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  • Movie Review: '12 Years a Slave'

    George Lang | Published: Wed, Nov 6, 2013

    Director Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” achieves its brutal brilliance because it will not give viewers an easy out, a chance to avert their eyes from one man’s suffering at the hands of a nation’s greatest moral failure. This story comes from a first-person account of the horrors of human...

  • Video of the Day: King Ad-Rock and Mike D join Yoko Ono in "Bad Dancer"

    George Lang | Updated: Tue, Nov 5, 2013

    No one is likely to correct Ono on this point, as in, “Oh, come now, Ms. Ono, you’re a perfectly good dancer, blurgle blurgle.” No, her minimal dance floor acumen is self-evident. But what is notable about “Bad Dancer” is its surprising surplus of good fun.

  • Tulsa-born Alfre Woodard talks "12 Years a Slave'

    George Lang | Published: Tue, Nov 5, 2013

    When Alfre Woodard got the call saying that “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen wanted her for a pivotal role, she immediately accepted, but the film’s producers wanted the Tulsa-born actress to read John Ridley’s script before she gave her final word.

  • Broken Bells posts new single, "Holding on for Life" -- album due in January

    George Lang | Updated: Mon, Nov 4, 2013

    Broken Bells, the side project featuring James Mercer of The Shins and uberproducer Danger Mouse — a side project that is looking more and more like a main gig these days, posted the first single today from its upcoming album, After the Disco.

  • Video of the Day: Chvrches, "Lies"

    George Lang | Published: Mon, Nov 4, 2013

    The Glasgow electro band Chvrches chose its spelling based on the ease with which fans could effectively Google their name. I thought they were just being Roman. Yes, the Internet rules all — except, of course, the Odd Future side project known as The Internet, which shows no signs of worry...

  • Norman Music Festival wants you to become a member

    George Lang | Published: Mon, Nov 4, 2013

    The Norman Music Alliance, organizers of the Norman Music Festival, announced today that sustaining memberships will be available for music lovers and supporters of the annual event, and it comes with fabulous prizes. Starting today you can go  here and become a member.

  • Blu-ray Review: ‘Pacific Rim' (Blu-ray)

    George Lang | Published: Fri, Nov 1, 2013

    Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” is the thinking person’s “Transformers,” not because of its depth but for the basic level of coherence that Del Toro and co-screenwriter Travis Beacham bring to the story. It proves beyond any doubt that giant robot films are not inherently stupid — it’s all...

  • Movie Review: "Ender's Game"

    George Lang | Published: Fri, Nov 1, 2013

    Considering its difficult road from page to screen, writer-director Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” delivers an exciting, coherent story about teenagers on the front lines of a galactic battle. This is a smartly rendered story that does justice to Card’s 1985 young...

  • Harrison Ford is 'Game' for Work

    George Lang | Updated: Fri, Nov 1, 2013

    More than 36 years ago, Harrison Ford became part of a science-fiction classic when he stepped behind the controls of the Millennium Falcon as Han Solo in “Star Wars.” With his new role as Col. Hyrum Graff in “Ender’s Game,” Ford said the acting challenges have not changed, even though the shift...

  • Music Review: Arcade Fire, "Reflektor" (Merge)

    George Lang | Published: Fri, Nov 1, 2013

    Pop music history is filled with streamlined narratives, and in order to fathom what will happen once Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” is seen in the rear view, look no further than its closest artistic precedent, U2′s “Achtung Baby.” Now 22 years old, that album is considered a watershed moment for...

  • Power Up: FAA gives the go-ahead for electronics use during takeoff and landing

    George Lang | Published: Thu, Oct 31, 2013

    Our lives changed, but the rules of electronic use on airlines stayed the same. At least they did until Thursday, when the Federal Aviation Administration expanded the use of portable electronic devices. Frequent flyers are all familiar with the annoying ritual that held sway over domestic air...

  • Flaming Lips Twitter account hacked -- breakup a hoax, says manager

    George Lang | Published: Thu, Oct 24, 2013

    Thursday afternoon’s Twitter post announcing the breakup of the Flaming Lips was the result of the band’s account being hacked. The band has not broken up. Scott Booker, the Oklahoma City band’s longtime manager, told The Oklahoman that no one from the Flaming Lips organization, including lead...

  • Pink Pony is down for "Whatever"

    George Lang | Published: Wed, Oct 16, 2013

    Steven Battles describes his approach to music and media as a “personality disorder,” a tendency to scatter his efforts in multiple directions and give each effort a separate name. Chrome Pony was the mother ship, but then there was the stripped-down Solo Pony, the mellow Lounge Pony and Pony...

  • A novel in a semester: "Man Alive!" author Mary Kay Zuravleff on getting it done

    George Lang | Published: Mon, Sep 30, 2013

    BY GEORGE LANG Assistant Entertainment Editor Author Mary Kay Zuravleff spent nearly six years crafting her latest novel, “Man Alive,” but during one semester at Washington D.C.’s George Mason University, she taught creative writing students how to build a novel at lightning speed.

  • Jacob Abello's Prettyboy funding new album with Kickstarter campaign

    George Lang | Published: Thu, Sep 19, 2013

    The next 10 days are crucial for Jacob Abello and his new project, Prettyboy. During that time, the local glam-pop singer hopes to raise the full $10,000 needed to record his new album, which he said marks a significant break from his past and a big move into perfect pop music.

  • The 'Breaking Bad' prequel is happening

    George Lang | Published: Wed, Sep 11, 2013

    After much talk and hopeful public discussion, it’s official: the “Breaking Bad” prequel centered on crooked lawyer Saul Goodman is happening. AMC and Sony Pictures Television confirmed it today. The spinoff, which will feature the popular supporting character from “Breaking Bad,” will be a...

  • Arcade Fire releases "Reflektor" videos

    George Lang | Published: Mon, Sep 9, 2013

    Arcade Fire released two videos for “Reflektor,” the title track for their new album, due Oct. 29. It’s a widescreen dance song that, er reflekts the involvement of James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) and features backing vocals from David Bowie. One video is an interactive, Google Chrome-optimized...

  • Pixies debut new video, "Indie Cindy," directed by Oklahoma's LAMAR+NIK

    George Lang | Published: Tue, Sep 3, 2013

    This is the second LAMAR+NIK-directed clip from the Pixies in just a few months, following up the superb “Bagboy.” It is the second single featuring new bassist Kim Shattuck, and is part of a four-song EP the band released today through its Web site.

  • Sleigh Bells debut video for title track of "Bitter Rivals," due Oct. 8

    George Lang | Published: Tue, Sep 3, 2013

    Now, that was quick: Sleigh Bells is following up 2012′s “Reign of Terror” with a new 10-song album, “Bitter Rivals,” and just released the first single, video and title track today. The album is produced by guitarist Derek Miller while the spectacle is produced by Alexis Krauss.

  • Wayne Coyne and Moby premiere official video for "The Perfect Life"

    George Lang | Published: Tue, Sep 3, 2013

    It’s got equal parts “Yoshimi”-era Lips grandeur and “Play”-era Moby operatics. It’s got sombreros. And it’s got some semi-NSFW images of a woman wearing pasties, because, um, Wayne Coyne. Moby’s “Innocents” will be released Oct. 1. – George Lang



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