It has been a relatively rocky road for Weatherford alt-country outfit Green Corn Revival, which has seen its share of highs (acting as backing band for rockabilly icon Wanda Jackson) and lows before an (amicable) split in the road led half of the original lineup to forming Honeylark.
Oklahoma is quickly becoming the indie Christmas music capital of the world, it seems, with yearly compilation albums featuring everyone from Stardeath and White Dwarfs to Graham Colton. So it makes sense that Colourmusic — freak-poppers hailing from Stillwater — would craft a full album of original, offbeat holiday tunes themselves.
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.
The Flaming Lips’ longevity has allowed them to cover a lot of sonic terrain over the years. Yet they’ve arguably become more adventurous with age, jeopardizing a good portion of their fan base in favor of fascinatingly bleak experiments in sound, beginning with Embryonic in 2009 and, more recently, The Terror.
World Literature Today magazine is hosting the biggest Irish-centric cultural event Norman’s seen since U2 rocked its football stadium more than two years ago. Its Puterbaugh Festival Opening Night event is of course much scaled down from the goliath, 360-degree stage in the middle of the OU football field, but arguably more Irish, as playwright Marina Carr graces Oklahoma with her authorial presence.
So head out to Norman’s Performing Arts Studio (known by some as the Train Depot) to enjoy some free wine and cheese; the tunes of Mike Hosty, Ali Harter, Brine Webb and Steven Eiler; and Irish poetry ready by Lauren Zuniga. The musicians will play original songs, as well as covers by Irish artists (think Van Morrison, Fionn Regan, and sigh The Swell Season).
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Also be sure to check out the Irish Film Festival at Meacham Auditorium Friday night, which costs the same in admission as the Opening Night activities: nothing! Head to ou.edu/wlt for more information, and watch Webb’s recent performance at TEDxOU: