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Topic: Local

MPFree: Valentine’s Day edition

We heart you, Zach Winters, aDDLib and Sleigh Bells.

We’ve got an influx of fresh new tracks for your Valentine’s Day. A few of these might just make a nice soundtrack for a special evening, so listen up and download/stream away.

Josh Sallee — “R.I.P. to Regret”


The last time Josh Sallee showed up in MPFree, he brought the good stuff with an excellent, Blev-produced track that boasted a top-notch sample. “R.I.P. to Regret” follows the same format (replace “Birthday Sex” with the piano from James Blake’s really terrific cover of Feist’s “Limit to Your Love”), and Sallee really opens up with a couple of earnest, meaningful verses. Can’t wait to hear the rest of “Probable Flaws.”


Zach Winters — “They Were Longing for a Better Country”


You might recall this local folk gem from a few months back. It’s obviously not new, but Zach Winters, from the generosity of his heart and enthusiasm of his family, has put “Country” up on his Bandcamp as a name-your-price download. He calls them “heartsongs,” and I couldn’t agree more.

Garrett Dale — “House Full of Dogs”

Tom Waits much? Red City Radio’s Garrett Dale does. This new solo track sounds crusty and rusty, like it’s got as much history as a pair of worn-out boots. And it’s funny!

aDDLib — “The Rebound”

One solid Oklahoma City hip-hop track not enough for you? Well aDDLib’s got a special Valentine’s Day song for you, made complete by awesome Wilt Chamberlain artwork.

Two Suns — “Time Again”

Another week, another good Two Suns song. Halfway there, people.

Sleigh Bells — “Reign of Terror”


I got so excited listening to the very first track of this thing in my cubicle this morning that my hands were shaking as I tried to build Gazette’s online edition. Just make sure you don’t play this thing at full volume inside your office. And if that New York Times profile isn’t enough (do note Alexis Krauss’ use of the now-standardized-in-my-vocabulary term “bangover”), be sure to check out freelancer Joshua Boydston’s interview with the noise-pop power-duo from a few months back.


Tennis — “It All Feels the Same”
Whimsical, pretty indie pop/rock for fans of Cults, ’80s artwork, Florence Welch and effervescence.

The 2 Bears — “Bear Hug”
DFA act The 2 Bears want to give you a special e-card and EP for Valentine’s Day.

Cheers Elephant — “Doin’ It, Right”
Cheers Elephant is a few years behind The Strokes, but this free track for Valentine’s Day sure is a nice gesture!

by Matt Carney 02.14.2012 2 years ago
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Next up

Next Stage, one of the town’s new theater troupes, plans to mix venues while showcasing local talent.


Performing Arts

Eric Webb
Fresh Meet
Next Stage Theatre
8pm Friday & Saturday
The Boom
2218 NW 39th
whatisthenextstage.com
367-3774
$12
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Days of Lives

Embraced by critics, NPR and now Radiohead, Stillwater band Other Lives is on the brink of exploding big beyond our humble borders.


Music

Matt Carney
Sitting opposite a large mural of themselves at Jericho Tavern in Oxford, England, three members of Radiohead watched and listened intently as Other Lives played 45 minutes’ worth of the somber chamber pop that the Stillwater group has spent near a decade refining.
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

From your home to hers

Brianna Gaither’s doing a living-room show, and you’re invited.

One of the common complaints I always hear after shows is that it just didn’t seem intimate. Well, sorry dude, maybe you shouldn’t have gone to see, like, Dave Matthews or whatever.

Twenty-something Edmond folk-pop singer Brianna Gaither, on the other hand, is opening her doors to you for a living-room session recording Sunday night, which sounds to me about as intimate as it gets for local music. You might recall her excellent 2011 album, “Love Is Patient,” which I guarantee you she’ll be playing selections from. Don’t miss this!

Buy your tickets at Ticketstorm for $10, or for $15 at the door. If there are any left, that is. More info is at her Facebook page.



 
by Matt Carney 02.16.2012 2 years ago
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Linked in

Want to attend ACM@UCO’s LiveLink concert series, but don’t know any of the young bands? We’ve got you covered.


Music

Matt Carney
LiveLink
7 p.m. Friday
ACM@UCO Performance Lab
323 E. Sheridan
acm-uco.com
974-4700
free
 
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

VOTD: Addy power!

Experience local rapper Jabee’s love letter to OKC.

So this way-cool, beautifully shot Jabee music video premiered at this past weekend’s 2012 Addy Awards as part of a campaign “to educate advertisers about the wealth of quality original musical available to them for their local advertising campaigns.” To date, OKSee has never agreed more vigorously with a press release.

It goes on: “When musicians are supported by the arts AND the business communities, the likelihood of them being able to attempt to make a full-time career in music here, rather than Nashville, Austin, LA, et al goes up = economic and cultural stimulus.” Boo-yah!

So yeah, 200 thumbs up to producer/director Digital DK and creative director Robot House Creative for this one, which has Jabee spitting his love for his hometown all over said hometown.

The fun doesn’t stop there. The aforementioned campaign came with a two-disc, 37-track compilation of local songs that you can download for free! Artists included are Broncho, Sherree Chamberlain, O Fidelis, The Rockettops, Horse Thief, Zach Winters, Crocodile and plenty more!

Speaking of Jabee, dude’s just announced a Kickstarter project to fund his next album, and he’s aiming high. Like, $25k high. Watch and donate:



by Matt Carney 02.22.2012 2 years ago
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VOTD: Ben Rector wants to feel the heat with somebody

The Tulsa singer pays tribute to the late Whitney Houston.

You’d think playing all the instruments on a single track would be intimidating enough, but former Tulsan Ben Rector took it a couple steps further at Norman’s Blackwatch Studios. Per the video below, Rector commands six different instruments (seven, if you count that man-pretty voice of his!) on a cover of one of a much-beloved late diva’s most-beloved songs. That being my favorite Whitney Houston jam, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”

Compare the two for yourself. Would love to hear opinions in the comments:





by Matt Carney 02.24.2012 2 years ago
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VOTD: Bells tolling

Watch a video and stream an album for an indie band with Okie ties.

Originally from Lawton, Benjamin Curtis played drums for Dallas alt-band Tripping Daisy and UFOFU before starting The Secret Machines with his brother Brandon and Josh Garza.

Now he’s with Alejandra Deheza in the decidedly shoegazey, ambient-rocking act School of Seven Bells, which just released its third studio album, Ghostory; on Vagrant Records last week.

Get a taste of the song “Lafaye” in this video below, and stream “Ghostory” below that, if you so desire:





by Matt Carney 03.05.2012 2 years ago
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Concert for Carina

Support two good causes in one night: local music and human trafficking awareness.

Much-loved Okie folkers O Fidelis are celebrating a proper release party for their 3-year-old debut EP on Friday night, but you’d be wrong to call it a cash grab.

The show (which will be supported by fun-pop dude Denver Duncan and Altus melody-punkers The Typist) is a benefit for a pair of charities. Half of the proceeds it generates will go to Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans and the Carina Saunders Fund. 

From O Fidelis’ Brian Gililland: “The EP release portion is not nearly as important to us, frankly.”

So hop in and support a good cause that’s supported by good musicians! Grab tickets via Eventbrite and consider a donation to the Carina Saunders Fund at oathcoalition.org.


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by Matt Carney 03.08.2012 2 years ago
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