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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.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0

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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Sheriff Woody

Red Dirt icon Jimmy LaFave has become synonymous with the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Woody Guthrie Folk Festival featuring Jimmy LaFave, Arlo Guthrie and more

Wednesday through Sunday

Okemah

woodyguthrie.com

Free

 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Next big thing

Despite wowing her fair share of crowds, 11-year-old phenom Olivia Kay is balancing the life of a normal kid with that of a rising star.


Music

Joshua Boydston

As far as songs go, few prove as challenging to sing as our national anthem.

It’s a technically demanding tune from first note to last, to be sure, beginning with a low bellow that quickly soars toward star-punching high notes, eventually swelling to a show-stopping crescendo that even the most seasoned performer can have trouble mastering.

 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Major League tunes

Texas-based experimental rockers Chipper Jones bring a host of influences and skills to the metaphorical dugout.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Chipper Jones with The Hitt Boyz, Foxburrows and Milk Jr

8 p.m. Saturday

VZD’s Restaurant & Club

4200 N. Western Ave.

vzds.com

524-4200

 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

California dreamin’

L.A.-via-Oklahoma trio Modern Pantheist found its creative spark after moving to the West Coast.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Modern Pantheist with The Wurly Birds and Larry Chin

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge 

2408 N. Robinson Ave.

thebluenotelounge.com

600-1166

$5

 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Oklahoma stampede

OKC Fest brings some of the most popular acts in the world together for a premier music showcase, and we ain’t seen nothin’ like it ’round these parts.


Music

Jennifer Chancellor

OKC Fest Festival Stage
5 p.m. Friday and Saturday 
Myriad Botanical Gardens 
301 W. Reno Ave. 
okcfest.com
866-977-6849 
$35-$42

FreeFest
4:30 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday
Myriad Botanical Gardens
301 W. Reno Ave.
okcfest.com 
866-977-6849 
Free

 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

River men

Iowa folk-pop collective The River Monks embodies both the sound and temperament of its home state.


Music

Joshua Boydston
The River Monks with Tallows and Foxburrows
9 p.m. Saturday
Blue Note Lounge 
2408 N. Robinson Ave. 
thebluenotelounge.com 
600-1166
$5
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Music Made Me: Sardashhh


Music

Joshua Boydston
Norman beatmaker and instrumental hip-hop artist Sardashhh — born Joseph Sardashti — likes to keep busy over the summer. Last year, he released his debut “beat tape” (think mixtape — but without the rapping), The Feast, and he promptly followed that up with Vol. 2 this June, sampling anything and everything from Key & Peele and Adventure Time to classic R&B and soul jams. Oklahoma Gazette asked Sardashti to spell out what fuels his eclectic sense and style of production.
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Technical skills

Rapper Tech N9ne put his talent — and his fondness of women — on display at the Diamond Ballroom.


Music

Ryan Querbach
The 30-minute delay before Tech N9ne took the stage gave me time to study how large and diverse the crowd was. Wednesday night’s show at the Diamond Ballroom featured people from all walks of life — including a few Juggalos — but they all seemed to have one thing in common: They were die hard Tech N9ne fans.
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Neon colors

Utah-based dance-rockers Neon Trees stopped by Cain’s Ballroom last week, much to the delight of its dedicated fan base.


Music

Nathan Winfrey
Utah-based rockers Neon Trees spent a hot summer night setting fire to Tulsa’s legendary Cain’s Ballroom on June 19. Rounding out the aural palette were Smallpools, a lively L.A. powerhouse, and Nightmare and the Cat, a cadre of black-clad Brit/American alt-rockers. Neon Trees’ latest record, Pop Psychology, was the night’s flux capacitor, transporting all who were willing to a neon-soaked parallel universe.
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Oklahoma stampede: OKC Fest cover story preview

OKC Fest brings some of the most popular acts the world together for a premier music showcase, and we ain’t seen nothin’ like it ’round these parts.


Music

Jennifer Chancellor
It’s happening — and a full year sooner than anticipated.
 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Brotherly love

The Avett Brothers create a bond with its fan base that few bands are ever able to attain.


Music

Conrad Kersten

The Avett Brothers with Langhorne Slim and the Law

7 p.m. Saturday

Cox Business Center

100 Civic Center, Tulsa

coxcentertulsa.com

918-894-4350

$35-$44

 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Dizzy spells

Rising emcee Dizzy Wright is just focusing on his words and flow, even as the hype surrounding him continues to mount.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Dizzy Wright with Josh Sallee, Mike Turner and more

10 p.m. Saturday

Kamp's Lounge

1310 NW 25th St.

lndrnrs.com

819-6004

$12-$15

 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Stranger than fiction

Americana singer-songwriter James McMurtry has amassed a cult following over the years, largely on the heels of his twisted literary chops.


Music

Kevin Pickard

James McMurtry

8 p.m. Wednesday, June 18

The Blue Door

2805 N. McKinley Ave.

bluedoorokc.com

524-0738

$25-30

 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bird’s-eye view

Even in his early years, prodigious songwriter and violinist Andrew Bird blurred the lines between modern and classical music.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory with Tift Merritt
7 p.m. Sunday
Cain’s Ballroom
423 N. Main St., Tulsa 
cainsballroom.com 
(918) 584-2306 
$27-$42 

 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bold as Loveland

The local music community is united in its support of local musician Michael Loveland, who was diagnosed with cancer in April.


Music

Kevin Pickard

Michael Loveland Cancer Benefit
5 p.m. Saturday
Opolis
113 N. Crawford Ave., Norman 
opolis.org
$10 suggested donation

 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
 
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