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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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Brand new, high-class Armstrong Auditorium hopes to be cultural jewel in Edmond

Adam Kemp July 15th, 2010

The Armstrong Auditorium has one main goal for its new $20 million luxury concert hall: Make the experience equally as enjoyable for the patrons coming through the front door, as the performers entering from the back.

The 823-seat performing arts center is slated to open Sept. 5 near the intersection of Waterloo Road and Bryant Avenue, and was part of the master plan for Armstrong College, which was established in 2001 as part of the Philadelphia Church of God.

Lined with American cherry wood from floor-to-ceiling and adorned with more than a dozen Swarovski crystal-laden chandeliers, the Armstrong Auditorium will also house a pair of seven-foot Baccarat crystal candelabras that were used by the Shah of Iran in 1971 during the 2,500 anniversary of the Persian empire.

"This is going to be a magnificent cultural jewel in the crown of Edmond," Shane Granger said. "Each individual piece would be terrific to have, but to have them all in one place, the sum of the cards really magnifies the impact."

The building will also host a sculpture created by world-renowned British artist David Wynne. His piece, "Swans of Flight," will greets guests from a 40,000-gallon reflecting pool at the entrance to the building. The sculpture depicts the stages of flight with five, three quarter-ton bronze swans.

Several high-profile acts " including the Russian National Ballet, the Vienna Boys Choir, The 5 Browns and Grammy-nominated Eroica Trio " are all scheduled to perform during the 2010-2011 inaugural season. Granger said Armstrong's first-class treatment will be extended to its performers, too.

"We go through great pains to make sure our artists are taken care of and to make sure they have the very best and finest facilities," Granger said "Our artists' dressing rooms are five-star, with Swarovski chandeliers and fantastic granite and marble bathrooms. All their needs are met, and that means when they get out onstage, they will shine brighter here because of all those things they are experiencing."

Season tickets, which range from $178-$403, are now on sale. For more information, call 285-2011 or visit "Adam Kemp
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