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Sex Tape

Even by summer-comedy standards, Sex Tape is a remarkably underwhelming affair.


Comedy

Zach Hale
How much do you really know about The Cloud? You know, that mysterious place — utilized by services such as Dropbox, iCloud, etc. — where we store digital data in order to access it across multiple devices. For Annie (Cameron Diaz, The Other Woman) and Jay (Jason Segel, The Five-Year Engagement), the kinky couple at the center of raunchy new comedy Sex Tape, the answer is not much. And like its protagonists, the movie is more awkward and hollow than it is stimulating.
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Immortalized

With its Immortal World Tour, Cirque du Soleil pays tribute to the King of Pop with an extravagant, high-flying touring show.


Performing Arts

Zach Hale

Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour
8 p.m. July 22-23 
Chesapeake Energy Arena 
100 W. Reno Ave. 
cirquedusoleil.com 
800-745-3000
$50-$175 

 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia


Indie

Zach Hale
"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fiawna Forté - mi-MOH-suh-pud-EE-kuh: A Lo-Fi Album


Indie

Zach Hale
When you have a voice as brawny and potent as Fiawna Forté’s, it’s tempting to let loose at every opportunity — let your hair down, unleash your cathartic howl and capitalize on your unusual skill. The Tulsa singer-songwriter’s 2010 debut album, Transitusdid exactly that; guitars were amplified to the max, and its songs were progressive in the sense that they built toward an inevitable release. The record operated largely within this traditional indie-rock framework, to the point where even its quieter moments couldn’t help but boil over.
 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Million Ways to Die in the West

The new comedy from Seth MacFarlane manages to tire despite exerting minimal effort.


Comedy

Zach Hale
There’s a moment toward the climax of A Million Ways to Die in the West that finds Seth MacFarlane — the film’s director, co-writer and lead actor — hiding among a sea of sheep. As he lays in the dirt, he looks up, and a male member of the herd proceeds to urinate on his face. This particular gag is, for lack of a better phrase, the entire movie in a nutshell.
 
Monday, June 2, 2014

Husbands - "Aikin"


Pop

Zach Hale
Nobody in their right mind would ever accuse Husbands of remaining stagnant. 
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

John Fullbright - "High Road"


Folk

Zach Hale
Like many of the artists his supporters have likened him to, John Fullbright is a storyteller at heart.
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Tallows - "Soft Water (PLSTKNOVA Remix)"


Electronica

Zach Hale
Much of Tallows’ 2013 album, Memory Marrowseems ripe for the remix treatment. “Soft Water,” however, would probably be the most daunting prospect for a producer to tackle, if for no other reason than it’s probably the record’s most organic, guitar-driven song.
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Neighbors

A couple and their infant child spar with a hard-partying fraternity in this hilarious and heartfelt crowd-pleaser.


Comedy

Zach Hale
Is there a more unlikely lead actor than Seth Rogen? Since assuming the forefront in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, the burly, curly haired Canadian has shown audiences he’s someone they can not only laugh at but root for, doing so in everything from stoner comedies (Pineapple Express) to, well, more stoner comedies (This Is the End). Based solely on the way the film has been marketed, it would be easy to write off Neighbors as yet another Rogen stoner-com — or worse, frat-com — yet doing so would miss the mark entirely.
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Luna Moth - Celestial Shades


Indie

Zach Hale
Luna Moth is no stranger to experimentation. Joey Paz’s Norman-based project began in 2010 with Shamanic Youtha 10-track exploration of layered guitar and pop deconstruction, but has since evolved into a fleshed-out four-piece. And while the ideas implemented have traversed a diverse range of genres, its conceptual foundation largely remains unchanged.
 
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Norman rock well

In honor of Norman Music Festival's seventh installment, here are five out-of-state bands to check out, based on your beverage of choice.


Music

Zach Hale

Norman Music Festival

6 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday, 3:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and noon-2 a.m. Saturday

Downtown Norman

normanmusicfestival.com

Free

 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss


Indie

Zach Hale
Listening to Horse Thief’s previous release — the haphazardly melodramatic Grow Deep, Grow Wild — felt like a chore. Whatever potential the Oklahoma City folk-pop act demonstrated on the EP was obscured behind a formulaic, contrived and ultimately hollow cloud. But it at least offered a glimmer of promise for a band consisting of, frankly, five pretty talented dudes. Critics saw it; the band’s management saw it; its current label, Bella Union, saw it; and its increasingly fervid fan base saw it.
 
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Horse Thief — Little Dust

Local indie-folk band debuted a new single from its highly anticipated forthcoming album.

 
Thursday, April 3, 2014

Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich


Rock

Zach Hale
There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.
 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

RECAP: South by Southwest, day three

Tennessee rap, Fader Fort, Pitchfork day party and more.


Music

Zach Hale
Mustering enthusiasm for Thursday's events was difficult, given what happened the night before. I had planned to attend Stereogum's day party at The Mohawk Thursday afternoon. But with the ongoing investigation and the still-shaken morale of those in town for the conference, the stacked showcase (which was to feature Cloud Nothings, Fucked Up, Speedy Ortiz and more) had no choice but to cancel.
 
Friday, March 14, 2014
 
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