Three volumes in and A Blackwatch Christmasyet again nabs a spot on the nice list, showcasing a smattering of Oklahoma artists with charming new holiday standards. This year shakes up the status quo with two themed halves — serving up dusty, countrified Christmas ditties on the Holly-Tonk side and soulful hip-hop carols with Jingle Beats, both with joyful returns.
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.
These videos were designed to make you move. One refuses to go to sleep, one has swordfights in it and a third is chock-full of people doing jumping jacks. Read on for more sweating.
Arkansas rapper/attorney MC Spookytooth dropped this video for “Healthification,” which is the theme song for Mercy Hospitals’ part in National Employee Health and Fitness Day. There has never been anything like this video ever before. That's not necessarily a recommendation:
The video for FM Belfast’s gleeful electro-pop cut “I Don´t Want to Go to Sleep Either” is just as enthusiastic and repeatable as the song itself. I’ve watched/heard this at least a dozen times:
Portland dance-pop band Starfucker’s “Julius” clip is an excellent rumination on childhood imagination: