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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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Union labors

Bluegrass giants Alison Krauss and Union Station continue to pick and pluck their way to popular brilliance.

Matt Carney March 21st, 2012

Alison Krauss and Union Station
7:30 p.m. Sunday
Civic Center Music Hall
201 N. Walker

You’re already familiar with Dan Tyminski whether you realize it or not.

Currently Alison Krauss and Union Station’s resident guitar and mandolin picker, Tyminski lent his stark bluegrass tenor to the singing voice of George Clooney’s character in the Coen brothers’ 2000 film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?

His performance of “Man of Constant Sorrow” as part of the Soggy Bottom Boys helped the song win a Grammy, and generate enough sales of the soundtrack to go eight-times platinum.

Tyminski’s string and vocal talents have supported Krauss and Union Station for 18 years now, and while they’ve played the globe, won a gamut of awards, and even performed for three consecutive U.S. presidents, a show never passes without taking a little bit of a toll.

“No matter where I play or who I play for: I have butterflies for the first few minutes of every show I do,” he said. “It’s not crippling, but those couple little butterflies always float around before I settle into my comfort zone.”

Tyminski confirmed that same level of nervousness when playing for Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama, but for reasons one wouldn’t expect.

“It’s more difficult to play the real small audiences than the large ones, and those East Room shows [in the White House] always had smaller ones,” he said. “You tend not to feel the worry when you’re playing for more people.”

Currently riding another massive wave of success from last year’s Grammy-winning Paper Airplane, little has changed Krauss and Union Station’s approach to the recording studio, although they’re now spanning their fourth decade of activity.

They still meet to discuss which tunes to record, whether original numbers penned for the band by industry veterans like Elvis Costello and Jackson Browne, bright up-and-comers like Aoife O’Donovan or old-timey folk-standard writers like Tim O’Brien.

Tyminski sings the latter’s uptempo bluegrass number “On the Outside Looking In” on Paper Airplane, and said that it was as simple a choice as any they’ve made in all their time as a group.

“That was one of those that was easy,” he said. “We all raised our hand — there was a five-way tie for ‘Yes, let’s do it.’”

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