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Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
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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.

07/01/2014 | Comments 0

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.
06/24/2014 | Comments 0

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.
06/17/2014 | Comments 0
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Doobie Doobie do

Four decades strong, The Doobie Brothers are still ‘Takin’ It to the Streets.’

Joshua Boydston March 28th, 2012

The Doobie Brothers
8 p.m. Friday
Riverwind Casino
1544 W. State Highway 9, Norman

Classic-rock legends The Doobie Brothers couldn’t have foreseen all the highs and lows when they formed four decades ago. The California-born group is responsible for some of the biggest hits of the ’70s, including “What a Fool Believes,” “Black Water,” “China Grove” and “Listen to the Music,” all while undergoing dramatic stylistic shifts and persistent personnel changes.

Michael McDonald took the reins in the mid-’70s, before the act temporarily disbanded the following decade.

The subsequent reunion and years since have brought back a handful of albums, successful tours and some heartbreak, like March 12’s passing of drummer Michael Hossack.

Still, The Doobie Brothers keep a level head.

“Nobody expected anything at anytime. We were taking it a day at a time. Still do,” guitarist and founding member Tom Johnston said. “We’ve been very fortunate all the way around.”

In some ways, the band feels like nothing has changed at all.

“We had a plane back in the ’70s — that’s about the only big difference,” Johnston said. “We keep as busy as we ever were. Every year, we are out, doing anywhere from 80 to 90 shows.”

According to him, the group has yet to phone it in, despite that longevity.

“The live show sounds better than ever,” Johnston said. “Everyone makes a point to be at the top of their game.”

The band’s latest album, 2010’s World Gone Crazy, was its first in a full decade. Even now, a year and a half removed from its release, Johnston and company are still buzzing with excitement and enthusiasm for the disc.

“This is the best album we’ve done since Stampede,” he said, comparing World to that 1975 smash. “Everyone walked out of the studio thinking, ‘Yeah, we did a great job.”

Currently, no plans for a follow-up exist, but Johnston doesn’t deny the possibility. For now, however, the bulk of the band’s energy is fixated on touring, with a co-headlining tour with Chicago coming up this summer.

“Playing live is always the best part for me, and always has been,” Johnston said. “Every show is different, even playing the same songs. The room is different, the crowd is different, so it’s always a challenge to get out there and get the people rocking.”

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