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Metro OKC's major universities offer wireless Internet to students


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Joe Wertz
Lance Gill doesn't describe himself as a heavy Internet user, but just the thought of an interrupted connection makes him anxious. "I have an iPhone, and if I can't get the Web for even a day I feel...
 
Thursday, August 28, 2008

Hinder drummer gets hot under the collar


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Joe Wertz
Angered by a Soundcheck story posted earlier this month, the drummer of Oklahoma City rock band Hinder, flanked by a two-man entourage and sporting his requisite headband, stopped by Oklahoma Gazette offices on Aug. 8 to visit with the article's author: me.
 
Thursday, August 21, 2008

Filmmaker uses Oklahoma-Texas rivalry as backdrop for film


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Joe Wertz
If there is a real lesson to be learned from watching "Little Miss Sunshine," "National Lampoon's Vacation" or "Weekend at Bernie's," it's that corpses equal comedy gold. Cinematically, we also know...
 
Thursday, August 21, 2008

Oklahoma City's NBA team needs a worthy theme song


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Joe Wertz
The opening game for Oklahoma City's NBA team is just months away. Pesky public funding has been attained, arena renovations are under way, a temporary practice facility has been acquired and an ope...
 
Thursday, August 14, 2008

Local musicians express differences of opinion


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Joe Wertz
An open letter to the metro's music scene, penned by a frustrated member of Norman rock band Student Film, has garnered a flurry of Internet discussion and publicized commentary from local performers,...
 
Thursday, August 14, 2008

OKC's Hinder releases new song


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Joe Wertz
It started three years ago. Airwave audiences eager to "Get Stoned" are largely responsible for morphing Oklahoma City party-rock band Hinder into the world-touring, album- and ringtone-selling jugger...
 
Thursday, August 7, 2008

Rally before the state's song tally


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Joe Wertz
Nominations for Oklahoma's official rock song close on Thursday, so log on and get to clicking. The nominations, which must have been written or performed by an Oklahoman, will be pared down to 10 sel...
 
Thursday, July 31, 2008

Tulsa transforms into Dfest


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Joe Wertz
A dozen stages hosting 150 bands for two days " Tulsa's Dfest provides a one-stop shop for the best Okie-based and national indie-rock favorites. It's impossible to hear every act at Dfest, so Oklahom...
 
Thursday, July 24, 2008

OKC man denies wrongdoing in bird-nest case


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Joe Wertz
The man who reported downed bird nests to city officials in early June denies any responsibility for the deaths of 187 federally protected nestlings at Lake Hefner. Gregory Owen, of Oklahoma City, s...
 
Thursday, July 24, 2008

Ballet Oklahoma could be facing final curtain


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Joe Wertz
Cash-strapped after years of dwindling ticket sales, Ballet Oklahoma is nearly bankrupt and has suspended its fall season, a board member said last week. Organizers with the historic ballet company,...
 
Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Woody Guthrie's hometown hosts annual folk festival


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Joe Wertz
Samantha Crain is a lot younger than many fans of American folk music, but one would never know it from the way she sings. WELL-KNOWN FESTIVAL FATHER FIGURE Her voice is powerful in its fragility, ...
 
Thursday, July 10, 2008

Boston publication selects Oklahoma's best


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Joe Wertz
Writers at The Boston Phoenix recently chose 150 bands and performers to represent the best music bets in each of the 50 United States. Three acts representing separate categories were chosen for each...
 
Thursday, July 10, 2008

Oklahoma City coffee shop performer releases album


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Joe Wertz
Jane Mays, a folk singer/songwriter and coffee shop regular, has released "Hungry," a full-length album of elegant, piano-based songs highlighting her sweet, slightly fragile voice. With an appealin...
 
Thursday, June 26, 2008

DJ Chitty shares answers to OKC questions


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Joe Wertz
He landed a coveted slot at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, earlier this year; booked a center-stage show at Tulsa's Dfest next month; conducts regular parties at Electro Loung...
 
Thursday, June 19, 2008

Okie film industry looks for next catch


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Joe Wertz
If you want to size up an Oklahoma fisherman, you don't need to look at the size of his rod " just try to catch a glimpse of his hand. HOMEGROWN HOLLYWOODHOOK, LINE AND SINKERBRING OUT YOUR 'DEAD' ...
 
Thursday, June 12, 2008
 
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