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The Gardes — Make Out the Sound

Goofy, fun, low-key pop songs


Pop

Stephen Carradini
The MySpace home of Oklahoma City pop band The Gardes is /TheGardesMustBeCrazy.
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

June tunes

Jazz in June is bustin’ out all over Norman with a variety of free concerts over three days.


Music

Stephen Carradini

Jazz in June
Thursday-Saturday, Norman
jazzinjune.org
Free

 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

FM Belfast — Don’t Want to Sleep

Dance-pop album contains my favorite song of the year


Pop

Stephen Carradini
I listened to FM Belfast’s brilliant dance-pop tune “I Don’t Want to Go to Sleep Either” 15-plus times on the first day I heard it, including about eight listens in a row. The frequency was only a little bit lower for the next few days.
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. — It’s a Corporate World

Paul Simon’s resurgence continues via ... gentle electronic music?


Pop

Stephen Carradini
Writing a pop song is a unique and nebulous skill.
 
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Delay Trees — Delay Trees

The best Death Cab album Ben Gibbard didn’t write


Indie

Stephen Carradini
If you’re a longtime fan of Death Cab for Cutie feeling let down by “Codes and Keys,” fear not.
 
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Main squeeze

According to The Accordion Babes, their squeezeboxes are the gift that keeps on giving, all year long.


Music

Stephen Carradini
The Accordion Babes with The End Puppetry
8-11 p.m. Thursday
Istvan Gallery, 1218 N. Western
istvangallery.com, 831-2874
$8
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Label love

While the major record labels drop like flies, local indie ones are on the rise.


Music

Stephen Carradini
Major labels may be going the way of the buffalo, but independent record labels still have ardent supporters in Oklahoma City.
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hangin' out in the Alley

Alley Records is a vintage vinyl lovers’ dream come true


Music

Stephen Carradini
An authentic Kurt Cobain signature is a rare thing, but you can see the late Nirvana leader’s pen on a copy of a limited-edition, 1991 7-inch split between Nirvana and The Fluid hanging on the wall at Alley Records.
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Heavy Years: 2000-2010 — Chris Mills

An under-radar singer/songwriter gets a well-deserved retrospective


Indie

Stephen Carradini
Singer/songwriter Chris Mills’ appeal can be summed up in the title of his 1996 debut EP, “Chris Mills Plays and Sings.”
 
Monday, June 13, 2011

Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music — Nona Willis Aronowitz, ed.

A fascinating republishing of an unfairly forgotten seminal rock critic’s work


Nonfiction

Stephen Carradini
The New Yorker hired Ellen Willis as its first pop music critic in 1968. She wrote the monthly “Rock, Etc.” column for the magazine until 1975.
 
Friday, June 10, 2011

Simple Plan — Get Your Heart On!

Guilelessly enthusiastic pop fun


Pop

Stephen Carradini
Three-minute pop songs about the pitfalls of young love have been a staple of radio for the medium’s entire existence.
 
Friday, June 10, 2011

The Antlers — Burst Apart

A baby-makin’ record about not baby-makin’.


Indie

Stephen Carradini
“Burst Apart” by The Antlers is a baby-makin’ record about not baby-makin’.
 
Thursday, June 9, 2011

Two Suns — Two Suns EP

Artsy electronic pop with a unique idiom


Electronica

Stephen Carradini
Although Two Suns’ beats, synth and guitar compositions are heavily electronic, it still feels as if electronics are just the foundation for the melodies.
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Paleo — Fruit of the Spirit

Outsider folk with gems to unearth


Folk

Stephen Carradini
Paleo’s acoustic guitar songs on “Fruit of the Spirit” call to mind a lot of different artists, for good or for ill.
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Moz’ def

Think you know OK Mozart? Think again. For the first time, the long-running festival brings some unconventional acts — many of them Grammy winners — to the metro stage.


Music

Stephen Carradini
OK Mozart OKC Series
Monday-June 19
Rose State College Performing Arts Theatre, 6000 Trosper, Midwest City
OKMozart.com, 297-2264
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
 
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