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The Caribbean — Discontinued Perfume

Bizarre, experimental, sort-of indie-pop for adults


Indie

Stephen Carradini
Any album that starts off with a song called “Thank You for Talking to Me About Israel” is not going to be your average disc.
 
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Jonquil — One Hundred Suns

Do you like Vampire Weekend?


Indie

Stephen Carradini
Vampire Weekend may not have pioneered African rhythms and melodies in Western music, but they’ve certainly made it hip in the post-“Graceland” years.
 
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Chikita Violenta — Tre3s

Incredibly cohesive, uniquely fulfilling experience


Indie

Stephen Carradini
Chikita Violenta’s “Tre3s” is the sort of album that makes me wonder what type of band the members label themselves as. 
 
Monday, February 21, 2011

The Two Koreas — Science Island

Punk aggression with brains as well as brawn


Rock

Stephen Carradini
As a punk album, The Two Koreas’ “Science Island” rocks a heck of a lot more than most “punk” I’ve been unfortunately exposed to over the past decade.
 
Monday, February 21, 2011

Mann up

The tribe has spoken: One former Uglysuit member abandons Western pop for more global influences as ambient act Mannachine.


Music

Stephen Carradini
Mannachine
10 p.m. Saturday
Belle Isle Restaurant & Brewing Company, 50 Penn Place
belleislerestaurant.com, 840-1911
 
Monday, February 21, 2011

Here's your Chance

Greyson Chance appears Saturday with Sherree Chamberlain, At Long Last and Theater Breaks Loose.


Music

Stephen Carradini
It was a banner 2010 for 13-year-old Edmondite Greyson Chance, whose piano-pop skills were thrust into the spotlight via a school performance that caught fire on YouTube.
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wellfleet — The District

A great big slice of Southern music


Folk

Stephen Carradini
Some days are stressful. On those days, LCD Soundsystem just isn’t going to cut through the hectic atmosphere and produce some clarity of mind. The District’s “Wellfleet,” however, totally will.
 
Monday, February 14, 2011

The Walkmen, Peelander-Z to headline Norman Music Festival 4

Local bands to be announced this week


Music

Stephen Carradini
Norman Music Festival has announced via Facebook that NYC indie-rock band The Walkmen will be headlining NMF4, scheduled for April 28-30. Japanese pop-punk act Peelander-Z also will be playing the main stage.
 
Monday, February 14, 2011

Ruby Coast — Whatever This Is

Do you like Tokyo Police Club?


Indie

Stephen Carradini
So, there’s a band. It has a particular sound that’s unique. People love that sound and love that band. Then another band comes along, sounding exactly the same as the first band, but writing just as good, if not better, songs than the first band.
 
Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Low Anthem — Smart Flesh

Almost the model of a brilliant folk band


Folk

Stephen Carradini
A lot of bands out there today think a snare shuffle and a banjo makes a folk song. They are wrong. A folk song requires a timeless, rustic feel that can’t be defined so neatly as that.
 
Thursday, February 10, 2011

Arise, Lazarus

Thrash metal band comes to OKC


Music

Stephen Carradini
In the mood for some metal? Lazarus A.D. plays pure thrash, untainted by any other genres or trends.
 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Such great Heights

On the heels of ‘Skeletons,’ emo rockers Hawthorne Heights strip their songs down to the bone for an acoustic tour.


Music

Stephen Carradini
Hawthorne Heights with Will Loomis, Dalton Joe, Mighty Big Fire and Found in Atlases
6 p.m. Monday
The Conservatory
8911 N. Western
conservatoryokc.com
607-4805
$10
 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Ex — Catch My Shoe

Dissonant, horn-laden punk that claims the term


Rock

Stephen Carradini
I don’t like punk much these days because it doesn’t mean anything. Strumming a guitar really fast and hard is no longer countercultural; it’s par for the course.
 
Monday, February 7, 2011

Esben and the Witch — Violet Cries

Artsy, detailed, Björk-esque


Indie

Stephen Carradini
A quiz is in order.
 
Thursday, February 3, 2011

Social Distortion — Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes

Still relevant, 32 years later


Rock

Stephen Carradini
On one hand, Social Distortion’s “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes” is a solid, workman-like set of Southern California punk tunes with three gems.
 
Thursday, February 3, 2011
 
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