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.
Oklahoma City DJ duo Kids at the Bar has many memories over
the course of two full tours with Swedish indie rockers The Sounds, one
across America and another currently in Europe. Explaining the rules of
football ranks among the pair’s favorites … and weirdest.
“Watching the Super Bowl in the middle of the night with a bunch of Swedes, having to explain the rules and positions during the most important game of the year was pretty hilarious,” said Chad “Rad” Raunborg.
He and partner Matt Buckley never expected to do anything remotely like that when the act began. The Kids caught a following on the heels of standout remixes of the likes of Daft Punk and Deadmau5, all while producing their own tracks and taking a residency gig at Kamp’s Deli & XIII X Lounge’s Robotic Wednesdays.
Then The Sounds came calling last year.
“Most of the shows we do are club gigs or festivals, so playing a tour like this as our first experience is pretty crazy. When a band like The Sounds asks you to come on tour with them, it’s hard to say ‘no,’” Buckley said. “As DJs, it’s very uncommon to hit the road with a band like we have, but coming from a rock background, we were very excited.”
proven fun, but also valuable. “We’ve learned so much. They’ve been
doing this for over 12 years with all of the original members, so they
are constantly sharing wisdom with us about life on the road and their
experiences in the music industry,” Raunborg said. “We’ve played so many
shows with them and every time, they nail it.”
Kids have had a blast playing in cities like London and Paris, but look
forward to returning home to warmer weather and working on more
original songs (and a few remixes) to take advantage of dance music’s
more local traction.
are starting to just get a better understanding of what we are doing as
producers, and we are starting to get asked less and less to DJ
weddings and proms,” Buckley said.