In the Mountain with “Portugal. The Man”

Psychedelic rock icons “Portugal. The Man” have been on top of the alternative mountain for years, headlining festivals and releasing one critically acclaimed album after another. Their newest album, In the Mountain In the Cloud, takes a different approach than some of their previous efforts. Ryan Neighbors, keyboardist/backing vocalist for the band, tells RSU-Radio that the new album took nearly nine months to make. During that time they took a completely different approach than in the past, recording in multiple studios and trying out several new instruments. “We had a string player come…continue reading →

Muppets to release “Green Album”

No, The Muppets are not covering Weezer’s 2001 album release. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Artists, including Weezer, My Morning Jacket, Sondre Lerche and OK GO have come together to revive many of the Muppets classic songs. The album, which was released August 23, features Weezer and Haley Williams covering “Rainbow Connection,” Amy Lee singing “Halfway Down the Stairs”, and OK GO has the task of covering the “Muppets Show Theme.” OK Go and the Muppets have actually collaborated and given us a music video with almost instant viral status. You can…continue reading →

Arlis “Moon”, rising with the stars.

For Arlis Moon, writing music and playing instruments comes naturally whether it’s drums, guitar, piano, bass and even singing. That talent has allowed him to take part in several projects including solo recordings, playing with the band Rangeline, and taking part in a national tour. Most recently, Moon returned to his hometown of Tahlequah, Ok following the tour “Nothing to Something” with Plug In Stereo, WheatherStar and Bird by Bird. Staying true to form, he also released his long awaited independent EP Anchors. ‘Nothing’ is not an option for this ‘something’. Get more…continue reading →

Team Me EP in Review

Cody Nix, Music Director - As a rabid fan of music, I think that listening to an album is an experience that must be treated like a movie. Skipping scenes and picking singles is fine, but the overall experience is the most rewarding. Recently, we received a CD all the way from Oslo, Norway, from a band called Team Me. I've always been a fan of LPs (full length albums), but every once and a while a shorter length EP, like this one, will have just as much punch. Team Me’s debut EP…continue reading →

Calling all Musicians!

RSU is tuning up for a new year and seeking out members for the concert band. Dr. Kirk Weller, RSU’s director of bands, is looking for musicians of all ages and instruments to play in the community rich musical group. “This is (a) fantastic opportunity for us to build an ensemble that includes everyone from high schoolers to mature musicians who have a great time playing a variety of band music,” says Dr. Weller. The RSU Concert Band rehearses every Thursday at 6:00P at the old student union on the Claremore campus. For…continue reading →

Pizza, Cash, & Helping Kids

RSU’s Child Development Center is getting a boost from Papa John’s Pizza in Claremore. The local pizzeria is donating 20% of its sales today (August 25th) to the center. Members of the development center staff are excited to partner with Papa John’s and cite the positive impact that a donation like this can have. If you’d like to order up some tasty pizza and help the RSU Child Development Center, call Papa John’s in Claremore at 918-343-8282 and be sure to mention “RSU Child” when ordering. Logo found on PapaJohns.comcontinue reading →

It’s a “Big Country Weekend” for Vinita

Vinita has a big weekend to look forward to with food, entertainment, and country fun. The appropriately titled “Big Country Weekend” kicks off early with the 75th Annual Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo on Tuesday the 23rd and runs through Saturday the 27th at the American Legion Arena. The fun doesn’t end there. The 32nd Annual World’s Largest Calf Fry Festival and Cook-Off closes out the weekend on the 27th at the Craig County Fairgrounds with games, live entertainment, lots of calf fries, and a softball tournament at the Bill Morgan Sporting Complex. B.J.…continue reading →

15 Minutes with Barry

Iconic singer, songwriter, and showman, Barry Manilow recently spoke with RSU Radio about his latest album, 15 Minutes, and the extreme departure from his earlier works. “It’s the most different album I have ever made in my whole career…and it was the most challenging thing to do.” Mr. Manilow tells RSU-Radio. 15 Minutes is the story of a young man trying to make it in the music business, as well as the challenges and dangers of instant fame. The choice of character also had an impact on the overall sound of the album.…continue reading →

One “Contra”-versy Settled, Another Begins

Vampire Weekend, XL Records, photographer Tod Brody and Ann Kirsten Kennis have settled on an undisclosed amount on their court case. Kennis, the model who appears on Vampire Weekend’s “Contra” album, sued the band, their label, and the photographer in 2010. The suit was brought after Kennis’ daughter recognized her mom on the album cover and asked her about it. Kennis, who doesn’t remember posing for the vintage photo, said she never signed over rights to her likeness. Vampire Weekend and XL Records claimed they followed the proper paper work and that photographer…continue reading →

Emerging local artist, Amanda Byers

Stirring up Tulsa’s music scene is local songwriter, singer, and guitar player, Amanda Byers. In high school she played events such as the Rogers State University Educational Talent Search, but now plans on doing much more with her music. She’s hard at work on her new EP at Black Box Studio in Tulsa. According to Byers, “The EP is kind of a ‘journey’ through my songwriting progress. It will have the first few songs I wrote, along with the most recent ones. You can see a bit of difference in the maturing of…continue reading →