Writers at The Boston Phoenix recently chose 150 bands and performers to represent the best music bets in each of the 50 United States. Three acts representing separate categories were chosen for each state and posted.
According to the newspaper, Oklahoma’s all-time best solo artist is Woody Guthrie, an performer noted for writing hundreds of ballads that were often overshadowed by political activism. The award blurb also notes the songwriter’s posthumous lyrical contribution to tracks from the likes of Wilco and Dropkick Murphys.
Norman’s indie-rock Evangelicals were touted by the Phoenix as the state’s best new band. The Phoenix touted singer Josh Jones’ “gloriously uneven falsetto” and the layers of guitars and abstract instrumentation of voluptuous choruses present in the group’s sophomore album, “The Evening Decends.”
The experimental and “avant-garde” nature of The Flaming Lips earned the Oklahoma City band honors as the Phoenix’s pick for our state’s all-time best band. The newspaper noted the group’s parade appearances, entourage of “Santa Claus-clad revelers” and multiple inceptions over the years. The publication also mentioned the band’s range, from an “art-rock novelty act” to “psych-pop messiahs” and acting as “corporate shills” for Mitsubishi and Dell.
And if you happen to find yourself in Alaska, scour around for albums by The Long Winters, ask the locals about Agafon Krukoff and try to catch a show by Portugal. The Man. “Joe Wertz