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.
The Flaming Lips’ longevity has allowed them to cover a lot of sonic terrain over the years. Yet they’ve arguably become more adventurous with age, jeopardizing a good portion of their fan base in favor of fascinatingly bleak experiments in sound, beginning with Embryonic in 2009 and, more recently, The Terror.
Ted Nugent with REO Speedwagon and Styx 6:40 p.m. Friday OKC Zoo Amphitheatre 2011 N.E. 50th zooamp.com 364-3700
Propelled by double entendres and hot guitar licks, Detroit rock institution Ted Nugent’s still cruising on a three-decade schtick worth more than 30 million records sold and 6,000 shows performed.
On paper, the Motor City Madman’s career is as mind-boggling as the high-fret theatrics his 63-year-old fingers continue performing. A run from 1975 to 1977 collectively yielded six-times-platinum sales, top-grossing tours and now-iconic hit singles, most notably “Cat Scratch Fever.”
Although that rush of success failed to yield a Billboard Hot 100 single after 1980’s “Wango Tango,” and the showman’s studio output has waned considerably since 1988’s If You Can’t Lick ’Em ...
Lick ’Em, Nugent’s remained on the radar by amplifying a long-running broadcast of conservative politics and defense of gun rights.
believe I’ve got the American language down pat,” Nugent said. “Great
Americans are dedicated to taking our beloved country back from a rotten
gang of America-haters who are intentionally dismantling the greatest
quality of life and freedom in the history of the world.”
the Nuge’s populist appeals and brash characterizations push him to the
media fringe as a tea party-like outlier, his dog-and-pony show has
swelled to include TV and radio programming, and several published
books. God, Guns, & Rock ’n’ Roll proved a New York Times best seller.
“Thank you all for more
than 40 years of soul-cleansing, passionate, pure, animal, rock-’n’-roll
celebration,” he said with a shout-out to Oklahoma City. “You animals
we do. Either way, fans attending Friday’s Zoo Amphitheatre set with
Styx and REO Speedwagon are as likely to experience political fireworks
as ’70s classic-rock standards.
6 Nugent song titles with barely disguised sexual innuendo
1. “Love Grenade” 2. “Missionary Mary” 3. “Hard As Nails” 4. “Saddle Sore” 5. “The Harder They Come (The Harder I Get)” 6. “Habitual Offender”