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House calls


Music

Danny Marroquin
For the most intimate of musical experiences, house concerts — literally right in someone’s living room — are where it’s at.
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Laugh this


OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Good evening, and what can I tell you?
 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Kill the Irishman

Plays like a greatest hits of mob movies, but so what?


Drama

Rod Lott
“Kill the Irishman" begins with a bang, figuratively and literally, with a kinda-fake-looking exploding car just like the one that went kablooey in the opening moments of Martin Scorsese's "Casino."
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Exile this


OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Southern rock’s Exile stops Saturday at Sugar Creek Casino, 4200 N. Broadway in Hinton.
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Stretch Marx

Eighties popster Richard Marx stays relevant by reworking his past hits and writing new ones for other artists.


Music

Becky Carman
Richard Marx|
8 p.m. Friday
Choctaw Casino
Grant, 800-585-3737
$25-$45

8 p.m. Saturday
Choctaw Event Center
Durant, 800-585-3737
$34.50-$50

 
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Soundcheck: Smokey Robinson

5 odds and ends concerning the Motown star


Music

Rod Lott
Smokey Robinson is a legend. But did you know the following about the Motown man who will sing Friday at Lucky Star Casino in Clinton, and Saturday at First Council Casino in Newkirk?
 
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

‘Got Money’? You know it.

Photos from Lil' Wayne's visit to the WinStar World Casino.

It’s half a mile from one end of the WinStarWorld Casino to the other, and that 800 meters consists mostly of slot machines. It really is a sight to behold – the overwhelming rings and buzzing of winners and losers, and enough neon flashes to rival Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” music video. It’s all so distracting that, while leaving, I overheard one older patron ask “Why are there so many damn kids in here all of a sudden?” apparently unaware that one of the planet’s most prolific rappers had just performed less than 500 feet from her for about an hour and a half.

I’m a miserable sucker for big-budget pop hip-hop, and the opportunity to shoot a major player like Drake’s boss proved too irresistible to ignore the two-hour drive to Thackerville. Unfortunately I found out when I got there that house rules prevented entry to the security pit near the stage, so I had to compete with a mongrel horde of iPhone-wielding nutjobs, but I think I got a few decent shots of the rapper.

First things first, Weezy, who makes me think he’s a gremlin who won an all-expenses-paid trip to Hot Topic whenever I see him, was sporting a cartoonish hoodie advocating Odd Future’s most mysterious member, Earl Sweatshirt when he came out onstage. He pulled “Tha Carter III” staples “Got Money” and “A Milli” out pretty early, as well as “Swag Surfin” off the excellent “No Ceilings” mixtape, all of which drove people into a frenzy. Unfortunately the mostly-Dallas crowd’s collective energy waned over the course of the show, as Wayne snuck away from his best material and into his newer, less interesting catalogue.

It’s been a good year for guest spots from the New Orleans emcee (arguably even better than most of the verses on his own “Tha Carter IV” album), and his contributions to Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now” (gah, how awesome would it have been if he'd have pulled out that Busta Rhymes verse, too?) and Drake’s “HYFR” were sandwiched into the middle of the set with his own “John,” which is basically a Rick Ross cover anyway. A predictably lewd, comical R&B suite followed, punctuated by a cheeseball version of “Lollipop” complete with acoustic guitar and maracas, and his most recently regrettable song, “How to Love.”

And for the big, clumsy rock-and-roll near-closer Wayne strapped on an unplugged guitar and strummed it a few times for “Prom Queen,” which was really unfortunate considering much of “Tha Carter III” and the mixtapes immediately before it constitute serious low-culture art. But the people all around raged their faces off to the trumped-up tunes anyway

“6 Foot, 7 Foot” was the true final song of the night, and the dude just unleashed a deranged ferociousness that even extended to Cory Gunz’s hair-singeing speed verse that made me wish he’d attacked every song like that. Oh, well. I suppose there’s a price to becoming one of the world’s biggest pop stars, and only Kanye knows how to pay it without souring his musical output.

Full gallery below.

by Matt Carney 12.30.2011 2 years ago
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Hear this


OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
They’re all out of love. They can’t live without you.
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Camel Spiders

Welcome to the arac war.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Camel Spiders is no Arachnophobia, but it does try to be anything but the cheap creature feature that it is. Like the recent Sharktopus and Dinoshark, it’s another science-gone-wrong pic from producer Roger Corman, and even my 6-year-old son was able to recognize one of the man’s filmmaking tenets from scene one: "Already action already!"
 
Monday, March 19, 2012
 
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