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  • Video: It's the last weekend of the Oklahoma State Fair - check out this awesome time lapse/hyperlapse video of the fun

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    The 2014 Oklahoma State Fair ends Sunday, and before this year’s extravaganza of fried food, prize livestock and carnival rides comes to a close, you need to check out this great time lapse/hyperlapse video of the action. Our excellent NewsOK videographers Kyle Roberts and Greg Singleton put it together to the incredible beat of Oklahoma […]

  • Video: BRONCHO "Class Historian"

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 13 hr ago

    How about giving your weekend a total ’80s vibe? Along with releasing their sophomore album “Just Enough Hip to Be Woman” this week, Oklahoma punk-rockers BRONCHO also dropped the official video to the first track, “Class Historian.” It reminds me so much of an early-day video that Adam Ant or Taco might dance through, and […]

  • Garth Brooks to release comeback album Nov. 11

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Oklahoma country music superstar Garth Brooks confirmed Fridady at his tour press conference in Atlanta that his highly-anticipated new album will be available on Nov. 11.  The comeback album will be released on Pearl/RCA Nashville and will feature his current hit on country radio, “People Loving People.” As previously reported, fans can pre-order the album […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Sept. 20, 2014: Hear Gum at The Opolis - and check out the band's new "Golden Years" video

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Hear Oklahoma bands Gum and Helen Kelter Skelter, along with Lawrence, Kan., group The Sluts at 10 tonight at The Opolis, 113 N Crawford. Doors open at 8 p.m. Gum, who released its self-titled debut album last month, dropped this week its music video for “Golden Years,” which you can peruse here: […]

  • Fairy Ball on the Paseo to celebrate arts, creativity, wonder Saturday

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    A version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman. Winging it Fairy Ball on Paseo inspires costumed enchantment and spontaneous poetry Kerri Shadid recalls letting her creative spirit flow not just through her body but through her pencil as a child dancing with Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan. “Now as a […]

  • Interview: Charlie Daniels and wife Hazel to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary at Saturday's Oklahoma State Fair show

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    A version of this story appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. ‘Fair’-ly romantic Charlie Daniels and wife, Hazel, will celebrate 50th wedding anniversary at Oklahoma State Fair concert For Charlie Daniels, 2014 surely will go down as a year of red-letter anniversaries. It’s been 55 years he released his first single, “Jaguar,” […]

  • Interview: Jerrod Niemann talks new album "High Noon," country music history and TONIGHT's Oklahoma State Fair show

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    A version of this story appears in the Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Jerrod Niemann makes a stand with new album ‘High Noon’ The follow-up to his genre-defying 2012 album “Free the Music,” which fused country, rock, honky tonk, Dixieland jazz and reggae, “High Noon” continues to bust boundaries by melding country, rock, hip-hop, […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Sept. 19, 2014: Hear Hank3 at the Diamond Ballroom

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Hellbilly rock ‘n’ roll outlaw Hank3 launched his 15-stop U.S. fall tour this week in Springfield, Mo., and the second stop will be at 8 tonight at the Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S Eastern Ave. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the four-hours-a-night, country/metal/punk HANK3 musical experience. There will be no opening band. Tickets are […]

  • Neon Trees indefinitely postponing October Oklahoma City show after bassist's heart surgery

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Neon Trees is postponing indefinitely its Oklahoma City “First Things First Tour” stop set for Oct. 22 show at the Diamond Ballroom after the band’s bassist, Branden Campbell, had to undergo open-heart surgery. Here is the statement the band issued through its publicist: “Neon Trees regretfully must postpone some dates of their upcoming fall tour […]

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani do Lip Sync Battle with Jimmy Fallon

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Ada native Blake Shelton brought some fancy footwork and great facial expressions to one of “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’s” epic Lip Sync Battles. To promote the new season of “The Voice,” which begins Monday, Shelton and new coach Gwen Stefani appeared on Fallon’s show Wednesday night to face off with the host in […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Sept. 18, 2014: Listen to Grace Askew at Grandad's Bar

