JR JR

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JR JR

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017

JR JR  has been making catchy indie pop music for the better part of the decade.  But where did this hook-laden infectious music come from? Listen in as the band members recount how their experiences with live shows by The Grateful Dead, a mysterious glow at a Tonic concert, a case of Led Zeppelin misidentification, the love of Mars Volta noise and playing jazz at a nursing home helped the band find their musical selves. It all wraps up with Josh, Daniel, Bryan and Mike having a moment talking about the real reasons they make music.  Protip — listen all the way to the end. It’s worth it.

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Check out JR JR’s fall tour dates 

Listen to JR JR’s new song “Same Dark Places.”

Listen to Songs from Episode 87 of This Song

 

This Song: Matt The Electrician

This Song

This Song: Matt The Electrician

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017

Matt the Electrician  describes how seeing Michael Penn’s video for “No Myth” changed his life and gave him the permission he needed to pursue a life in music

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Listen to “Live to Fight,”  Matt the Electrician featuring The Deer

Check out Matt the Electrician’s singles project

See Matt the Electrician with the Deer Friday June 10th at 3Ten at ACL Live

Listen to Matt the Electrician on “how did I get here”

 

 

 

Listen to Songs from Episode 86 of This Song

 

Palo Duro

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Palo Duro

Posted by on May 24, 2017

When a young Michael Winningham (of Palo Duro) got into the back of a Land Rover going to the Gourds show he had no idea the song he was about to hear would change his life. The song,  “A Mihna Menina” by Os Mutantes, blew his mind open to a whole world of new influences and showed him that when you’re making music, you can do whatever you want.

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Listen to Benjamin Booker talk about how he’s influenced by William Onyeabor (Thanks Sam Cohen!)

Check out Palo Duro’s Bandcamp Page 

Listen to Michael’s My KUTX Guest DJ Set

Listen to Songs from Episode 85 of This Song

 

The Strumbellas

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The Strumbellas

Posted by on May 17, 2017

The Strumbellas aren’t afraid to make music that pulls from folk, rock, pop and country. Hear singer Simon Ward, guitar player Jon Hembrey and drummer Jeremy Drury explain how a Ryan Adams’ song, an Offspring record and a sped up version of Twisted Sisters’ “Burn in Hell” led to the band’s creation and sound.

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 Check out the Strumbella’s Tour Dates

Listen to Songs from Episode 84 of This Song

 

Conor Oberst

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Conor Oberst

Posted by on May 10, 2017

Conor Oberst is having a hard time reconciling his conflicting emotions about America. Luckily his friends and frequent collaborators the Felice Brothers make music that helps him cope. Listen as he tells you why he thinks the Felices are “the best American sounding band” out there and explains how their song “Jack at the Asylum” soothes him during these troubled times.

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Check out Conor Oberst’s Tour Dates

Listen to Jim Jame’s This Song Episode

Listen to M. Ward’s This Song Episode

Listen to Songs from Episode 83 of This Song