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  • Full list of Oscar nominations

    George Lang | Updated: Thu, Jan 16, 2014

    As we reported this morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominations for the 86th Annual Academy Awards. The awards will be presented on March 2 and broadcast on ABC. Here is the full list of nominees.

  • Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells and Secret Machines dies at age 35

    George Lang | Published: Mon, Dec 30, 2013

    Benjamin Curtis of Lawton spent years on the adventurous edge of modern rock music, playing in several bands that were not just great on a regional level but internationally acclaimed and beloved, including Tripping Daisy, Secret Machines and School of Seven Bells.

  • Wayne Coyne embarks on "Record Store Tour"

    George Lang | Published: Tue, Dec 17, 2013

    On Thursday, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne will undertake a barnstorming tour of record stores, selling and signing copies of the Flaming Lips’ first EP in celebration of the record’s 30th anniversary. It is being issued on green vinyl — its first vinyl availability since 1986.

  • Tulsa-born St. Vincent announces pre-orders for new, self-titled album

    George Lang | Published: Wed, Dec 11, 2013

    Tulsa-born Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, announced pre-orders today for her fourth solo album (not including 2012′s “Love This Giant” with David Byrne), titled St. Vincent. The album is due on Feb. 25, 2014, and the pre-order gets you a download of the advance single, “Birth in Reverse.” Most...

  • Led Zeppelin rolls out catalog on Spotify starting today

    George Lang | Published: Wed, Dec 11, 2013

    One of the most coveted catalogs in rock history is arriving on streaming audio site Spotify beginning today. Led Zeppelin and Spotify will be rolling out the legendary hard rock band’s entire Atlantic/Swan Song catalog over the next five days. Today, listeners can hear “Led Zeppelin” and “Led...

  • Friday's Blue October show at Diamond Ballroom canceled, will be rescheduled for April

    George Lang | Published: Fri, Dec 6, 2013

    Due to snow and slick conditions, Friday’s performance by Dallas area prog-rock band Blue October at the Diamond Ballroom has been canceled. According to DCF Concerts, tickets to the show will be honored at a rescheduled concert in April — exact date to be determined.

  • Kings of Leon release "Beautiful War" music video

    George Lang | Published: Fri, Nov 22, 2013

    Starring Garrett Hedlund, “Beautiful War,” the latest single from Kings of Leon’s “Mechanical Bull,” stylishly evokes “Urban Cowboy” in its flashback sequences and the unsettling energy of prison rodeos. Impressive directing from Casey McGrath, who also directed the Kings’ sun-dappled “Back Down...

  • Amazon Prime's episodic rollout of "Alpha House" and "Betas" makes sense -- for Amazon

    George Lang | Published: Thu, Nov 21, 2013

    When Amazon Studios’ first original series “Alpha House” debuted on Nov. 15, it arrived on Amazon Prime with just three episodes available — the original episode of the political comedy, which bowed during Amazon Prime’s pilot season this spring, and the first two new ones after Amazon picked up...

  • Arcade Fire debuts new video from "Reflektor," "Afterlife."

    George Lang | Updated: Thu, Nov 21, 2013

    The second video from Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” — that is, if you don’t count that full album stream sequenced to Marcel Camus’ 1959 film “Black Orpheus” that surfaced just prior to the release date — is a radiant short film about dreams and lost loved ones directed by Emily Kai Bock.

  • Hinder parts ways with singer Austin Winkler

    George Lang | Published: Wed, Nov 20, 2013

    Oklahoma City rock band Hinder announced it has officially parted ways with lead singer Austin Winkler. Earlier this year, Winkler left the band’s national tour due to personal reasons. Hinder continued its tour with guest lead vocalists helping out, including Jared Weeks from Saving Abel.

  • Video of the Day: Lily Allen returns with "Hard Out Here" (viewer discretion is advised)

    George Lang | Published: Tue, Nov 12, 2013

    It’s been four years since Lily Allen released her second album, “It’s Not Me, It’s You,” and it’s frankly kind of amazing that, after this long interregnum in which Allen quit the music business, got married, became a mother, rejoined the music business, changed her professional name to Lily...

  • Music Review: Lady Gaga, "ARTPOP" (Interscope)

    George Lang | Published: Tue, Nov 12, 2013

    Even with all that ironic distance built onto her sound, songs and persona, Lady Gaga still retained a few tenuous intimate connections with her “monsters” on “The Fame” and “Born This Way,” but with her third proper album, “ARTPOP,” Gaga severs all ties.

  • Blu-ray Review: "Treme: The Complete Third Season"

    George Lang | Published: Tue, Nov 12, 2013

    The Skinny: David Simon’s third season of “Treme” continues the series’ poignant, novelistic look at post-Katrina New Orleans through its melting pot of fascinating characters with superb music in both the background and the foreground. Rebuilding continues on all fronts as Antoine Batiste...

  • 'VDub Sessions' coming to MAINSITE on Nov. 15 in Norman

    George Lang | Updated: Fri, Nov 8, 2013

    Oklahoma City-based creative firm The Idea Collective will turn white walls into an immersive video art experience as part of the three-year anniversary and 100th episode celebration for “The VDub Sessions” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 at MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman...

  • Video of the Day: Graham Colton's "Born to Raise Hell," directed by LAMAR+NIK

    George Lang | Published: Fri, Nov 8, 2013

    Graham Colton’s next album, Lonely Ones, comes out in January — I’ve heard a few of the songs and this sounds like a definite forward leap for this esteemed OKC singer-songwriter. Longtime Graham fans, this is your first look and opportunity to hear the new-model Graham Colton.

  • IAO hosts seventh annual "Red Dot" art auction on Saturday.

    George Lang | Published: Fri, Nov 8, 2013

    Individual Artists of Oklahoma hosts its 7th annual ‘Red Dot’ art auction from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at IAO Gallery, 706. W. Sheridan, on Film Row. At “Red Dot: Recharged,” attendees can purchase a diverse array of original works by more than 60 emerging and established Oklahoma artists,...

  • Marvel and Disney strike series deal for ‘Defenders' on Netflix

    George Lang | Published: Thu, Nov 7, 2013

    Disney and Netflix were already joining forces thanks to an exclusivity agreement, but a new deal to build original series based on four Marvel characters looks superpowered. On Thursday, Netflix announced that it was partnering with Disney and Marvel to build individual series around...

  • Director J.C. Chandor on casting Robert Redford in "All is Lost"

    George Lang | Published: Wed, Nov 6, 2013

    Director J.C. Chandor found the idea for “All is Lost,” his remarkable, nearly dialogue-free one-man film starring Robert Redford, during the final editing of his first film, “Margin Call.” He imagined a letter written by an unnamed man trying to settle his affairs as he is overwhelmed by a...

  • Blu-ray Review: "Mad Men: Season Six"

    George Lang | Updated: Wed, Nov 6, 2013

    Casual “Mad Men” viewers do exist, and they are the first to be put off by creator Matthew Weiner’s boldest experiments like “The Crash,” the eighth episode in the sixth and penultimate season of this series about 1960s advertising and the fungible concept of identity.

  • Album Review: Eminem, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2"

    George Lang | Published: Wed, Nov 6, 2013

    That boarded-up Detroit house at 19946 Dresden on the cover of Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP2” says a lot about what lurks inside. Other than Em deploying his gift for high-velocity elocution, a skill that remains one of the great wonders of modern hip-hop, this is a property in decline.



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