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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
 

SXSLeftovers


Bands coming out of the smorgasbord to our town

By Stephen Carradini March 21st, 2011
miriamswellMiriam's Well

Although I didn’t end up in a riot at SXSW, my body thinks I did. I’m not sure how bands do SXSW and then continue to tour, but many of these apparently superhuman musicians are doing just that.

Miriam’s Well is one of them, and they’re hitting The Blue Note tonight at 8 p.m. The band is fronted by Miriam herself, delivering vocals that sit ably atop the Counting Crows-esque alt-pop they churn out. Whirring organs, snappy strumming and gritty melodies call up the ‘90s fondly; if you were or still are into the alt-pop scene from that era, you need to check out Miriam’s Well. Cover is $5.

Pop/rockers Crown Point are on their way west after SXSW, and they’ll be stopping in at JJ’s Alley before kicking it out to Colorado, Wyoming and other points over the edge of the world. Their pop/rock would fit in neatly with Lifehouse’s sound, so if you’re still “Hanging by a Moment” (oh, yes, I went there), you should check Crown Point out tonight. 

Morose Portland folksters Dolorean are headed back home after their SXSW jaunt, and they’re stopping at The Conservatory with Castanets and Holy Sons tonight. The really pretty music comes from their new album “The Unfazed." If something’s got you down, well, these guys can be the soundtrack to that sadness.

And, finally, rapper Sims is headed east, via Minneapolis, from SXSW. His raps call up comparisons to Eminem, but his funky beats are much more full and melodic than the most prominent white rapper ever. Also Sims’ raps are dramatically more positive than the aforementioned. He’s hitting up The Conservatory with Astronautilus tomorrow.

If you didn’t make it out to SXSW, or you’re already missing the live music smorgasbord, its effects are still being felt here in the metro. Head on out.  

 
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