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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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Taking cues from Nashville and Stoney LaRue, Dallas roots-rock quartet Somebody's Darling gets ready for a bluesy life on the road

Chris Parker September 30th, 2010

Like a relationship that just feels right, Somebody's Darling came together quickly and hit it off well. The quartet hit the ground running, playing its first show during its first month together.

Somebody's Darling
9 p.m. Friday
110 W. Main, Norman

Like a relationship that just feels right, Somebody's Darling came together quickly and hit it off well. The quartet hit the ground running, playing its first show during its first month together. Within a year, the Dallas act won 2008's Shiner Rising Star contest, earning a recording contract with the beer maker's associated record label.

Led by the gruff, impassioned vocals of Amber Farris, Darling's self-titled debut rumbles with an anxious country/roots-rock sound reminiscent of Dallas peers Slobberbone and Old 97's. While there's undoubtedly some country sway and sonorous twang, to consider Somebody's Darling as anything other than a rock band is a gross injustice.

"We don't know what we're going to do next, but we've been giving this album a real good push," Farris said.

The group is on its first national tour, bringing it to Norman on Friday before returning to Dallas for a show that will be recorded for a live DVD.

"It's our first album, so we're taking our time with it and don't want to rush it, but we already have a new album written and we're still writing new songs," she said.

Somebody's Darling formed around a circle of friends who've known each other for a while. Farris and guitarist David Ponder were members of the indie-pop band Raleigh before the pair embarked on a new direction.

"What happened was I started writing my own music," Farris said.

She'd been playing lead guitar in Raleigh, and this represented her first attempt at fronting a band. At 13, she was inspired to pick up the guitar after seeing Wynonna Judd at the State Fair of Texas.

Becoming a lead singer was challenging to hear Farris tell it, but you'd never know it listening to the band's debut. From a bluesy vocal swerve suggestive of Janis Joplin, to her strutting recriminations reminiscent of "Exile on Main St."-era Rolling Stones, she projects plenty of personality and stubborn intensity.

While the musicians have confidence, winning Rising Star was completely unexpected. Facing more than 100 other country bands, they thought they wouldn't have a chance, so they were surprised each week that they made it a little further.

Farris said they were "blindsided" by the victory, but the act took full advantage of the opportunity, recording its eponymous album with Dan Baird, a guitarist formerly with The Georgia Satellites. His sympathetic ear was perfect, helping them complete many half-finished songs they had in hand upon entering the studio.

"He would hear a song and would play something on it, and would just know what it needed," Farris said. "He made us feel like home. He really knows what he's doing, and he took kind of a young band that didn't know what they were doing very well, and led us in the right path."

Another big influence was Stoney LaRue, who took them out on tour for a few dates to show them how a pro does it.

"Those were the biggest crowds we ever played for," Farris said. "We had to learn real quick how to jump up to their level. That's kind of a challenge you get put into, and it makes you be the better band."

The experience reinforced their sense of its destiny, which Farris said is more life on the road than in the studio.

"That's where we shine. We're a live band. We like to put on a good show," she said. "Hopefully, we'll get there." "Chris Parker
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