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Cake — Showroom of Compassion

'Prolonging the Magic' + 'Fashion Nugget' = must buy


Rock

Stephen Carradini
Cake is all done trying to make new fans. Content with the listeners they’ve got, they decided to make a fan’s album.
 
Thursday, February 3, 2011

Starlings, TN — How Dark It Is Before the Dawn

Easily the most crushingly sad album I've heard this year


Folk

Stephen Carradini
I love depressing music, but nothing prepared me for this. 
 
Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ugly no more

The last hurrah of The Uglysuit appears


Music

Stephen Carradini
Oklahoma City indie-rock band The Uglysuit broke up last year, leaving behind an unfinished album and a fan base spread across the nation. But after some late-night mixing and mastering sessions, the nine-track album, “Awwww, Shucks …” will make it to ears across America sometime this year.
 
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Steven Drozd — The Heart Is a Drum Machine

A Flaming Lip goes solo for soundtrack work


Indie

Stephen Carradini
The Flaming Lips are incredibly self-contained; the members rarely do side projects. So it’s with great interest that multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd’s score for the music documentary “The Heart Is a Drum Machine” appears.
 
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Fold me now

With a new album co-written by a superstar novelist and plans for more experimentation, Ben Folds will rock the suburbs as long as they exist


Music

Stephen Carradini
Ben Folds with Street Corner Symphony
7 p.m. Tuesday
Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main, Tulsa
www.cainsballroom.com, 918-584-2306
$32-$34
 
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Stone lithographs tell wordless stories

Works of Oklahoma's Katherine Liontas-Warren on display


Visual Arts

Stephen Carradini
Katherine Liontas-Warren is a wordless storyteller.
 
Friday, January 21, 2011

The Radio Dept. - Passive Agressive: Singles 2002-2010

Trendy sounds from before the curve


Indie

Stephen Carradini
Dreamy, fuzzed-out psychedelic pop has been given a resurgence lately from both the chillwave people (à la Neon Indian, Baths, Houses, etc.) and from the pop/rock end (Best Coast, Dum Dum Girls, etc.). But before all of those bands, there was The Radio Dept.
 
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Wye Oak — Civilian

Indie-rock mood pieces that don't bore


Indie

Stephen Carradini
It is helpful to consider Wye Oak in terms of punctuation.
 
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Morning After Girls — Alone

Reverb-heavy, song-lite rock


Rock

Stephen Carradini
Reverb’s been going through a revival lately. After the raw guitar tones of grunge killed the reverb pedal for the better part of 20 years, it’s been coming back everywhere.
 
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Del Toros — Come Down


Rock

Stephen Carradini
Informed equally by ’90s rock and modern pop, Tulsa-based The Del Toros infuse each of the 10 tracks on “Come Down” with a sharp sense of melody and a clear vision. Each of the songs is incredibly friendly to the ear, which is good — you’ll have them with you for a while afterward.
 
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Jonny Burke — Distance and Fortune

Folk fares better than rock


Folk

Stephen Carradini
Ever since Dylan went electric, folk and rock have had an uneasy back and forth relationship. Some who excel at one find they fail at the other. Some can do both.
 
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

U.S. Royalty — Mirrors

Vital folk celebrating the Midwest


Folk

Stephen Carradini
One of the best love letters I’ve ever heard to the beauty of the Midwest is Rich Mullins’ “Calling Out Your Name” (who, despite being a solidly Christian artist, counts indie mainstay The Mountain Goats among his many fans). Quickly climbing the list is “Equestrian” by U.S. Royalty, off their new album, “Mirrors.”
 
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Broken Records — Let Me Come Home

More emotional Scottish rock!


Indie

Stephen Carradini
Having fallen head over heels for Frightened Rabbit in 2010, I was more than excited to hear another emotion-laden Scottish band when Broken Records’ “Let Me Come Home” was passed my way. The album did not let its Scottish brethren down.
 
Monday, January 17, 2011

Colin Stetson — New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

Vastly unusual in an incredibly good way


Indie

Stephen Carradini
Some musicians want to make you dance. Some musicians want to make you rock. Some musicians want your money. Some musicians want to make you think.
 
Monday, January 17, 2011

Foxes in Fiction — Alberto

Good tunes hiding in reverb


Indie

Stephen Carradini
The chillwave bubble has not yet burst. No matter how many dudes appear playing dreamy, reverb-heavy ambient pop, there are people ready to snap it up.
 
Monday, January 17, 2011
 
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