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.
The Flaming Lips’ longevity has allowed them to cover a lot of sonic terrain over the years. Yet they’ve arguably become more adventurous with age, jeopardizing a good portion of their fan base in favor of fascinatingly bleak experiments in sound, beginning with Embryonic in 2009 and, more recently, The Terror.
Café Plaid co-owner and Norman songwriter Farrel Droke took honorable
mention with “Hard Times” in the 2011 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival
Songwriting Competition. You can hear the track here. I wonder if he books himself at his café. I totally would.
Local songwriter JD Smith is raising money for Piedmont’s Hamil family, who lost two sons in the May 24 tornado. The country song “Close to Home” is available on iTunes.
And because new Gazette website editor Matt Carney doesn’t agree with me that Cobra Starship is awesome, this might be your last chance to ever hear about the band on this blog. Here’s a new (and, admittedly, kinda skanky) video for yr summer jam “You Make Me Feel.”
At least it’s not as skeezy as this video, which sullies an also-great summer jam by Swedish pop sensation (because rarely do those phrases get separated).