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NMF: Student Film/The Neighborhood

Two Oklahoma City greats tear it up

For me, Student Film is the Oklahoma indie-rock OG. When I was just getting into Oklahoma City music in 2006, Student Film had already kicking it for years. The band started before The Neighborhood did, kept playing after they broke up and was still performing by the time that Philip Rice and company reunited (which happens in several paragraphs). If Student Film's shows have a little bit of Charlie Daniels-esque "That's how you do it, son" air about them, well, they earned it. 

And they keep earning it, by churning out complex, frantic, erratic rock. Their NMF set at Opolis caused me to keep looking back and forth between members to determine who was making what noise. The blaring keys and thrashy bass held most of my interest, as they dominated the sound. These aren't simple songs in any universe; the songwriting and arrangement is head-spinning. That they can perform it live with such panache is the other half of the reason they're the OG. Student Film isn't for everyone, as the tunes can occasionally err on the side of heady noise, but the best moments toward the back of their set were thoroughly inclusive. "Witchitawesome" set, guys; just writing about it is causing my computer to freak out (seriously).

This is what it was like.

And then, lo and behold, The Neighborhood. In the aforementioned beginnings of my time in Oklahoma City music, The Neighborhood was the first band I truly loved. Their passionate songs struck a chord in me that hadn't been hit before by tunes of the pop/rock persuasion (I still cringe at calling them pop/rock because the tunes mean so much more than most "pop" ditties). Pretty much everything I've heard from them has been golden. When they broke up, it was a sad, sad day.

It was, then, with great anticipation that I awaited this set. People flew and drove in from out of state to be at this concert. I saw people I hadn't seen in years. This was, by my humble reckoning, an "I was there" type of moment. The Neighborhood did not disappoint.

After setting up the stage in their particular idiom (drums stage left, facing the band), they kicked off the set with "Your Longest Day," which whipped everyone into a dancing/moshing frenzy that only let up during their two acoustic tunes. The Neighborhood's energy fed through the audience and back to the band, resulting in one of the most awe-inspiring sets I've witnessed in years. It was easily the best performance I saw at Norman Music Festival.

This is what it felt like.

The band tore through favorites off "Our Voices Choked With Fireworks" ("Stand Up, Chin Up, and Say," "Slingshots and Cannons") as well as unreleased ragers like "What? Hey!" and a song that probably isn't called "In the Lawn" but should be. The four-piece showed negligible signs of rust, missing only a single note in a bass solo the during opener. The rest of the set was flawless, either in truth or in audience perception. For the group to be spot-on after three years of not playing together is absolutely incredible. 

Everyone sang, danced and sweated. No one had reason to be disappointed, unless they had held out hope for "The Television Set" — but that's no party song. And that's what The Neighborhood brought: a huge party. Good news for those who missed it: I've been told there will be more of these concerts going down. Hallelujah.

by Stephen Carradini 05.05.2011 3 years ago
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OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Catch the atmospheric sounds of Chicago-based indie rockers Yourself and the Air at 8 p.m. next Wednesday at The Conservatory, 8911 N. Western.
 
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Oh, Deer!

Deerpeople may have been born out of boredom, but its live shows provide anything but.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Deerpeople with Junebug Spade
9 p.m. Friday
Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org, 820-0951
$8
 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

VOTD: Givers stop by NPR

If this doesn’t amplify your Friday happiness, you may need pharmaceuticals.

A few select descriptors from NPR music writer Michael Katzif’s write-up of Givers’ Tiny Desk Show: bright, tropical, polyrhythmic, slinky, wild, loose, fun, buoyant, raw, celebratory, Afrobeat, crisp, alluring, spirited, sunny, exuberant, and bobbing.


I feel like that just about says, it don’t you? That and singer Taylor Guarisco’s hilarious white boy head-bobbing. Dude moves like a drug-addled parakeet.

OOPS: It appears you have to surf through to NPR's site to get more than just the audio. Please do so. It's a very spirited, very fun desk show.
by Matt Carney 07.29.2011 3 years ago
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Junebug strikes!

Bowling! Beers! Guitars! Appetizers!

OKC indie rockers Junebug Spade played inside RedPin Restaurant & Bowling Lounge for the latest episode of “Chevy Bricktown Showcase”! Check out the video below:



by Matt Carney 07.29.2011 3 years ago
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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks — Mirror Traffic

Pavement legend still plenty feisty.


Indie

Matt Carney
So what happens when you pair a couple of 1990s indie legends, setting the one known for bizarro, folky hip-hop at the control panel, and the one who famously dissed Smashing Pumpkins and Stone Temple Pilots behind the microphone?
 
Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Jackie-O Motherf***er — Earth Sound System

Earth to Jackie-O: Do you read me? No? OK, then.


Folk

Matt Carney
Naming your band Jackie-O Motherfucker is the titling equivalent of purchasing a license to record whatever the hell music you want, as far as I and the Americana-experimentin’ Portland indie collective are concerned.
 
Friday, August 5, 2011

VOTD: All Other Lives, all the time

Five, yes five! live performances for KEXP!

Stillwater band Other Lives is about a month away from opening for the guy who’s the odds-on favorite for album of the year right now (can you say national exposure?). But currently, they’re about to jet off to Europe for a string of festival and small-venue dates. It appears that it’ll be a few months before they perform in Oklahoma again.

But fear not, friends! KEXP Radio in Seattle shot five live-in-studio performances by Jesse Tabish and company. “For 12” is my favorite here, but please watch them and let me know what you think. I can’t overstate how great it is that Other Lives is representing Oklahoma to indie audiences across the country and Europe right now.

For  12”


As I Lay My Head Down”


“Dark Horse”


Weather”


“Tamer Animals”


Kudos to Oklahomarock.com, who first pointed this out on their news blog!
by Matt Carney 08.09.2011 3 years ago
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VOTD: The National prove they can make anything depressing

And they didn’t even need to make their own video to do it.

A little while back, mopey indie rockers The National contributed the song “Exile Vilify” to the “Portal 2” soundtrack. The video game teamed up with the Brooklyn band to host a contest to find the best fan-made video for the song. We now officially have the winner of that contest.

I give you the world’s saddest hand puppet:



You can watch a bunch of other fan vids on the “Suggestions” bar of the YouTube page for the hand puppet video. But I don’t recommend it, as listening to “Exile Vilify” more than once will completely eviscerate your spirits.

You can follow the band on Twitter here.
by Matt Carney 08.10.2011 3 years ago
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Collections of Colonies of Bees — GIVING

Wisconsin instrumental post-rockers return to old form after their Volcano Choir collaboration with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.


Indie

Matt Carney
Clocking in at just under half an hour, Milwaukee-based Collections of Colonies of Bees recorded a lyric-less gem in their latest offering, “Giving,” strong enough an effort to challenge the current incumbents Explosions in the Sky as our best post-rock build-up instrumental band.
 
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
 
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