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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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June tunes

Jazz in June is bustin’ out all over Norman with a variety of free concerts over three days.

Stephen Carradini June 22nd, 2011

Jazz in June
Thursday-Saturday, Norman

It’s hard to emerge from the shadow of a legend, but Murali Coryell has made peace with the fact that his father is famed blues guitarist Larry Coryell.

“He does things I can’t do. I do things he can’t do. We’re equal. So let’s play together!” the younger Coryell said.

And they will, as both Coryells headline the 28th annual Jazz in June festival this weekend. Murali’s set is 9 p.m. Thursday, while Larry’s is 9:15 p.m. Friday. Their collaboration will take place during Thursday’s set.

The younger Coryell accepted that the two are renowned for different aspects of the blues.

“My dad is known as a guitarist. He became famous for fusing jazz lines to rock sounds,” Murali Coryell said. “I’m known as a singer and a songwriter, not just a guitar player.”

His voice is an especially important element in his sound.

“People said, ‘You’re more of a soul singer than a blues singer. You can do some things that other singers can’t,’” he said. “I have a high standard. Soul and blues have traditionally had great black singers, and I’ve admired that and wanted to be like that.”

Murali Coryell has a unique relationship to his heroes. As a child, he met many of them via his father: “Jimi Hendrix held me as an infant,” he said. In his own career, he’s met many more, playing shows with greats like B.B. King and Buddy Guy, but he doesn’t let the presence of greatness overawe him.

“Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters — they were such individuals that doing what they did is impossible,” Murali Coryell said. “You’ve gotta do your own thing. It takes a while, but it’s worth it.”

His thing isn’t straight blues, but a free-flowing amalgam of soul, blues, rock and even some pop.

“I want to be a guy who turns people on to the blues. People think ‘blues,’ and they think of an old, black man playing an acoustic guitar. That’s one type of blues. It’s not just that,” he said. “It has to evolve.”

Evolution isn’t always greeted with open arms, but he’s prepared for the long run.

“You gotta keep doing your art and pushing forward. People will get it,” Murali Coryell said. “It’s a long haul. You get older and you get better. It’s not like you get too old to rock and roll.”

Jazzy highlights

—Margo Valiante, 7 p.m. Thursday

—145th Army Big Band, 7:15 p.m. Friday

—Jeremy Thomas Quartet, 7:10 p.m. Saturday

—Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band, 9 p.m. Saturday

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