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The Walkmen — Heaven


Rock

Joshua Boydston
Few bands enjoy the steady acclaim that The Walkmen have, with each passing album stacking right up to the one prior. Heaven is no exception, sounding like a victory lap for an amazing career.
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Strangers — The Strangers


Hip Hop/Rap

Joshua Boydston
The last we heard from Moore emcee Jon Tefic (formerly Methotrexate), he had put out the stellar Camelpacks & Battlerapz, a smart full-length that acted as a tribute in equal parts to A Tribe Called Quest and Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. Half a year later, Tefic is back, but with producer Shawn C at his side. Meet The Strangers.
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Colin Nance — Warmth


Electronica

Joshua Boydston
With M83 catching fire in the past year, it’s a shame that Oklahoma listeners haven’t caught onto their very own Colin Nance, who’s quietly doing an outstanding job in that same realm of shoegaze pop. In a six-track follow-up EP to 2011’s Summer Fever, Nance has refined an already blossoming sound, and Warmth is just as inviting as it sounds.
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Hostage situation

Keep calm and carry on? Not for Hostage Calm, an act for whom backing social causes are as important as making punk music.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Hostage Calm with Lost Empires and They Stay Dead
7 p.m. Monday
VZD’s Restaurant & Club
4200 N. Western
vzds.com
524-4203
$5
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Tunes by 10

To celebrate a decade of bringing indie and alternative acts to Norman, Opolis has assembled quite a lineup for a free, two-day show.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Opolis X
6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday
Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org
820-0951
free
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Book of love

Roy Book Binder plays blues, country, bluegrass, folk and even pop. Most of all, he just plays; it what he lives for.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Roy Book Binder
8 p.m. Saturday
The Blue Door
2805 N. McKinley
bluedoorokc.com
524-0738
$20
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Affair of the hard

Street punk is where it’s at for Violent Affair, spiked with an unlikely coupling of hardcore and 8-bit.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Violent Affair
8 p.m. Thursday and Monday
The Conservatory
8911 N. Western
conservatoryokc.com
607-4805
$10-$12 Thursday, $8 Monday
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Pimpin'

'Hustle & Flow' your way over to Farmers Public Market for Mafia member Juicy J.


Music

Joshua Boydston
There aren’t many Oscar-winning rappers out there, but you can catch one at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Farmers Public Market, 311 S. Klein.
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sample size

For the man known as Girl Talk, size doesn’t matter: It’s all about the motion of his potion, being magical mash-ups guaranteed to kick-start any party.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Girl Talk with Jabee
7 p.m. Thursday
Diamond Ballroom
8001 S. Eastern
diamondballroom.net
677-9169
$24-$29
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Later, Vader

With three albums in just about a year of existence, the rapper known as Rob Vader has plans to make his rhymes stick around.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Rob Vader with DJ Jonny Tsunami, Methotrexate, Young Chris Mott, Resista and more
9 p.m. Thursday
The Office Drinks & Nosh
5929 N. May
theofficeokc.com
778-8882
$8
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Paramount release

The concerts of experimental rock’s Psychic Paramount are so loud, you not only hear them, but feel them.


Music

Joshua Boydston
The Psychic Paramount with Depth & Current
9 p.m. Friday
Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org
820-0951
$8

 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Chad Sullins and the Last Call Coalition — Incommunicado


Country

Joshua Boydston
Just a few minutes into Incommunicado, it becomes painfully obvious that Oklahoma native Chad Sullins knows his Red Dirt, country, classic rock and blues, and he blends them into the perfect barn-party soundtrack. The album plays like The Hangover set in Stillwater instead of Vegas, with all the emotions, amusement and reflections therein.
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Bastards!

For being Heartless, these Bastards of garage rock sure sound glorious.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Heartless Bastards with Beau Jennings & the Tigers
9 p.m. Thursday
Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org
820-0951
$12-$14
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Bros before woes

While their songs may not always sound full of glee, The Avett Brothers embrace their ever-increasing audience.


Music

Joshua Boydston
The Avett Brothers
8 p.m. Friday
Chesapeake Energy Arena
100 W. Reno
chesapeakearena.com
602-8700
$35-$39.75
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Color me busy

Jordan Herrera plays with so many local bands, it’s remarkable he has time for a solo project, Young Readers. And that it’s a hit.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Young Readers with Origami Ghosts and Limber Limbs
9 p.m. Sunday
Blue Note Lounge
2408 N. Robinson
thebluenotelounge.com
600-1166
$5
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
 
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