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Former “The Voice” standout Grace Askew will perform at 9 tonight at Grandad’s Bar, 317 NW 23. The Memphis musician is touring in support of her new “Bluntry” (blues + country) album “Scaredy Cat.” Tickets are $5. For more information, go to www.grandadsbar.com. Remember, the new season of “The Voice” starts Monday […]

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Miranda Lambert gets emotional singing "Over You" to pediatric cancer patient

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Country music superstar and Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert became overwhelmed with emotion and needed the crowd’s help to finish her touching hit “Over You” over the weekend at a Corpus Christie, Texas, show. During the show Saturday at the American Bank Center, Lambert began serenading a front-row concert-goer by the name of Brooke Hester, a […]

  • Garth Brooks taking comeback tour to Kentucky

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Oklahoma country music megastar Garth Brooks is continuing to add dates to his comeback tour: The longtime Owasso resident announced today that he is set to return to Kentucky after 16 years. “The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood” will be playing Lexington, Ky., starting Halloween night. The concerts will be at 6:30 p.m. […]

  • Video: NPR, SiriusXM Outlaw Country to provide live coverage of TONIGHT's Americana Music Association’s Honors & Awards; Parker Millsap is nominated & performing

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    NPR Music and Folk Alley return to Nashville, Tenn., to webcast the 13th annual Americana Music Association’s Honors & Awards show tonight. Starting at 7 tonight, fans can watch the entire event, including performances by some of the genre’s biggest names, in a live video stream at NPR.org/music, WKSU’s FolkAlley.com and on participating public radio […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Sept. 17, 2014: See "Art of the Brick: Permission to Play" before it closes Sept. 28 at Science Museum Oklahoma

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Today’s featured event: See the LEGO art exhibition “Art of the Brick: Permission to Play” before it closes Sept. 28 at Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52. The exhibit marks the Oklahoma debut of the work of New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya, who is credited with bringing LEGO bricks into the fine art world. Along […]

  • Ariana Grande bringing 2015 tour to Oklahoma City April 3; tickets on sale Saturday

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Pop music’s biggest breakout star of the year, Ariana Grande will bring her first North American headlining tour to Oklahoma City for an April 3 show at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno. Produced and promoted exclusively by Live Nation, “The Honeymoon Tour” will support of her Billboard No. 1 album, “My Everything.” Tickets for […]

  • Video: Blake Shelton "Neon Light" official video

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Country superstar and Tishomingo resident Blake Shelton has released the official music video for his new Top 15 single “Neon Light,” from his forthcoming album”Bringing Back the Sunshine” by sharing it with fans himself via Twitter. The music video for “Neon Light,” Shelton’s fastest growing single and highest chart debut of his career, showcases scenes from shows along the […]

  • Video: BRONCHO releases sophomore album "Just Enough Hip to Be Woman" today

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Oklahoma punk band BRONCHO is releasing its sophomore album “Just Enough Hip To Be Woman” today via Dine Alone Records. BRONCHO will play a hometown release show with Low Litas at 10 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Opolis, 113 N Crawford, Norman. For more information, go to opolis.org. “Just Enough Hip To Be Woman” is a […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Sept. 16, 2014: Hear Wink Burcham at Tulsa's Mercury Lounge

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Today’s featured event: TULSA – Hear New Tulsa Sound singer-songwriter Wink Burcham play his weekly date at 10 tonight at the Mercury Lounge, 1747 S Boston Ave. For more information on Wink’s music, go to www.facebook.com/WinkBurcham. For more information on the show, go to http://www.mercurylounge918.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events. -BAM

  • Video: "Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" trailer debuts, tickets on sale Oct. 29

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    The first full trailer for the upcoming blockbuster “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ has now debuted, and we finally get to see the Mockingjay, aka Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), go to war. We also get to see Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), Plutarch Heavensbee (the late […]