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NMF: O Fidelis/Depth and Current

Acoustic shows, remixes and Oklahoma tees

After Head Cabinets' thoroughly engaging set, my party needed some food. We ordered Bison Witches sandwiches to go, then stopped in at Bigfoot Creative to visit a friend workin' late. We admired their (relatively) new storefront, which was stocked to the hilt with quirky Oklahoma-reppin' tees. I want a Norman one.

Our visual art impulses satiated, we kicked it to Bluebonnet, where O Fidelis was setting up ... and setting up and setting up. Songwriters Brian Gilliland and Laney Coker played a two-song acoustic set to cover the space the technical problems were creating, and it was a neat way to hear them. I'd like to see more of that.  With all the equipment in place, they tore through an abbreviated version of their set, which featured slightly different arrangements of familiar O Fidelis tunes. I'm taking this to mean that their promised release "Bible Promises and Dinosaurs" must be near, what with the revisiting old songs. They brought a ferocious energy to their tunes, as usual, once again reminding me that I just love watching them play. If you haven't seen O Fidelis yet, you're just in the wrong. Do it now.

I'd had to choose between The Gentle Art of Floating and O Fidelis, and as much as I love the aforementioned band, I second-guessed myself when I arrived at Opolis. The small venue was filled with balloons, streamers and a huge light show; I clearly missed something incredible. But, after the apparent party was dismantled, Depth and Current took the stage to rumble through their tunes.

Depth and Current is incredibly well-named, because their low, heavy songs sometimes feel like a heavy wave hitting swimmers. They set up red lights on themselves, casting an eerie glow over everything. Their songs were incredibly tight and impressive in their power. I especially enjoyed the fact that they had learned how to play a remix of one of their tunes.

by Stephen Carradini 05.04.2011 3 years ago
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NMF: Traindodge / Jazz Jam / Gum / Dr. Pants / The Non

Rock! Jazz! Pop! Nerdery! Mindblowing instrumentals!

I hit Traindodge every year at the festival, because their crushing rock'n'roll has a been a favorite of mine since 2002's "On a Lake of Dead Trees." They mashed out their solid set of bruising tunes at Bill and Dee's. If you're not familiar with their rock'n'roll, you should check it out; it's heavy, loud and passionate. They've got a new EP coming out soon called "Remains," and I assume that Traindodge remains as heavy as ever.

Also, at some point during Friday evening, I hit up the Sonder Music open jazz jam, partly because I wrote about jazz jams a couple weeks ago and partly because I hoped Cami Stinson would be there.

It was a really fun thing, and I recommend going to a jazz jam if you have not done so. Sonder Music is still an awesome venue. Cami Stinson was not there.

The next day, I started my day with Gum, whose pensive piano rock was punctuated with bursts of noisy rock. With the bright blue sky behind them and a full day of music ahead of me, the mood didn't really fit, but the music was good. Also, the Red Bull had not kicked in yet, so this set is a little hazy in my mind.

Dr. Pants gained my love by introducing their drummer as Disco Pony. Their power-pop did even more to gain my love once they started singing about young men who love John Cusack (guilty), bearded hipsters (guilty), Firefly references (guilty), donuts (guilty) and ironic rapping (guilty). This band seems as if it were scientifically engineered for me to like it. Their power-pop tunes split the difference between Fountains of Wayne and Weezer, albeit with ironic rapping every now and then.

The Non's really excited drummer.
There's some dance influences as well, ensuring that everyone has a good time. Speaking of dancing, David Broyles' dancing is worth watching the set for. You will be entertained. And is that not what we go to shows for?

I'm really thankful that Bluebonnet was literally next to the main stage, because The Non went on promptly at 1:20, just barely giving me time to step out the door from Dr. Pants' set to the OKC four-piece's instrumental mastery. After the band's incredible showing last year at NMF with a full orchestra, I was interested to see what they would do to top it. They didn't try to: They just went out and did their really excellent thing on a really huge stage. I and other writers have gushed about The Non before, so I'll say this and then go on: This band could open for Sigur Ros or Explosions in the Sky tomorrow.  They are ready.

by Stephen Carradini 05.05.2011 3 years ago
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With his new album, Norman native Beau Mansfield ties his lifelong love of piano to composing songs with universal themes.


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Joshua Boydston
Beau Mansfield Trio
10 p.m. Saturday
The Bluebonnet Bar
321 E. Main, Norman
447-2480
 
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