Track record

Guestroom Records celebrates 15 years of against-the-odds success.
If you’re a fan of vinyl in the Oklahoma City area, chances are you’ve stepped into Guestroom Records at some point.

Are children electric?

Synth-punk legend Gary Numan contemplates the apocalypse and collaborates with his daughter.
Gary Numan’s at his best when he’s looking toward the future.

High rise

California band Mom Jeans returns to OKC after a truly sick 2017 performance.
Listening to Mom Jeans is like being transported back to the early 2000s.

Sensational strings

Béla Fleck is among the headliners at the third annual Banjo Fest.
The sounds of the banjo reverberate through centuries of musical history, but the instrument is no mere artifact.

Pigs fly

Try to keep up with Flock of Pigs at your own peril.
The shaggy college party band Flock of Pigs met at University of Oklahoma, played their first show at Norman Music Festival in 2016 and spent the ensuing years picking up sounds just as quickly as they put them down.

Deliberate Words

Annie Oakley celebrates the upcoming release of its first full-length album, Words We Mean, at The Blue Door.
They just turned 21 this month, but the Babb sisters have been making music together for about as long as possible.

Strong women

The third annual AMP Festival showcases female musicians and artists.
Film Row is about to get even more artsy than usual.

Everything nice

Rainbow Kitten Surprise prepares to unleash a burst of musical influences at The Jones Assembly.
What is genre in the streaming age?

Slay farewell

Legendary metal band Slayer stops at The Zoo Amphitheatre on its farewell tour.
Released in October 1986, Reign in Blood was Slayer’s third full-length studio album, but for many soon-to-be-converted metalheads in the decades since, it remains their first exposure to a lifelong obsession.

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Truth and Soulmatic

The Nghiems battled setbacks at personal tragedies to create their second album.
Carrying amplifiers for a Ben Kweller show got The Nghiems booked on their first gig in 2007, and getting the attention of Broncho’s Ben King at that gig resulted in an invite to record at a storied local studio.

Force awakened

Johnny Manchild & The Poor Bastards make a statement on their debut album Insomnia.
Most people know what it’s like to lie in bed with tired eyes but a racing mind.

Circus act

Texas country legend Kinky Friedman brings an album full of new material to The Blue Door.
There is no question that viewing great art has the potential to inspire an individual’s own great works.

Rap rationale

Chart-topping hip-hop artist Logic brings a message of unity to The Zoo Ampitheatre.
In some respects, Maryland rapper Logic’s song “1-800-273-8255” is an unlikely candidate to be a top three Billboard hit single.

Universal feelings

Country singer/songwriter Jason Eady brings his newest album to The Blue Door before its Aug. 10 release.
Learning Arabic as an Air Force translator helped Jason Eady write better country songs.

Well rounded

Vonna Pearl’s Taylor Johnson talks about his productive year ahead of this month’s Wheeler Summer Music concert.
The Wheeler District is most commonly associated with the Wheeler Ferris Wheel, but this summer, it has built up a strong reputation for live music through its seasonal music series.

Sun tones

Saint Loretto’s Summer Bummer Beach Party beats the heat inside 51st Street Speakeasy.
Oklahoma is not necessarily the best place beach goths could select to spend their summer vacation.

Loud house

Do-it-yourself shows like those staged by Mom & Dad’s are running afoul of city ordinances.
When Trinity Slough and Nicolaus Vannostran, aka Mom and Dad, had friends over to their Norman house to watch Limp Wizurdz play last summer, they didn’t know what it would lead to.

Cherub rock

Before the arenas, The Smashing Pumpkins played a memorably flawed 1991 show in Norman.
The sound system crashed, the lights went out and fans sweltered in the middle of December, but the show went on.

Ideal music

This year’s Woody Guthrie Folk Festival continues to keep the musician’s legacy alive.
Woody Guthrie said he always heard the best jokes, stories and songs from the people who society shuns.

Life support

Past Tiny Desk Contest winner Fantastic Negrito brings Please Don’t Be Dead to Norman.
Not many people would have pegged new-era blues vocalist and guitarist Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz as a logical opener for Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell.

Undead reborn

Goth Prom rises from the grave as its founders find new life at The Ruins Live.
Unlike Bela Lugosi, Oklahoma’s Original Goth Prom is back from the dead.

Third wheel

Adam & Kizzie’s poignant THREEDO gets its Tower Theatre release show.
The second installment in Adam & Kizzie’s Book of Eedo album series was released in 2014 with 12 songs and more than one hour of music.

PRIDE Proud notes

This year’s Pride music lineup features every genre from hip-hop to red dirt.
From hip-hop to hair metal, long-lived scene vets to talented teens, the diverse music lineup for OKC’s 2018 Pride hops genres nearly every hour.

Special effects

Student Film returns with synth-laden until we are in fashion again.
Student Film was once known for having as many as a dozen members in its rotating ensemble cast of players.


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