Tuesday 22 Jul

Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
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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.

07/01/2014 | Comments 0

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.
06/24/2014 | Comments 0

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.
06/17/2014 | Comments 0
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Her aim is true

Touring with soulful pal JT Nero, Po’ Girl leader Allison Russell is content to take a backseat, but don’t think her contributions can’t be felt.

Joshua Boydston May 11th, 2011

Allison Russell and JT Nero
9 p.m. Wednesday, May 18
The Deli, 309 White, Norman
thedeli.us, 321-7048

The sight of Allison Russell and JT Nero playing together is an unlikely vision, but it’s proven to be a comfortable and productive pairing.

The two have worked together on countless occasions via their full-time gigs in Canadian roots band Po’ Girl and Chicago soul group JT and the Clouds, respectively, but with Nero’s latest solo release, “mountains/forests,” they got to up the committal.

“We’d guested on each other’s albums over the years and worked together when we could, but never something like this,” Russell said. “We’re a little spoiled by the experience. It will be difficult to go back to the normal environment.”

Although the effort was very much collaborative, Nero remains the chief songwriter, and his name is the only one you’ll find on the cover. Still, enough couldn’t be said about what Russell brought to the equation. A gap in Po’ Girl’s schedule has allowed her to accompany Nero on the tour, including next Wednesday at The Deli and May 23 at The Blue Door. In doing so, the soulful and restrained album has become just as much hers.

“The solo moniker, we joke about it every night onstage,” Russell said. “It gives him the freedom to tour with whichever musical co-conspirators are available, but I feel very much invested in the project.”

Her investment has paid many dividends; she is not only enjoying being a player instead of the lead, but her road life with Nero has taught her things she plans to carry forward with Po’ Girl.

“JT has debunked the myth of waiting for songs to strike from divine inspiration that we had held so fiercely,” she said. “He writes every day, approaches it as a craft, and I see myself moving more toward that. Oh, and I’ve been playing a lot of the ukulele on this tour, and I really like it. Po’ Girl is just going to have to put up with that in the future.”

The experience has been so positive, she hopes for more.

“I could see us working together on more albums, maybe under both our names,” Russell said with a laugh. “I have a real hankering to do an oldfashioned album of duets, and I’m going to try to rope him into that.”

Her slate is full of projects both real and imagined, all packed in a relentless touring schedule with any number of musicians, much like this one. She keeps at it because she loves it, and can’t give up any opportunity to hit the road with them.

“I love this life, playing music with my loved ones. I feel lucky to be able to do that and have work and sustain ourselves,” she said. “My bandmates think I’m nuts because I’ll have a Po’ Girl tour, take four days off and then hit the road with JT, but I’ve been thriving on it so far.”

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