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WU LYF – Go Tell Fire to the Mountain

Indie-rock with a voice that’s certainly … memorable.


Indie

Matt Carney
It’s rare for a debut album’s two most distinct features to conflict so aggressively, and for a band to command them with as much confidence as does WU LYF. This really is an impressive freshman effort, one that commands your attention for its nearly 50 minutes, spread out thick over 10 songs.
 
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know

Womanhood told by a lovely English nymph.


Folk

Matt Carney
Labeling Laura Marling and her British ilk with the awful tag of nu-folk makes about as much sense as nu-metal does, in general. Which is to say, very little.
 
Monday, September 12, 2011

Kashing in

Call Tim Kasher, the former Cursive and The Good Life front man, ‘TNT.’ Because he knows drama.


Music

Matt Carney
Tim Kasher with Aficionado and O Fidelis
8 p.m. Thursday
The Conservatory
8911 N. Western
conservatoryokc.com
607-4805
$10
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Gum — Make It Sound New


Music

Matt Carney
As far as album titles go, “Make It Sound New” is a pretty bold one. And the five guys who comprise Oklahoma City band Gum aren’t joking, either.
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wilco – The Whole Love

Wilco’s relevant again!


Indie

Matt Carney
As far as Wilco albums go, 1999’s “Summerteeth” and 2004’s “A Ghost Is Born,” are two of the band’s most beloved, but rarely by the same fans. The former, the group’s third full-length, is a joyful romp of Americana indie rock and pop, bubbling along on a turgid undercurrent of relational struggle, drug abuse and loneliness.
 
Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Terius Nash – 1977

R&B’s hitmaker du jour drops his first record sans moniker.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
As far as human beings go, Terius Nash may well be one of the most sought-after. Here’s a brief list of songs he’s written/produced for megastars:
 
Friday, September 2, 2011

Soundcheck: 'This Machine'

OCCJ adopts the message of Oklahoma's greatest folk singer to fight injustice.


Music

Matt Carney
Woody Guthrie didn’t die in 1967.
 
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Weeknd — Thursday

Damaged and menacing, The Weeknd continue to push R&B to its scariest limits.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
I was finishing up college when the then-more-mysterious R&B project The Weeknd dropped their first mixtape, “House of Balloons,” for free online. Unfortunately for 21-year-old Canadian Abel Tesfaye (who’s credited as singer and songwriter) not enough has changed in that time to warrant increased praise for “Thursday,” although that’s not to say he’s produced (with the help of veteran Doc McKinney and the also-mysterious Illangelo) a bad album.
 
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Superchunk – Foolish

A well-deserving ’90s indie classic gets a timely re-release.


Indie

Matt Carney
A few weeks ago I negatively reviewed the packaging of a pair of reissues from Experience Hendrix LLC. Note that I enjoyed the albums’ actual sonic contents, which definitely proved themselves to be two of the best Hendrix documents on the (flooded) market.
 
Monday, August 29, 2011

Three for all

Three of Norman’s best, loudest bands help kick-start the school year with a whole mess of chaos that costs a whole lotta nothing.


Music

Matt Carney
Stardeath and White Dwarfs with Broncho and Chrome Pony
6:30 p.m. Friday
East lawn, Oklahoma Memorial Union, University of Oklahoma, Norman
ou.edu/uosa/cac.html
free
 
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Divided no more

Do the math: The reunion of ’90s Red Dirt ramblers The Great Divide should add up to one stellar show.


Music

Matt Carney
College Days with The Great Divide, Cold War Kids, Colourmusic and more
Thursday-Saturday
Tumbleweed Dance Hall
West Lakeview and Country Club Roads, Stillwater
calffry.com
$29-$110
 
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sundress — Sundress EP

Nearby rockers dream big.


Rock

Matt Carney
Do you ever listen to Beach House and think, “I’d really like this a lot more if the guitars weren’t so passive.” If so, Denton, Texas, rockers Sundress might just be your new band du jour.
 
Monday, August 22, 2011

Soundcheck: The Prids


Music

Matt Carney
The Prids survived more social shake-ups than most families. Fifteen years, a handful of city-to-city moves, a marriage and a divorce ago, there were just David Frederickson and Mistina La Fave, who started making music together in a little corner of Missouri.
 
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Kanye West and Jay-Z — Watch the Throne

Modern-day hip-hop legends pair up to go ‘hard as a motherf***er.’


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
Hey, have you guys heard of this new rap band called Kanye West and Jay-Z? Yeah, apparently they released an album exclusively on iTunes last week that pissed off a lot of record-store owners. Not sure if you’ve heard of it, so I’ll try to break down “Watch the Throne” for you, since these guys are kinda obscure.
 
Monday, August 15, 2011

The Jimi Hendrix Experience — Hendrix in the West / Winterland

How many different versions of ‘Hey Joe’ do you need to hear, really?


Rock

Matt Carney
I’m absolutely, totally, 100 percent, completely in support of reissues. There is great music in the past that often gets neglected or forgotten once the generation that popularized it ambles a few years into their first mortgages.
 
Thursday, August 11, 2011
 
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