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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.

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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. 

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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.
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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.

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Tulsa's Harmonious Monk specializes in jazz, optimism


H. Barry Zimmerman January 25th, 2007

Tulsa-based jazz band Harmonious Monk is spreading the good vibes of God, Miles Davis and the hippie nature of wonderment.   "When we play, what is most important is that we are brothers sharing time ...

Tulsa-based jazz band Harmonious Monk is spreading the good vibes of God, Miles Davis and the hippie nature of wonderment.
 
"When we play, what is most important is that we are brothers sharing time and thoughts," explained drummer Andrew Owen Bones. "Jazz might crawl up inside itself like a Gollum to speak about nothing but how precious it is, but it won't die. There is so much to get out of jazz, even today."
 
NICE GUYS
Harmonious Monk (not to be confused with Melodious Thunk, a Norman-based jazz outfit of days gone by) has a rep for being friendly.
 
"First and foremost, when you play music, you have got to be great friends," Bones said. "Because without friendship, you have got nothing. So we're fine friends. We hope to tour hard this summer. We hope to be innovative every day. We want to be present. We want to change the world."
 
THANK GOD
The band's self-titled CD is a fantastic marriage of modern lounge and bop.
 
"We have so many musical heroes: Mingus, Monk, Bird, Miles Davis, of course," Bones said. "Music is music. In the end, it's all about God. "¦ So if we thank God first, we can't have forgotten to send thanks to someone that deserved it." "H. Barry Zimmerman

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