Wednesday 23 Jul

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.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0

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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Healthier and happier, but no less glam, The Darkness should shine among the three days and 40 bands of Rocklahoma.

Joshua Boydston May 23rd, 2012

Rocklahoma featuring The Darkness, Rob Zombie, Megadeth and more
1421 W. 450, Pryor

Few weren’t charmed by The Darkness’ ubiquitous single “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” when it hit stateside in 2003. The honest-to-God rock ’n’ roll stylings recalling the likes of Thin Lizzy, Queen and Kiss were hard not to appreciate. Even Lady Gaga counts herself as a fan, hand-picking the British glam band to open her upcoming European tour.

“It’s kind of crazy, isn’t it? Compared to the bill at Rocklahoma, it’s an entirely different audience,” guitarist Dan Hawkins said. “We’re blessed to be able to play for such varied crowds, really. We’re bit of a novelty, and we understand that. It’s nice to know we don’t just fit too neatly into one little niche.”

The Darkness is back — in a big way — after bickering and an excess of cocaine and alcohol derailed the group right in the midst of its second album. Things are better now: Lead singer Justin Hawkins got sober, and he and his brother subsequently got in better terms.

“To be honest, it was more of a family thing,” Dan Hawkins said. “Once Justin and I patched things up between us, it was inevitable. We’ve been in bands together since we were 8 years old. Once we became friends and brothers again, it was only a matter of time.”

The renewed bond has The Darkness on top of its game.

“I’d like to say we’re a little less petulant,” he said. “It sounds wanky, but that’s all that matters. Previously, the attention was spent on getting over your fucking hangover from the day before.”

The glam rockers’ third album, Hot Cakes, slated for release on Aug. 20, falls right in line with the rest of their catalog, according to Hawkins.

“If you are a Darkness fan, you’ll be overjoyed with this record,” he said. “If you expected us to take a left turn or incorporate a new set of values, you’re going to be disappointed.”

8 songs from Rocklahoma artists that also act as what not to bring:

1. “Pussy Liquor,” Rob Zombie
2. “Bread of Shame,” Creed
3. “Head Crusher,” Megadeth
4. “Piñata,” Chevelle
5. “Alcohaulin’ Ass,” Hellyeah
6. “T.N.T.,” Puddle of Mudd
7. “Bulldozer,” Black Stone Cherry
8. “Angelwhore,” Red

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