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CD reviews

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

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.
06/17/2014 | Comments 0
 

Music Video Thursday


Because I'm not coming to work on Monday!

By June 30th, 2011

Yukon’s Luke Dick makes an appropriately creepy video for his mellowed-out version of “Paparazzi.” Let’s see how many careers this song can launch!



If a fan-made, “unofficial” video is sent out by a PR company, does that make it official? Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s charming “Simple Girl” has a charming clip that tests the theory.



In just 1:26, Cerebral Ballzy (yes, really) does Las Vegas in true punk style.



Cassettes Won’t Listen’s “Perfect Day” is a head-scratcher till the satisfying end.



Punks Rise Against go all PSA, but because it’s Rise Against, it doesn’t suck.



Rarely is a video so perfectly matched with a song’s sound as with Amor de Dias’ nostalgic video and dreamy acoustic sound.

Amor de Dí­as - Wild Winter Trees from Merge Records on Vimeo.


Zorch’s hyperkinetic, synth-based experimental music makes me want to jump up and down, as well as go back to SXSW, where they played something like 16 shows.



Indie-poppers Mates of States’ new video is vintage in a “are they kidding or not?” sort of way.




While you’re here, grab these free MP3s!

Breakers” – Gem Club. If Iron and Wine had taken up piano …
Shoeboxes” – David Ramirez. Gorgeous. Just gorgeous.
Jump with a Child’s Heart” – Annie Crane. I don’t know how so much great country/folk comes out of urban settings. The vocals win here.
 
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