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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

Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs


Country

Joshua Boydston

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.

 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

River men

Iowa folk-pop collective The River Monks embodies both the sound and temperament of its home state.


Music

Joshua Boydston
The River Monks with Tallows and Foxburrows
9 p.m. Saturday
Blue Note Lounge 
2408 N. Robinson Ave. 
thebluenotelounge.com 
600-1166
$5
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Music Made Me: Sardashhh


Music

Joshua Boydston
Norman beatmaker and instrumental hip-hop artist Sardashhh — born Joseph Sardashti — likes to keep busy over the summer. Last year, he released his debut “beat tape” (think mixtape — but without the rapping), The Feast, and he promptly followed that up with Vol. 2 this June, sampling anything and everything from Key & Peele and Adventure Time to classic R&B and soul jams. Oklahoma Gazette asked Sardashti to spell out what fuels his eclectic sense and style of production.
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Dizzy spells

Rising emcee Dizzy Wright is just focusing on his words and flow, even as the hype surrounding him continues to mount.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Dizzy Wright with Josh Sallee, Mike Turner and more

10 p.m. Saturday

Kamp's Lounge

1310 NW 25th St.

lndrnrs.com

819-6004

$12-$15

 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Electric Würms - "Heart of the Sunrise"


Indie

Joshua Boydston
For a band so prolific, ambitious and endearingly experimental, it’s a wonder that more Flaming Lips side projects haven’t emerged over the years. Several dozen collaborations have come and gone, but rarely anything that wasn’t released under the official Lips’ umbrella. It makes sense, given that the Oklahoma natives have never shied away from casting a wide net in its 30-odd years.
 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Weak Knees - “IceBevo”


Indie

Joshua Boydston
Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
 
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