Pop Joshua Boydston
It’s been a long, bumpy ride for Glenpool’s Progress in Color, which saw a record deal with Epic evaporate before even one record could come of it, but it’s led the outfit to where it was supposed to be.
Rock Joshua Boydston
With the soul of a poet and the look of a Sons of Anarchy extra,
Tulsa’s John Moreland has been gifted the sort of gravely, booming voice
that does Bruce Springsteen proud and a similar understanding of the
universal human experience. It’s made for some fantastic records — both
as a solo artist and with his dissolved Black Gold Band — and In the Throesis his best yet.
Rock Louis Fowler
When you get to a movie early, you have to sit through numerous ads.
Among the most entertaining are for the National Guard: Strong,
determined individuals kick in doors and save children from raging flood
waters while a specially made tunefrom Nickleback or Hinder blasts in the background, providing a fist-bumping soundtrack to these heroes’ courageous acts.
Indie Zach Hale
Most bands don’t make their “mature” album until they’re, you know, mature. Chicago trio Smith Westerns is like the indie-rock equivalent of Robin Williams in Jack: just a few years removed from high school, yet appearing to age more rapidly than the majority of their contemporaries.