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.

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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.
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.
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Ali Harter returns to Oklahoma City after European tour

Lucas Ross September 25th, 2008

As one of Oklahoma City's premier songbirds, Ali Harter's migration back home signals a refreshing change in seasons " the summer of the so-called "staycation" is over and the fall of free acoustic co...


As one of Oklahoma City's premier songbirds, Ali Harter's migration back home signals a refreshing change in seasons " the summer of the so-called "staycation" is over and the fall of free acoustic concerts has started.

On Thursday, singer-songwriter Harter will be the first performer in the opening season of "The Helium Project: Acoustic Sessions," presented by Red House, a local advertising agency that specializes in design, photography and art direction.

With her smoky, velvet voice and a predilection for writing bluesy acoustic numbers, it's not surprising that Harter counts Bonnie Raitt as one of her biggest influences. Harter's debut full-length record, "Worry the Bone," is an honest collection of ghostly sweet songs with old-timey inflections that betray the musician's young age.

Before going solo, she spent the better part of 12 years playing in various bands before deciding to drop out of college to pursue a music career on her own terms.

After signing and later parting with a record label in the winter of 2006, the singer decided to overcome the temporary setback through constant tours and live gigs " an activity she enthusiastically maintains nearly two years later.

"I play a lot and I play to no one a lot," Harter said, joking. "That's part of it and I don't care. I just like to play. That's the only reason I do this and then, every once and awhile, something sweet rolls along like my gig overseas."

In summer 2007, a French-based management company discovered Harter through the social music Web site PureVolume and anxiously signed a deal with her. As a result, her relentless touring has expanded to include gigs in Europe. Still, she doesn't necessarily seem to mind which country or continent she is on as long as she's on the road.

Returning from Belgium in August, she looks forward to being closer to home over the next few weeks and performing 8 p.m. Thursday at Red House, 724 N.W. 18th.

"The Helium Project," a five-concert series will run through December and feature acoustic performances from local and regional bands and musicians. A limited number of free tickets will be downloadable a few weeks before each session at www.theheliumproject.com. For more information, call 605-8105. "Lucas Ross

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