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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.

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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Bears surprised their hooks liked by many listeners


Graham Lee Brewer July 26th, 2007

As a melodic indie-pop band, Bears is a perfect example of music made without any preconceived notions of attention or recognition. Bears has a refreshing and earnest quality to its musi...

Bears

As a melodic indie-pop band, Bears is a perfect example of music made without any preconceived notions of attention or recognition. Bears has a refreshing and earnest quality to its music that truly shows that an album can be a work of art.

"We really didn't have high expectations," front man Charlie McArthur said. "I had planned to move to Chicago to get a job and be there when my girlfriend graduated from college, so we didn't plan to do this project for more than a few months."

Within a year's time, the music project that was started for fun turned into a self-titled full-length album and an EP, "Shortest Day of the Year"; a sizable fan base; and a generous amount of independent media attention.

"It's been kind of mind-blowing that so many people have enjoyed the record, or I should say, so many more people than I had ever expected," McArthur said. "It's really inspiring to talk to people who consider our record to be part of any sort of 'best of' list for the year, and that makes the whole thing seem actually real. It's like, 'Wow... people actually like this stuff. It's not just us!'" "Graham Lee Brewer

 
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