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Topic: indie-rock

VOTD: Catch a cannonball

Mavis Staples tackles ‘The Weight’ with a spark from Arcade Fire.

It’s not very often you get to see a soul legend sing an all-time great cover song accompanied by the front man of the biggest indie band to ever get buzzed. That happened this last weekend at Outside Lands when Mavis Staples brought Win Butler of Arcade Fire on to sing “The Weight,” The Band’s great contribution to planet Earth. Enjoy.

by Matt Carney 08.16.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: Bon's away

Watch ‘Bon Iver’’s gorgeous-est track, ‘Holocene.’

“I can see for miles, miles, miles,” Justin Vernon coos three different times during “Holocene.” Director Nabil first syncs this line up in the below video with a beautiful wide shot of what seems to be Icelandic landscape. Everything seems infinite in that little moment.

Watch as a bucktoothed kid in a hooded sweater explores the beautiful country outside of his home.

by Matt Carney 08.19.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: Other Lives get 'Tiny'

Watch Stillwater’s dreariest band perform in NPR’s office.

Is it too soon to officially declare Other Lives “a thing”? Or too late?

Who knows, who cares, as pro-Other Lives band Local Natives sang last year. But this Tiny Desk Show in the NPR music office certainly can’t hurt the theory that they’ve arrived in the public’s indie-minded consciousness. Click through to watch as Jesse Tabish and company turn the media company somber.




by Matt Carney 08.22.2011 2 years ago
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We’re no angels

Indie supergroup Mister Heavenly begets its first album. And it saw that it was good.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Mister Heavenly with Waters and Seth McCarroll
9 P.M. Sunday
Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org
820-0951
$10 advance, $12 door
 
Wednesday, August 24, 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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Hey! Dodo this

Their namesake may be extinct, but indie act The Dodos have a long-term plan for sticking around. It involves saying ‘no.’


Music

Becky Carman

The Dodos with The Luyas and Deerpeople

6:30 p.m. Wednesday
Oklahoma Memorial Union
900 Asp, Norman
cac.ou.edu

free
 
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

VOTD: The Hold Steady shows us ‘The Power of Love’

You probably didn’t expect someone admit to Huey Lewis’ coolness today, did you?

It’s too bad that Marnie Stern’s session with The A.V. Club’s “Undercover Series” wound up unusable due to technical difficulty, because I’d have been a lot more interested in hearing an interpretation of Huey Lewis from a very different artist.

However, with The Hold Steady, we do get to hear a couple of pretty solid, cheesy guitar solos from Tad Kubler and Steve Selvidge. Now close your eyes and try to re-envision “Back to the Future” through a Hold Steady lens.


by Matt Carney 08.31.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: Let’s get rhythmic

Tulsa’s Dead Sea Choir performs the aggressive, rhythm-driven ‘Mathemagician.’

Dead Sea Choir showed up in Norman with new material two weekends ago to remind everybody that they are, indeed, totally awesome. And thanks to YouTube user BossHossV8Cycles, you, too, may experience what they’ve been cooking up lately. Enjoy.



You can download the band's first album, "Thin One the Red One" at their website, for free.
by Matt Carney 09.13.2011 2 years ago
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Westerns’ union


Music

Joshua Boydston
Smith Westerns with Evangelicals
9 p.m. Tuesday
Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org
820-0951
$14   
 
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

VOTD: Girls just wanna have fun

Watch Girls’ J.R. White show off his directing chops.

So Girls’ second full-length is out, to much gushing from … well … everybody. After seeing the video for “Honey Bunny,” add this critic to the long list. A few lyrics that Chris Owens sings while stealing a Corvette and picking up a pretty girl (Hannah Hunt of the band Dominant Legs, his real-life gal-pal):

• “I know you love me, for all the reasons everyone hates me.”
• “They don’t like my bony body, they don’t like my dirty hair.”
• “She really loved me, even when I was bad.”

White’s use of golden sunlight in this video is absolutely fantastic. Very late-‘60s San Francisco. Watch it at The New York Times’ culture blog.

by Matt Carney 09.26.2011 2 years ago
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