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Topic: indie music

Heart of Holland

Genre-mixing vocalist Jolie Holland surrenders her soul and offers up a ‘Pint of Blood.’


Music

Chris Parker

Jolie Holland with Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside
9 p.m. Monday
Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org, 820-0951
$10 advance, $12 door

 
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

VOTD: Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Get Real, Get Right’

Cartoons ... they’re for paranoid schizophrenics, too!

From last year’s very bizarre departure “The Age of Adz,” Sufjan Stevens gives stop-motion life to Royal Robertson’s deranged sci-fi art. Owners of “Adz” will recognize much of the paranoid schizophrenic’s strange work from the liner art that accompanied the album.

The video definitely illustrates Stevens’ odd fixation with Robertson, leaving us to wonder how it will affect the future of the baroque indie composer’s work. —Matt Carney
by Matt Carney 07.19.2011 2 years ago
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Do you do you do you do you wan-na dance?

With free, new tracks from The Rapture and M83, you oughta be set

While this speculation remains unconfirmed, the New York dance band’s sure to sell a bunch of albums this fall. Their fourth LP, “In the Grace of Your Love,” hits stores in September, courtesy of DFA Records.

The nearly 7-minute melodramatic disco banger “How Deep Is Your Love” is the album’s first single, and if it’s any indicator, “Grace” is going to absolutely slay the competition for album of the year.

Here’s why: The Rapture previously operated as a pretty stripped-down, manic, dance-punk band (see: 2003’s excellent “Echoes”) but “Deep” exhibits some aggressive sonic expansion. Included is a more earnest and theatrical lyrical arrangement as well as more nuanced use of keys and synths, where those were mostly used as solo instruments on previous Rapture records.

Somewhere, Justin Vernon’s beard trembles.

Anywho, M83 is another electro band slated for an ambitious fall release (a double-LP, in fact) that just so happens to have put out a terrific single to hype it.

Midnight City” starts off sounding the way MGMT did on their first record — dancey and psychedelic on an epic scale. I’ve got a feeling that the French electro-poppers will be highly sought-after on next summer’s festival schedule.—Matt Carney


by Matt Carney 07.21.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: Black Canyon — Bottles of Shine

‘Battlefield Darlins’ gets its first video

Enid alt-country band Black Canyon gets another Nathan Poppe treatment with this impromptu music video featuring fellow Okie singer Sherree Chamberlain. You can actually hear the cicadas buzzing in the trees on this one.


Follow Black Canyon on Twitter here.


by Matt Carney 07.25.2011 2 years ago
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Oh, Deer!

Deerpeople may have been born out of boredom, but its live shows provide anything but.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Deerpeople with Junebug Spade
9 p.m. Friday
Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org, 820-0951
$8
 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

VOTD: Ol' Savior

Ain’t heard of them? Well that’s because they’re a local band that currently only sort of exists.

When Blackwatch Studios’ Jarod Evans speaks, people listen. The guy’s worked with all the best local musicians around, and — with partner Chad Copelin — regularly works with regional and national-caliber talent. So when I woke up to find a Facebook message from Evans saying that Tulsa jack-of-all-trades artist Nathan Price has developed “2 or 3 records’ worth” of material with Broncho bandmate Ben King over the last two years, well, I got pretty excited.

Evans said that they’re looking to get an Ol’ Savior album out in early 2012. He also was kind enough to upload two unnamed tracks to Vimeo, which you can hear below. They’re soulful and steady, mostly acoustic, rich with grand piano and just a hint of synthesizer as some spice. Price sings low, and King sings high, and they complement each other beautifully.

I just can’t really get over how talented these guys are, especially considering how starkly this stuff contrasts against the punk music they’re gearing up to tour behind.




You can follow the band on Twitter and like them on Facebook for further updates.

by Matt Carney 08.30.2011 2 years ago
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Semi-locals a-streamin’

Listen to a pair of brand-spankin’-new albums on NPR, one from a former Tulsan.

Certified indie dreamgirl St. Vincent is streaming her new album, “Strange Mercy,” at NPR’s First Listen right now. She also lived in Tulsa once, but I forgive her for not really claiming it. On the condition that she will go on a date with me the next time she visits, of course. Watch the video for "Cruel" below.



In less attractive musician news, Denton, Texas’ Neon Indian is also streaming a new album on First Listen this week. Check out “Era Extraña,” too, while you're at it.
by Matt Carney 09.06.2011 2 years ago
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