Saturday 26 Jul

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. 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

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.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

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.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

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.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

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
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Experimental Norman rock act The Neighborhood makes indie sounds accessible

Lucas Ross May 1st, 2008

Its moniker might suggest suburban landscapes filled with picket fences and driveways laden with sport-utility vehicles, but Norman indie-rock band The Neighborhood are thankfully not a band necessarily interested in keeping up with the Joneses.


Rather than blend in with an increasingly homogenized community of so-called indie acts that rely on quirks and gimmicks, The Neighborhood is an amiable group of genuine musicians who exude the kind of unique talent and camaraderie that makes one wish the members lived next door and always played their music way too loud.

Already versed with many areas of the Oklahoma music scene, the band will be joined by Stillwater out-of-towners Mayola for a hometown show Friday at The Opolis.

Since forming in 2004, the local three-piece approaches songwriting with a refreshing lack of pretense and attitude often associated with artists intent on breaking musical barriers.

"We want to push the envelope and we try to experiment with a lot of different sounds and songwriting," said bassist Eric Mai, "keeping in mind that it has to be likable to be any good, you know. It has to be something people enjoy."

After spending nearly a year and a half recording with Norman producer Trent Bell, the band arrived on a formula for easy-to-swallow indie-rock experimentation clearly heard throughout its first full-length album, "Our Voices Choked with Fireworks." Deftly switching between somber acoustic melodies and all-out dance beats, the disc is packed with 14 cohesive tracks that sound as invitingly familiar as they are uncommonly exciting. —Lucas Ross

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