Friday 11 Jul

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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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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Brine Webb, The Nghiems to release CDs at same show

Pepe Delgado's in Norman to host show

Stephen Carradini May 11th, 2011

Listeners will get a double dose of new tunes at 7 p.m. Friday, as Brine Webb drops “O You, Stone Changeling” and The Nghiems unveil “The Pine Tree, The Mushroom & the End of the World” in a double CD-release show at Pepe Delgados, 786 Asp in Norman.

The Norman acts bring folk-inspired indie tunes to the table. Webb’s disc ( showcases his weary voice; intricate, acoustic-based songwriting; and powerful control of mood over 14 tracks. The emotional center of the album is the excellent trio of the delicate “Rrose Hips,” the slow-building “The Red Queen (and All Her Men)” and the triumphant-through-sadness “Ghost Family.” It’s a gripping, enveloping record that will drag you into its gloomy goodness.

The Nghiems ( are more upbeat than Webb, sounding downright merry on tracks like the Wilco-lovin’ “Traveling Coat” and the fuzzed-out “Morning.” But most of “Pine Tree” falls in the space between despondency and dancing, inhabiting a comfortable mid-level mood. The excellently written tunes will feel familiar as soon as you hear them, even if the vocals may not be your cup of tea. The band works together as a unit very effectively, creating tracks that wouldn’t work as well without each other. Fans of alt-country and Death Cab-esque indie will be surprised to find each other enjoying The Nghiems. —Stephen Carradini

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