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Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

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Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.

07/01/2014 | Comments 0

Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia

"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
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Weak Knees - “IceBevo”

Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
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Kyle Reid & the Low Swinging Chariots - “When I Was Young”

Every artist should be the star of their own creative life, which makes Kyle Reid’s steps out of the shadows of the many ensembles and supporting roles he has played in Oklahoma bands over the years to front and center on stage feel like a just journey.
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Now that it’s found long-term success as an ‘Austin band,’ the Oregon-grown Reckless Kelly isn’t about to alter its alt-country sound.

Joshua Boydston April 20th, 2011

Reckless Kelly
8 p.m. Saturday
Wormy Dog Saloon, 311 E. Sheridan 601-6276 $15

Surprise, surprise! Alternative country rockers Reckless Kelly didn’t have much of a following when they first formed in Bend, Ore., just hours outside of crushingly hip Portland. It’s not that the guys didn’t have the talent; the grunge-happy Pacific Northwest just didn’t have enough avenues to showcase them.

“We didn’t have a lot of gigs,” said lead singer and songwriter Willy Braun. “Not too many country music fans up there at the time.”

He and the other members sought safe haven in the still weird, but more twang-friendly oasis of Austin, Texas. It didn’t take Reckless Kelly long at all to confirm it could be successful, if only for the right audience.

“My brother (bandmate Cody) and I grew up in Idaho listening to our dad’s country records, and we always knew about country music down in Texas and Austin. That’s kind of what led us there,” he said. “Eventually, we could play every night if we wanted to — a lot more opportunities down here as a country rock band.”

Reckless Kelly soon found itself playing its rootsy, rock-influenced country tunes in landmark venues like Stubb’s BBQ and Antone’s. The guys have found that repping their adoptive hometown — and the label of being an “Austin band” — commands all sorts of other opportunities and a more receptive, unfamiliar crowds outside of Austin city limits.

“It’s almost automatic respect, for a lack of a better word,” Braun said. “People assume you are going to be at least a certain caliber. They are a lot more ready to give you a shot.”

That’s helped fuel a long and fruitful career. In nearly 15 years together, Reckless Kelly has released six studio albums, all markedly similar.

“We’ve always tried to keep things relatively the same,” Braun said. “I think the fans appreciate that we don’t stray too far from what we’ve always done … as long as they don’t get bored with it.”

Reckless Kelly did switch things up with its latest disc, “Somewhere in Time,” a tribute to country legend Pinto Bennett, long a major inspiration for Braun.

“We didn’t want to let anyone down, and we didn’t want to half-ass it,” Braun said. “Fortunately, his songs are so good, it’s really hard to mess them up unless you are trying to.”

The band expects to head into the studio soon to record a new album for a possible fall release. First, however, comes Saturday’s gig at Wormy Dog, and a May 1 date at the group’s third annual celebrity softball game and concert in Austin. The event raises money for local Little League teams, and provides an opportunity to see some of the best country rockers around make fools of themselves stepping off the stage and onto the diamond.

“Cody Canada isn’t much of a baseball player,” Braun said, laughing. “Actually, not many of us are any good. It’s kind of a spectacle.”

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