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Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Dallas-based director David Lowery breaks through with a challenging and provocative crime romance.


Drama

Zach Hale

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$7-$9

 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Grooms — Infinity Caller


Indie

Zach Hale
Grooms may be based out of Brooklyn, but their roots are firmly entrenched in Norman. Frontman Travis Johnson — an OU graduate — is the project’s linchpin, one that underwent a series of lineup shuffles and a name change (from The Muggabears) before relocating.
 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tallows — Memory Marrow


Indie

Zach Hale
Expectations can be a real pain in the ass. With today’s digital release model, hype trains traverse the Internet at breakneck speeds, often before a proper album is released. One or two great songs can set the bar so extraordinarily high that it will never be attained, much less cleared.
 
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Bone density

Budding indie-pop act Tallows seeks a Memory Marrow transplant in preparation for its debut album.


Music

Zach Hale

Tallows with Deerpeople and Horse Thief
8 p.m. Saturday
Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org
820-0951
$7

 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

My name is ____

We asked some local bands how the @#%! they came up with a name like that. Here's what they told us.


Music

Zach Hale
ADDverse Effects
“Our name is a double entendre. The initial thought was, as a band, when you add the verse, these are the effects. But the flesh-meaning is a thought against current popular hip-hop, which pins us as a poor side-effect of that nonsense. We love that we sound nothing like the shit on the radio now, so ADDverse Effects is a good problem to have.” —Joshua Rehanek, vocals
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Pony up

Electronic punk’s Pink Pony trots onto the stage as one of 16 sock-rockin’ bands playing the Opolis’ 11th birthday party.


Music

Zach Hale
Opolis XI with Pink Pony, Broncho, Dressy Bessy and more
6:30 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday
Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org
820-0951
free
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Bowlsey — Sleepy Weather


Indie

Zach Hale
Bowlsey is a fearless bunch. Not fearless in that robotic, armor-clad superhero kind of way, but fearless because its members have nothing to lose, so why not rap over that muffled synth-pop track? Hell, you could even plant it between a couple soulful acoustic ballads. Sure, that’ll work.
 
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Smith and lesson

Between name woes and lineup changes, alt-country act Frank Smith has learned a lot. Its goal now: Just play songs.


Music

Zach Hale
Frank Smith with Mighty Big Fire and Jimmy Grubb
8 p.m. Thursday
The Conservatory
8911 N. Western
conservatoryokc.com
607-4805
$6
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Huff stuff

New Fumes exudes a potent blend of psychedelic rock and undefinable sounds. Breathe it in.


Music

Zach Hale
New Fumes with Applied Music Program and Quilted Cherry Podium
9 p.m. Friday
Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org
820-0951
$5
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Western Residents — Sunlit Nights


Indie

Zach Hale
When describing music, the word "maturity" implies that some weathering has been endured by a band — through trial and error, life events or what have you — before attaining this idea of a true identity, if it ever does.
 
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

RED 2

Better dead than ‘RED.’


Action

Zach Hale
Nobody in their right mind would mistake 2010's RED for high art. The film was a harmless, mildly entertaining caricature of a summer blockbuster that provided a fair amount of laughs and a hefty amount of explosions. Any notion of plot played second fiddle to graphic absurdity, but it at least bumbled about with a little bit of charm and charisma.
 
Monday, July 22, 2013

Them Hounds — Them Hounds


Rock

Zach Hale
If there’s one defining characteristic of modern blues rock, it’s that the songs often are constructed around the band’s instrumental strengths.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Way, Way Back

Although pleasant, this dramedy works too hard to offer so little.


Drama

Zach Hale
If there’s any type of movie unlikely to offend, it’s usually the coming-of-age story. Films with a relatable central character are more likely to instill a heavy rooting interest in its audience, as we empathize with the protagonist as the story unfolds.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Music Made Me: Chris Harris

The Depth & Current front man and Hook Echo Sound engineer taps the five albums that shaped his textured musical perspective.


Music

Zach Hale
Michael Jackson, Thriller (1982)
When I was 9 years old, I received a yellow plastic turntable and a gift certificate from Sound Warehouse for Christmas. I had grown up listening to my parents’ albums, and music was always playing in our house. I was so excited to go to buy my very own albums. I ended up getting Thriller, The Go-Go’s Vacation, and a K-tel sampler. Thriller is such a perfect album. It’s packed with hooks and hit songs. The performances are incredible, but even at 9, it was the sound that drew me in. [Producer] Quincy Jones is a genius musician and arranger. It ended up being one of the biggest pop albums of all time.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Various artists — Support Local Heroes: Vol 1


Eclectic

Zach Hale
Now in its fourth season, the Lower Bricktown Live outdoor summer concert series has serenaded Bricktown patrons with live performances by some of the metro’s most admired musicians. The free event has risen steadily in popularity, offering a glimpse of our city’s ever-budding arts scene and an opportunity to enjoy a night on the town while supporting local artists.
 
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
 
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