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Power Pyramid - The God Drums


Rock

Joshua Boydston

Power Pyramid doesn’t have much patience for nonsense. That appears to be the takeaway from the Oklahoma City quintet’s last 10 months, which brought The God Drums in September, the Insomnia EP in January and its latest, self-titled effort in July.

 
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Broncho - "Class Historian"


Rock

Joshua Boydston
Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"


Rock

Joshua Boydston

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Boare - "playdatshit"


Electronica

Joshua Boydston
The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mack truckin’

Philadelphia DJ Swizzymack’s hard-hitting club bangers hit the dance floor — and your eardrums — with authority.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Swizzymack
9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 
lndrnrs.com 
819-6004 
$10-$15 

 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Commercial rock

L.A. pop band Capital Cities — one of the many acts on display at Tulsa’s Center of the Universe Festival — has always had a penchant for the spotlight.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Friday-Saturday
Downtown Tulsa 
centeroftheuniversefestival.com 
$35-$50 

 
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Narrative verse

Oklahoma City rapper L.T.Z.’s improbable story is best told atop a beat.


Music

Joshua Boydston

L.T.Z. with Jabee, Frank Black & more
8 p.m. Saturday
The Conservatory 
8911 N. Western Ave. 
conservatoryokc.com 
607-4805
$7 

 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rock steady

’80s heroes Tesla are back on the road, feeling refreshed and ready to rock.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Tesla
7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
frontiercity.com
478-2140
Free with park admission 

 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Chevy cruisin’

A string of mixtapes and prestigious guest spots has Steel City emcee Chevy Woods on the rise.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 
$20-$40 

 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Manmade Objects - Monuments


Indie

Joshua Boydston
No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Admirals - Amidst the Blue


Rock

Joshua Boydston

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sheriff Woody

Red Dirt icon Jimmy LaFave has become synonymous with the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Woody Guthrie Folk Festival featuring Jimmy LaFave, Arlo Guthrie and more

Wednesday through Sunday

Okemah

woodyguthrie.com

Free

 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Next big thing

Despite wowing her fair share of crowds, 11-year-old phenom Olivia Kay is balancing the life of a normal kid with that of a rising star.


Music

Joshua Boydston

As far as songs go, few prove as challenging to sing as our national anthem.

It’s a technically demanding tune from first note to last, to be sure, beginning with a low bellow that quickly soars toward star-punching high notes, eventually swelling to a show-stopping crescendo that even the most seasoned performer can have trouble mastering.

 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Major League tunes

Texas-based experimental rockers Chipper Jones bring a host of influences and skills to the metaphorical dugout.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Chipper Jones with The Hitt Boyz, Foxburrows and Milk Jr

8 p.m. Saturday

VZD’s Restaurant & Club

4200 N. Western Ave.

vzds.com

524-4200

 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

California dreamin’

L.A.-via-Oklahoma trio Modern Pantheist found its creative spark after moving to the West Coast.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Modern Pantheist with The Wurly Birds and Larry Chin

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge 

2408 N. Robinson Ave.

thebluenotelounge.com

600-1166

$5

 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
 
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