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The Boom Bang — World War Fun

These amps go to 1,000.


Rock

Stephen Carradini
There is no substitute for a Boom Bang live show.
 
Monday, May 9, 2011

Colourmusic — My _____ Is Pink

Intriguing, excellent rock songwriting


Indie

Stephen Carradini
Although Colourmusic spent a great amount of time talking about the sex-related aspects of “My _____ Is Pink” here, a secondary theme of the record is the most immediately noticeable part: Ryan Hendrix wanted to make an album that people could play when they work out.
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Other Lives — Tamer Animals

Lush, thoughtful and detailed indie beauty


Indie

Stephen Carradini
Not listening closely to “Tamer Animals” by Other Lives will cause you to miss most of what makes it so great.
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Unthanks — Last

Brilliant when brooding, and greatest when gloomy


Folk

Stephen Carradini
“Disappointment is everywhere,” an Unthank sister sings in “Give Away Your Heart,” one of the many highlights of The Unthanks’ new album, “Last.”
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Other guys

Although sharing most of the members, Other Lives is not the same band as Kunek. Hear for yourself on the indie poppers’ new album.


Music

Stephen Carradini

Other Lives with Colourmusic
8:30 p.m. Friday
ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 323 E. Sheridan
acm-uco.com, 974-4700
$10

 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

OKC rapper Nymasis flexes his skills

Wins Oklahoma City’s “Hottest on the Scene MC” battle, prepares new album


Music

Stephen Carradini
Rapper Nymasis’ 11 years of performing have given him experience he feels no one in town can top.
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sexing up the spectrum

Colourmusic, Stillwater’s critically acclaimed rock band on the rise, explores carnal knowledge on ‘My _____ Is Pink.’


Music

Stephen Carradini
Colourmusic with Other Lives
Friday 
ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 323 E. Sheridan
acm-uco.com, 974-4700
$10
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Snow & Lace — Mixtape One

Mature, minimalist, ambient music


Indie

Stephen Carradini
“Movement One” is based in a slowly picked acoustic guitar and features distant drumming for energy. The music and passionate radio sample of an unnamed rock star’s deadly accident create a memorable point in the first cut. The whole thing is underlaid with an easy, noninvasive drone that pulls the multiple parts together.
 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Urban renewal

Phone the neighbors, wake the kids: Defunct local popsters The Neighborhood reunite for the Norman Music Festival.


Music

Stephen Carradini

The Neighborhood
12:30 a.m. Friday, Norman Music Festival
Opolis, 113 N. Crawford
NormanMusicFestival.com
Free

 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Walk to remember

Now in their second decade together, The Walkmen step up to headline the Norman Music Festival.


Music

Stephen Carradini

The Walkmen
9:30 p.m. Saturday
Norman Music Festival Main Stage, Porter Avenue and Main Street
normanmusicfestival.com
Free

 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Chris Bathgate — Salt Year

He's in the ring with folk's heavy hitters, but he's not a knockout yet


Folk

Stephen Carradini
Close your eyes. Clear your mind. Turn on Chris Bathgate’s “Salt Year.” Let it wash over you. Don’t think about it — just do it.
 
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Superchunk — Here's Where the Strings Come In

A worthy re-release that will excite 'chunk fans


Indie

Stephen Carradini
Wow. An Album of the Year Grammy, mega sales and sold-out tours almost made me forgot where indie rock came from.
 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Piano man

Wayne McEvilly to improvise on Mozart's piano sonatas


Music

Stephen Carradini
Pianist Wayne McEvilly has studied Mozart’s 17 piano sonatas since 1945. He plays each one every week, year in and year out. So if he takes a few liberties with the material, he’s well within the bounds of expertise to do so. His skill level helps, as well.
 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ponytail — Do Whatever You Want All the Time

Not as strong as other recent releases similar to it


Indie

Stephen Carradini

Having a singular vision is difficult, especially when it’s so singular that listeners don’t get it.
 
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Always Be Happy, but Stay Evil — Garage a Trois

A really jazzy post-rock outfit


Jazz

Stephen Carradini
“Always Be Happy, but Stay Evil” by Garage A Trois creates entries in “best album name” and “best band name” contests for 2011.
 
Monday, April 18, 2011
 
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