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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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Sweet charity

The Guilt Racket may have a short history, but the city-based band has a big heart.

Joshua Boydston September 28th, 2011

the guilt racket with Good Morning Grizzly
9 p.m. Saturday
VZD's Restaurant & Club
4200 N. Western

It took but one quick trip home for the guilt racket front man Bobby Reed to realize he wasn’t living right.

“My dad, he always did a lot of charity work, the entire time I was growing up and even still. I went home for Christmas about a year ago, and he asked what community service work I was doing, and I said, ‘None.’ He was like, ‘What the hell is wrong with you?’” Reed said. “I thought about it, and realized that with music, I could support the community a little bit.” 

The Oklahoma City-based rock outfit has made an aggressive push for charity ever since that holiday season, arranging big benefit shows with other local bands, winning new fans and raising thousands in the process. It’s more than Reed ever imagined would happen when he formed the group with vocalist/keyboardist Ethan Larsh and bassist Travis Brazeal. the guilt racket plays its first-anniversary show this Saturday at VZD’s.

“The only thing I thought we could manage in a year was an album and a steady fan base in Oklahoma City,” Reed said. “We’re seeing so much more than that.”

Call it good karma, but the charity work must be scoring points with the big guy upstairs, as the act already haswon the advice of a veteran A&R exec and recently played a California music festival with the likes of Panic! At the Disco and The Bravery.

I realized that with music, I could support the community a little bit.
—Bobby Reed

the racket takes a purposefully scattered approach to crafting its music, recalling anything from Modest Mouse to Built to Spill to The Band.

“It’s an eclectic spirit. We have a desire to not be one thing. We want to be all things,” Reed said. “There’s a multiplicity that we all want that let us know we could invest in each other.”

More so is an admiration for their forthcoming debut EP.

“Everything is polished to an almost meticulously annoying level,” Reed said with a laugh.

the guilt racket hopes its second year will bring another release, preferably a full-length album. In the meantime, plans for music videos are being made, as well as the continued charitable support of the March of Dimes and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with annual benefit concerts. Hopefully, that good karma keeps on coming.

“We want to make this work,” Reed said. “We want to spread our music, create art and not have to move on to those perilous adult things.”

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