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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

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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.
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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
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City Arts Center's 'Elevation' fund-raiser peers into the future with a retro party and exhibit

Charles Martin January 28th, 2010

Café City Arts: Elevation7:30-11 p.m. FridayCity Arts Center3000 General Pershingwww.cityartscenter.org951-0000$50 in advance, $60 doorAfter flipping the calendar on a new decade, it's tempting to loo...

Café City Arts: Elevation
7:30-11 p.m. Friday
City Arts Center
3000 General Pershing
$50 in advance, $60 door

After flipping the calendar on a new decade, it's tempting to look into the crystal ball to see what lies ahead.

Oklahoma City's forecast certainly seems bright, and City Arts Center artistic director Clint Stone is using Café City Arts, the nonprofit's annual fund-raiser, to give attendees a glimpse into the metro art community's possibilities.

"The overall feel this year will be looking into the future and taking the theme literally by incorporating it into the decor, interpreting it as a 1960s version of the future," Stone said. "Oklahoma City is on this wonderful path, growing and growing, so the theme is about raising the bar and looking ahead."

Sales from Friday's Café City Arts will be split equally between artists and the center, Stone said. The event has become one of the organization's most critical fund-raisers. Although participating artists aren't restricted to the theme, Stone said many will interpret "Elevation" in a number of ways.

"We will be showing quite a bit of vertical-oriented art this year," he said. "The performances will also be different in that the entertainment has, in the past, been the thing that has been moving and in the face of the guest. This year, the guests will be moving and the entertainment itself will be somewhat still."

Jazz quartet Confusious and modern-dance troupe Pseudodance Theatre will help set the tone.

"We will be slow-moving sculptures on pedestals (that) you can walk around and see the full 360," said dance director Lynna Schneider. "We will not be making eye contact with the audience. We will be separate from them, taking on the idea of very emotionally removed androids. It's a futuristic look at where art may be going."

Stone sees the entire event as an art project unto itself, and hopes guests feel that arriving is like stepping into a piece of art.

Movie imagery traditionally has played heavily into the show's themes, such as last year's nod to the decadent world of James Bond's "Casino Royale," and this year is no different.

"'The Jetsons' probably unconsciously informed a lot about the theme, but the direction we are working toward is more like (Stanley) Kubrick and the sets from movies that came out during the time of 'Barbarella,'" Stone said.

He said the future is foremost in the minds of the City Arts' staff since the organization is preparing for one of its most ambitious years in an effort to match the growth of Oklahoma City's art community.

"I think we are choosing to set our scopes higher because our city is changing very quickly. Everybody is asking for more culture. There are more galleries coming into being over the last two years than I'd seen during the several years before that," Stone said. "We are really starting to see culture as a part of our daily lives and make sure that we have access to it. Here at City Arts, we want to make sure we are surpassing those expectations."
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