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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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The Red Alert grow up on-stage, musically and literally


Emily Hopkins April 22nd, 2010

The Red Alert 1 P.M. Sunday, Blackwatch Studios StageSiblings Christy Hanewinkel and Hank Hanewinkel III were never the same after a fateful White Stripes concert in 2003. The Tulsa duo, then 14 and 8...

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1 P.M. Sunday, Blackwatch Studios Stage

Siblings Christy Hanewinkel and Hank Hanewinkel III were never the same after a fateful White Stripes concert in 2003. The Tulsa duo, then 14 and 8 years old, came back home, picked up a guitar and some drumsticks and formed a cover band, The Red Stripes.

"It was definitely a novelty act to people," Hank said. "But as we played more shows, the audience saw how good Christy was on the drums and sort of forgot that she was just a little girl after the first few songs."

The pair talked their dad into letting them record at his Tulsa studio, Valcour Sound, and the result was literally an overnight success. The duo soon played several local radio spotlights and was asked to open for Starlight Mints and play the annual Freakers Ball at Cain's Ballroom.  

Jack and Meg still had a heavy influence on the first album, 2005's "Put Your Game Face On." Deciding to switch gears from covers, The Red Stripes added Uncle Phillip (Hanewinkel) on bass and morphed into The Red Alert. The group released an EP, "Extended Play," in 2006 and its second album, "Audible Frequency," in 2009.

"Our newest songs are a lot stronger and heavier than what we've done in the past," Hank said. "Emily Hopkins

 
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