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Not-so-little Lamb

The ‘Revolution’ continues as country music powerhouse Miranda Lambert stages a concert in her new home state of Oklahoma.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Miranda Lambert with Justin Moore and Josh Kelley
7:30 p.m. Thursday
Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 Jenkins, Norman
Lloydnoblecenter.com, 800-456-4668
$26.75-$47.75

 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Grammy errors

A few Okies and a lot of absurdity dot this year’s nominations.

Ada-born Blake Shelton; country’s shiniest lady-star Carrie Underwood; and local kiddie-rock stars Sugar Free Allstars (pictured) all got nominated in this year’s round of Grammy nominations, announced today.

OK, so the OKC-based Allstars’ nom comes tangentially, as they contributed the song “Cooperate” to the “All about Bullies ... Big and Small” collection for Cool Beans Music that was nominated for Best Children’s Album, but still cool. Shelton’s and Underwood’s came in the usual country categories.

But yeah, year after year, the Grammy nominees just get increasingly absurd.

This year’s no different. Bon Iver’s up for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist (I suppose you have to sell out mid-size theaters across this country and others in order to be considered a “new artist” these days), competing against the likes of Adele (really?), Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj and Skrillex.

Fleet Foxes got nominated for Best Folk Album, which is forgivable until you consider that they’re trying to take down Eddie Vedder’s “Ukelele Songs.” Radiohead is in the Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song categories for “Lotus Flower,” possibly the least rock-like song it’s ever recorded. The band’s bizarre, inventive “The King of Limbs” isn’t even in the Best Rock Album category — it’s nominated for Best Alternative Music Album, ostensibly ousted by Okie natives Kings of Leon’s “Come Around Sundown,” or as I like to call it, “the biggest turd in the whole bowl.”

Wilco is nominated again! I guess once you get nominated and keep making records, you get nominated for life. It’s a travesty that Beyoncé’s best-ever album, “4,” didn’t net anything, and even worse that single “1+1” received no recognition.

And sweet lord, “Sigh No More” was released in October 2009! And yet Mumford & Sons are still up for as many trophies as Bon Iver. I’m writing my congressman.

by Matt Carney 12.01.2011 2 years ago
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Be it resolved ...

Celebrated Oklahomans make their New Year’s resolutions … and share them with you!


Features

Phil Bacharach
Aside from 2012 meaning the end of the world (a big shout-out to those kooky Mayans), the new year provides an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start anew.
 
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

VOTD: Grammy edition

With congratulations to Okie Grammy winner (kinda) Sugar Free Allstars!

Despite my earlier predilections, Maroon 5’s performance of The Beach Boys’ classic “Surfer Girl” was actually kind of awesome. I think this was mostly due to Adam Levine’s severe discipline in keeping his shirt on. I won’t defend Foster the People’s take on “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” or terrible band name, however. Singer Mark Foster looked about as petrified as Brian Wilson’s craggy old face.

And speaking of Brian Wilson, I’m just kind of amazed that his voice can still get that high.



Glad to see Adele’s voice survived that vocal cord surgery. I think she’s still just a couple servings’ worth of charisma shy of being a top-tier pop star, though. “Rolling in the Deep” has always struck me as a little bland, even more so after Jennifer Hudson came out and yanked tears out of everybody’s faces later in the evening.



I now give you the absolute train wreck of the evening, provided by Miss Nicki Minaj and a cavalcade of creepily sexualized Catholic imagery:



What awesome justice did Okie Blake Shelton do to the great Glen Campbell? The Band Perry was all right doing “Gentle on My Mind,” but Shelton’s take on “Southern Nights” shined:



Sir Paul McCartney got some guitar-lickin’ help from Dave Grohl, Bruce Springsteen and Joe Walsh, marking the single greatest living advertisement for Viagra and devices used to feather aging gentlemen’s hair in live television history:



Unfortunately, no Oklahoman walked out of the Staples Center with a clear-cut win last night, but Sugar Free Allstars can claim one-20th of an award for their contribution to Best Children’s Album winner, “All About Bullies ... Big and Small!” Said the band in an email, “ AAAAAAHHHHHHHH THE ALBUM WON THE GRAMMY FOR BEST CHILDREN'S ALBUM!!! WE OFFICIALLY HAVE A SONG ON A GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ALBUM AAAAHHHH!!!”

OKSee-approved acts fared pretty decently though as Adele’s lauded album, “21,” cleaned house, earning her six awards. Bon Iver’s eponymous second record earned him the Best New Artist award and Best Alternative Album (you might recall him winning our coveted Album of 2011 distinction as well).

For more info, a partial list of the winners included:

• Album of the Year: “21,” Adele

• Record of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele

• Song of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

• New Artist: Bon Iver

• Pop Vocal Album: “21,” Adele

• Pop Performance by a Duo or Group: “Body and Soul,” Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse

• Pop Solo Performance: “Someone Like You,” Adele

• Rock Song: “Walk,” Foo Fighters

• Rock Album: “Wasting Light,” Foo Fighters

• Rock Performance: “Walk,” Foo Fighters

• R&B Song: “Fool For You,” Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim and Jack Splash

• R&B Album: “F.A.M.E.,” Chris Brown

• Rap Performance: “Otis,” Jay-Z and Kanye West

• Rap Song: “All of the Lights,” Kanye West

• Rap Album: “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” Kanye West

• Country Vocal Solo Performance: “Mean,” Taylor Swift

• Country Performance by a Duo or Group: “Barton Hollow,” The Civil Wars

• Country Album: “Own the Night,” Lady Antebellum

• Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album: “Drama y Luz,” Mana

• Jazz Vocal Album: “The Mosaic Project,” Terri Lyne Carrington and various artists

• Opera Recording: “Adams: Doctor Atomic,” Alan Gilbert, conductor

• Traditional Gospel Album: “Hello Fear,” Kirk Franklin

• Dance Recording: “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” Skrillex

• Dance/Electronica Album: “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” Skrillex

• Alternative Music Album: “Bon Iver,” Bon Iver

• Spoken Word Album: “If You Ask Me (and of Course You Won’t),” Betty White

And, regarding Lady Gaga’s rather hilarious and severe snubbing, I will say only this:

by Matt Carney 02.13.2012 2 years ago
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Tishomingo blues


CFN

Gazette staff
You guys! Miranda Lambert’s dog is missing. She tweeted the news to Chicken-Fried News personally. And also to her 1.3 million other followers. But still, we think she was mainly reaching out to us.
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

If I were Santa ....

Notable Oklahomans tell us what they would do.


Features

Gazette staff
There must be a lot of perks to being Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick. You have scores of elves to do your bidding. Families across the globe lavish you with milk and cookies. With a magical sleigh, you never have to fly Southwest.
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Blake not-so-placid


CFN

Gazette staff
Okie country music superstar Blake Shelton upset some of his industry peers recently — and this time, it wasn’t because they’re jealous he gets to do naughty things with Miranda Lambert.
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mama's getting punchy


CFN

Gazette staff
In Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” video, the country star portrays someone ravaged by torment, who eventually dabbles in mind-altering substances, cuts her own hair and deviously inspects a kitchen knife. Basically, it’s about being crazy.
 
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Goin’ country


CFN

Gazette staff

Oklahomans love ’em some country music! Come Sunday night, the 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards will illustrate that fact perfectly, with Okies well represented, from presenters and performers to nominees.

 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

CFN Quote of the Week


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Gazette staff

“Blake Shelton isn’t really a small-town Oklahoma boy anymore. Now he just plays one on TV.”.

 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
 
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