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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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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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Moz’ def

Think you know OK Mozart? Think again. For the first time, the long-running festival brings some unconventional acts — many of them Grammy winners — to the metro stage.

Stephen Carradini June 8th, 2011

OK Mozart OKC Series
Monday-June 19
Rose State College Performing Arts Theatre, 6000 Trosper, Midwest City, 297-2264

Carolina Chocolate Drops
Credits: Julie Roberts

Great news, guys! The Carolina Chocolate Drops are bringing their “Genuine Negro Jig” to Oklahoma as part of OK Mozart!

Wait, what?

“It’s more important than ever to remain culturally relevant and financially stable. We’re expanding to other genres and art forms,” said Shane Jewell, executive director of the annual OK Mozart International Music Festival. “People assume by the name that we’re only a classical festival. This combination of groups is extremely diverse and gives OKC a good idea of where we’re headed for the future.”

Oklahoma City may need telling, because this is the first in the Bartlesvillebased OK Mozart’s 27 seasons to have a metro presence.

“This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time. We decided this was the year,” Jewell said. “The arts are well-represented in Central Oklahoma, but we haven’t sold many tickets in the central part of Oklahoma. There’s no better way than to bring the festival to their doorstep.”

Starting Monday, four events will be signed, sealed and delivered by the time it’s all over on June 19: the three-man Alloy Orchestra performing accompaniment to Fritz Lang’s other wise silent 1927 film “Metropolis” on Monday, Turtle Island Quartet re-envisioning Jimi Hendrix songs on classical string instruments, the aforementioned Carolina Chocolate Drops playing roots music, and violinist Joshua Bell with the New York Amici Orchestra.

“What put OK Mozart on the map is our orchestra,” Jewell said. “You can’t see anything like it anywhere else in the region.”

But you can see it at Rose State College’s Performing Arts Theatre in Midwest City, where all four performances will take place. And you may be surprised to find out which one has Jewell most excited.

“I heard Carolina Chocolate Drops a year ago on NPR, and what they’re doing impressed me. They took a genre that was all but dead and they’re breathing life into it,” he said. “It’s always a treat to book some of your favorite musicians.”

But it’s not just his enjoyment of them that got the Drops on the bill. Several other staffers mentioned the act to Jewell. It worked because of the high skill level of the recent Grammy winners. (Bell and Turtle Island Quartet also have Grammys.)

“It’s extremely important that we keep the quality of musicians high,” Jewell said. “We follow emerging artists and try to book them before they win a Grammy. This time, it worked out.”


8 p.m. Monday — Alloy Orchestra, $20
8 p.m. Tuesday — Turtle Island Quartet, $15-$35
8 p.m. Wednesday, June 15 — Carolina Chocolate Drops, $15-$35
2 p.m. Sunday, June 19 — Joshua Bell with Amici New York Orchestra, $70-$90

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