• A frank conversation about death

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    On Sufjan Stevens’ new record “Carrie & Lowell,” and the light it sheds on the indie songwriter’s already impressive back catalogue.

  • 5 great new songs you (probably) haven't heard yet

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Our pop music columnist dishes on five new recommendations for your iPhone.

  • The Patriarch is turning a home into a big house party

    BY LACEY LETT, For LOOKatOKC | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    A solid house party comes equipped with good music, beer and enough people to bump into for a few conversations. That’s the aim for The Patriarch - Craft Beer House and Lawn, a new bar located in downtown Edmond right off Main Street, in a 112-year-old house. Patriarch manager Michael Cotton wants the house to feel like home. “We really wanted to be a place that’s about community where great conversations are happening,” he said. “We want there to be this communal atmosphere.” More commonly known as the Hunt House, the home was built in 1903 by Citizens Bank of Edmond co-founder William Hunt. He died one year after it was built. Owners Bryce Thompson and Stephen Russell fell in love with the house

  • Courtney Barnett and Father John Misty, smart-alecks with soul

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    In praise of two of the moment's funniest working songwriters.

  • This land is Moreland's: Tulsa's John Moreland opens up on new album

    By Becky Carman, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    John Moreland’s new album “High on Tulsa Heat” was mostly recorded on a whim in a few days in July 2014 and finally gets released on April 21. Becky Carman interviewed Moreland about his plaintive ballads, ruminations on being lovesick, loneliness and, above all, the idea of home.

  • Five new songs to funk up your April

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    From ice-cold funk-pop to the heir to the throne of the Postal Service, our pop music columnist's got you covered.

  • Take a deep breath and relax at Udander

    By Lacey Lett, For LOOKatOKC | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Exhaling might be the best therapy for a stressful day. With that intention, Udander (Danish for exhale) opened in downtown OKC. Owners Andrea Mason and Katie O’Brien came up with the idea after being inspired by other spas they’ve visited across the country. However, Scandinavia insipired Udander, 131 Dean A. McGee Ave. The concept is new to Oklahoma City and O’Brien said customers are loving it. “We are so excited to see that our concept is resonating with so many,” O’Brien said. “You can stay 45 minutes for just a steam and sauna or a spend a full day with an Udander retreat. It really is tailor made for anyone.

  • On 'To Pimp a Butterfly,' Kendrick Lamar moves out of the block and into his brain

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    California rapper Kendrick Lamar follows his 2012 major-label debut “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” with a record of funk and jazz-indebted hip-hop as unique as his own thumbprint.

  • Cheap Rent: It's hard out there for a print

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Meet the newest screen printing crew in OKC. Nathan Poppe spent three days with the Cheap Rent to see what it takes to turn a house into a home business.

  • Frank’s Wurst keeps getting better for owner

    BY LACEY LETT, For LOOKatOKC | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Who said watching TV rots your brain? It inspired it for one local food cart owner. “I had a healthy addiction with the Food Network and the Travel Channel,” said Kody Hookstra, owner of Frank’s Wurst. “I became obsessed with mobile food.” Then three years ago, his obsession became a reality with Frank’s Wurst, a hot dog food cart based in Oklahoma City. It’s a job he wanted since traveling with his former band Glister. “Playing in a band we got to go to Austin a lot, and eating at a food truck was one of our favorite things to do,” he said. Frank’s Wurst started as a food cart, but expanded in Feburary to serve food from the 51st Street Speakeasy kitchen, 1114 NW 51st St.

  • The 6 best boasts on Drake’s new mixtape

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    The Drake-iest lines from Drake’s latest.

  • New Farmer's Market bar aims to help revitalize sleepy district

    By Lacey Lett, For LOOKatOKC | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Power House owner Clay Berkes embraces the old and the new with bar and restaurant


    BY MATT CARNEY, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Norman songwriter Beau Jennings’ new record and film “The Verdigris” explore the life of Will Rogers. But what exactly is he looking for?

  • Four eclectic indie releases to watch for in 2015

    BY MATT CARNEY | Updated: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    Our pop music columnist highlights a handful of new releases for 2015 quarter one.

  • American-made goods to fill new store in Plaza

    BY LACEY LETT | Published: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    Some people have a career and others have a journey. For Oklahoma State University graduate and Minco-native Eric Baker, it’s the latter. Baker has a master’s degree in international business and nutrition. He’s a former Whole Foods buyer in Colorado. You know those clothing items you find in various aisles at Whole Foods? He chose which ones they sold. Before that, he was a member of the Peace Corps. Now, he’s the owner and sole employee at Maverick OKC, a new clothing store focused on American made apparel offering vintage and handmade goods in the Plaza District. It’s located at 1609 N Blackwelder Ave. He carries brands from Portland, upstate New York and even Shawnee. “That is the whole ethos of what

  • ‘Run The Jewels 2’ is the year’s most important record

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    There’ve been some really good records this year. The New Pornographers set up a confectionary and spun out bombastic, brilliantly colored rock indebted to glam and new wave. YG offered a more hardened perspective on the same hardscrabble Compton, Calif.-life as Kendrick Lamar did two years ago. Sturgill Simpson walked up to Big Nashville, looked it in the eye and told it off just by writing a handful of forward-thinking country songs. St. Vincent continued to hone her aesthetic into an even more efficient, provocative package. It was a good year. But we — the American popular music-listening audience — didn’t need any of those records.