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OKG Newsletter


Topic: indie

Machine Head

Spring break is broken.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Once saddled with the unimaginative-but-accurate title of Spring Break Killer, the indie thriller Machine Head has several things going for it: actual direction, a location with built-in production value, a solid handle on ambience, a terrific soundtrack and it's not based on the intolerable, same-named Bush song, so omnipresent on FM radio in the mid-'90s. 
 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Horse Thief — Little Dust

Local indie-folk band debuted a new single from its highly anticipated forthcoming album.

 
Thursday, April 3, 2014

Smith Westerns — Soft Will


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.
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss


Indie

Zach Hale
Listening to Horse Thief’s previous release — the haphazardly melodramatic Grow Deep, Grow Wild — felt like a chore. Whatever potential the Oklahoma City folk-pop act demonstrated on the EP was obscured behind a formulaic, contrived and ultimately hollow cloud. But it at least offered a glimmer of promise for a band consisting of, frankly, five pretty talented dudes. Critics saw it; the band’s management saw it; its current label, Bella Union, saw it; and its increasingly fervid fan base saw it.
 
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Fiawna Forté - mi-MOH-suh-pud-EE-kuh: A Lo-Fi Album


Indie

Zach Hale
When you have a voice as brawny and potent as Fiawna Forté’s, it’s tempting to let loose at every opportunity — let your hair down, unleash your cathartic howl and capitalize on your unusual skill. The Tulsa singer-songwriter’s 2010 debut album, Transitusdid exactly that; guitars were amplified to the max, and its songs were progressive in the sense that they built toward an inevitable release. The record operated largely within this traditional indie-rock framework, to the point where even its quieter moments couldn’t help but boil over.
 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Electric Würms - "Heart of the Sunrise"


Indie

Joshua Boydston
For a band so prolific, ambitious and endearingly experimental, it’s a wonder that more Flaming Lips side projects haven’t emerged over the years. Several dozen collaborations have come and gone, but rarely anything that wasn’t released under the official Lips’ umbrella. It makes sense, given that the Oklahoma natives have never shied away from casting a wide net in its 30-odd years.
 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Weak Knees - “IceBevo”


Indie

Joshua Boydston
Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
 
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