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Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs

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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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Toying around

Time again for the Opolis Toy Drive, so bring a new toy and hear a new show. That’s a win-win, loyal fans of local rock.

Joshua Boydston December 21st, 2011

3rd Annual Opolis Toy Drive with Beau Jennings & The Tigers, Gentle Ghost and Brine Webb
9 p.m. Wednesday
113 N. Crawford, Norman
$5 with toy, $7 without

The holidays bring back a rush of memories. Some are good.

“My favorite memory is recording the ‘Big Love Hospital’ Christmas EP with Ryan Lindsey and Josh Jones a few years ago,” said Beau Jennings, an Oklahoma native who has released music solo and with Americana band Cheyenne. “It was a very spontaneous and collaborative effort, and whenever I hear it, I’m brought back to that time immediately.”

Some aren’t so good. “In high school choir, I got fired from playing the bells for taking too much artistic license,” said Seth McCarroll, Gentle Ghost (pictured) leader and member of fellow local indie-rock acts Student Film and Umbrellas. “I was demoted to playing the triangle.” 

The memories run deep, but it’s yet to be determined how the Christmas spirit will manifest itself at tonight’s third-annual Opolis Toy Drive.

“I’ve heard rumors of doing some collaborations onstage for some Christmas tunes. Hope that happens,” McCarroll said. “I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ll be wearing my most holiday bow tie.”

Jennings’ thoughts are less centered on attire, and more on his first Christmas as a dad.

“It’s my son’s first Christmas and it’s looking like everything defers to him now,” he said. “I was daydreaming that he would grow up to play the pedal steel someday, so if there is a baby-sized one, that’ll probably be on the top of the list.”

Even if Jennings can’t find such a thing, his participation alongside Gentle Ghost and Norman singer/ songwriter Brine Webb tonight willhelp those with wish lists that otherwise would not be met. Starlight Mints and Samantha Crain have performed at the Opolis Toy Drive in past years, and the musicians usually find themselves receiving their own gifts of sorts in return.

“I am excited to play with old friends,” McCarroll said. “Beau is a true-blue friend for life. We used to live together and play together, and it is always an honor and pleasure to share the stage with Beau.”

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