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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: Graham Colton


Catchy adult contemporary pop

By Stephen Carradini March 17th, 2011
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I remember the exact place and circumstances under which I bought "Dizzy Up the Girl," so when I say Graham Colton could and should be opening for the Goo Goo Dolls, know that I mean it in the best way possible. Still, there are people who are currently running for the hills after that sentence, as some people find adult contemporary pop to be everything they're fighting against. No matter. Leave if you must.

"It's emotive. I'm emoting," Colton said from the stage, explaining his newest tunes. No way to better explain it than that. He knows how to work the adult contemporary pop sound, from the guitar settings to the lyrics to the song structures to the emotions. He knows his stuff, and he delivered a solid set to very appreciative fans. His new album comes out April 5, and he's doing an April 2 CD release at VZD's (one of the first bands to namecheck something in Oklahoma from the stage that wasn't the Thunder!).

If you're a fan of Colton's previous work, you're going to love his new stuff. It's catchy as all get out, especially "1981." Look for his new album "Pacific Coast Eyes" soon.

 
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