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VOTD: Austin via Tulsa

Watch Tulsa’s Desi and Cody play a morning show before you catch them at SXSW.

Tulsa bluegrass-folk-indie duo Desi and Cody swung by the FOX 23 studio in Tulsa last week for an appearance on Great Day Green Country. The song’s called “Fable,” and it’s a nice showcase of Desirae Roses’ singing ability.

Also, please excuse the morning show host’s mispronunciation of Bruce Springsteen’s last name. Check Desi and Cody out at South by Southwest at Friends Bar (208 E. Sixth) at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, or at The Side Bar (602 E. Seventh) at 3:15 p.m. Friday.

For a more comprehensive guide to Okie performances at SXSW 2012, hit up our listing.



by Matt Carney 03.12.2012 2 years ago
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SXSW: The Buffalo Lounge: The Non

Consistently Non-traditional.

There’s little I can say to add to the conversation about our reigning Best in Rock band (though that’ll change when next week’s <i>Gazette</i> hits the racks), except that the last two years, while being low-key in terms of activity, have definitely preserved their live skill as players. 

The Non are experimental and progressive, sure, but you can count on them being consistent in that progression, wherever and whenever they play. I still have yet to see them play show that’s anything less than thrilling.

But yeah, they did their usual instrumental ping-pong in space thing we all love so much. It was Zach Zeller’s (pictured) second show of the night, and bassist Tom Bishop and guitarist Wil Norton flew in from Norman (Bishop’s a certified pilot) and out in the same night, just to play. Gotta admire that determination.

by Matt Carney 03.15.2012 44 years ago
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SXSW: The Buffalo Lounge: The Boom Bang

They came. They boomed. They bung.

They may not be aiming, high, but The Boom Bang are sure realistic.

Singer James Smith announced to The Buffalo Lounge earlier this evening that the garage-housed four-piece were “probably the worst band to play here all night.” He was kinda right, but that didn’t make their set any less fun. 

Smith mumbled his way through their usual schtick: noisy, propulsive rock styled after The Ramones’ sonic blitz and Andrew W.K.’s intentionally stupid revelry. It was a tie-loosening; a rowdy break in between two much headier bands — The Defining Times and The Non — that brokered the evening’s bill of rock acts nicely.

The show ended with a brief episode involving the sound guy, who chased a fan off the stage when the latter yelled “Fuck you!” into a microphone, shortly after McKenzie and drummer Brian Whetstone traded places for a final, scuzzy jam. If ever there was a better end to a Boom Bang show, I wasn’t there for it.
by Matt Carney 03.15.2012 2 years ago
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Soundcheck: Beetyman — Underdog


Music

Matt Carney
It’s refreshing to hear earnest backpack rap at a time when some of the most topically vile, base and offensive music in the genre’s history (read: Odd Future) is what’s buzzing.
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Kick it

Thanks to the website Kickstarter, local musicians increasingly find it easier to fund albums before recording a single note.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Most local musicians don’t live like rock stars. It’s usually a part-time gig, more about the passion than the luxuries it brings.
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

SXSW: Buffalo Lounge: The Rockettops

For The Fray's fans.

The Rockettops play a brand of pop-rock that fans of The Fray would enjoy, as the sound is built on piano-based songwriting, deft bass lines and soaring guitar lines. Vocalist/pianist/acoustic guitarist Jordan Smith's impassioned voice also soars, and it's his vocal melodies that get precedence in these songs. But the rest of the band doesn't slack in its support role; the instrumental interplay is strong, especially for a band in the pop/rock vein.

The band clearly was having a blast, as the members were smiling and laughing throughout. The upbeat atmosphere filled the room, especially when the band ratcheted up the distorted guitars in big crescendos. The Rockettops know how to build and release tension, and that serves their pop-rock songs very well. The tension never feels forced or smarmy, either; the sound feels organic and loose. They can also break it down for emotive moments; they aren't a one-trick pony. Fans of Lifehouse, Goo Goo Dolls, and Matchbox Twenty will perk their ears up at The Rockettops' sound.



Photos by Matt Carney

by Stephen Carradini 03.15.2012 2 years ago
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Eye this


OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Eight local artists were invited to explore how their elementary-aged children (or younger, God bless ’em) impacted their art. Somehow, those creative parents were able to find the time, and the results can be seen at In Your Eye Gallery, 3005-A Paseo. To be shown through April 29, Legacy begins with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. Admission is free. Call 525-2161 or visit inyoureyegallery.com.

Friday, ongoing

 
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Bringing home the bacon

The farm-to-fork movement has a new outpost at Local in Norman.


Food and Drink Features

Doug Hill
Melissa Scaramucci is passionate about bringing the fresh flavors of Oklahoma farms and ranches to your palate.
 
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
 
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