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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.

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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.
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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.
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Woman in an unhappy marriage finds life in 'Everlasting Moments'

Phil Bacharach June 4th, 2009

At first blush, "Everlasting Moments" might sound like a litany of art-house film clichés. Set in Sweden in the early 20th century, its saga of a quiet, strong-willed woman and her lout of a hus...

At first blush, "Everlasting Moments" might sound like a litany of art-house film clichés. Set in Sweden in the early 20th century, its saga of a quiet, strong-willed woman and her lout of a husband is pretentious enough to starch a collar, but the film transcends the sum of its well-worn plot. The great Swedish director Jan Troell, whose works include 1971's masterpiece "The Emigrants," creates a movie that is elegiac, exquisite and, appropriately enough, filled with moments that linger in the memory.

The film, which screens Thursday through Sunday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, is based on the story of Troell's wife's great-aunt. The director's deep personal connection to the work is palpable. Our heroine is Maria (Maria Heiskanen), a Finnish native with the misfortune of being married to dockworker Sigfrid Larsson (Mikael Persbrandt). She raises their impoverished, ever-expanding brood while "Sigge," as he is called, succumbs to booze and barmaids.

Money is a continual struggle for the family. Maria, who works as a maid and seamstress, eventually visits a local photography store in hopes of selling a pricey Contessa camera she won years earlier in a lottery.

The proprietor of the store, a courtly older gentleman named Pedersen (Jesper Christensen, "Quantum of Solace"), senses something in Maria " perhaps an untapped longing for self-expression. Persuading her not to sell it, Pedersen instead teaches her how to use the camera. Maria discovers she is a natural. "Not everyone is endowed with the gift of seeing," Pedersen tells her admiringly.

There is an unspoken but obvious affection between these two timid people. Maria's exploration as an amateur photographer provides her a life outside the realm of the abusive Sigge, especially when he becomes preoccupied by a labor strike and notions of socialism. Maria's confidence behind the camera lens bleeds into her life outside of photography, as her artistic awakening is observed by her eldest daughter, Maja (newcomer Callin Öhrval), who narrates the movie.

Episodic and deliberately paced, "Everlasting Moments" embraces the telling, finely detailed observations that reflect the beauty in the seemingly prosaic. The 78-year-old Troell, who serves as his own cinematographer along with Mischa Gavrjusjov, allows the camera to linger on fleeting but gorgeous imagery. An ostracized young girl runs on an icy lake and evaporates into a blinding white fog. A dirigible floats across a cloudless sky, casting its long shadow over the town.

The actors are just as affecting. Heiskanen's face conveys Maria's stalwart capacity to endure hardship, but she is also imbued with the fragility that reacts to Mr. Pedersen's kindness. Equally impressive is Persbrandt. He has the perhaps more challenging task of finding the humanity in what easily could be a caricature of a brute.

Ultimately, "Everlasting Moments" is all about celebrating, and capturing, humanity's carousel of triumph and sorrow. Don't miss it. "Phil Bacharach

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