Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 10:08 am
The Dutch band Blaudzun had its work cut out for it at the SXSW Music Festival, as it somehow wound up opening for a March 15 showcase of Turkish music. But Blaudzun's songs are so undeniably infectious that, by the time the band played "Elephants" — the song featured in this Front Row video — the folks at Austin, Texas' Cedar Street Courtyard were singing and dancing to music they'd never heard before.
Singer and violinist Emily Wells was one of our favorite discoveries at last year's South by Southwest music festival. Her 2012 album Mama was a surprising and beautiful mix of hip-hop beats and strings, with folk-flavored pop arrangements. Now Wells is back with a re-imagined, all-acoustic version of Mama, with the songs stripped bare and her voice more fragile than ever.
Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 2:13 pm
Tootie Heath says the drummer's responsibility is to be happy. There's no better believer in the happiness ethic than Matt Wilson — and we're happy, too, grooving first to Heath, then Wilson, in highlights of sets from August and September 2012.
Born in 1935 as the youngest of three brothers headed for great jazz careers, Albert "Tootie" Heath crosses two generations to join this trio with pianist Ethan Iverson and bassist Ben Street.
This Saturday on Big Band Saturday Night... Oklahoma's own Kay Starr! Her story and her music on Big Band Saturday Night at 8 o'clock on Public Radio 89.5-1.
"Kay Starr (born July 21, 1922) is an American pop and jazz singer who enjoyed considerable success in the 1940s and 1950s. She is best remembered for introducing two songs that became #1 hits in the 1950s, "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Rock And Roll Waltz".
This week, Performance Oklahoma presents composer Michael Daugherty and the Norman Philharmonic's first anniversary season concert! The program, Meet the Composer, given on Sunday, January 20th 2013 at the Nancy O'Brian Center for the Performing Arts offers performances of Hoe-Down from Rodeo by Aaron Copland, Ludwig van Beethoven's First Symphony, and three works by Daugherty: Raise the Roof (2003) with principal timpanist Lance Drege, Trail of Tears (2010) with principal flutist Valerie Watts and On the Air from the Symphonic Fantasy Radio City (2011).
Tuareg bands are natural rockers. These desert nomads have a history of harsh physical challenges, long separations, nostalgia and rebellion — elements that give their music gritty authenticity. There's something about their ambling, tuneful songs that fits perfectly with the bite and snarl of electric guitars.
Black Prairie makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. An energetic string band of unexpected depth, Black Prairie features three members of The Decemberists.