Sunday 13 Jul
CD reviews

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

SXSW: Buffalo Lounge: Chrome Pony


By Stephen Carradini March 14th, 2012

Chrome Pony
Credits: Stephen Carradini

The lead singer of Chrome Pony announced himself as such; he was dapperly dressed in a pea coat, slacks, and a tie. With the shades he donned, he looked like an agent from the Matrix, sent down to police the assembled masses by subduing them with sludgy dance music. By the time that he covered "Nightclubbing," making the titular event sound absolutely like something I would never want to do, I was half-convinced that my own fantasy was true.

The band was large: three guitars, a bassist, a female vocalist, drummer and Chrome Pony himself. They created an interlocking sound that made it hard to tell which guitarist was playing what; but it didn't matter too much. Chrome Pony was in the business of making large, sweeping moments, and in that he/them succeeded entirely. The band's sound seemed to be delivered through Chrome Pony with a sort of righteous zeal; the inability to see his eyes behind the shades made the act even more "other" from us. And that's the way they liked it, it seems. Impressive mix of sound and event.

(They went on last night; I didn't get to their post because I had to go catch my ride. And, you know, sleep.)
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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