Thursday 31 Jul
 
 

Sobering sounds

Copperheads with Depth & Current, Dudes of America and Oblivious

10 p.m. Saturday

Opolis

113 N. Crawford Ave., Norman

opolis.org

447-3417

$7

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Pony expression

Wild Ponies

8 p.m. Sunday

The Blue Door

2805 N. McKinley Ave.

bluedoorokc.com

524-0738

$15

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Music Made Me: Josh Hogsett

Few, if any, Oklahoma bands have seen a rise as meteoric as Tallows over the past year, yet its seemingly overnight ascension didn’t happen by chance. The Oklahoma City four-piece is well-versed in the ways of modern pop songwriting, drawing from both glitchy electronica and cathartic indie rock in equal measure. Last year, the band pulled off a rare musical feat with its debut album, Memory Marrow, which was steeped heavily in the breadth of recent history yet managed to sound like nothing else before it.
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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
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Methotrexate — Camelpacks & Battlerapz


Hip Hop/Rap

Joshua Boydston
Just in his early 20s, Oklahoma City’s Methotrexate is an original in a genre inundated with anyone having access to a mic and a MacBook.
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Day One — Art by Death


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
“Art by Death” is something you probably won’t hear every day.
 
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Weeknd — Echoes of Silence

The best trilogy since ‘Lord of the Rings.’ At least in the field of eerie, Canadian R&B.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
Two leering, damaged R&B mixtapes in and I was nearly certain that provocative Toronto collective The Weeknd (the brainchild of remarkable singer Abel Tesfaye) had exhausted its scuzzy-production-and-luxurious pop-voice-singing-about-banging-groupies shtick.
 
Thursday, January 5, 2012

Drake — Take Care

Canadian crooner raps less, slow-jams more on his visionary, 80-minute sophomore LP.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
If the minimal, Toronto R&B sound of Drake and collaborators Abel Tesfaye (AKA, The Weeknd), Boi-1da and Doc McKinney winds up as influential on hip-hop as many critics seem to think, then “Take Care”’s legacy will be long-lasting and often-marked.
 
Monday, December 5, 2011

The Roots — undun

Playing Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show hasn’t pulled The Roots up from ... their roots.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
You can — if you concentrate hard — faintly hear a baby bawling at the very beginning of The Roots’ new album, “undun.” That’s because the record follows a fictional life that isn’t so fictional.
 
Monday, December 5, 2011

Terius Nash – 1977

R&B’s hitmaker du jour drops his first record sans moniker.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
As far as human beings go, Terius Nash may well be one of the most sought-after. Here’s a brief list of songs he’s written/produced for megastars:
 
Friday, September 2, 2011

The Weeknd — Thursday

Damaged and menacing, The Weeknd continue to push R&B to its scariest limits.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
I was finishing up college when the then-more-mysterious R&B project The Weeknd dropped their first mixtape, “House of Balloons,” for free online. Unfortunately for 21-year-old Canadian Abel Tesfaye (who’s credited as singer and songwriter) not enough has changed in that time to warrant increased praise for “Thursday,” although that’s not to say he’s produced (with the help of veteran Doc McKinney and the also-mysterious Illangelo) a bad album.
 
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Kanye West and Jay-Z — Watch the Throne

Modern-day hip-hop legends pair up to go ‘hard as a motherf***er.’


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
Hey, have you guys heard of this new rap band called Kanye West and Jay-Z? Yeah, apparently they released an album exclusively on iTunes last week that pissed off a lot of record-store owners. Not sure if you’ve heard of it, so I’ll try to break down “Watch the Throne” for you, since these guys are kinda obscure.
 
Monday, August 15, 2011

Theophilus London — Timez Are Weird These Days

He’s a long way from the next Kanye.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
Judging by the ads Warner Bros. Records is running on Pitchfork, the lack of coverage in more conventional rap and hip-hop media outlets, and hired-gun producer Dan Carey’s résumé (Hot Chip, M.I.A., La Roux), the juggernaut label is marketing Theophilus London’s debut LP, “Timez Are Weird These Days,” toward hipsters instead of a more conventional hip-hop audience.
 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Shabazz Palaces — Black Up

Hooks? We don't need no stinkin' hooks


Hip Hop/Rap

Ryan Querbach
To assign adjectives to Shabazz Palaces’ music is a difficult task, but if I had to take a stab at it, I’d call it original, often offbeat, weird and yet, still awesome.
 
Friday, July 15, 2011

Kendrick Lamar — Section.80

RZA helps Lamar cook up a classic


Hip Hop/Rap

Ryan Querbach
Rapper Kendrick Lamar recently released his long-awaited project, “Section.80,” and it seems well worth the wait.
 
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tech N9ne — All 6’s and 7’s

Worth a couple spins by the average hip-hop fan


Hip Hop/Rap

Ryan Querbach
Tech N9ne’s newest effort, “All 6’s and 7’s,” shows how underrated he is as a rapper.
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Rocky Business — A Rebel's Roar

A good taste of what the rap/pop duo can do


Hip Hop/Rap

Stephen Carradini
It’s a hard balance to strike between “masses-pleasing nonsense” and “critically pleasing art.”
 
Thursday, April 7, 2011

GDP — Useless Eaters

He hates everything; listeners win


Hip Hop/Rap

Stephen Carradini
Here’s a partial list of things that rapper GDP is angry about: rampant drug use, alcoholism, loose sex, children as a result of that loose sex, corporations running everything, excess destroying the environment, aimless youth, cult of celebrity, posers and even rappers.
 
Thursday, April 7, 2011

Jabee - Lucky Me


Hip Hop/Rap

Stephen Carradini
Although the album is a pretty chill affair, Jabee puts on a show vocally. In the standout track “Jewels,” he raps quickly but evenly over old-school soul/R&B horns sample. “Coretta Scott” showcases his lyrical abilities, with a solid set of rhymes that boasts a reason for existence (alas, songs with “a point” are missing in much modern rap).
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
 
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