For Oklahoma fans traveling to Dallas, venue hosts battle of bands 

A weekend of football, beer, trash-talking and corn dogs is upon us, as Sooner fans gear up for the OU vs. Texas weekend.

But before the celebrated college football game kicks off on Saturday, root for the right side of the Red River at a rock 'n' roll rivalry in Dallas. Oklahoma-to-Los Angeles transplants Shiny Toy Guns will take on The Cannabinoids with Texas native Erykah Badu on Friday for a concert showdown at the AT&T Plaza in the American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory in Dallas. The RedBull Sound Clash is a live music battle featuring competitors that have vastly different styles, talents and creativity.

Shiny Toy Guns are a well-known, elctronica-infused indie band accented with a dash of '80s New Wave sound. The group was nominated for a Grammy in 2007, and two of its members " bassist/keyboardist Jeremy Dawson and guitarist Chad Petree " hail from Shawnee.

At first, Dawson said the band wasn't keen on performing, but the honor of being chosen to represent Oklahoma changed everyone's minds.

"Once we realized it was a sort of parallel to OU/Texas, since we're from Oklahoma, we got collegiately excited," he said.

Dawson and Petree still hold tight to their Okie roots. Both have houses in Oklahoma City, and commute to L.A. Dawson said the added pressure of a "battle" atmosphere for this performance does not intimidate him.

"The bigger the crowd, the smaller the crowd, it doesn't matter," he said. "It's just fun."

The Cannabinoids are a hip-hop electro band " an appropriate foundation for its special guest, Badu, who has won multiple Grammy awards and is known for her soul, R&B and jazz music. For this performance, she and The Cannabinoids will use laptops, turntables, keyboards, drum machines and a theremin to produce a "remix" sound on stage.

The winner of Friday's Sound Clash is completely determined by the audience applause and cheers. This year marks the first time the concert has been held outdoors.

Gates open at 7 p.m., and the band battle begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are free, but must be acquired prior to the concert at one of the three locations in Norman: from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Guestroom Records, 125 E. Main; from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Bison Witches, 211 E. Main; or from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Louie's on Campus Corner, 301 W. Boyd.  "Paige Lawler           


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