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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

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Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
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Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
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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.

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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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Big Okie Doom helps fire up a hard-hitting lineup at 420 Fest. Rock ’em if you’ve got ’em!

Joshua Boydston April 18th, 2012

420 Fest with Big Okie Doom, Texas Hippie Coalition and more
7:30 p.m. Friday
Oklahoma City Limits
4801 S. Eastern

Rainette Rowland

 Price Vernon is so proud of his roots, he wears them on his tattooed sleeve. The veteran musician spent years on the Hollywood Strip, playing for hire, but a desire to write and record his own music led him back home to Oklahoma, where he formed the upstart metal act Big Okie Doom last June.

“I didn’t want to have any mistake about it that we were an Oklahoma City band,” Vernon said. “No matter where we ended up in the world — Russia, China or Austin — we wanted to be known as an Oklahoma City band. We’re an Okie band. We treat people right.”

The trio has enjoyed a quick rise, thanks to decades of combined experience in rock acts like The Slugs, Ugly Stick and Kottak, as well as an indelible chemistry, not that it materialized overnight. The members have been jamming together in unofficial capacities for two decades; in fact, one of the members is Vernon’s brother, Paige.

“There’s been numerous times when we sat down at Waffle House and the waitress asked if we were twins. We shared the same room; we had bunk beds. Half of him is really me, and half of me is him,” Price Vernon said. “When that comes to music, we just have the same tendencies. It’s telepathic: If I get an idea of where a song should head, he’s already there.”

Their Wonder Twin powers activate alongside an accomplished guitarist/vocalist in Michael Albatross, making for a formidable tandem.

“We had an analogy that is pretty fitting: The relationship between the rhythm section and guitar player is a lot like a wave and a surfer,” Vernon said. “Paige and I can make a nice little wave for Mike to dive into.”

The ocean Albatross plunges into is wide and deep in terms of musical influences. Big Okie Doom’s formula is constructed from a hodgepodge of hard-rock and stoner-metal acts: Tool, Black Sabbath, Queens of the Stone Age, Clutch and … Tori Amos?

“We love all different types of music. We’ve got influences from a whole spectrum, and we’ve found a way to mix those in a way that sounds new,” Vernon said. “There’s a lot of what we are doing that goes beyond heavy music.”

Listeners can find that fusion on Big Okie Doom’s debut EP, Oklahomegrown, which saw release in February.

“In a way, we are very old-school. It doesn’t sound like any fad that’s going on ... not anything like the nü-metal acts you hear on the radio,” Albatross said. “We’re big on music that makes you use your mind a little bit, not just big, dumb rock.”

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