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OKG Newsletter


Topic: The Blue Door
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Weekend update: Not the end of the world

Country bands, a movie and a countdown

Because we’re breaking a brand-new MP3 from Purple Church tomorrow, our weekend update is coming a day early.

Collected Thread, 1705-A N.W. 16th, will be hosting a private-public viewing of “An Island,” a film by Vincent Moon and Danish indie rockers Efterklang at 8 p.m. Friday. Efterklang is a highly underrated art-rock band, and this collaboration should be a sight to behold and hear. No RSVP is necessary, just in case the movie’s website gives you pause. 

If you like The Twister, you’ll like Eli Young Band. You may have even heard of the Eli Young Band. Rascal Flatts has scared me off from ever listening to The Twister, so I have not heard of Eli Young Band until this very press release. Let the stoning ensue? But seriously, if you like country/pop, you’ll love it. Check the band out at Diamond Ballroom tomorrow. 2 Steps Back will open the show.

If Bob Wills is more your idea of country, then Hot Club of Cowtown will be right up your alley. The Western swing trio is touring behind “What Makes Bob Holler,” which is a collection of tunes made popular by Wills. If you like to two-step, hear great musicianship or wax nostalgic for an era before you were born, get yer tail out to The Blue Door on Saturday. It’s gonna be a great time. If I hit up a show this weekend, it’s gonna be this one.

Finally, Oklahoma transplants Shiny Toy Guns have a timer running on their website. As of this writing, it’s at approximately 11 hours left. I’m assuming they’re not counting down to the end of the world, because that’s what 5320 is counting down to. Just kidding! I have no idea what either of them are counting down to, which means I’m both a terrible journalist and sick of secrets. (Secrets, secrets are no fun…)
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“Socialite Death Squad” — The Idle Hands. Perfect opening track for your “slinky black dress out on the town” mixtape. Other than, you know, the lyrics. (pictured)
“Proud” — Easter Island. Perfect opening track for “Stare out the window at the melting snow and think” mixtape.
“Always Everything” — Sin Fang. Can art-damaged bedroom pop be so transparent and unassuming that it comes around the other side of the world and ends up at gravitas?

by Stephen Carradini 02.10.2011 3 years ago
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Fiddling around

Musician Carrie Rodriguez never intended to star in the spotlight. Blame Angelina Jolie’s uncle for the switch.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Carrie Rodriguez with Mary Gauthier and Erin McKeown
7 p.m. Wednesday
The Blue Door, 2805 N. McKinley
bluedoorokc.com, 524-0738 
$20 advance, $25 door

 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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Something awesome, something blue

There’s no reason to stay at home this weekend

Spring has sprung (we hope) as I noted in a mixtape recently, so get out there and do something music-related. There’s plenty to do this weekend.

OKS fave Ryan Lawson will be kickin’ it at Blue Note tonight with Bloody Ol' Mule and Aaron Barker. The acoustic scene has started to grow with the advent of Acoustic Oklahoma, and these three guys have gotten some well-deserved press because of that burgeoning movement/idea/showcase/thing. Check it out – it’s only five bucks.

If you like blue things and acoustic music, but don’t really like the bar setting of the previous entry, Greg Trooper releases “Upside-Down Town” Saturday at The Blue Door. Trooper’s true to his name, as he’s a troubadour and a touring man, originally from New Jersey. Kickstarter helped him make this record, which is a cool side note, as I’ve been addicted to that website recently.

 Jumping way across genres, “Red Bull Thre3Style” features DJs from Oklahoma competing against each other in a format that gives each one 15 minutes. The DJs have to make a set that combines different musical genres (with no mixing programs allowed). The judges will select winners based on “track selection, creativity, mixing skills, stage presence and overall crowd reaction,”according to the press release. OKC’s John Bourke, Mark Marino, DJ Diverse, DJ Switch, and DJ Boom will go up against Tulsa’s DJ Moody and DJ Kylie and Bartlesville’s Darku J. Show begins at 10 p.m. Saturday at Kamp’s Deli. Five bucks to get in.

And for the young’uns, or old’uns sporting young’uns on their hip, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is having a family day Saturday featuring OKS faves Sugar Free Allstars and Spaghetti Eddie. Both acts are quality musicians that won’t disappoint any age bracket. The show starts at 2 p.m., but the family day goes from noon to 4. It’s $12 for adults, $10 for students/seniors, $5 for military and free to members and children ages 5 and under.

Get out there and rock.

by Stephen Carradini 02.25.2011 3 years ago
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Hear this


OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Catch the progressive bluegrass — or “newgrass,” get it? — sounds of the Grammy-nominated group The Greencards at 8 p.m. Sunday at The Blue Door, 2805 N. McKinley.
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
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How to spend your last day on Earth

Friday’s gonna be great (Rebecca Black not included)

Not to be outdone by Culture Chic, here are some musical suggestions for your last ever Friday on the planet / last weekend before the rumored massive, doomy tribulation.

I’ve already pimped the Third Eye Blind show at Diamond Ballroom on Friday, but I didn’t mention the opener, who I’m actually just as excited about. U.S. Royalty’s pastoral folk doesn’t seem to be an immediate fit, but the two bands’ upbeat vibes are the same. I reviewed U.S. Royalty’s CD earlier this year, and it’s still as good as it was then. Definitely a double bill worth catching.

Hadden Sayers, a bluesman with heavy doses of folk and rock in him, will be stopping at The Blue Door in support of his latest album, “Hard Dollar.”

And hometown heroes Red City Radio (pictured) will be swinging through The Conservatory with their manic pop-punk Friday. If you’ve never seen the band, you’re in the wrong. Just do it. If you’d like 250 more words telling you why you should be at this sure-to-be-awesome show, read my review of their “The Dangers of Standing Still” CD. —Stephen Carradini
by Stephen Carradini 05.20.2011 2 years ago
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Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle — We Still Love Our Country

Gorgeous country duets and ballads abound


Country

Stephen Carradini
Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle’s “We Still Love Our Country” follows a very simple formula: Beautiful female vocals + easygoing male vocals + country standards + gentle acoustic-based accompaniment = an album of duets that’s an absolute gem, because they found an excellent plan and stuck with it for a wonderful half-hour.
 
Friday, June 3, 2011

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OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Singer-songwriter Rod Picott puts his gravelly voice to good use at 7 p.m. tonight at The Blue Door, 2805 N. McKinley.
 
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Radio daze

Don’t touch that dial! Because it may be a thing of the past, as more local ventures go online to keep your ears entertained.


Music

Stephen Carradini
There’s never a shortage of articles claiming that old X media will disappear because of new Y media: newspaper/radio, radio/TV, newspaper/Internet — same story, different verse.
 
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ware it’s at

Often a session player, guitarist Terry ‘Buffalo’ Ware takes center stage Sunday in a free concert for ‘Summer Breeze.’


Music

Joshua Boydston
Terry “Buffalo” Ware and The Shambles
7:30 p.m. Sunday
Lions Park
400 S. Flood, Norman
pasnorman.org, 307-9320
Free
 
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
 
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