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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.
06/17/2014 | Comments 0

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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Tiger would

With music fans crying out for a return to the pop-punk sound, face it, Tiger Lily: You just hit the jackpot.

Joshua Boydston January 9th, 2013

Tiger Lily with So Called Savages, Forever Young, At Long Last and more
6 p.m. Saturday
The Conservatory
8911 N. Western


Everyone in their mid-20s to 30s arguably carries a certain guilty pleasure for the pop-punk and pre-guyliner emo tunes of the likes of Taking Back Sunday, Brand New and Blink-182. Oklahoma City's own Tiger Lily is more upfront about its appreciation.

Luckily, a new generation of bands, including The Wonder Years and The Story So Far (which Tiger Lily opens for in March), feel much the same, and after nearly a decade of floundering, pop-punk is once again coming to the forefront of American music.

"It's the first stop in a lot of people's music tastes," said Jimmie Miles, Tiger Lily’s lead singer. "They start listening to it because it's real and what we are feeling. It's not bullshit we lay down because we think it's cool. It's what we are really feeling."

Added guitarist Cale Horton, "Our songs are about the things that you go through in high school: girls breaking your heart, your friends having your back. It's immature in ways, sure, but those are the things that most people feel well past their teenage years."

While the band members may not share a hometown (although Horton and drummer Jordan Huckabaa grew up in Duncan, Miles hails from Florida, and bassist Seth Kellerman comes from Arkansas), the four shared a love of the straight-ahead, pop-punk sound that, for whatever reason, had fallen out of favor until — locally and increasingly regionally — fans clamored for acts to take up that torch.

"We've achieved so much more than we ever could have asked for," Miles said. "We wanted to put out music just to see what people's response to it would be, and we've got so many people who have our backs in any and everything we do."

Added Kellerman, "In the bands we've been in before, we wrote music that we thought people would like. Now, we are striving to write things that we like. It's more for us than anyone else ... and it's proven to be better than anything else."

After releasing its eight-track debut EP, From This … into That, in 2012, the crew regrouped to write and record a new, three-song effort, Things I Wish I'd Said, to usher in the new year.

"It came together really easily," Miles said. "We knew exactly what was going to happen and where it was always going to go. We've matured into the ability of writing together as a band, rather than just being four guys who play together on the same stage. No person has more ownership of this than another."

After Saturday's release show at The Conservatory, the group sets out on national tour in hopes of laying down tracks for a full-time career.

"This is the only thing any of us are good at," Kellerman said. "We are all college dropouts. We have to do something to make us not feel like failures."

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