Three volumes in and A Blackwatch Christmasyet again nabs a spot on the nice list, showcasing a smattering of Oklahoma artists with charming new holiday standards. This year shakes up the status quo with two themed halves — serving up dusty, countrified Christmas ditties on the Holly-Tonk side and soulful hip-hop carols with Jingle Beats, both with joyful returns.
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.
Meredith Meyer with Eureeka!, Head Cabinets and The Pizza Thieves 9 p.m. Friday Opolis 113 N. Crawford, Norman opolis.org 820-0951 $5
Migratory indie songbird Meredith Meyer and her new band are about to release an EP that could mark the Oklahoma City native as the next hipster love affair.
The 2012 release will be the first new material from Meyer since 2008’s “It’s Spooky to Be Young” seduced enough Los Angeles ears to land the track “Video Game Girl” on Indie 103.1’s list of the top songs of the year by L.A. bands. Now that she’s left the Pacific Coast behind for the bustle of New York, where she fronts the act Young Unknowns, she shirks pensive cellos for head-bobbing dance tracks haunted by her ethereal vocals.
Her change in scenery, she said, demanded a change in tone, as she left heavy emotional baggage behind.
“I made a rule on this album of ‘No slow songs,’” Meyer said. “I don’t know if it’s my new, New York angst or the fact I’m always on a subway and in motion, but I am really into driving beats right now.”
She attributed part of that to her new drummer, Matt Arbeiter, whom she met literally on the sidewalk.
“He’s an amazing drummer,” Meyer said. “I could just listen to that all day.”
So could more people, hopefully.
With Brooklyn being well-connected, Meyer has found it easier to draw new listeners.
“It doesn’t have the commercial focus that comes along with living in Los Angeles, where film and TV and celebrity rule,” she said. “There, people want to know ‘who you are’ first. Here, someone can play music in a ratty basement in a robot suit and it will be appreciated on a level besides, ‘Is this going to be marketable?” Sadly, Meyer’s EP doesn’t drop until early 2012, so audiences will have to wait for her next return to her home state to buy a copy. Friday’s Opolis show was arranged last-second after she decided to fly in for Thanksgiving.
“It’s a little weird to play a show in conjunction with visiting my family,” she said, “but honestly, I get twice as anxious if I feel like I have to sit around in a room with a TV. I’m kind of a night owl and I’d rather be playing music and seeing other bands than eating pie and sleeping.”