It has been a relatively rocky road for Weatherford alt-country outfit Green Corn Revival, which has seen its share of highs (acting as backing band for rockabilly icon Wanda Jackson) and lows before an (amicable) split in the road led half of the original lineup to forming Honeylark.
Oklahoma is quickly becoming the indie Christmas music capital of the world, it seems, with yearly compilation albums featuring everyone from Stardeath and White Dwarfs to Graham Colton. So it makes sense that Colourmusic — freak-poppers hailing from Stillwater — would craft a full album of original, offbeat holiday tunes themselves.
The Oklahoma City metro has a thriving garage rock scene. With seasoned acts like Broncho and Copperheads carrying the modern-day torch, the way has been paved for a flock of gritty, young, guitar-centric acts. But nascent Norman trio Poolboy has a knack for riotous hooks that few of its contemporaries can boast.
The Flaming Lips’ longevity has allowed them to cover a lot of sonic terrain over the years. Yet they’ve arguably become more adventurous with age, jeopardizing a good portion of their fan base in favor of fascinatingly bleak experiments in sound, beginning with Embryonic in 2009 and, more recently, The Terror.
Electric Six with Kitten and Mark Mallman 9 p.m. Wednesday Opolis 113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org 820-0951 $15
No one will ever accuse Electric Six of being too serious. The Detroit sextet’s shimmying dance rock is as lighthearted as it is lively. Their spirit recalls the movie “This Is Spinal Tap” in that singer Dick Valentine delivers the lyrics with macho mock seriousness.
In 2003, Madness ringleader Suggs caught an Electric Six gig and, afterward, told Valentine, “I’ve always believed there’s something to be said for being vaguely intellectual.”
“That was years ago, and it’s still the highest compliment I’ve ever been paid,” Valentine said. “Total nail on the head.”
Electric Six achieved a jolt of fame when its 2003 debut produced two hit party-funk singles, “Danger! High Voltage” and “Gay Bar.” That satiated the mainstream’s appetite, however, and the act was dismissed by many as mere novelty.
But the only novelty is how uncommon a sense of humor is in rock. The group has continued to release fine music, and at a pace that would make most bands’ heads spin: roughly an album a year. Its latest, “Heartbeats and Brainwaves!,” due Oct. 11, maintains their winning streak of spunky, synthaddled, sugar-pop anthems.
The albums have less and less of a plan. —Dick Valentine
“The albums have less and less of a plan,” said Valentine. “This is the first one where we actually had no songs written ahead of time. But we kind of knew that we wanted to make it synthier.”
The big dance beats are indeed more prominent, but the whole effort possesses a crisp bite that jumps out of the speakers. After spending most of the summer sitting around, Valentine’s anxious to get back on the road. He loves the structure and vibe of touring, and is particularly looking forward to tonight’s show at Opolis in Norman.
“We do generally love Oklahoma City and Norman,” he said. “We actually considered moving to Oklahoma City back in the day. We were disillusioned with Detroit and our drummer at the time thought it would be a good idea to move to Oklahoma City and be the cool new people in town.”
The group will settle for wearing that crown for one night.