12th, 2019. This week includes a song written by Arcade Fire for the new "Dumbo" movie, a new single from the Black Keys, and a longing but danceable new track from Local Natives.

Arcade Fire "Baby Mine"

The Black Keys "LoHi"

Every month, NPR member stations in our public radio network let us know what's been on repeat in their worlds to meet your music discovery and streaming needs.

You can expect an epic piano anthem from Florence + The Machine, Kehlani's sassy new dance-floor bop and an acoustic drive-by ballad by Oshima Brothers in this month's playlist. Below are some newfound favorites, all written from the voices of public radio stations across the country.

In early 2017, LCG & the X released several remarkably strong demos on Bandcamp. Now, the band has recorded their debut studio album.

Morgan Hartman, the singer of the Oklahoma City band, talked to KOSU's Ryan LaCroix about the formation of the band, filling out their sound, and raising funds for their debut studio album.

Hear the conversation above and read below for interview highlights.

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.

Every week the Oklahoma Music Minute gives a run down of where you can see live music. Here are the picks for the week of Feb. 18-22.

Monday Feb. 18

Monday, Alan Doyle plays The Blue Door in Oklahoma City and Othello's in Norman hosts a blues jam. Meanwhile, James Taylor & Bonnie Raitt play BOK Center in Tulsa. Check out Bonnie Raitt's "Gypsy In Me" below.

Ramona and the Phantoms, the solo project of Kylie Slabby, have been playing shows in Tulsa since 2015. All of this experience in the scene has given the front person a unique view on the state of things in Tulsa.

KOSU intern Kyra Bruce delivers this docu-concert to showcase Slabby's music, her thoughts on the Tulsa music scene, and how to improve it for everyone. Give it a watch and be sure to check them out on Spotify below if you love their grunge-pop tunes as much as we do!

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.

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