Sunday 13 Jul
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

9 Items You Can’t Take to Rocklahoma

Apologies to those who wanted to bake cookies onsite

By Rod Lott May 19th, 2011
rocklahomaThat's a puppet pole, not a flagpole. - Rocklahoma

According to organizers of Rocklahoma, Pryor’s annual hard-rock festival, attendees may not bring the following to the event, to be held May 27-29:

• instruments
• knives/weapons, including pocket knives
• chains/chain wallets
• bota bags
• drugs and/or drug paraphernalia
• glass containers
• powdered substances
• metal chairs of any kind
• flagpoles (outside of camping areas)

For those plotting to spend the weekend listening to the likes of Mötley Crüe and Poison while sifting flour, towing vehicles, playing musical chairs and/or claiming the land for an invented country of your own making, you’re out of luck. The complete list of dos and don’ts is available here.

Check out the May 25 Gazette for Rocklahoma coverage, including an interview with Electric Touch.—Rod Lott   

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5