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No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
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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.

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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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Bang on!

The Boom Bang’s shows may involve silly antics, but the local band is serious about making the best music it can.

Joshua Boydston May 11th, 2011

The Boom Bang with Copperheads and the Purple Church
9 p.m. Saturday
Opolis, 113 N. Crawford, Norman
Opolis.org, 820-0951

The Boom Bang
Credits: Joshua Boydston

A rundown of a Boom Bang show reads like a rap sheet: destruction of property, public nudity, fireworks and lots of drunk and disorderly conduct.

Although the Oklahoma City act itself isn’t engaging in the extreme stage antics quite as much, the legion of fans it’s built up is more than picking up the slack by stage diving, getting naked or pouring beers in the guys’ mouths. One show in January was particularly wild ...

“Andy (Nunez) from Opolis told us he had never seen so much broken glass in the venue,” guitarist Tommy McKenzie said. “We’ve never been to the point where we were terrified or anything, but there are times when we think, ‘Is everyone losing their minds?’” Midway through that chaotic set, one fans took the stage in nothing but his underwear, only to have it yanked back in what drummer Charles Whetstone described as “if Zach Galifianakis was on the Coppertone bottle instead of the baby.” Another superfan broke a bone in his foot while moshing. When it comes to enjoying The Boom Bang live, it’s whatever floats fans’ boats.

“We don’t care,” Whetstone said.

“We just kind of want people to have fun, however they want to do that.”

Listeners may leave with broken bones and unflattering photos, but they also exit with smiles. In doing so, the group has amassed quite an army to fight behind its newest album, “World War Fun.”

Released in March, the disc proves the band is serious on making the best music that it can. McKenzie and Whetstone, along with singer James Smith and bassist Weston Lorance, spent months deliberating, reworking tracks and studying trends on albums as a whole.

“It’s really swallowable in the beginning, then ‘Mondo Ripper’ gets really weird, almost uncomfortable, then it snaps right back in to more singles,” McKenzie said. “When they used to make vinyl, the middle would get really shitty-sounding. I thought we made a good choice in pacing the record like we did.”

For a group dead set on having fun, its members have grown up over their few years together, and it shows in the work’s unexpected maturity.

Still, The Boom Bang never misses an opportunity to be a little goofy, which should help push them through a summer tour it anticipates to be grueling.

“We expect to have shitty shows,” McKenzie said. “If only two people come out, we can’t be mad.”

Added Whetstone, “We’re just excited to give ourselves the chance to travel and see the country. It’s our little United States vacation, and I’m going to be Clark Griswold.”

Read a review of The Boom Bang’s brand-new album, “World War Fun.”

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