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.
Happy music is often maligned for not being cool. Fang Island is all about changing that: They self-describe their music as "Everyone high-fiving everyone." When's the last time hip indie kids talked about or performed high-fives unironically? Oh, right. Never.
The five members, one of whom is also a guitarist for the decidedly-not-happy band Daughters, take their prog-rock chops and employ them to make people smile. Hand-clapping, pogoing and more ensue. When's the last time you saw a rock band play a set to a room full of kindergarteners without dumbing down anything but the volume? How about right now?
For some lolz, keep an eye on the door in the upper-right-hand corner, as well as the band members' demeanors. The bit at 2:09 and the comments on the video are also ridiculously entertaining. Okay, everything about this is entertaining. Go see Fang Island at The Conservatory tonight or there will be at least 30 kindergarteners in this world who are way cooler than you.