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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 2 years ago
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Gifts for that great guy called Dad

Not every father loves OU football. Here’s what to get him for Father’s Day.

I consistently fail at Father’s Day. I’m sorry, Dad, I love you, but I never have any idea what to get you. There are only so many variations on the theme of golf one can buy as a present, after all.

So, for the rest of you out there that may have waited ’til the last possible second to show Dad you really care, here are some ideas.

For the Intellectual:
Bow ties. He already likes to read and probably wears glasses. Bow ties are the next logical step. Head to Steven Giles to check out some snazzy neck bows. Plus, the friendly, helpful staff can even give you a tutorial.

For the Wino:
This category is made for my father-in-law. If your dad is all about the vino, check out writer Greg Horton’s rundown of the best wine for Dad in this week’s Oklahoma Gazette.

For the Foodie:
Talk about perfect for your food-loving father. The Tasting Room offers cooking classes in a really lovely setting. Upcoming classes include cold foods, New Orleans cuisine and tailgating. Also check out [Artspace] at Untitled’s “A Taste of Art” cooking classes. The next class covers Mediterranean cuisine on June 25.

For the Geek:
Capt. Malcolm Reynolds (aka Nathan Fillion) shared his Father’s Day gizmo picks with Vulture. This guy knows how to keep a Firefly-class transport ship in the air, so I think you should trust him when he says Dad would love a Microvision Laser Pico Projector. (And yes, I’m talking about Joss Whedon’s beloved-but-canceled “Firefly,” for those who don’t live in Nerdistan with me.)

For the Adventurer:
Lucky you, getting the fun dad! Dad’s always up for an adventure, so why not head over to Rocktown Climbing Gym for a day of indoor climbing and bouldering? Or, check out OKC Kayak to hit Oklahoma’s waterways. They even offer a special “Dads and Daughters” and a Father’s Day paddle.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 06.17.2011 2 years ago
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Geek love

Satisfy your inner nerd at Science Museum Oklahoma’s gift shop.


Features

Jenny Coon Peterson
Guess what comes out in two days? I’ll give you a hint: It’s on the cover; I’ve blogged/talked/wrote about it kind of incessantly; I may or may not be wearing a T-shirt dedicated to it right now.
 
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Much Ado About Nothing

Great Shakes!


Comedy

Aimee Williams
Testing the adaptability of a literary and theater masterpiece, Josh Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing obliterates all of the pomp and ceremony typically associated with a Shakespeare production, bringing it down to earth in Southern California.
 
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