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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

Out of school, into the pool

Ten songs for your summer-starting shindig

By Stephen Carradini May 11th, 2011

Although it’s (finally) raining, I’m really excited that it’s at least warm and summery rain. Here’s a mix of pool-party-friendly tunes, even if the current weather isn’t exactly on par.

OKS’ “Summer in Oklahoma Is Bearable for About as Long as This Mix” Mix (click for 67.7 MB .zip file)

1. “Breakin’” — Baby Baby. Mandatory opening track for all 2011 summer dance party mixes.
2. “New Year” — FM Belfast. You play that kitschy synth, Belfast FM. You play it real good.
3. “The Last Time You See Me” —Dan Hubbard and the Humadors. In an alternate universe, all country-rock is this vital and satisfying.
4. “Happy Banjo” — Dark Mean. In complete contrast to the band name, the indie-pop song is accurately titled.
5. “Bobby” — Butcher the Bar. What if whisper-folk got happy?
6. “The Woods” — Small Sur. What if Bon Iver got happy?
7. “If You Only Knew” — Kathryn Calder. Charming, clap-along indie pop from someone who thinks the above picture is a good idea.
8. “The Sun” — Pink Frost. Wide-eyed indie-popsters must have a drugged-out older brother.
9. “Little Furnace” — Jim Guthrie. Rare is the video-game soundtrack that can engage a Postal Service fan.
10. “The Big One” — Crushed Velvet & The Velveteers. Do you want to feel like Starsky and/or Hutch?

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