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.

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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.
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.
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Feeling up

With a new lineup in place and a new album in the works (maybe), Feel Spectres are ready to art-rock OKC’s face off.

Joshua Boydston July 10th, 2013

Feel Spectres with Body Breakers
9 p.m. Saturday
113 N. Crawford, Norman

Feel Spectres is more than just a name for the indie act led by Matt Goad; it’s more like a mission statement.

“It’s kind of funny and creepy at the same time,” Goad said of the moniker, which parodies legendary record producer/convicted murderer Phil Spector. “And that suits us just fine. We want to make music that is fun, but scary, too.”

Founded in 2008, the Oklahoma City quartet is that much more capable at the latter, now that it has a new lineup, solidified last fall. Bassist Alaina Avants and guitarist/keyboardist Tory Ayers joined Goad and drummer Allen Cory, and the two have amped up the spooky.

“We’re definitely heavier than we were prior,” Goad said. “We were doing a Velvet Underground thing before. Now, it’s Black Sabbath meets Pink Floyd. We have some great new songs that are everything from heavy rockers to soft, beautiful rock songs.”

The new dynamic — two guys, two gals, with Ayers and Goad sharing vocal duties — is one that has been especially inspiring, creatively speaking.

“[Ayers’] voice is beautiful, like [Pixies’] Kim Deal ... which she would hate me saying. It kind of makes up for my sappy voice,” Goad said with a laugh. “That duality and that boy-girl thing is something that makes us unique. There are bands that have that, but not many locally, and I want to push that.”

Playing Saturday night at Opolis, Feel Spectres are back at things with a renewed energy, not to mention 10 songs waiting in the wings: eight to be recorded and two that will see release as singles within weeks.

“When you’re a new band and no one knows who you are, it’s tough to ask a person to invest three minutes of their time to listen to a song,” Goad said. “I’m also an artist, and someone can look at my paintings and instantly tell if they like it or not. Music requires an investment, and that’s my whole thing with videos. The video is a way to get the music to be listened to.”

A full-length album to follow up 2010’s self-titled debut could be in the works, although he is more concerned with giving unique visual treatments to each track as it’s finished. The video for “Sea Inside” — out now — is a James Bond-esque clip that sees the band members washed away in an ocean of eyeballs, blue inkblots and sci-fi squiggles.

“Honestly, we may or may not do [videos] for every song, but that’s the way I see it now,” Goad said. “People still like albums, but everything is really about the song and the video. We’re an art-rock group; the visuals and the imagery is important to the overall concept, and that’s something we try and do with every piece of music we make.”

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