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No dummy

The man behind alt-rock act Jack’s Mannequin knows what it takes to dress up his piano-pop tunes: freshness.


Music

Stephen Carradini
Jack's Mannequin with Steel Train, Lady Danville and River James
6 p.m. Friday
Diamond Ballroom
8001 S. Eastern
diamondballroom.net, 677-9169
$19 advance, $24 door
 
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Graham Wright — Shirts vs. Skins

Looking for some summertime power-pop? Look no further!


Indie

Stephen Carradini
Tokyo Police Club has an instantly recognizable and nigh-on iconic indie-rock sound. When I heard the words “Tokyo Police Club side-project,” I figured it was code for “more TPC songs, but some guys in the band wanted to take some time off.”
 
Friday, July 8, 2011

Piñataland — Hymns for the Dreadful Night

Beautiful arrangements, skilled players and excellent production. What more could you want?


Indie

Stephen Carradini
As a newly minted music producer, I’m now professionally invested in the way that recordings sound (which means I have even more distaste for the intentionally terrible recordings of the San Francisco garage-rock scene).
 
Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Ladybug Transistor — Clutching Stems

It's all about the tunes, man


Indie

Stephen Carradini
The Ladybug Transistor’s pop songs are elegant constructions.
 
Thursday, July 7, 2011

James and Evander — Constellating EP + 2

Like the Postal Service. But not.


Indie

Stephen Carradini
I love The Postal Service. I’ve yearned for the day that their long-rumored second album comes out; I’ve pretty much resigned myself to it never appearing. In its stead, I’ve sought out other ge
 
Thursday, July 7, 2011

Matt the Electrician — Accidental Thief

Maybe the Avetts’ long-lost brother?


Folk

Stephen Carradini
Banjo-playing Matt the Electrician actually was an electrician before he took up music full-time. This sort of earnest, workingman’s dignity powers his pop folk.
 
Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Pretty Black Chains — Awakening

You’d never know that The Pretty Black Chains very recently used to be a Brit-pop band.


Music

Stephen Carradini
“Awakening” is proof that their tansformation into a Led Zeppelin-style rock band was as complete as it was swift.
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Extra Cheeze

Shea Weaver’s varied monikers — like Cheezecoat — correspond to where music has taken him.


Music

Stephen Carradini
Shea Weaver
9-10 p.m. Friday
JJ’s Alley
212 E. Sheridan 605-4543

Cheezecoat
Saturday
Midsummer Nights’ Fair
Lions Park 450 S. Flood, Norman
normanfirehouse.com 329-4523
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Givers — In Light

The most enthusiastic calypso/indie-pop band ever delivers


Indie

Stephen Carradini
Givers’ “In Light” does not capture the exuberant magic that the band puts out live.
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Paul Simon — Paul Simon / There Goes Rhymin’ Simon / Still Crazy After All These Years / In Concert: Live Rhymin’

Only one of the four is a true reissue; but c'mon...it's Paul Simon


Pop

Stephen Carradini
Some reissues are chock-full of new bits that entice hardcore fans to go out and buy beloved albums again. Columbia’s reissues of Paul Simon’s first three albums do not fall in that category.
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Kill the Reflection — 3EP

Post-punk with promise and room to grow


Rock

Stephen Carradini
At its best, Kill the Reflection’s dark, fast music leans toward Joy Division-esque post-punk.
 
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Son Lux — We Are Rising

An ornate, ecstatic set of indie compositions


Indie

Stephen Carradini
It is difficult to categorize the music of Son Lux.
 
Friday, June 24, 2011

Nik Freitas — Saturday Night Underwater

Calm, mature pop songs with a deft touch


Pop

Stephen Carradini
We don’t have very many songwriters like Paul Simon anymore.
 
Friday, June 24, 2011

tUnE-yArDs — w h o k i l l

Oft-inventive, sometime-bizarre music


Indie

Stephen Carradini
I’ve been listening to tUnE-yArDs’ “w h o k i l l” for a couple of months, which is far longer than I listen to most CDs I review.
 
Thursday, June 23, 2011

Instrumental madness

Vintage instrument sellers will swap your noisemaker for cash


Music

Stephen Carradini
Go up to your attic, grab that vintage-looking instrument and point your wheels toward Country Inn & Suites, 3141 Northwest Expressway.
 
Thursday, June 23, 2011
 
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