Tuesday 22 Jul
 
 

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 

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Narrative verse

L.T.Z. with Jabee, Frank Black & more
8 p.m. Saturday
The Conservatory 
8911 N. Western Ave. 
conservatoryokc.com 
607-4805
$7 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0

Dancing in the Twilight

Sunday Twilight Concert Series with The Wurly Birds
7:30 p.m. Sunday
Myriad Botanical Gardens 
301 W. Reno Ave. 
myriadgardens.org 
445-7080
Free 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0

Next big thing

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.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
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Admirals - Amidst the Blue


Rock

Joshua Boydston

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.

 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Milk Jr - Bad Things Don't Happen to Bad People


Rock

Joshua Boydston
As Harvey Dent would tell it, the night is darkest just before the dawn.

Judging by its debut album, Oklahoma City noise punks Milk Jr understand that sentiment all too well and built up seven songs using that concept as currency.
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Nuns - Opportunities


Rock

Joshua Boydston
Sometimes, you choose music. And other times, music chooses you.

The son of a producer who himself was the son of a songwriter, Tulsa’s Hank Hanewinkel III has it streaming through his veins. He dedicated much of his youth to The Red Alert, a now-laid-to-rest rock trio that employed his similarly afflicted sister and uncle to form a full-blown family affair.

 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tyson Meade - Tomorrow in Progress


Rock

Joshua Boydston

Tyson Meade has nothing to prove.

He might not be a household name (outside of his home state of Oklahoma, at least), but his influence on the scope of alternative music is just as indelible as that of Lou Reed, David Bowie or Morrissey.

 
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich


Rock

Zach Hale
There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.
 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters


Rock

Joshua Boydston
As titles go, Churches into Theaters is an apt descriptor for the debut album from Oklahoma City rockers Em and the MotherSuperiors. It’s a reverential record, one that shares the gospel of classic rock, blues and soul but embraces the need to refashion it for modern times, channeling The Dead Weather, Grace Potter and Cage the Elephant along the way.
 
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Rachel Brashear — Revolution


Rock

Kevin Pickard
Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Skating Polly — Fuzz Steilacoom


Rock

Joshua Boydston
All of Fuzz Steilacoom’s best qualities are revealed in “Alabama Movies” and “A Little Late,” the opening and closing tracks of the Oklahoma City duo’s third full-length. The relationship between them unveils the worst.
 
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Vangough — Between the Madness


Rock

Joshua Boydston
For better and for worse, Between the Madness is bursting at the seams.
 
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Poolboy — Soda Kids


Rock

Zach Hale
The Oklahoma City metro has a thriving garage rock scene. With seasoned acts like Broncho and Copperheads carrying the modern-day torch, the way has been paved for a flock of gritty, young, guitar-centric acts. But nascent Norman trio Poolboy has a knack for riotous hooks that few of its contemporaries can boast.
 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Somerset West — Black Cloud


Rock

Joshua Boydston
The release of Oklahoma City act Somerset West’s new EP Black Cloud couldn’t come at a more serendipitous juncture.
 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Younglings — The Younglings


Rock

Joshua Boydston
Oklahoma’s own The Younglings aren’t so much breaking new ground as they are building on a solid foundation with their latest self-titled album, but the duo does a rather convincing strut in The Black Keys’ shoes in a Rubber Factory-worthy assembly line of tried and true blues rock tunes.
 
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Power Pyramid — The God Drums


Rock

Joshua Boydston
Shoegaze has its roots in the United Kingdom, but Oklahoma outfit Power Pyramid is doing it as well as anyone here or abroad. The four-piece started making noise with the release of a self-titled EP last fall, returning nearly a year later with its full-length debut The God Drums, a slow-burning, confident collection of endearingly lo-fi vignettes.
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Kings of Leon — Mechanical Bull


Rock

Zach Hale
Let’s be perfectly clear: Kings of Leon sold out. That’s not always necessarily a bad thing, but in this case, it is.
 
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Them Hounds — Them Hounds


Rock

Zach Hale
If there’s one defining characteristic of modern blues rock, it’s that the songs often are constructed around the band’s instrumental strengths.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
 
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