With exception for a Rob Zombie laundry commercial
The video for Brianna Gaither’s “Find You” is everything I want in a video, local or no: great storytelling concept, mesmerizing cinematography, beautiful visuals, gorgeous song. If this doesn’t win you to Gaither’s team, I don’t know what will.
Approximately a bajillion years ago, the male two-thirds of Seapony lived in Oklahoma. Punks in love, rebelling against authority, all for love!
Chad Valley’s gleeful “Now That I’m Real (How Does It Feel?)” gets one of the most tender, heartfelt music videos I’ve ever seen.
A thousand watercolor paintings were used to make stop-motion animation. This is a visual feast.
Hometapes is becoming my favorite label, as this studio performance cut from the label’s Collections of Colonies of Bees is a smile-inducing blast of crescendo-ing O-prog.
There’s a Mountain Goats shout-out in what must be one of the most entertaining (and most necessary, and most insulting) public service announcements ever.
Rob Zombie directed a commercial for Woolite? Entitled “Torturer”? What?!?
Indie Matt Carney
About two-thirds of the way through “What Is Light,” the eighth track on
Oklahoma City singer/songwriter Ryan Parker’s “In Circles,” a melodic,
piano-driven, chorus-less series of verses gives way into a worldbeat
rhythm that evokes a living-room drum circle. This is the part where he
asks about the light.
Brianna Gaither’s doing a living-room show, and you’re invited.
One of the common complaints I always hear after shows is that it just didn’t seem intimate. Well, sorry dude, maybe you shouldn’t have gone to see, like, Dave Matthews or whatever. Twenty-something Edmond folk-pop singer Brianna Gaither, on the other hand, is opening her doors to you for a living-room session recording Sunday night, which sounds to me about as intimate as it gets for local music. You might recall her excellent 2011 album, “Love Is Patient,” which I guarantee you she’ll be playing selections from. Don’t miss this! Buy your tickets at Ticketstorm for $10, or for $15 at the door. If there are any left, that is. More info is at her Facebook page.
Piano-based singer/songwriter is a pretty crowded genre, but Brianna Gaither stands head and shoulders above the competition. Her dynamic mezzosoprano can hit dusky lows and electrifying highs, while her melodic songwriting is hard to forget. Her set at the Buffalo Lounge featured her on piano accompanied only by a cajon, and it was still a riveting performance.
She played through several tunes from her debut album Love is Patient, then treated the audience to a new tune. Most of the songs on Love is Patient are pensive, moody pieces, but the new tune was upbeat, more in the vein of Ingrid Michaelson or Regina Spektor. I enjoyed it immensely, and am looking forward to its recorded version (which can't come soon enough)!
Even though the first few songs of the set were quieter, darker pieces, Gaither and percussionist Kelcy White were consistently smiling. It's fun to be at a set where the band is having fun, and there's no question that Gaither and White were loving the experience. They probably smiled a bunch during the last song too, but I was bouncing about and smiling and having a great time myself; I wasn't paying as much attention to the band. It was an incredibly fun set, and that's rare in singer/songwriter sets, which are often all about the self-expression and self-discovery and stuff. And if Gaither's songs are about that, she's inviting people in for the party, not for the cryfest. Fans of Spektor, Michaelson, and other bouncy pop songs should be intrigued.
With thousands of votes submitted, the people have spoken! Here are your winners of Oklahoma Gazette’s Woody Awards for 2012!
Music Matt Carney, Rod Lott Best in Rock: Broncho
Nobody in the metro regularly plays more exciting shows than pop-punk
savages Broncho. When that guitar riff and ensuing solo on “Pick a
Fight” revs up, audiences just know to start hopping, shoving and
yelping along with singer Ryan Lindsey, who’s unafraid of pushing and
kicking back, nor getting his ass slapped mid-show. They may not “Really
Wanna Be Social,” but they’re gonna have to suck it up because we love
’em a bunch.