OKC’s defunct indie heroes The Uglysuit released their long-awaited final LP Tuesday. “Awwww, Shucks” is available via iTunes and eMusic, with streaming listening on Bandcamp
. Read more about the band’s last hurrah here
It’s a daunting task to take on a whole album of Jimi Hendrix tunes, but OKC blues/rock guitarist Phil Brown
has done just that with “The Jimi Project.” The 12-song album collects faithful renditions of well-known cuts (“Voodoo Child,” “Are You Experienced?”) and lesser-known tunes (“Manic Depression,” “One Rainy Wish”), while Brown’s soulful vocals put a bit of a different spin on the tunes. Catch him as leader of the Phil Brown Trio from 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday as part of the 2011 Devon Energy Sunday Twilight Concert Series (wow, that’s a mouthful) on the Grand Lawn of the Myriad Botanical Gardens.
Normanite Two Suns, whose self-titled EP recently got some Gazette ink
, has released two tracks from his July 11 EP, “Self-Addressed
.” His artsy electronic pop is infused with a bit more muscle and confidence, showing that Two Suns could have some high highs if he keeps pursuing this growth. Max Ridgway
, longtime instructor of guitar at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, recently released “A Little Night Music,” an eight-track affair of originals and covers. The collection opens with “BB Blues” by Larry Coryell, who will headline next Friday’s second night of the Jazz in June festival in Norman. The pleasing collection of jazz, blues and rock includes versions of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” and The Beatles’ “Come Together” and “Help!” The latter Lennon/McCartney tune is heavily modified in a gravelly blues style, while the former is relatively unchanged. The originals show a strong sense of melody, and should be of interest to both blues and jazz fans.
Fans of the Zac Brown Band’s country/Southern rock/pop amalgam should snap up the self-titled album from Dead Man’s Bluff
. Their most notable songs are more aggressive than the melodic pop version of country that’s currently dominating the radio (“The Line,” “What You Did”), but the band also can lighten up and have fun musically (“This Song,” “Better Luck,” “Oklahoma Blues”). The lyrics stay pretty downtrodden, however, which is a downside. —Stephen Carradini