Tuesday 22 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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Grouplovin’ it

Given the unlikely circumstances under which it formed, tightly woven indie pop outfit Grouplove quite literally embodies its name.

Joshua Boydston April 23rd, 2014

Grouplove with MS MR and Smallpools

6:30 p.m. Monday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.




Photo: Pamela Littky

Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi set off to Europe in 2008 seeking the same things most young people do in those formative, transatlantic trips: purpose, inspiration and a little adventure. They found a lifetime’s worth in the process.

Hooper and Zucconi had just met in Manhattan a week before, but with a quick recognition of their creative compatibility, they decided to depart to Hooper’s artist residency in the Greek isle of Crete together and became the nucleus of Grouplove. The two happened upon drummer Ryan Rabin, guitarist Andrew Wessen (both from Los Angeles) and bassist Sean Gadd (from London) while abroad. They ultimately decided to seize the window of opportunity instead of leaving behind an unopened door of possibilities, parlaying that chance encounter into one of the most unlikely success stories you’ll ever read.

“It definitely feels fateful,” said Zucconi, who shares lead vocal duties with Hooper. “We just kept going forward because it always felt like there was a bigger purpose behind this. I’m really happy we did.”

Their friendship evolved into a creative kinship. A year after meeting, Grouplove congregated at Rabin’s L.A. recording studio to record what would become its self-titled debut EP (including breakout track “Colours”). The band carried that momentum into slots playing alongside Florence + The Machine and Foster the People, sharpening its widely praised live set of high-energy antics and joyous, celebratory tunes.

The band soon released its 2011 full-length debut, Never Trust A Happy Song, an album chock-full of infectious, honeyed indie-pop anthems.

After years of constant touring, Grouplove reconvened in the studio to record its follow-up, Spreading Rumours, released last September, exactly two years after its debut hit shelves.

“It was great to come straight off the road and capture that energy right away,” Zucconi said.

It was a brand-new experience for the five-piece. Whereas much of its early material was born mostly out of instant chemistry, Spreading Rumours was anchored by the outfit’s newfound cohesiveness and seasoned communication, a channel that was forged by spending nearly every day together in the tour bus or on stage.

And since playing for crowds has become the collective’s chief passion, Spreading Rumours was designed to feed into the energy the crowd reciprocates; it was handpicked from a pretty substantial stockpile of new songs.

“We felt like going a little heavier and exploring the electronic side of things,” Zucconi said. “We like the bigger, more bombastic songs because they make our shows into these outrageous parties.”

Even in the midst of its biggest national tour to date, which stops Monday in Oklahoma City, Grouplove’s eyes sit permanently fixed on the future. It’s flirting with the notion of a cross-country, co-headlining tour with likeminded indie rockers Portugal. The Man and is already working on new songs for its third album, dead-set on riding out that fateful encounter until the next one intervenes.

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