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Power Pyramid doesn’t have much patience for nonsense. That appears to be the takeaway from the Oklahoma City quintet’s last 10 months, which brought The God Drums in September, the Insomnia EP in January and its latest, self-titled effort in July.

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<![CDATA[Broncho - "Class Historian" - ]]> Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.]]> <![CDATA[TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down" - ]]>

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

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<![CDATA[Admirals - Amidst the Blue - ]]>

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

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<![CDATA[Milk Jr - Bad Things Don't Happen to Bad People - ]]> As Harvey Dent would tell it, the night is darkest just before the dawn.

Judging by its debut album, Oklahoma City noise punks Milk Jr understand that sentiment all too well and built up seven songs using that concept as currency.
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<![CDATA[Nuns - Opportunities - ]]> Sometimes, you choose music. And other times, music chooses you.

The son of a producer who himself was the son of a songwriter, Tulsa’s Hank Hanewinkel III has it streaming through his veins. He dedicated much of his youth to The Red Alert, a now-laid-to-rest rock trio that employed his similarly afflicted sister and uncle to form a full-blown family affair.

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Tyson Meade has nothing to prove.

He might not be a household name (outside of his home state of Oklahoma, at least), but his influence on the scope of alternative music is just as indelible as that of Lou Reed, David Bowie or Morrissey.

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<![CDATA[Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich - ]]> There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.]]> <![CDATA[Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters - ]]> As titles go, Churches into Theaters is an apt descriptor for the debut album from Oklahoma City rockers Em and the MotherSuperiors. It’s a reverential record, one that shares the gospel of classic rock, blues and soul but embraces the need to refashion it for modern times, channeling The Dead Weather, Grace Potter and Cage the Elephant along the way.]]> <![CDATA[Rachel Brashear — Revolution - ]]> Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.]]> <![CDATA[Skating Polly — Fuzz Steilacoom - ]]> All of Fuzz Steilacoom’s best qualities are revealed in “Alabama Movies” and “A Little Late,” the opening and closing tracks of the Oklahoma City duo’s third full-length. The relationship between them unveils the worst.]]> <![CDATA[Vangough — Between the Madness - ]]> For better and for worse, Between the Madness is bursting at the seams.]]> <![CDATA[Poolboy — Soda Kids - ]]> The Oklahoma City metro has a thriving garage rock scene. With seasoned acts like Broncho and Copperheads carrying the modern-day torch, the way has been paved for a flock of gritty, young, guitar-centric acts. But nascent Norman trio Poolboy has a knack for riotous hooks that few of its contemporaries can boast.]]> <![CDATA[Somerset West — Black Cloud - ]]> The release of Oklahoma City act Somerset West’s new EP Black Cloud couldn’t come at a more serendipitous juncture.]]> <![CDATA[The Younglings — The Younglings - ]]> Oklahoma’s own The Younglings aren’t so much breaking new ground as they are building on a solid foundation with their latest self-titled album, but the duo does a rather convincing strut in The Black Keys’ shoes in a Rubber Factory-worthy assembly line of tried and true blues rock tunes.]]> <![CDATA[Power Pyramid — The God Drums - ]]> Shoegaze has its roots in the United Kingdom, but Oklahoma outfit Power Pyramid is doing it as well as anyone here or abroad. The four-piece started making noise with the release of a self-titled EP last fall, returning nearly a year later with its full-length debut The God Drums, a slow-burning, confident collection of endearingly lo-fi vignettes.]]> <![CDATA[Kings of Leon — Mechanical Bull - ]]> Let’s be perfectly clear: Kings of Leon sold out. That’s not always necessarily a bad thing, but in this case, it is.]]> <![CDATA[Them Hounds — Them Hounds - ]]> If there’s one defining characteristic of modern blues rock, it’s that the songs often are constructed around the band’s instrumental strengths.]]> <![CDATA[Kali Ra — Electric Living - ]]> Dressing in black and smoking Clove cigarettes may be in my past, but my love of darkly introspective music has stayed, no matter my mood. It’s not unusual to see me smiling while blasting The Cure’s Faith, David Bowie’s Low or, now, Oklahoma City act Kali Ra’s debut, Electric Living.]]> <![CDATA[Good Morning Grizzly — The Dirty EP - ]]> Tulsa’s Good Morning Grizzly has been playing together for a couple years now, and although The Dirty EP is technically its first proper release, the melodic alterna-rock quintet sounds nice and, well, grizzled on this five-song debut.]]>