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Live Nathan: The perfect song is out there
I knew it had been a successful concert weekend because my pen felt too heavy to lift.
All nine of my fingers were attached, but my body was beyond tired while I wrote this column.
When Aug. 28 rolled around, I was only interested in napping and being in my underwear. I was much like a three-toed sloth that hangs out in the unmentionables department at Macy’s. The three nights leading up to my lazy Sunday were spent trekking across the state going to concert after concert. Indie hard hitters such as Delta Spirit and Cold War Kids were stopping in the state while local bands gathered in Norman for the Dustbowl Arts Market.
The shows were fun, exhausting and almost made me wish remnants of Hurricane Irene would make a dramatic shift to Oklahoma to flood my driveway for a week. As my concert-rattled bones did their best to recover, I still felt an overwhelming urge to attend more concerts. Especially the headlining show with Mister Heavenly (awesome band consisting of members of Man Man, Modest Mouse and Islands) that was at The Opolis.
Instead of heading to Norman again, I stayed home and came up with an idea for a song that I would like to be written. This song realization came to me after succumbing to more than 20 hours of live music in three days and seeing an overwhelmingly positive reaction to shows. There needs to be a song that captures the enthusiasm for what’s happening in our music scene.
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CURRENT LOOK ISSUE
SHOWS TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE…
Aug. 31 – Your mission is to put down this issue of Look and immediately plan to see The Dodos performing with The Luyas and Stillwater’s Deerpeople. When The Dodos canceled their Norman show earlier this year I cursed the band’s name, but now they’ve gone and totally redeemed themselves. Plus, the three bands have enough bombastic energy to fuel this heat wave until January. See you there. @Meacham Auditorium, Norman, 900 Asp Ave.
Sept. 3 – OKC’s own Junebug Spade releases its third EP “Extra Virgin Olive Oil” with opening support from The Wurly Birds. Both local acts have released impressive recordings this month and Junebug’s latest effort won’t disappoint. The band’s upbeat tunes not only are a throwback to the catchiest ’90s tunes but also channel a carefree, fun attitude that’s timeless. @Hi Lo, 1221 NW 50th St.
Sept. 13 – One of the strongest rock releases this year is “Dye It Blonde,” a bratty and beautiful album Chicago’s Smith Westerns. Norman-based band The Evangelicals are on opening duty and frontman Josh Jones has been hard at work for several months on a follow up to “The Evening Descends.” More than anything, I’m looking forward to seeing what Jones has up his sleeves. @The Opolis, Norman, 113 N Crawford Ave.
BAND TO WATCH…
OKC’s Modern Rock Diaries released my favorite local debut of the year. The band’s first effort ,“Great Western Civilization,” departs in several directions within its five track span, but the band does one thing very well: when it goes for it, it goes big. The EP was crafted at Blackwatch Studios in Norman and boasts a sound that doesn’t feel like it was group’s first trip to a studio. Keep your eyes and ears on this band.