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OKG Newsletter


Topic: MGMT

To the point

Trash rock’s The Gay Blades unsheathe a sound that’s admittedly bombastic, but booming with a heightened maturity.


Music

Joshua Boydston

The Gay Blades with Dave Hause, Grey Kingdom and Nash Rambler
9 p.m. Tuesday Blue Note Lounge
2408 N. Robinson, 600-1166
$5

 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Scales of war

From a sleepy suburb in Tulsa, Lizard Police has put on an APB for 'sexed-up pop music.'


Music

Joshua Boydston
Lizard Police with Tenement, Chinese Telephones and The Needlepoints
8 p.m. Monday
The Conservatory, 8911 N. Western
conservatoryokc.com, 607-4805
$7
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. — It’s a Corporate World

Paul Simon’s resurgence continues via ... gentle electronic music?


Pop

Stephen Carradini
Writing a pop song is a unique and nebulous skill.
 
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Do you do you do you do you wan-na dance?

With free, new tracks from The Rapture and M83, you oughta be set

While this speculation remains unconfirmed, the New York dance band’s sure to sell a bunch of albums this fall. Their fourth LP, “In the Grace of Your Love,” hits stores in September, courtesy of DFA Records.

The nearly 7-minute melodramatic disco banger “How Deep Is Your Love” is the album’s first single, and if it’s any indicator, “Grace” is going to absolutely slay the competition for album of the year.

Here’s why: The Rapture previously operated as a pretty stripped-down, manic, dance-punk band (see: 2003’s excellent “Echoes”) but “Deep” exhibits some aggressive sonic expansion. Included is a more earnest and theatrical lyrical arrangement as well as more nuanced use of keys and synths, where those were mostly used as solo instruments on previous Rapture records.

Somewhere, Justin Vernon’s beard trembles.

Anywho, M83 is another electro band slated for an ambitious fall release (a double-LP, in fact) that just so happens to have put out a terrific single to hype it.

Midnight City” starts off sounding the way MGMT did on their first record — dancey and psychedelic on an epic scale. I’ve got a feeling that the French electro-poppers will be highly sought-after on next summer’s festival schedule.—Matt Carney


by Matt Carney 07.21.2011 2 years ago
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Starlight, star bright

The women and, yes, men behind indie rock’s Starlight Girls are primed to burn big in 2012.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Starlight Girls
8 p.m. Monday
The Conservatory
8911 N. Western
conservatoryokc.com
607-4805
$6

 
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

VOTD: Nothings ‘Wasted’

Check out an intense live clip from an excellent emerging punk/noise band, local stuff from Samantha Crain, and even the return of the Material Girl.

Cloud Nothings — “Wasted Days”
Here’s a band I’m very excited about.

Cloud Nothings’ excellent, recent release “Attack on Memory” is a gritty, Steve Albini-produced punk/noise blast of youthful, guitar-driven fury. It feels like a firework going off in your fist. “Wasted Days” is the album’s enormous, weighty centerpiece, and Pitchfork recently captured an awesome performance of it, plus a short interview with singer Dylan Baldi.


Samantha Crain — “It’s Simple”
Saucy Oklahoma singer Sam Crain gets a little help from Penny Hill and an elevator shaft on her excellent, true-to-title pop song “It’s Simple.” Love the handclaps and cooing, guys. It’s another quality installment in the above-par Be Nice To Your Kids series by Delo Creative.



Brother Gruesome — “Cut it Out”
Norman's Brother Gruesome live up to their name with a gnarly sound and live performances. Here they spend a whole music video making graffiti that fits right in.



Dr. Dog — “Be the Void”

And speaking of Delo Creative, they got tapped by Philadelphia indie-pop dudes Dr. Dog to shoot the lead single for their forthcoming album, which you can stream over at Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco website, of all places. This video’s definitely one of the more ambitious things I’ve seen from these dudes (the videographers) and it looks like they had a ton of fun shooting it.



Nicholas Jaar — Materials
Most twisted attempt to terrify the underaged since MGMT subjected babies to freaky monsters. Nonetheless this song’s a leering, pulsing trip of weirdness.



Madonna, featuring M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj — “Give Me All Your Luvin’”
What starts out like an episode of “Glee” starring the Material Girl almost gets hijacked by a typically robotic Nicki Minaj. I wonder how much it cost for M.I.A. not only to dress up like a cheerleader, but actually learn a traditional, American dance routine? Glad to see she’s still poppin’ fake guns, though.



M.I.A. — “Bad Girls”
As if that weren't enough M.I.A. for you, Miss Arulpragasam's (My first attempt to spell her her last name, unaided by Wikipedia, resulted in 'Arumplagasm') got a Middle Eastern banger promoting her fourth, currently untitled album. I imagine the only other way they could've cobbled together a video like this was if somebody gave Crime Mob a crew of stunt drivers, a flight to Syria,  half a million dollars, and all the gaudy, leopard-print crap in Prince's closet. Watch:


by Matt Carney 02.03.2012 2 years ago
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