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OKG Newsletter


Topic: indie

VOTD: Ra Ra sis-boom-bah!

Ra Ra Riot do Fallon, on their way to OKC.

On Tuesday night, Syracuse indie-pop mini-orchestra Ra Ra Riot (or “the not-so-dancey Passion Pit,” as my old boss once so aptly described it) stopped by the big city to play “Shadowcasting” for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

We’re less than a month away from the band’s Nov. 2 appearance at ACM@UCO, and I couldn’t be more excited. Its first record, “The Rhumb Line,” was somehow tender, vulnerable and catchy all at the same time, and one of my favorites from 2008. Watch:

by Matt Carney 10.13.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: It always feels like somebody’s watchin’ me

A creepy local song gets a creepy local video.

In the Oklahoma music scene, few are eerier than Norman's Magnificent Bird, and just last week, the band posted an odd, alluring video to YouTube, to go with the song “Nowhere to Hide.” All rainy and black-and-white, a pretty, pale ghost haunts a depressed English major around the University of Oklahoma's campus. Watch it below.

You can stream their album “Superdark Can Happen to Anyone” at their Bandcamp page for free, or purchase it for $9.99. Also, the track “Cowboys are Blue Because of What They Have to Do” is available for free download.

by Matt Carney 10.17.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: Alien eyes

Watch a sliver of the glory that is the new M83 album.

M83’s excellent, acclaimed, new double-LP, “Hurry Up, We're Dreaming,” is out now, and this weird, stunning video surfaced online recently to promote it.  

Watch as some very gifted students escape their very Charles Xavier-inspired school to run around, experiment with their powers, watch the sun set, and get creepy glowing alien eyes. Bizarre story for sure, but it’s a perfect complement to the explosive synth-driven soundtrack that is “Midnight City.”



The album is also still available for streaming, if you’re afraid to commit to spending $12.99 on it. Hit that up at Disco Naivete.

by Matt Carney 10.18.2011 2 years ago
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Ain’t no ‘Hack’

Listen to local Ryan Lawson’s new album, ‘Hack & Saw Nation,’ for free.

Choctaw folkie and singer/songwriter Ryan Lawson recently announced the release of his new album, “Hack & Saw Nation,” which you can stream for free or purchase at his Bandcamp page. Two live-recorded songs, “One Year Ago” and “Toxic Fumes,” are also available for free.

Lawson’s signature croon is a state treasure, and comes bolstered here by Melissa Stevens’ backing vocals. Also featured on the album are guitarist Aaron Tackett, bassist Kristina Tackett, multi-intstrumentalist Brad Fielder and fiddle player Daniel Foulks (who made an OKS appearance on video just a few weeks ago).

Can’t recommend this one enough. Stream it below, and do consider shelling out a couple of bucks for this one. “Broken Record”’s worth the $5 itself.

by Matt Carney 10.18.2011 2 years ago
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Twin Sister — In Heaven

NYC indie-pop dreamers concoct a solid debut album after an infectious single.


Indie

Matt Carney
Ever since “All Around and Away We Go” reminded me of Talking Heads last summer, I’ve kept my eyes out (and many fingers crossed) for flashes of Twin Sister’s name across the blogosphere. Much to my delight, it showed up last summer alongside fellow NYCers’ The Pains of Being Pure at Heart on a touring bill aimed at the Midwest, with a stop at OU’s campus (not three minutes’ walk from my house) right smack in the middle of it.
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

VOTD: Text your own adventure

Apparently, Polinski was too busy last year when Disney tapped Daft Punk to do the ‘Tron’ soundtrack.

Many an indie musician is drawing from throwback video games for influence these days (see: Neon Indian, Flying Lotus, The Nghiems), so it just kinda made sense for dance and techno-soundscape artist Polinski to put together this awesome, pixelated text-adventure video for the song “Stitches.” Pretty dramatic stuff:

by Matt Carney 10.20.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: Crown Jools

Catch two of indie’s biggest players giving live-in studio performances on ‘Later with Jools Holland.’

Wisconsin soft-rockers Bon Iver (whose live show I was lucky enough to catch in Kansas City about two months back) and Canadian chanteuse Feist both played “Later with Jools Holland” last week, and additional videos from those sessions have surfaced, now totaling six in all. 

I share because they’ve released two of this year’s most terrific albums and each has an absolute all-star supporting cast behind their live shows. Watch for Colin Stetson and his big, groaning bass sax behind Justin Vernon (dude smashes on “Perth”) and mom jeans-sportin’ vocal trio Mountain Man  bolstering Feist’s choruses. It’s a good thing those ladies’ voices are better than their haircuts.

My picks are “Perth” and “How Come You Never Go There,” but all six are posted below, for your perusal.


















by Matt Carney 10.24.2011 2 years ago
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Body Language — Social Studies

This band is properly named.


Indie

Joshua Boydston
If Body Language breaks out like it has the potential to, the Brooklyn-based four piece surely would owe a heavy debt to Passion Pit; it’s a similar formula with the twist of adding a female vocalist … although that feels but a step removed from Michael Angelakos’ signature falsetto.
 
Monday, October 24, 2011

Riot’s race

By giving strings a permanent place in its lineup, Ra Ra Riot’s reach for the top is well within its grasp.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Ra Ra Riot with Delicate Steve and Yellow Ostrich
7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2
ACM@UCO Performance Lab
323 E. Sheridan
acm-uco.com

974-4700
$15 advance, $17 door
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Brilliant disguise

Dig the getups at this indie-rock showcase and costume party.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Hallopolis featuring Stardeath & White Dwarfs, Deerpeople and Brother Bear
9 p.m. Friday
Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org
820-0951
$8 with costume, $10 without

 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
 
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