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Topic: rock

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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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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Terra Lightfoot — Terra Lightfoot

This dream-folk debut will induce dead sleep.


Folk

Matt Carney
As the common people have progressed over the last 50-plus years, so has the topicality of their music. Since the development of genres in popular music in the 1950s, contemporary folk music has skewed apolitical, alluring and beautiful.
 
Thursday, October 20, 2011

Balkans — Balkans

Buzzy, noisy Atlanta band shows promise, guitar chops.


Rock

Joshua Boydston
Musically, I’m a sucker for many things. Chief among them is anything related to post-punk and garage rock. Bloc Party was my off-ramp from Linkin Park, while No Age and Wavves have dominated my total plays on iTunes for about two years now.
 
Monday, October 24, 2011

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

Do I hear a pub crawl?

Because what better, more appropriate way is there to support Norman Music Festival?

Five downtown Norman bars have teamed up to host a pub crawl benefit for Norman Music Festival Friday night. And you’re invited!

All it costs to hop from bar to bar before winding up at a show by one of Norman’s loudest, heaviest rock bands, Rainbows Are Free (pictured), is $15 before Friday ($20 the day of). The crawl starts at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 11.

Participating bars are Abner’s Ale House, Bill and Dee’s, Bison Witches, The Garage and The Blue Bonnet Bar, which also will host the show. Patrons may also redeem their tickets at the Blue Bonnet for a pub crawl finisher T-shirt, once it’s validated by all five bars.

It being Halloween, costumes are strongly encouraged. For those dressing up, there’ll be contests and prizes awarded. Proceeds go to support NMF, which is of course, a free music festival. So go drink a few beers and help keep it that way!

Photo by Kevin Pyle

by Matt Carney 10.25.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: Move over, Daft Punk

Help the world welcome the new Justice album with a pair of prog-tastic music vids.

There’s no denying the resounding influence of 1970s prog rock on Parisian electro-heads Justice (whom many have called the heirs to Daft Punk’s giant pyramid throne) and their much-anticipated second record, “Audio Video Disco,” which was released yesterday. 

The two videos below do well to match the enormity of these new tracks, particularly “Civilization,” which literally has glowing, stampeding space buffalo trying to dodge falling boulders as the world falls apart. Glad to know that somebody other than Kanye West wants to bring back what bands like Yes and King Crimson loved about music.

Watch:



by Matt Carney 10.25.2011 2 years ago
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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

Ben Folds — The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective

Deserving songwriter gets a career-spanning, three-disc collection that doesn’t overstay its four-hour welcome.


Pop

Matt Carney
Drawing from his three studio albums with Ben Folds Five, three solo studio albums and piles of EPs, compilations and live albums, “The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective” is a highly convenient and well-selected exposition of the two highly developed skills of Mr. Benjamin Scott Folds.
 
Friday, October 28, 2011
 
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