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.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0

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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Brotherly love

The Avett Brothers create a bond with its fan base that few bands are ever able to attain.

Conrad Kersten June 18th, 2014

The Avett Brothers with Langhorne Slim and the Law

7 p.m. Saturday

Cox Business Center

100 Civic Center, Tulsa




A magpie isn’t just any old bird; it’s one of the few animals that can recognize itself in a mirror. Any animal that can recognize itself in a mirror probably has a strong sense of self.

The Avett Brothers, similarly, isn’t just any old band. And with its latest album, Magpie and the Dandelion, its members show that they, too, have strong senses of self.

“We know we are aging, and we have been extremely fortunate to have the careers we have had,” said Bob Crawford, bass player for The Avett Brothers. “But we know our days are numbered. Even if we got thirty more years out of this career, our days are numbered. We want to maintain honesty in our songwriting, our live performances and in [ourselves].”

Crawford has been with the band since the beginning. Playing the bass and contributing to the vocals, Crawford said this tour, promoting Magpie and the Dandelion, is different from their tours in the past.

“We have seven people on stage,” Crawford said. “It is quite an ensemble — it gives you a range of possibilities. We have five, six people singing at the same time now. We have never had that kind of dynamic to our shows before.”

The added dynamic allows the group to maintain the honesty that permeates its music. It also creates a connection with the audience. Crawford said the bridge The Avett Brothers build to their fans is far from the norm.

“I do not know if it came from us after a show going and talking to everyone in the crowd and forming great friendships early on or if the honesty of the music is a part of it,” Crawford said. “We have a very unique relationship [with our fans].”

Behind the honest — and often sad — songs are brothers Scott and Seth Avett. Crawford said both are always writing, sometimes putting certain songs on the back burner only to be revisited down the road.

“Scott and Seth are prolific songwriters. Let’s face it,” Crawford said. “None of us can fathom how many songs are being worked on.”

Magpie and the Dandelion was recorded at the same time as the album that preceded its release, The Carpenter. Crawford said the band actually went in with enough songs for two albums when they recorded The Carpenter. And while it might be unintentional, The Avett Brothers are having a similar issue with the new music they are working on.

“You don’t want to go in with more than 32 songs, which is what we did [when recording The Carpenter],” Crawford said. “We are demoing right now, and we may have the same problem this next time around. But we are really going to try to go in and slim it down and get the cream of the crop.”

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