Tuesday 29 Jul
 
 

Planting the seed

Chelsey Cope’s new band, Elms, is as earthy and native to Oklahoma as the trees that are their namesake. The soulful folk four-piece’s debut EP, Parallel Lines, was recorded at Bell Labs Recording Studio in Norman and is on its way in September. But the band has already given us a tease, with its first single, “Burn,” going live on SoundCloud on July 14.
07/22/2014 | Comments 0

Commercial rock

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Friday-Saturday
Downtown Tulsa 
centeroftheuniversefestival.com 
$35-$50 

07/22/2014 | Comments 0

Mack truckin’

Swizzymack
9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 
lndrnrs.com 
819-6004 
$10-$15 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 
$20-$40 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0

Rock steady

Tesla
7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
frontiercity.com
478-2140
Free with park admission 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0
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Paul Simon — One Trick Pony / Hearts and Bones / Graceland / The Rhythm of the Saints

Disclaimer: Only once had I previously listened all the way through one of these recordings.


Pop

Matt Carney
Everybody over the age of 48, chill out.
 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Florence + The Machine — Ceremonials

No sophomore slump for this soulful siren.


Pop

Jenn Scott
Pre-2008, only a few knew of Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine. After the release of “Kiss with a Fist” in June that year, followed by “Dog Days Are Over” that December, few could contain themselves awaiting the release of her first album, “Lungs.”
 
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ben Folds — The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective

Deserving songwriter gets a career-spanning, three-disc collection that doesn’t overstay its four-hour welcome.


Pop

Matt Carney
Drawing from his three studio albums with Ben Folds Five, three solo studio albums and piles of EPs, compilations and live albums, “The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective” is a highly convenient and well-selected exposition of the two highly developed skills of Mr. Benjamin Scott Folds.
 
Friday, October 28, 2011

Paul Simon — Paul Simon / There Goes Rhymin’ Simon / Still Crazy After All These Years / In Concert: Live Rhymin’

Only one of the four is a true reissue; but c'mon...it's Paul Simon


Pop

Stephen Carradini
Some reissues are chock-full of new bits that entice hardcore fans to go out and buy beloved albums again. Columbia’s reissues of Paul Simon’s first three albums do not fall in that category.
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Nik Freitas — Saturday Night Underwater

Calm, mature pop songs with a deft touch


Pop

Stephen Carradini
We don’t have very many songwriters like Paul Simon anymore.
 
Friday, June 24, 2011

The Gardes — Make Out the Sound

Goofy, fun, low-key pop songs


Pop

Stephen Carradini
The MySpace home of Oklahoma City pop band The Gardes is /TheGardesMustBeCrazy.
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

FM Belfast — Don’t Want to Sleep

Dance-pop album contains my favorite song of the year


Pop

Stephen Carradini
I listened to FM Belfast’s brilliant dance-pop tune “I Don’t Want to Go to Sleep Either” 15-plus times on the first day I heard it, including about eight listens in a row. The frequency was only a little bit lower for the next few days.
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. — It’s a Corporate World

Paul Simon’s resurgence continues via ... gentle electronic music?


Pop

Stephen Carradini
Writing a pop song is a unique and nebulous skill.
 
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Simple Plan — Get Your Heart On!

Guilelessly enthusiastic pop fun


Pop

Stephen Carradini
Three-minute pop songs about the pitfalls of young love have been a staple of radio for the medium’s entire existence.
 
Friday, June 10, 2011

Suzanna Choffel — Steady Eye Shaky Bow

Sultry singer/songwriter tunes with some high highs


Pop

Stephen Carradini
Singer/songwriter Suzanna Choffel sounds best when she’s feeling sinister.
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Barry Manilow — 15 Minutes

A comprehensive overview of the 'Copacabana' hitmaker's latest


Pop

Stephen Carradini
A track-by-track exploration of Barry Manilow’s new album, “15 Minutes,” which drops Tuesday.
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dr. Pants — The Trip Side 1: Illusion & Truth

Tight pop songwriting with a sense of humor


Pop

Stephen Carradini
The cumbersomely named “The Trip Side 1: Illusion & Truth” by Dr. Pants suffers no such songwriting problems in its six tracks.
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Roy Orbison — The Monument Singles Collection (1960-1964)

Classic songwriter gets a massive, well-deserved re-release


Pop

Stephen Carradini
Having long enjoyed Roy Orbison’s radio singles, I’m glad to see a massive set of his tunes see a re-release.
 
Friday, May 13, 2011

Tiny Animals — Our Own Time

So pop it hurts. Draw your own conclusions.


Pop

Stephen Carradini
The All-American Rejects’ self-titled 2003 release is one of my favorite pop albums ever.
 
Monday, April 11, 2011

Hafdis Huld — Synchronised Swimmers

Gorgeous pop that should take America by storm


Pop

Stephen Carradini
She may come by it honestly, but I would not be surprised if I heard that Hafdis Huld’s sound was scientifically crafted to perfectly zeitgeist indie music right now.
 
Friday, April 8, 2011
 
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