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Noah and the Whale — Last Night on Earth

Folk band goes synth-rock?


Pop

Stephen Carradini
There’s one less witty folk-pop group in the world, and one more synth-driven pop band.
 
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Brianna Gaither — Love Is Patient

Piano pop on the short list for 'year's best album'


Pop

Stephen Carradini
Piano-based singer-songwriters are a dime a dozen, so it’s always a shock when one immediately jumps out from the first seconds of a track.
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Toro Y Moi — Underneath the Pine

Chillwaver goes disco/funk


Indie

Stephen Carradini
I’m pretty sure the whole chillwave genre was born of nervousness. New artists, afraid of their own voice, cloaked everything in waves of reverb.
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Who deserves a Woody?

Vote now, vote proud in our annual local music awards


Music

Stephen Carradini
Seeing such immense Oklahoma talent at The Buffalo Lounge in South by Southwest reminds me that it’s time again for The Woody Awards. 
 
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Yuck — Yuck

Chapel Hill 1994 lives!


Rock

Stephen Carradini
Sometimes people buzz about a thing so that they can be excited about something. Some guy will promote a thing so that if more people get on the bandwagon, he can say he discovered it.
 
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Mountain Goats — All Eternals Deck

Great songs that aren't cohesive at all


Indie

Stephen Carradini

It’s hard to be on the other side of a masterpiece.

 
Monday, March 21, 2011

SXSW FAQ

Well, frequently asked by Oklahoma Gazette, that is. We polled 12 local acts about their expectations for South by Southwest.


Music

Stephen Carradini
If Oklahoma sounds a bit quieter today than usual, it’s for good reason: A slew of state musicians are in Texas, at Austin’s South by Southwest music conference, running through Saturday.
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Monty Harper — Songs From the Science Frontier

Not your average kids' CD


Eclectic

Stephen Carradini
If adults dumb things down unnecessarily for kids, then Monty Harper’s not your average adult.
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Luke Rathborne — Dog Years E.P./I Can Be One E.P.

'90s-influenced guitar-pop that will floor you


Pop

Stephen Carradini
Luke Rathborne’s next five days look like this: opening for tastemakers Noah and the Whale in West Hollywood, playing the Paste SXSW showcase and opening for The Strokes in Austin on the same day, playing the Filter Showcase at SXSW, then hopping on up to his stomping grounds of NYC to play Bowery Ballroom with Noah again.
 
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Bass this


OKG7 things to do

Stephen Carradini
Grammy-winning bassists Stanley Clarke and Victor Wooten join forces at 8 p.m. tonight at the Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center, 425 E. California.
 
Monday, March 14, 2011

Kurt Vile — Smoke Ring for My Halo

Because your lazy Friday night needs a soundtrack


Pop

Stephen Carradini
It’s Friday, and your girlfriend is having a girls’ night.
 
Friday, March 11, 2011

Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx — We’re New Here

A remix album that competes too much with the original


Eclectic

Stephen Carradini
I loved the earthy sound of Gil Scott-Heron’s poetry-and-music album “I’m New Here,” but I disliked the coldness of The XX’s “xx.”
 
Thursday, March 10, 2011

Adebisi Shank — This Is the Second Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank

More mostly instrumental, relentlessly fun, technical rock.


Indie

Stephen Carradini
The positive prog-rock movement that Fang Island helped break last year has been a blast to listen to.
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

OKC to SXSW

Local musicians will play a three-day showcase at South by Southwest with the festival’s official seal of approval.


Music

Stephen Carradini
If South by Southwest sounds like an esoteric compass setting or vaguely reminiscent of an Alfred Hitchcock movie, it’s time for a redefinition.
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Elephant Revival — Break in the Clouds

Family-style folk that's sure to please


Folk

Stephen Carradini
Remarkable consistency marks “Break in the Clouds” from Colorado-by-way-of-Tahlequah folksters Elephant Revival. Although the album is 14 songs long, there’s not a bad tune in the bunch.
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
 
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