lucius

Good Grief: Colorful pop act Lucius finds light in the dark for The Oklahoman / NewsOK.com Onstage, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius are a Day-Glo Rorschach, matching mod haircuts and sparkly capes. They occupy a single microphone at stage center, with bandmates Dan Molad, Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri fleshing out the mirror-image effect behind them. It’s striking, seeing Laessig and Wolfe’s powerful twin vocals performed eye-to-eye, which can turn from sweet to snarling. The human portmanteau that is Wolfe and Laessig operates as two halves of a whole. This impression is more yin and yang than it is […]

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the anniversary

Emo band The Anniversary takes reunion show to Oklahoma for The Oklahoman / NewsOK.com Think Haight-Ashbury and 1960s rock, Leon Russell and the Tulsa Sound, or indie rock in Omaha in the mid-1990s. Geographical pockets of bands operating loosely under the same genre umbrella often have tremendous impacts on popular music nationwide. One of the Midwest’s contributions, at its commercial peak in the late 1990s and early 2000s, was “emo,” short for “emotional,” a label often shrugged off by the bands categorized within it. Though Dashboard Confessional, from Florida, and Saves the Day, from New Jersey, are bands that thrived […]

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enter through the drink shop: a banksy art show

Banksy street art finds a home in Oklahoma City for The Oklahoman / NewsOK / LOOKatOKC Rarely does this much come from a game of H-O-R-S-E. In fall 2012, Oklahoma City’s James Nghiem, a comedian, musician, and writer, planned an art show loosely based on the elementary basketball game. Each artist’s piece had to have a title that corresponded to one of the letters in the game. Nghiem said a visual artist friend of his had lamented a lull in her productivity, and he planned the art show partly as encouragement to spur her to create a piece for it. […]

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cyndi lauper

Expect the unexpected with Cyndi Lauper’s new album, visit to Oklahoma City for The Oklahoman / NewsOK Musical icon, feminist, activist, author and winner of Tony, Grammy and Emmy awards: Cyndi Lauper’s list of accomplishments runs as long as her storied, three-decade career. Although the eclectic 63-year-old singer says she has many dream projects in the works, when she makes a tour stop in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, her extracurricular to-do list is short: She wants to see the Vince Gill statue at Northwest Classen High School. “So funny,” Lauper said. “I gotta take a picture of myself in front of […]

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jabee

Black Future: Oklahoma City-based rapper Jabee finds his place in time for The Oklahoman / NewsOK / LOOKatOKC Oklahoma City rapper Jabee Williams’ new album, “In the Black Future, There’s a Place So Dangerously Absurd” — or simply “Black Future” — opens with a reading of the poem that inspired its title. In the poem’s imagined black future, language, education, hope and hard work are the means to moving forward. “In the black future,” it reads … We give more than requested Work harder than required And believe in the unrealistic BLACK HISTORY Written by Oklahoma City poet Najah-Amatullah Hylton, the […]

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broncho

Double time: Tulsa’s BRONCHO returns with sonically drenched new album for The Oklahoman / NewsOK / LOOKatOKC “You gotta settle into it.” Ryan Lindsey, singer and guitarist of Tulsa quartet BRONCHO, is talking about the band’s new album, “Double Vanity.” When he says it, we’re reclining on a thrift store sofa in the makeshift living room of BRONCHO’s post-apocalyptic warehouse space in Tulsa, surrounded by trusses, mirrors and metallic plastic sheeting. There’s a large tube television playing a VHS tape of the 1985 Chevy Chase comedy “Fletch” and a slowly floating but seemingly permanent haze in the air. I did […]

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john moreland

This Land is Moreland’s for The Oklahoman / NewsOK / LOOKatOKC “This is a record about home. Whatever that is.” The dedication in the liner notes of Tulsa songwriter John Moreland’s new album is a fitting introduction. “High on Tulsa Heat” was mostly recorded on a whim in a few days in July 2014 at Moreland’s parents’ Bixby home, while they were on vacation. Produced by Moreland, with engineering and instrumental assistance from fellow Tulsans John Calvin Abney and Jared Tyler, the record is filled with pop rock, Petty-esque gems cut with plaintive ballads, ruminations on being lovesick, loneliness and, […]

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john fullbright

A Man with a Simple Song for The Oklahoman / NewsOK / LOOKatOKC As I walk into the coffee shop where John Fullbright and I have agreed to meet, I feel an intent stare coming from the minivan next to me. He beat me here, and when I look over to source the gaze, he breaks into a smile and waves hello. I’m nervous. For those of you in the back, Fullbright is something of an Okie wunderkind, a songwriter who, for some of us, seemed to leap overnight from membership in the Turnpike Troubadours and solo gigs at Libby’s […]

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the art of bread

The Art of Bread for Oklahoma Today Over the course of a few months, I researched and wrote a long-form feature on the scant—but attractive—artisanal bread movement in Oklahoma. It’s not available on their website, but you can check out the tear sheet here.

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bacon jam

Bacon Jam Written for and published in McSweeney’s Reviews of New Food. Did you know that they make tiny slow cookers? I found this out because I am 29 and live by myself still, and I was waiting for a wedding registry to come into my life so I could get all new kitchen appliances, but then I got tired of waiting because I found out bacon jam was a thing that could exist. It is basically like if you were going to make barbecue sauce, but then you replaced the ketchup in the recipe with bacon, and then you […]

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