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Isis — Live I-V

Metal that is also the world’s loudest post-rock


Rock

Stephen Carradini
I hate showing up late to the party, but it happens sometimes. I’d never been properly introduced to the metal of Isis until I found a posthumously released collection of live recordings in my ears.
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Point Blank Band — Sad Songs and Whiskey

Hot country with excellent songwriting


Country

Stephen Carradini
The Point Blank Band is a tight unit, as each member contributes to its hot country sound. The title track and opener features great bass and guitar work, a neat fiddle part, and Mike Novotny’s welcoming vocals, which deliver memorable, ear-catching 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

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

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

Pipe dreams

For free entertainment throughout the metro, the key is in a series of organ concerts.


Music

Stephen Carradini

Wind & Fire
Sunday-Wednesday, June 15
WindandFireOKC.com
free

 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Doc ’n’ roll

In the local music scene, there’s a lot going on, and a web series now in its second season proves it.


Music

Stephen Carradini
Two guys from Los Angeles show up in Oklahoma City because they’re going to shoot a music documentary.
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Manchester Orchestra — Simple Math

Passionate, excellent indie-rock tunes


Indie

Stephen Carradini
It’s pretty weird that there hasn’t been any monolithic indie-rock disc to polarize the blog masses so far this year, as we had Beach House to love or hate before January was up in 2010.
 
Friday, June 3, 2011

Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle — We Still Love Our Country

Gorgeous country duets and ballads abound


Country

Stephen Carradini
Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle’s “We Still Love Our Country” follows a very simple formula: Beautiful female vocals + easygoing male vocals + country standards + gentle acoustic-based accompaniment = an album of duets that’s an absolute gem, because they found an excellent plan and stuck with it for a wonderful half-hour.
 
Friday, June 3, 2011

The Indie Rock Poster Book — Yellow Bird Project and Andy J. Miller

Indie designers take indie songs and make indie posters. What’s not to love?


Nonfiction

Stephen Carradini
Yellow Bird Project is a charity organization that allows musicians and visual artists to do what they do best for charity: create art.
 
Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hendrix: Band of Gypsys Live at Fillmore East

A doc and rare concert in one package!


Documentary

Stephen Carradini
“Hendrix: Band of Gypsys Live at Fillmore East” is a documentary and full concert from the short-lived group that Jimi Hendrix headed up in late 1969 and early 1970.
 
Thursday, June 2, 2011

Dr. Pants — The Trip Side 1: Illusion & Truth

Tight pop songwriting with a sense of humor


Pop

Stephen Carradini
The cumbersomely named “The Trip Side 1: Illusion & Truth” by Dr. Pants suffers no such songwriting problems in its six tracks.
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Workweek — Promises, Promises


Country

Stephen Carradini
Oklahoma City’s The Workweek follows The Jayhawks and Wilco in making the lines between folk, country and rock negligible on its debut release, “Promises, Promises.”
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Death Cab for Cutie — Codes and Keys

Indie-poppers' best album since the early 2000s


Indie

Stephen Carradini
To its benefit and ill, Death Cab for Cutie has never made the same album twice.
 
Thursday, May 26, 2011

Def, not dumb

Still together after nearly a quarter of a century, Deftones are smart enough to keep hammering out metal that matters.


Music

Stephen Carradini

Deftones with The Dillinger Escape Plan and Le Bucherettes
7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1
Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S. Eastern
Diamondballroom.net, 677-9169
$28

 
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
 
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