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Dressed to thrill

With nothin’ to lose, Faux Kiss pays tribute to a ’70s rock legend, and local audiences are licking it up.


Music

Stephen Carradini
It’s midnight in El Reno, and Gene Simmons is spitting blood at Gilmore’s Pub.
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

From Red to Randy

How did one of the most famous guitars in music history land in an Oklahoman’s hands ... and then go away?


Music

Stephen Carradini
Most guitarists play a six-string made of wood that costs in the triple digits.
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cello, goodbye

After two albums’ worth of cello compositions, Edmond music professor Samuel Magrill moves on to other instruments.


Music

Stephen Carradini
Although he’s a composer, Samuel Magrill knows a thing or two about stories.
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Jazzed up

Think jazz is for squares? Then you’re just not circling the right spots. The American art form thrives in a progressive local scene.


Music

Stephen Carradini
Jazz is elevator music, and there’s none to listen to anyway.
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Shutter sounds

For decades, local photographer Vernon Gowdy has shot rock concerts, images from which comprise his new book.


Features

Stephen Carradini
Hanging out with Oklahoma City shutterbug Vernon Gowdy will get you a boatload of stories about near-mythical rock bands.
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Smith Westerns — Dye It Blonde

Packages 70 years of pop/rock into one fantastic album


Pop

Stephen Carradini
You know what’s often lost in hip and new sounds? Good songs. This is why chillwave was doomed. It was awesome, but who remembers it, other than a cloudy haze?
 
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Emily Arin — Patch of Land

Baffling, awe-inspiring and calming all at once


Folk

Stephen Carradini
Many artists do what they do within a framework that’s easily named: pop, folk, country, metal, etc.
 
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Buried Beds — Tremble the Sails

Some good songs reside on a conflicted release


Pop

Stephen Carradini
Buried Beds wants to be a charming pop band and a serious act at the same time.
 
Monday, April 4, 2011

These Magnificent Miles: On the Long Road with Red Wanting Blue

An adequate telling of a great story


Documentary

Stephen Carradini
Most bands give up. It’s rare to see a band put out more than three or four albums without any support whatsoever.
 
Monday, April 4, 2011

Unwritten Law — Swan

Do you miss rock in '02? You'll love this.


Rock

Stephen Carradini
You never really forget your first love, and my initial musical passion was turn-of-the-millenium pop-punk like Blink-182 and Sum 41.
 
Friday, April 1, 2011

No One Knows About Persian Cats

Eye- and ear-opening documentary/feature film


Documentary

Stephen Carradini
Did you know there are about 2,000 rock bands in Tehran, Iran? Me neither.
 
Friday, April 1, 2011

Lelia Broussard — Masquerade

Will soon be breezing through the indie scene with perkiness and wonder


Pop

Stephen Carradini
Sometimes it’s hard to pin down what’s so great about an album.
 
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Elbow — Build a Rocket Boys!

Mushy, mid-tempo pop tunes


Rock

Stephen Carradini
The raw attitude and stripped-down power of Elbow’s 2008 tune “Grounds for Divorce” make it one of my favorite indie-rock songs ever.
 
Thursday, March 31, 2011

South spark

Oklahoma musicians weren’t great at the state’s first official South by Southwest showcase. They were epic.


Music

Stephen Carradini
The Non was winding down the first evening of The Buffalo Lounge’s three-day stand at Austin, Texas’ South by Southwest music festival, when a fascinated reveler couldn’t hold his thoughts in any longer.
 
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Dam Mantle — First Wave

A weird, wonderful electronic anomaly


Electronica

Stephen Carradini
Dam Mantle’s “First Wave” is an weird, wonderful anomaly. It’s some sort of glitchy, electronic music, but instead of being cold and robotic, it’s vivid and full of life.
 
Friday, March 25, 2011
 
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