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Topic: Weezer

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
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SXSW: Broncho

If there were a parking space between The Ramones and Weezer, Broncho would fit.

I hope that the same things which make me dance when I'm 17 will make me move when I'm 70. It's rare to see (OK, I've never witnessed) an AARP member just going ballistic at a show, but Broncho's punk tunes are such that they inspired it. An well-aged man watching Broncho's set from outside the venue heard the muscly punk tunes and went ballistic, arms flailing and legs kicking.

I don't think any of the four guys in Broncho saw their fervent fan, as they muscled through their set without hardly turning to either side. The band blasted through 11 songs in about 40 minutes, taking almost no time between songs. The lead singer would often merely take a breath and then deliver the opening lyrics of the next tune in an indignant bark (a la Ramones) or a deadpan speak/sing (Weezer).

The tunes were hard-charging, but they weren't spastic; Broncho's catchy, short, workman-like punk songs call up the ideas of the Ramones in more than just vocal stylings. It wasn't just the audience singing along, either; The Boom Bang played snatches of several Broncho tunes during their soundcheck, while the same band announced in the middle of its show, "The rest of the set, we're only going to play Broncho songs."

That's the type of fanship Broncho inspires.
by Stephen Carradini 03.17.2011 3 years ago
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NMF: Traindodge / Jazz Jam / Gum / Dr. Pants / The Non

Rock! Jazz! Pop! Nerdery! Mindblowing instrumentals!

I hit Traindodge every year at the festival, because their crushing rock'n'roll has a been a favorite of mine since 2002's "On a Lake of Dead Trees." They mashed out their solid set of bruising tunes at Bill and Dee's. If you're not familiar with their rock'n'roll, you should check it out; it's heavy, loud and passionate. They've got a new EP coming out soon called "Remains," and I assume that Traindodge remains as heavy as ever.

Also, at some point during Friday evening, I hit up the Sonder Music open jazz jam, partly because I wrote about jazz jams a couple weeks ago and partly because I hoped Cami Stinson would be there.

It was a really fun thing, and I recommend going to a jazz jam if you have not done so. Sonder Music is still an awesome venue. Cami Stinson was not there.

The next day, I started my day with Gum, whose pensive piano rock was punctuated with bursts of noisy rock. With the bright blue sky behind them and a full day of music ahead of me, the mood didn't really fit, but the music was good. Also, the Red Bull had not kicked in yet, so this set is a little hazy in my mind.

Dr. Pants gained my love by introducing their drummer as Disco Pony. Their power-pop did even more to gain my love once they started singing about young men who love John Cusack (guilty), bearded hipsters (guilty), Firefly references (guilty), donuts (guilty) and ironic rapping (guilty). This band seems as if it were scientifically engineered for me to like it. Their power-pop tunes split the difference between Fountains of Wayne and Weezer, albeit with ironic rapping every now and then.

The Non's really excited drummer.
There's some dance influences as well, ensuring that everyone has a good time. Speaking of dancing, David Broyles' dancing is worth watching the set for. You will be entertained. And is that not what we go to shows for?

I'm really thankful that Bluebonnet was literally next to the main stage, because The Non went on promptly at 1:20, just barely giving me time to step out the door from Dr. Pants' set to the OKC four-piece's instrumental mastery. After the band's incredible showing last year at NMF with a full orchestra, I was interested to see what they would do to top it. They didn't try to: They just went out and did their really excellent thing on a really huge stage. I and other writers have gushed about The Non before, so I'll say this and then go on: This band could open for Sigur Ros or Explosions in the Sky tomorrow.  They are ready.

by Stephen Carradini 05.05.2011 3 years ago
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Dr. Pants — The Trip Side 1: Illusion & Truth

Tight pop songwriting with a sense of humor


Pop

Stephen Carradini
The cumbersomely named “The Trip Side 1: Illusion & Truth” by Dr. Pants suffers no such songwriting problems in its six tracks.
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Zipper parts

Can you ‘Trip’ like Dr. Pants does? For the Oklahoma City nerd-rock outfit, that means splitting its new release into four.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Dr. Pants
8 p.m. Saturday
The Exchange on Film Row, 700 1/2 W. Sheridan
exchange-revolution.com, 601-9200
$10
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Steve Aoki — Wonderland

Stick to running your label, Stevie.


Pop

Matt Carney
Were it not for Steve Aoki, we would have no Dim Mak Records (founded in L.A. in 1996), and, therefore, possibly none of some of the most important electro dance music of the mid-2000s, including but not limited to Canadian house duo MSTRKRFT, rockers Bloc Party or possibly even New York avantists Battles, whose 2004 “B EP” was distributed by said record label.
 
Thursday, February 9, 2012

Perfect situation

Ooh-whee-ooh, Tweezer looks just like Weezer. Oh-oh, and the tribute band is local.


Music

Bryan Mangieri
Tweezer
10 p.m. Tuesday
Belle Isle Restaurant & Brewing Company
50 Penn Place
belleislerestaurant.com
840-1911  

 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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Grohl on

Former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl makes a music documentary, ‘Sound City.’

Dave Grohl’s not just a Foo Fighter. Now he’s a film director.

Sound City, his documentary on the historic L.A. recording studio of the same name, is set to screen locally once and once only: at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas 16, 150 E. Reno. It’s scheduled for nowhere else in the state.

Fresh from its Jan. 18 premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the film includes such music heavyweights as Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, Barry Manilow, Pixies’ Frank Black, producer Rick Rubin, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, John Fogerty, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and many, many more.

For tickets, visit harkinstheatres.com. —Rod Lott

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by Rod Lott 01.30.2013 1 year ago
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Oh, wee-ooh, they sound just like the band Weezer. Oh, oh, and you’re gonna see them play. If you’re a fan of ’90s radio rock, see Tweezer — a Weezer cover band — play all the nerd-rock hits Wednesday, Nov. 27 at Belle Isle Restaurant & Brewery, 1900 Northwest Expressway. Call 840-1911 or visit belleislerestaurant.com.

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