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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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Glam-metal bands never die. Instead, they serve a life sentence. Ladies and gentlemen, bear witness to the rambunctious return of Warrant.

Joshua Boydston August 3rd, 2011

Warrant with Whitesnake and Kix
7 P.m. Friday
Lucky Star Casino
7777 N. Highway 81, Concho
luckystarcasino.org
262-7612
$37.50-$90

Hollywood hard rockers Warrant have done a lot of growing up.

The glam-metal group used to party with the best of them in the early ’90s, touring the country with massive hits like “Cherry Pie” and “Heaven.” Now, if not early to bed, they are early to rise, having ditched most of the sex and drugs, and have branched out into the world of wine with their own bottle, labeled Warrant Cherry Pie Red.

“We drink better grape juice now,” guitarist and co-founder Erik Turner said. “Hopefully, we are a little older and a lot wiser … definitely a lot tamer than when we first came out. We partook in all back then, but now we, dare I say, are a lot more professional, even when having a good time.

We take what we do a little more seriously than we did 25 years ago.”

Renewed dedication has helped the band weather the collapse of its genre and numerous lineup changes, most notably in a string of departures by front man Jani Lane that was finalized in 2008.

“I’m not one for drama. I’ve been in this band since I was 19, and if it was up to me, we’d never had to make those changes,” Turner said, noting the act is now solid with singer Robert Mason, formerly of Lynch Mob. “We all have the same agenda of making the best music we can. We finally have a functioning band.”

The recent resurgence of — and apparent nostalgia for — hair metal has helped Warrant continue on a more lucrative path. While it still takes the occasional dip, Turner appreciates what demand there is.

“Our popularity is up and down, and fluctuates on many different levels, but we are fortunate to still be around,” Turner said, “When grunge came out, it was fashionable to rag on glam-metal bands. Now we’ve got a whole new generation of kids interested in our music. They seem more open to all types of music, don’t care about the stigma.

“Their parents come out, too. Maybe they had been getting laid to ‘Cherry Pie’ and want to relive those good times. We are a good-time band.”

Warrant augments its multiplatinum back catalog with a handful of records released since its glory days, including this summer’s “Rockaholic.” It’s a statement record, and the first recorded with Mason.

“Our love for rock ’n’ roll has always been the same. It’s even grown over the years,” Turner said. “It’s an addiction. We’ve been addicted to what we do since 14, even though we are still figuring out how to do it. It describes us to a T.”

 
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