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Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

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Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.

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Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia

"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
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Weak Knees - “IceBevo”

Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
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Kyle Reid & the Low Swinging Chariots - “When I Was Young”

Every artist should be the star of their own creative life, which makes Kyle Reid’s steps out of the shadows of the many ensembles and supporting roles he has played in Oklahoma bands over the years to front and center on stage feel like a just journey.
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O yeah!

We made local folkies O Fidelis answer our questions with an iPod set to ‘shuffle.’ May the best completely random title win.

Stephen Carradini April 6th, 2011

Oklahoma City folk band O Fidelis doesn’t take too much seriously.

After all, this is the group that named a song “Peggy Sue Pepperoni Pants” and seriously considered naming its debut album after a Harley-Davidson T-shirt slogan. So when I asked its members to let their iPods do the talking, they were all about the unconventional interview style.

For every question I asked, they answered with the song or artist randomly selected by the shuffle feature on two iPods. We sat down at the southside Joe’s Crab Shack and got crackin’.

OKG: So what is your upcoming album going to be titled?

Brian Gilliland: “A Letdown.”

Isaiah Sharp: “Slurring the Rhythm.”

Gilliland: They’re both very O Fed. Two years! All for nothing!

OKG: So what is it actually going to be called?

Gilliland: “Bible Promises and Dinosaurs.” It hopefully will come out in June.

OKG: What is the album going to sound like?

Gilliland: “Black Hawk Down” by Hans Zimmer.

Sharp: Randy Newman?

Gilliland: It’s going to sound like a children’s movie or a musical score. At the end of this CD, your radio will explode!

Kyle Mayfield: Michael Bay produces “Toy Story 4.”

OKG: And actually?

Gilliland: Very, very diverse. Not complete bluegrass, not complete indie rock.

Mayfield: I like “newgrass.”

Gilliland: Right now, we’re messing around with ambient sounds in the background of the songs. There’s not a single one that sounds like stereotypical rock.

Mayfield: If an animal farm had a prom, no age limit, and dancing was allowed.

OKG: Who are you touring with? Do you have plans to tour after the release?

Gilliland: Celtic Woman.

Sharp: The Clash. It’s actually going to be all three bands.

Gilliland: We’re looking at touring with Moon. We want to go up to Chicago again.

Laney Coker: Stop more in Missouri, Iowa.

OKG: What record label would you guys be on?

Sharp: Midtown. Aren’t they on Drive-Thru Records? We peaked six years ago!

Gilliland: Who are The White Stripes on?

OKG: Third Man. And have you looked at record labels for the album, or will it be an independent release?

Gilliland: We haven’t gotten that far. Once we have it done, we’ll look at shopping it around.

Coker: For a label?

Gilliland: No, probably for a distributor. That’s more our type, anyway.

Mayfield: We’ll sell them out of the trunk of our car.

Gilliland: We’ll be like those guys who go around selling roses in bars.

Mayfield: Find the drunkest guy in the bar and say, “Here, you want four of these.”

Gilliland: And a shirt. You want a shirt.

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