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Power Pyramid - The God Drums

Power Pyramid doesn’t have much patience for nonsense. That appears to be the takeaway from the Oklahoma City quintet’s last 10 months, which brought The God Drums in September, the Insomnia EP in January and its latest, self-titled effort in July.

07/29/2014 | Comments 0

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
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Friends in high places

Tulsa’s proposed OKPOP Museum has a compelling new advocate in Garth Brooks.

Devon Green May 23rd, 2014

Oklahoma Historical Society’s (OHS) plans for a pop culture museum have gained a powerful advocate. Garth Brooks, international country star and state royalty, has advocated for a collection highlighting Oklahoma’s contributions to the performing arts.


The Museum of Popular Culture (OKPOP) has struggled with funding issues since plans for the museum were announced in 2013. Brooks made it clear he supports the museum, and he also, according to a press release from the Oklahoma Historical Society, sat down for a lengthy interview to help promote the project and even called Governor Fallin to express his support.

Bob Blackburn, executive director of OHS, said the society will continue to collect artifacts and memorabilia and press on with efforts to raise private funds while preparing for the next legislative session. He is concerned, however, that if delays continue, support will lag, yet he is heartened by Brooks’ show of support.

In a press release, Blackburn stated $7 million has already been pledged and OHS is confident it can raise an additional $15 million for the museum’s collection.

“We are truly at the crossroads of creativity; it’s in our blood,” Brooks said in an interview with OHS. “Now it’s time the entire world was told.”

His personal contribution to the museum collection includes his outfit from his first television appearance, when he appeared on Hee Haw in 1992.

The proposed museum would encompass 750,000 square feet and four floors and include hundreds of contributions from state musicians, writers and performers to preserve the state’s artistic legacy.

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