Friday 11 Jul

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.
06/17/2014 | Comments 0

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.
06/17/2014 | Comments 0
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William Hung goes from 'Idol' laughingstock to Billboard chart-topper

Bryan Mangieri June 28th, 2007

After eliciting laughter from the judges of "American Idol"'s 2004 season with his off-key and off-kilter rendition of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" during initial auditions for the show's third se...


After eliciting laughter from the judges of "American Idol"'s 2004 season with his off-key and off-kilter rendition of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" during initial auditions for the show's third season, it would seem that William Hung dream to be a singer should have died.

Not so.

"I try to convey a positive, optimistic image," Hung said. "No matter what happens, if you keep trying, you can eventually succeed."

His optimism endured and after what to many other people would have been a humiliating appearance on the show, he became a cult celebrity, the epitome of lack of vocal prowess behind a microphone, and some would say the epitome of lack of talent.

Nevertheless, his life was changed by "American Idol," the Californian denizen said.

"It's been a huge change. I get recognized everywhere, wherever I go. I get to meet a lot of famous people," Hung said.

A Billboard No. 1 album later, Hung attributed his success to his "attitude toward life and everything in general." His inspiration, he said, comes from people.

"I just get inspired by other people who are successful before me," he said. "My inspiration comes from my parents, friends, teachers and many other people. Too many to name."

He said he hopes to save money for the future so that he can buy a house.

"I think if I'm determined with whatever I do, I can achieve my goals," he said. "Bryan Mangieri

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