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The Way, Way Back

Although pleasant, this dramedy works too hard to offer so little.


Drama

Zach Hale
If there’s any type of movie unlikely to offend, it’s usually the coming-of-age story. Films with a relatable central character are more likely to instill a heavy rooting interest in its audience, as we empathize with the protagonist as the story unfolds.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Them Hounds — Them Hounds


Rock

Zach Hale
If there’s one defining characteristic of modern blues rock, it’s that the songs often are constructed around the band’s instrumental strengths.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Music Made Me: Chris Harris

The Depth & Current front man and Hook Echo Sound engineer taps the five albums that shaped his textured musical perspective.


Music

Zach Hale
Michael Jackson, Thriller (1982)
When I was 9 years old, I received a yellow plastic turntable and a gift certificate from Sound Warehouse for Christmas. I had grown up listening to my parents’ albums, and music was always playing in our house. I was so excited to go to buy my very own albums. I ended up getting Thriller, The Go-Go’s Vacation, and a K-tel sampler. Thriller is such a perfect album. It’s packed with hooks and hit songs. The performances are incredible, but even at 9, it was the sound that drew me in. [Producer] Quincy Jones is a genius musician and arranger. It ended up being one of the biggest pop albums of all time.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Various artists — Support Local Heroes: Vol 1


Eclectic

Zach Hale
Now in its fourth season, the Lower Bricktown Live outdoor summer concert series has serenaded Bricktown patrons with live performances by some of the metro’s most admired musicians. The free event has risen steadily in popularity, offering a glimpse of our city’s ever-budding arts scene and an opportunity to enjoy a night on the town while supporting local artists.
 
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Good Morning Grizzly — The Dirty EP


Rock

Zach Hale
Tulsa’s Good Morning Grizzly has been playing together for a couple years now, and although The Dirty EP is technically its first proper release, the melodic alterna-rock quintet sounds nice and, well, grizzled on this five-song debut.
 
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Smith Westerns — Soft Will


Indie

Zach Hale
Most bands don’t make their “mature” album until they’re, you know, mature. Chicago trio Smith Westerns is like the indie-rock equivalent of Robin Williams in Jack: just a few years removed from high school, yet appearing to age more rapidly than the majority of their contemporaries.
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Son also rises

One of the alt-country pioneers of the ’90s No Depression movement, Son Volt charges forward with a new disc that looks backward.


Music

Zach Hale
Son Volt with Colonel Ford
8 p.m. Friday
VZD’s Restaurant & Club
4200 N. Western
vzds.com
524-4200
$16-$19
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Various artists — Woody Guthrie at 100!: Live at the Kennedy Center


Folk

Zach Hale
Few 20th-century figures were more influential than Woody Guthrie. The folk icon and Oklahoma native has a legacy and scope that span the musical stratosphere, predating and inspiring genres from country to punk rock.
 
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sweet slumber

Between the states of consciousness and unconsciousness exists the ideas behind the alt-electronic indie project This Is Sleep.


Music

Zach Hale
The technology boom of the last two decades has made life easier in a variety of ways. In the music world, widespread computer use has spawned a modern-day compositional renaissance.
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Kanye West — Yeezus

The skills match the ego.


Hip Hop/Rap

Zach Hale
Try as you might, but there’s no escaping Kanye West. Turn on the TV, radio, computer — hell, take a stroll downtown and you might see his mug projected on the side of a building. It’s an undeniable fact of life in 2013: Kanye West is bigger than Buddha, Krishna and The Beatles (today, anyway) and he’ll be the first to let you know about it.
 
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Graves encounters

After toiling as an actor (‘Spy Kids 3-D,’ anyone?), Shakey Graves found more action as an ‘anti-folk’ artist.


Music

Zach Hale
Shakey Graves with Wild Child and Marmalakes
10:30 p.m. Thursday
The Blue Door
2805 N. McKinley
bluedoorokc.com
524-0738
$15
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Vulgar incident

That experimental duo Vulgar Fashion saw its recent Dallas show get shut down should prick up your ears.


Music

Zach Hale
Vulgar Fashion with Depth & Current and Quilted Cherry Podium
8 p.m. Friday
Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org
820-0951
free
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Various artists — Reaching Out


Eclectic

Zach Hale
Like so many Oklahomans, the local music scene has responded with generosity and grace in the wake of last month’s tragedy in Moore. In the weeks since, droves of local musicians have banded together for benefit concerts and radio marathons to raise funds for the relief effort, and with extraordinary results.
 
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Nighty night

Don’t let the bedbugs bite. But if they do, Night Beds’ soothing sounds should make you feel all better.


Music

Zach Hale
Night Beds with The Staves and Musikanto
8 p.m. Tuesday
Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org
820-0951
$12



 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Music 4 Moore

If your musical tastes don't lean country, there's still a music benefit for tornado relief you can check out tonight.


Music

Zach Hale
Want to support the Moore relief efforts but arena country ain’t your thing? Worry not! Tonight at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center, 429 E. California, dozens of the metro’s brightest musicians will come together in perhaps the most aurally enticing fundraiser yet: Music 4 Moore.
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
 
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