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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.
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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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Vending machines

What’s your poison: rock, funk, metal? Oklahoma City’s The Venditos offer ’em all.

Joshua Boydston August 10th, 2011

The Venditos with The Chloes and Em and the MotherBitches
8 p.m. Friday
VZD’s Restaurant & Club
4200 N. Western

When The Venditos roll into a venue, they do it big.

The humble rock band hailing from Oklahoma City doesn’t have a record deal or any sort of other financial backing, but it does enjoy a full-on tour bus, an old Greyhound that looks like the full shebang from the outside.

Inside? Well, that’s a different story. “It’s a crack house on wheels,” bassist Gabe Barham said.

Added lead singer Chris Sanders, “It’s not real nice, but it’s not that bad. We just roll with it.”

The Venditos put 60,000 miles on their old school bus — purchased for $500 — before the upgrade. They loaded cots into the new vehicle to make runs across the region and form lasting memories involving naked skateboarding, covers of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and lots of Braum’s bacon cheeseburgers.

It’s certainly made for some of the guys’ fondest moments in their respective lives, which is funny, because touring — even concerts, period — wasn’t in the cards in the beginning. Sanders — the lone original member — intended nothing of the sort when he founded the group seven years ago.

“We were going to be a band that only recorded and never played live,” he said. “That pretty much flopped.”

Much of the rest of the tenets of a project band, however, remain. Up until six months ago, The Venditos’ lineup was a revolving door with almost too many drummers to name — “We’ve got that Spinal Tap luck,” Barham said. The musical style had been similarly irregular, with music that can potentially recall anything from Queens of the Stone Age to Primus to NOFX.

“We’re not a punk band. We’re not a rock band,” Sanders said. “It’s whatever the hell we want to do.”

The shifty songs creates an odd dynamic at shows with metalheads, funk fans and mosh-pitters engaging in a strange tango to the front of the stage as each of their respective favorite songs starts to crank over the speakers. That admit tedly disjointed nature made its way onto the band’s first album, “Version 4.0.”

A yearning for consistency guided its new EP, “Secrets,” resulting in the most cohesive set of material the band has produced so far. The guys described the vibe as Sonic Youth meets Meat Puppets. Apparently, they do it well, because former Chainsaw Kitten Trent Bell — who recorded and produced the effort — was convinced this was the sound for them. The Venditos seem less so.

“Trent was kind of nudging us to keep doing this sort stuff all the time ... but we can’t get stuck in it,” Sanders said. “It was a totally different direction on this, and the next one, we’ll probably take a totally different direction again. We are trying to build a sound, but at the same time, we don’t want to be cornered.”

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