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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Manmade Objects - Monuments

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.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

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.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
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Soundcheck: Smokey Robinson

5 odds and ends concerning the Motown star

Rod Lott July 20th, 2011

Smokey Robinson is a legend. But did you know the following about the Motown man who will sing Friday at Lucky Star Casino in Clinton, and Saturday at First Council Casino in Newkirk?

1. His real first name is William; his nickname was given so he’d never forget his black heritage. (Irony alert: He’s rumored to have undergone chemical peels to lighten his skin.)

2. His great-nephew, Duke, played football at our own University of Oklahoma, starting in 2005. Sooooonerrrrrs!

3. UK New Wave band ABC’s 1987 hit “When Smokey Sings” was about him, but what’s odd is that it sat in Billboard’s Top 10 at the same time as one of Robinson’s own, the synth-ballad “One Heartbeat.” (Tangent: I used to think the chorus to ABC’s song went, “When Smokey sings / I hear violence.”)

4. He’s the first R&B singer to release a CD through Cracker Barrel. Repeat: Cracker Barrel.

5. His favorite movie? It sure isn’t 2006’s Oscar-winning “Dreamgirls,” parts of which he found “very, very, very offensive.”

For more information, visit and —Rod Lott

Editor’s Note: A photo in last week’s Gazette was incorrectly identified as My So-Called Band. We regret the error.

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