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Power Pyramid - The God Drums

Power Pyramid doesn’t have much patience for nonsense. That appears to be the takeaway from the Oklahoma City quintet’s last 10 months, which brought The God Drums in September, the Insomnia EP in January and its latest, self-titled effort in July.

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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. 

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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.
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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.
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Jake brake

After putting the stops on a life headed toward death, Jake Moffat’s ready to rock again.

Joshua Boydston September 14th, 2011

Jake Moffat Band
9 p.m. Saturday
VZD’S Restaurant & Club
4200 N. Western

Since the Stillwater-based musician first started taking guitar lessons in middle school, music has been the love of Jake Moffat’s life.

But that love got lost somewhere along the way of his long battle with drugs. For some time, it looked like the last note had rung.

“There’s a few years when I was down-and-out, where I don’t think I even owned a guitar. It was the last thing on my mind,” Moffat said. “I decided to man up and take care of my problem, and I was looking around at the guys I played and hung out with. I saw where those guys were at now, and I knew I had to do something. It was time to get serious about it.”

With the help of friends and family, he’s been winning that battle. Living clean for more than a year, and with a renewed focus, Moffat picked the guitar back up last winter, found himself a new band, and started walking the right path in not only music, but life.

Picking up where Moffat left off, the group wrote songs that play out as delicate balances between Moffat’s affinity for folk-rock icons like Neil Young, their roots in the red-dirt mecca of Stillwater, and the openly emotional balladry of ’90s alt-rock acts like Third Eye Blind and Matchbox Twenty. At the heart of each tune is the lifetime of trials and tribulations Moffat has traversed; sometimes they find the perfect audience, as they did a few months ago at Oklahoma Vintage Guitars in El Reno.

I was so down-and-out, I don’t think I even owned a guitar.
—Jake Moffat

Jake Moffat Band was opening for Ellis Paul when an AA group that met just a few doors down wandered in to listen. It felt like things had come full-circle.

“There was one lady that was crying. Hearing my stories and hearing me play, they were glad that I was willing to stand up there and share my story,” Moffat said. “It was like they had hope that they’d be able to move past their situation, too. I’ve seen people suffer who never get better, but I still try to help, man. That’s all you can do.”

He plans on committing to his love fully in this final shot at making a career in music work. The band makes its first big step with its debut album, “Tired of Being Nice,” and hopefully, good things will follow.

“I don’t need a million-dollar deal or to be playing arenas,” Moffat said. “I’d just be happy to make a living playing music. Now that I’m a little older and have got a new perspective on things, it’s a chance to do what I love to do.”

Find out more about Jake Moffat Band at their website.

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