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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

Kyle Reid & the Low Swinging Chariots - “When I Was Young”


Jazz

Joshua Boydston
Every artist should be the star of their own creative life, which makes Kyle Reid’s steps out of the shadows of the many ensembles and supporting roles he has played in Oklahoma bands over the years to front and center on stage feel like a just journey.
 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bird’s-eye view

Even in his early years, prodigious songwriter and violinist Andrew Bird blurred the lines between modern and classical music.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory with Tift Merritt
7 p.m. Sunday
Cain’s Ballroom
423 N. Main St., Tulsa 
cainsballroom.com 
(918) 584-2306 
$27-$42 

 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Milk Jr - Bad Things Don't Happen to Bad People


Rock

Joshua Boydston
As Harvey Dent would tell it, the night is darkest just before the dawn.

Judging by its debut album, Oklahoma City noise punks Milk Jr understand that sentiment all too well and built up seven songs using that concept as currency.
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Square roots

When husband-wife lovebirds Thompson Square sing love songs, they actually mean it.


Music

Joshua Boydston

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

 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

White knight

Era-defining guitarist Jack White kicked off his solo tour Thursday night at Tulsa’s Cain’s Ballroom.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Jack White has always been something of a time traveler. The first notes that crept out from those early days in Detroit were carved out of the best and brightest pockets of ’60s garage rock. And by the time "Seven Nation Army" grew into a cultural phenomenon in 2003 (one that you'll still hear marching bands charming the crowds at high school football games with today), Jack White had reconciled modern alternative with classic rock 'n' roll in a way few bands have ever come close to matching.

 
Monday, June 2, 2014

Idre - Idre


Indie

Joshua Boydston
For a long time there, metal felt like it was on life support, relegated to the dankest of underground clubs and precious few high school loner iPods.
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Sunday school

Whether the band is ready or not, Scottish synth-pop trio Chvrches is primed for indie-pop stardom.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Chvrches with Summer Cannibals 

7 p.m. Sunday

Cain’s Ballroom

423 N. Main St., Tulsa

cainsballroom.com

918-584-2306

$23-$38

 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cultish vibes

Airy indie-pop duo Cults has endured its fair share of turbulence, yet its founding members remain as mellow as the California breeze.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Cults with Vampire Weekend

7 p.m. Sunday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.

diamondballroom.net

677-9169

$35-$39

 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
 
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