OKGazette.com - Rock http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-53-1-rock.html <![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.]]> <![CDATA[Another Round — Just Walk Away - ]]> When you get to a movie early, you have to sit through numerous ads. Among the most entertaining are for the National Guard: Strong, determined individuals kick in doors and save children from raging flood waters while a specially made tune from Nickleback or Hinder blasts in the background, providing a fist-bumping soundtrack to these heroes’ courageous acts. ]]> <![CDATA[John Moreland — In the Throes - ]]> With the soul of a poet and the look of a Sons of Anarchy extra, Tulsa’s John Moreland has been gifted the sort of gravely, booming voice that does Bruce Springsteen proud and a similar understanding of the universal human experience. It’s made for some fantastic records — both as a solo artist and with his dissolved Black Gold Band — and In the Throes is his best yet.]]> <![CDATA[Limber Limbs — Limber Limbs - ]]> A new name can be indicative of far more sweeping changes. Such is the case of Limber Limbs.
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<![CDATA[Skating Polly — Lost Wonderfuls - ]]> Skating Polly is a different type of novelty act. The Oklahoma City-based duo of Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse has accrued an inordinate amount of interest for such a young band, ascending to the top of the local ranks largely because of their age: 13 and 17, respectively.
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<![CDATA[Tony Romanello and the Black Jackets — Pleased to Meet Us - ]]> It’s probably no accident that the title of Tony Romanello and the Black Jackets’ EP invokes The Replacements’ Pleased to Meet Me; as on that 1987 album, the ’Mats reconciled their roots-punk past with a more mature power-pop sound, so do these Tulsans.]]> <![CDATA[The Flaming Lips — The Terror - ]]> An ominous letter from Wayne Coyne surfaced when The Flaming Lips released a video preview of The Terror last month.]]> <![CDATA[Taddy Porter — Stay Golden - ]]> Stillwater rock outfit Taddy Porter must have been blissfully ignorant of the sophomore slump that’s taken down so many bands before it. Stay Golden not only matches the group’s 2010 self-titled debut, but exceeds it in about every possible way.]]>