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Custom cars, electric guitars will growl at third annual Okie Twist-Off


Music

Charles Martin
Okie Twist-Off celebrates an entire culture of custom cars and brash music that its organizers openly describe as "trash culture." What that culture sounds like and looks like isn't as simple...
 
Thursday, August 6, 2009

Metro rock bands gather for benefit concert for young dreamers


Music

Charles Martin
Rock for a cause Friday at Bricktown Live as Hundredsomethings, The Clark Kent Party, Shaman and Austin-based Fatback Circus join for a concert benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma...
 
Thursday, July 30, 2009

Club plans weekly 'Rock vs. Rap' showcase


Music

Charles Martin
If local rappers hope to find a foothold in Oklahoma City, they need lure their audiences out of dance clubs and into music venues to watch hip-hop performed live. In an effort to help the local...
 
Thursday, July 30, 2009

Unmarked Cars selects singer, releases album


Music

Charles Martin
Lord knows good lead singers are hard to come by these days. Local boys Unmarked Cars suffered 30 auditions while trying to find a vocalist with the pipes to front their band, shuffling through ...
 
Thursday, July 23, 2009

Simple changes with green design make all difference


News

Charles Martin
Sexy, high-tech innovations within the green movement are what grab headlines, as evidenced by the unveiling of Rand Elliott's newest concept for energy efficient skyscrapers called "Turbinomic....
 
Thursday, July 16, 2009

Adults reach back to childhood games to network, meet new people


News

Charles Martin
At first glimpse, PlayDate OKC is chock-full of family games like Connect Four, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Taboo, Monopoly, chess and Wii's plugged into large-projection televisions. Organizers are c...
 
Thursday, July 16, 2009

Followed by Static plans Norman performance, single release


Music

Charles Martin
The fuzzed-out and stripped-down sound of Austin, Texas, psychedelic-rock duo Followed by Static can only be appreciated alongside the analog artifacts that come with a vinyl pressing. The b...
 
Thursday, July 16, 2009

Scooters, classic motorbikes gather for fund-raiser at IAO Gallery


News

Charles Martin
In the summer of 1964, suit-wearing, scooter-driving mods clashed with leather-clad, motorcycle-riding rockers in a series of brawls along the English coastline. Now, 45 years later, the two sid...
 
Thursday, July 9, 2009

Man started Cowboys of Color Rodeo, dedicated to minority riders


News

Charles Martin
The words "cultural diversity" and "rodeo" usually don't go hand in hand, but Cleo Hearn is trying to change that. He started his rodeo career back in 1954 with the All Colored Rodeo in Drumrigh...
 
Thursday, July 9, 2009

Country's best wakeboarders compete on Oklahoma River


News

Charles Martin
Given the recent intestinal issues faced by athletes who competed in a May triathlon, it would be understandable if the WWA Wakeboard National Championships promoters might be having second thou...
 
Thursday, July 9, 2009

Brave Combo still after audiences open to band's wild brand of world music


Music

Charles Martin
It's not easy to understand Brave Combo, even after several sessions with the Denton, Texas-based band's latest album, "The Exotic Rocking Life," a survey of its 30-year career of thriving on th...
 
Thursday, July 9, 2009

Harley-Davidson enthusiasts revel in two days of bike culture


News

Charles Martin
Biker culture's Old West mythos tempt successive generations to leave corporate America, hop on a steel horse and tear across America " even if just for the weekend.  For members of the Harl...
 
Thursday, June 25, 2009

The City and Skyway produces shrewd rock worthy of MTV


Music

Charles Martin
The members of The City and Skyway might just be old enough to remember when MTV still broke new bands. While its sound isn't as precociously poppy as The All-American Rejects, as self-conscious...
 
Thursday, June 18, 2009

Ambitious rockers The Venditos dry up their act


Music

Charles Martin
Take a second, find the nearest computer and listen to "Congealed Bipeds" on The Venditos' MySpace page. If brazenly ambitious art metal of the System of a Down variety doesn't suit you, move al...
 
Thursday, June 18, 2009

Intrigue, deception turn a town against itself in first H2OKC citywide water fight


News

Charles Martin
Watch your backs, Oklahoma City. If you think someone is crouching in your bushes, you're probably right. If you think someone is stalking around a parking lot, they're likely waiting for you. A...
 
Thursday, June 11, 2009
 
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