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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.

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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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Combining members of a dozen local projects, Oklahoma City's Eden Sharmaine drops its debut album

Emily Hopkins April 8th, 2010

Eden Sharmaine with Pretty Black Chains, For the Atlantic and more8 p.m. Saturdaythe Conservatory8911 N. Westernwww.conservatoryokc.com879-9778$7  Anything goes for Eden Sharmaine. The band soaks in t...

Eden Sharmaine with Pretty Black Chains, For the Atlantic and more
8 p.m. Saturday
the Conservatory
8911 N. Western
Anything goes for Eden Sharmaine. The band soaks in the diverse stylings of practically every musical genre: rock, folk, pop, even the "raw, rocking music" of Charlie Parker, and churns out a sound that's completely new.

With more than a dozen previous projects among the act's six members, it's easy to see how creating a uniform sound would be somewhat tricky, but that's just how the Oklahoma City group likes it.

"We all have so many different takes in our music, but we can pull it in a general direction for a single idea or song," said lead guitarist and vocalist Jon King. "That's the greatest part of this band: that no design or conception gets thrown away."

Formed from a mash-up of side projects through bassist Adam Myrick, Eden Sharmaine initially focused on reworking songs that each member had been writing separately.

"Things started to take an interesting turn when we decided to add Josh (Simpson) on saxophone and Cassie (Neahring) on violin. It seems like things just fell together for us to create what we have now," said frontman and guitarist Evan Crowley.

The group had a big break in August when it won the University of Central Oklahoma's 2009 Battle of the Bands. The members were so shocked by their win, they were unable to get out of their chairs and had to be called up to the stage a second time. A second opportunity came in December's Jingle Jam, opening for chart-topping crunkcore duo 3OH!3.

"That kind of gig is my favorite," Simpson said. "Playing with bands that just got signed really encourages us and our music."

Because Eden Sharmaine is self-managed, gearing up for Saturday's album release show has been nothing short of a full-time affair. The 10 tracks on "Our Fathers," while diverse in approach and style, cohesively intermingle. Like the band itself, the driving factor behind the work is generally unique for each member.

"For me, most of the song lyrics are about where we are in society and how we got here, literally through our past and our fathers," Neahring said. "There's an underlying message of taking control, of change and of recognizing these issues as a generation and doing something about it."

Six songs are downloadable free on The album will be sold for $5 at Saturday's concert, which the band members said will be nothing less than "an epic spectacle that no one will ever forget."

"We put so much effort and heart into our shows because we're focused on leaving a lasting impression on the audience," Crowley said. "Concertgoers can expect lively energy, interesting stage props and art, and unexpected theatrical additions to the music they've come to enjoy."
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