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Hear It Is

Five Lips albums on vinyl for Record Store Day


Music

Stephen Carradini
Get ready, Flaming Lips fans: It’s almost time to “Race for the Prize.”
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Thursday — No Devolución

An impressive first stab at something more than thoughtful screaming


Rock

Stephen Carradini
At the very least, Thursday deserves credit for not resting on its laurels.
 
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Alison Krauss and Union Station — Paper Airplane

It's good. But you probably knew that already


Country

Stephen Carradini
At this point, Alison Krauss is impervious to criticism.
 
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tiny Animals — Our Own Time

So pop it hurts. Draw your own conclusions.


Pop

Stephen Carradini
The All-American Rejects’ self-titled 2003 release is one of my favorite pop albums ever.
 
Monday, April 11, 2011

Hafdis Huld — Synchronised Swimmers

Gorgeous pop that should take America by storm


Pop

Stephen Carradini
She may come by it honestly, but I would not be surprised if I heard that Hafdis Huld’s sound was scientifically crafted to perfectly zeitgeist indie music right now.
 
Friday, April 8, 2011

Generationals — Actor-Caster

Glorious summer music


Indie

Stephen Carradini
Old cars don’t have MP3 hookups, and those radio receivers always dissolve into static.
 
Friday, April 8, 2011

Of God and Science — Black Rabbit

A uniquely varied and genuinely enveloping indie rock album


Indie

Stephen Carradini
Every now and then, I’ll get an album that promises something along the lines of an “AM radio” experience. This is usually a signifier that the disc in hand is a jumbled mess of genres and moods.
 
Friday, April 8, 2011

Rocky Business — A Rebel's Roar

A good taste of what the rap/pop duo can do


Hip Hop/Rap

Stephen Carradini
It’s a hard balance to strike between “masses-pleasing nonsense” and “critically pleasing art.”
 
Thursday, April 7, 2011

GDP — Useless Eaters

He hates everything; listeners win


Hip Hop/Rap

Stephen Carradini
Here’s a partial list of things that rapper GDP is angry about: rampant drug use, alcoholism, loose sex, children as a result of that loose sex, corporations running everything, excess destroying the environment, aimless youth, cult of celebrity, posers and even rappers.
 
Thursday, April 7, 2011

L’Altra — Telepathic

Stately pop tunes turn to mush in the brain


Indie

Stephen Carradini
Sometimes you can get too mature.
 
Thursday, April 7, 2011

Shutter sounds

For decades, local photographer Vernon Gowdy has shot rock concerts, images from which comprise his new book.


Features

Stephen Carradini
Hanging out with Oklahoma City shutterbug Vernon Gowdy will get you a boatload of stories about near-mythical rock bands.
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hipper than now?

While the overall genre is fraught with battles, local rap and hip-hop artists realize working together will strengthen their scene.


Music

Stephen Carradini
Jay-Z may have 99 problems, but the Oklahoma City rap scene has only one: fragmentation.
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

O yeah!

We made local folkies O Fidelis answer our questions with an iPod set to ‘shuffle.’ May the best completely random title win.


Music

Stephen Carradini
Oklahoma City folk band O Fidelis doesn’t take too much seriously.
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dressed to thrill

With nothin’ to lose, Faux Kiss pays tribute to a ’70s rock legend, and local audiences are licking it up.


Music

Stephen Carradini
It’s midnight in El Reno, and Gene Simmons is spitting blood at Gilmore’s Pub.
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

From Red to Randy

How did one of the most famous guitars in music history land in an Oklahoman’s hands ... and then go away?


Music

Stephen Carradini
Most guitarists play a six-string made of wood that costs in the triple digits.
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
 
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