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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

Drake — Take Care

Canadian crooner raps less, slow-jams more on his visionary, 80-minute sophomore LP.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
If the minimal, Toronto R&B sound of Drake and collaborators Abel Tesfaye (AKA, The Weeknd), Boi-1da and Doc McKinney winds up as influential on hip-hop as many critics seem to think, then “Take Care”’s legacy will be long-lasting and often-marked.
 
Monday, December 5, 2011

The Roots — undun

Playing Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show hasn’t pulled The Roots up from ... their roots.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
You can — if you concentrate hard — faintly hear a baby bawling at the very beginning of The Roots’ new album, “undun.” That’s because the record follows a fictional life that isn’t so fictional.
 
Monday, December 5, 2011

Riley Jantzen and the Spirits — Feathers

A focused, rich indie-folk LP from Mayola’s former front man.


Folk

Matt Carney
I once knew Riley Jantzen as that harsh-voiced dude from that band with the even-harsher guitar tones, Mayola. Even when he wasn’t grunting or guttural, he sounded like a mean ol’ son of a rock ’n’ roll gun.
 
Thursday, December 1, 2011

Musical entity

As their band name suggests, Norman post-rockers Gentle Ghost play aggressive music that’s unsettling, yet far from menacing.


Music

Matt Carney
Gentle Ghost with Chris Bathgate and Riley Jantzen & The Spirits
Saturday
The Deli
309 White, Norman
thedeli.us
321-7048
 
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Los Campesinos! — Hello Sadness

Don’t be sad, indie kids: Los Campesinos! will cheer you up with their most dramatic, mature album yet.


Indie

Matt Carney
While their fourth LP in as many years doesn’t peak quite as high as their 2008 debut, “Hold On Now, Youngster ...” (which was hallmarked by an absolute crusher of an indie-pop single in “You! Me! Dancing!”), Los Campesinos! have crafted another terrific record in “Hello Sadness,” a compelling, aggressive, twee listen.
 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Zombie Vs. Shark — Wunderkind/Dogs & Guns


Rock

Matt Carney
Norman’s Zombie vs. Shark embody a lot of the purest tenets of rock ’n’ roll, the foremost being the long-standing premise that loud, rude guitar music is one of the best, most fun ways of waggling a middle finger in the face of The Man.
 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Depth & Current — Depth & Current

Norman guitar loudsmiths engineer an awesome sonic nightmare.


Rock

Matt Carney
I always enjoy conversations — be they digital or in-person — with Hook Echo Sound and Nice People Records owner/engineer/operator Chris Harris, mainly as he’s one of the Oklahoma music community’s few remaining people who speaks his mind forcefully and directly.
 
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Paul Simon — One Trick Pony / Hearts and Bones / Graceland / The Rhythm of the Saints

Disclaimer: Only once had I previously listened all the way through one of these recordings.


Pop

Matt Carney
Everybody over the age of 48, chill out.
 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of The Police / Def Leppard / Van Halen

For the little rocker in all of us. Or at least those of us who one day hope for little rockers of their own.


Eclectic

Matt Carney
I am not a father. Nor do I harbor plans of becoming one anytime soon. I’d like to spawn a kiddo sometime in the next eight or more years, although the technicality of finding a lady nice enough to want to help me out with that is kind of a wild-card factor. Makes such things difficult to predict.
 
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Inni

Beautiful, alien music gets a beautiful, alien concert film.


Documentary

Matt Carney
If you missed last night’s chance at Oklahoma City Museum of Art, but like music, watch “Inni.” If you like film, watch “Inni.” Even if you liked Sigur Rós’ other concert documentary, “Heima,” go see “Inni.” I personally guarantee that it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
 
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Philip Zoellner Band — Lean On


Rock

Matt Carney
As far as straightforward, unpretentious, classic-sounding rock goes, Tulsa’s Philip Zoellner Band delivers with “Lean On,” Bad Company-inspired guitars and storytelling lyrics included.
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Brews for the bird

Hometown hops abound for every part of your Thanksgiving festivities.


Food and Drink Features

Matt Carney
All my extended family lives out of state, so we usually meet at my grandparents’ house in Missouri for the holidays. So close to Kansas City, Mo., Boulevard brews are aplenty, as are St. Louis’s Schlafly (they have a September- October-only pumpkin ale that literally tastes like you’re drinking a spiced pumpkin pie still glowing from the oven), but this year I’ll bring a handful of my favorite Okie beers to share with the cousins, aunts and uncles.
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bitchin’

Norman punks John Wayne’s Bitches formed less than two years ago. Isn’t it too soon for a comeback show? They’ve got a good reason.


Music

Matt Carney
John Wayne’s Bitches with Zombie Vs. Shark and The Escatones
9 p.m. Saturday
Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org

820-0951
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Jam recipe

A spin-off from The String Cheese Incident, electro jammers EOTO combine improvisational chops with dubstep to cross the country, expanding and exploding minds along the way.


Music

Matt Carney
EOTO with Montu
8:30 p.m. Saturday
Kamp’s 1310 Lounge
1310 N.W. 25th
819-6004
$20-$25
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
 
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