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Topic: Modern Rock Diaries

Dear Diaries

A new Oklahoma City band pushes for a gigantic sound and spectacle as it prepares for a big U.S. tour.


Music

Matt Carney

Modern Rock Diaries with Chrome Pony
8 p.m. Friday
VZD’S Restaurant & Club
4200 N. Western
vzds.com
524-4203
$8 advance, $10 door

 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Festivals in brief

From Norman Music Festival to SWOSUPalooza.

While it’s old news that Portugal. The Man and Hayes Carll are headlining the fifth installment of Norman Music Festival, the festival’s publicity committee announced the lineups for the Main Stage and Jack Daniels Stage last week (sorry I’m late to the game, but I was out of the office covering SXSW like a madman all last week). Here they are, alphabetically:

Main Stage
Portugal. The Man
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
• Weekend Hustler
Rainbows Are Free
Crown Imperial
Modern Rock Diaries
Other Lives (pictured)

Jack Daniels Stage
• Hayes Carll
• The Giving Tree
• Parker Millsap
The Damn Quails
• Alejandro Escovedo
• Krystal Keith
• Possum Posse
• Camille Harp
John Calvin

Scheduled performance times and the full lineup of NMF bands will be announced in early April. NMF5 will take place April 26-28.

Also, set for April 19 at the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Wellness Center in Weatherford is SWOSUPalooza 13: “Raps and Chaps.” It’ll feature the following artists.

Stoney LaRue
Josh Sallee
• Curtis & Luckey
• Delvin Sirleaf

Tickets to SWOSUPalooza are $15.
by Matt Carney 03.20.2012 2 years ago
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SXSW: Buffalo Lounge: Modern Rock Diaries

Not actually modern rock

Credits: Stephen Carradini

I'd never heard Modern Rock Diaries before their set at Buffalo Lounge, so I didn't know what to expect. They were listed as indie/ambient on the press materials, but that name. But, happily, the name is a complete misnomer: this band has about as much to do with Nickelback as Modest Mouse does.

The band, instead, truly does skew to the ambient, atmospheric side of indie rock. At their most upbeat and indignant, the vocalist can import an Isaac Brock-ian edge to the tunes via his delivery. At their most atmospheric, however, Other Lives is a better touchstone; the keys/violin/bass/drums configuration allowed for towering crescendoes.

In between, however, was "September," which saw one member pull double duty on violin and keytar. (Yes, they totally went there.) It's a unique mix of latent aggression (anti-corporatist, anti-political lyrics about being stuck in a cubicle), dancy rhythms, pulsing speed, and haunting atmosphere. It was easily the high point of the set, a song that I'll remember after this evening (and hopefully after the festival). Their widely varied set was still coherent and consistently entertaining; their new EP is definitely on my must-hear list.

by Stephen Carradini 03.13.2012 2 years ago
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