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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.

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.
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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.
06/17/2014 | Comments 0
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The Helio Sequence brings energetic performance to metro area

Danny Marroquin June 5th, 2008

The Helio Sequence will play along with Crocodile and Dance, Robots Dance! at Opolis in Norman. The Oregon band evolved after two events put The Helio Sequence's future into a kind of limbo. F...


The Helio Sequence will play along with Crocodile and Dance, Robots Dance! at Opolis in Norman.

The Oregon band evolved after two events put The Helio Sequence's future into a kind of limbo.

First, drummer Benjamin Wiekel sat in on recording sessions with acclaimed rockers Modest Mouse, laying down rhythm parts on 2004's chart-topping "Good News for People Who Love Bad News" and joining the group as it toured to support the album.

Second, shortly after reuniting with his Helio bandmate to tour and perform songs from their 2004 record, "Love and Distance," Helio vocalist and longtime friend Brandon Summers tore his vocal chords. Summers was forced to stay silent, and the injury prompted a long band break after the tour ended.

But even as Wiekel played sold-out shows with Modest Mouse, returning to perform with his friend in the two-man band The Helio Sequence was never a question.

"My plan was never to stick with (Modest Mouse)," Wiekel said. "It was certainly tempting, that's for sure. On one hand, you can be in this huge band with all this success; on the other hand, your best friend that you've been making music with since you were a kid. Well, it ended up not being a hard choice."

The pair has been tinkering with instruments since becoming pals when Summers was still in middle school in Beaverton, Ore. The two traded CDs from Portland-area bands and stayed up late watching television shows like MTV's alt-rock showcase "120 Minutes" and, Wiekel's favorite, a smaller music-video broadcast called "Bohemia Afterdark."

The recently released "Keep Your Eyes Ahead" marks The Helio Sequence's return to form. The album retains the band's country twang, distant harmonica, digital melodies and signature high-energy drumming present throughout previous discs, and filters it all into slim pop songs, giving the duo a sonic balance many acts never find. "Danny Marroquin 

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