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The Weeknd — Echoes of Silence

The best trilogy since ‘Lord of the Rings.’ At least in the field of eerie, Canadian R&B.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
Two leering, damaged R&B mixtapes in and I was nearly certain that provocative Toronto collective The Weeknd (the brainchild of remarkable singer Abel Tesfaye) had exhausted its scuzzy-production-and-luxurious pop-voice-singing-about-banging-groupies shtick.
 
Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Del Toros — Young Blood Rising


Pop

Matt Carney
If you didn’t pick up on a sense of the dramatic while listening to white boy soul-rockers The Del Toro’s 2010 full-length debut “Come Down,” then there’s probably something wrong with your audio speakers. Or ears.
 
Thursday, January 5, 2012

Peer review

Local musicians dish on the music that got their toes tapping in 2011, both local and national.

 
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Good King Friday — Good King Friday


Eclectic

Matt Carney
The University of Oklahoma music department proved to be the intersection of a stellar symphonic-pop record.
 
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

In the ’zona

Headed west, sports fans? Tote this Arizona agenda along for your OU and OSU bowl season touring.


Features

Matt Carney
Pokes and Sooners, riding together! Mass hysteria!
 
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Peach — Peachy-P


Rock

Matt Carney
Get it? “Peachy-P”? As in, “Peach EP”? Well, I thought it was kinda funny.
 
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Forecast: Thunder

With a bitter lockout now in the past, the Thunder is in position to contend for this season’s NBA title.


Sports

Matt Carney

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Orlando Magic
7 p.m. Sunday
Chesapeake Energy Arena
100 W. Reno
nba.com/thunder
602-8700
$157.05-$289.75

 
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Black Keys — El Camino

Good job, whoever convinced Danger Mouse to loosen up a bit.


Rock

Matt Carney
Drummer and hilarious tweeter Patrick Carney recently explained DJ Danger Mouse’s (aka Brian Burton, the production half of Gnarls Barkley) role producing “El Camino,” The Black Keys’ seventh LP in nine years: “For this album, The Black Keys became a three-piece band.”
 
Friday, December 16, 2011

Villainy

Sonic tough dudes Bona Fide Villains want to creep out their fellow Okies. Bwah-ha-ha!


Music

Matt Carney

Bona Fide Villains with Them Hounds and Dirty Evil People
10 p.m. Saturday
Blue Note Lounge
2408 N. Robinson
thebluenotelounge.com
600-1166

 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Faster, Dischordia! Kill! Kill!

Oklahoma City metal trio Dischordia plays it fast and angry, but there’s more to it than that.


Music

Matt Carney

Dischordia with This Hideous Strength, Submerged In Dirt and Look.Point.Whisper.
8 p.m. Friday
McSalty's Pizza
3000 N. Portland
943-3637

 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dear Diaries

A new Oklahoma City band pushes for a gigantic sound and spectacle as it prepares for a big U.S. tour.


Music

Matt Carney

Modern Rock Diaries with Chrome Pony
8 p.m. Friday
VZD’S Restaurant & Club
4200 N. Western
vzds.com
524-4203
$8 advance, $10 door

 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Horse Thief — Grow Deep, Grow Wild


Indie

Matt Carney
Local psych-rock outfit Horse Thief’s first album, “Grow Deep, Grow Wild,” blasts open with a Gothic church organ undercut by some very subtle guitar scratching for texture.
 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Nutrocker

It’s the most wonderful time of the year ... for epic, holiday-inspired, theatrical prog rock, courtesy of Trans-Siberian Orchestra.


Music

Matt Carney
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
3 and 8 p.m. Saturday
Chesapeake Energy Arena
100 W. Reno
chesapeakearena.com
602-8700
$29-$57.50
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Current event

It’s not enough for Norman’s scariest psychedelic/Goth shoegazers, Depth & Current, to just sound like your nightmares. They want to cause them, too.


Music

Matt Carney
Depth & Current with Lizard Police and Paint Scratcher
9 p.m. Thursday
Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org
820-0951
$8
advance, $10 door
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Ryan Parker — In Circles


Indie

Matt Carney
About two-thirds of the way through “What Is Light,” the eighth track on Oklahoma City singer/songwriter Ryan Parker’s “In Circles,” a melodic, piano-driven, chorus-less series of verses gives way into a worldbeat rhythm that evokes a living-room drum circle. This is the part where he asks about the light.
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
 
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