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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.

07/01/2014 | Comments 0

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.
06/17/2014 | Comments 0

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.
06/17/2014 | Comments 0
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This guy

That 1 Guy is so obsessed with his music, he not only plays the instruments, but makes them. Total genius or control freak? Let’s listen ...

Joshua Boydston August 3rd, 2011

That 1 Guy with Dustin Prinz
9 p.m. Friday Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman
$10 advance, $12 door

When you live and breathe music like classically trained bassist Mike Silverman, it can be hard finding others to play with who are as obsessive.

After a while, he quit trying. “I got kind of frustrated working with people,” said the Las Vegas-based Silverman. “It felt like if I was by myself, I could work at my own pace ... I could push it as hard as I wanted, or pull back and relax as soon as I needed to.”

He did more than strike out as a solo musician, however. Still wanting the full sound a band offered, he decided he’d just perform all the parts himself, playing as That 1 Guy. In the 10 years since, he’s relished the independence, freedom and lower overhead the funky, spastic project offered him, despite occasional loneliness.

“It’s nice to collaborate with other musicians and find inspiration through them,” Silverman said.

“Sharing ideas and exchanging energy is probably the coolest part about the experience of playing music, and that’s something you have to learn to simulate by yourself. It can be really hard, and something I do miss.”

Collaborations with Buckethead and Tom Waits have stymied some of that feeling, and the rest he has fought to replicate with his Magic Pipe, Magic Boot and Magic Saw. All three instruments are Frankensteinesque creations he forged from plumbing parts, bass strings, electronics and more.

“When I’m building and design ing, it’s a very haphazard process.

I just start banging away, working until it’s done. For me to call myself an engineer, I wouldn’t do that,” Silverman said. “My process is such a mess, real engineers wouldn’t let me.”

The 7-foot Magic Pipe is his main weapon of choice in creating a near-impossibly eclectic mix of lighthearted tunes that recall anything from Rush and Frank Zappa to his favorite, Captain Beefheart. That 1 Guy has released several studio albums, including his latest, 2010’s “Packs a Wallop!” It’s easy for the music to get lost in the wacky, sideshow nature of the gangly instruments and unusual playing techniques, but it’s something Silverman came to terms with long ago.

“The instruments and playing them by myself does overshadow the music,” he said. “I used to worry a lot. I always wanted to prove myself and prove my worth as a musician and songwriter, but you can’t control how people appreciate music and art. I know where my heart is at, and I just focus on doing the best I can. At the end of the day, you are just honest with what you do.”

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