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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.

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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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Gentle on our mind

Ladies and gentlemen, we are experiencing The Gentle Art of Floating in space. Now if only the band would release that long-awaited album ...

Joshua Boydston June 29th, 2011

The Gentle Art of Floating with Raiment and You’d Prefer an Astronaut
9 p.m. Friday
Opolis, 113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org, 820-0951

It’s been three years since Oklahoma City band The Gentle Art of Floating formed, and it still hasn’t managed to release an album. It has a pretty good excuse ... for that at least.

Around Christmas 2009, front man Colin Nance came home to find his studio — and their practice space — different than he’d left it.

“People broke into Colin’s house, and they went with the Grinch method and ransacked the whole studio, middle of the day,” bassist Eric Gorman said. “We’d started (the album) before the gear got stolen and lost all of our tracks, and that was the biggest loss, really. We’re trucking through it still.”

The crime soon became a mixed blessing; friends rallied behind the group’s benefit shows to help them afford to replace their instruments. Once they did, they recut the tracks

and made their way to Trent Bell’s Bell Labs in Norman.

“It served as a really good kicking point to quit dawdling around, though,” Gorman said. “We grew with the songs a lot more. Now, we have much more mature versions of the songs. It sucked ass, but it was for the best.”

Now, The Gentle Art of Floating is putting the finishing touches on its debut record for a fall release. It promises to be chock-full of the immense anthems Gorman and Nance, along with drummer Tony Mahon and violinist Shelby Herald, have been showcasing since the band’s inception. Equal parts ’80s synth pop and ’90s shoegaze, songs like “Stuck in the Bubble” and “Death of Doowop” are big, bold, daring and adventurous, recalling acts like M83 and Broken Social Scene.

“If anything, we took the sonic aspect of wanting to be big, loud and powerful without being anything close to a rock band,” Gorman said. “There’s an aspect that’s really poppy, and another that is really droney. There’s always a certain nostalgia to the music, stuff we relate to from being younger. It’s a really good soundtrack for going to space, or at least driving late at night and looking at the stars.”

To make sure the wonder doesn’t stop at the music, the quartet has taken to sometimes-elaborate lighting and visual setups to build things to another level. No two shows are the same, and Friday night’s at Opolis will be no different.

“We try to make it a different experience with its own vibe,” Gorman said. “Me and Colin have a thing for the ambient blue light from TVs. We think it creates a really good mood, so for one show, we just got a rack and put up a shit ton of TVs. It was cool, just really heavy.”

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