• Cool new tracks for all those hot August nights

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Can you feel it? I can feel it. New tracks, baby! Lil B & Chance The Rapper — “Amen” Chicagoan Chance the Rapper was part of a collaboration earlier this year that released an excellent record “Surf” under the name Donnie Trump and the Social Experiment. Last week he followed up on that by putting out a freebie mixtape in collaboration with the prolific Bay Area rapper Lil B, titled “Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape)” that proves the two to be a really provocative combination. Chance's rapid-fire onomatopoeia and heavily rhythmic style serve as foil to Lil B's slurry, slow rapping, which so often seems to pursue a certain mood or broader thematic idea greater than the literal meaning of the words he's saying.

  • Doggin' Trail: The Food Dude sets out in search of the metro's best hot dog

    BY DAVE CATHEY Food Editor dcathey@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Frankly (apologies), the disparity for hot dog passion between Oklahoma City and Chicago or New York City is as wide as our proximity to Coney Island. But that doesn't mean we don't love us a good dawg. Just ask Schwab Meat Co., which has feasted on Oklahoma's appetite for hot links and wieners since 1912. The official hot dog of the University of Oklahoma is also the dog of choice for homemade coneys from Norman to Stillwater, Shawnee to Yukon, and the picnic frank most likely to cook over an open fire from Lake Thunderbird to Lake Overholser. Just ask the generations of folks who've kept two local hot dog vendors operating under the name Coney Island downtown since 1928 with a second store carrying the name in Capitol Hill

  • What's Oklahoma to you?

    Compiled by Nathan Poppe and Tiffany Gibson | Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    #MyOklahoma is still going strong in its second year, with more than 56,000 submissions on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. The hashtag started as a way to showcase why we all live in and love Oklahoma. It was also a way for the community to come together in the aftermath of the May 2013 deadly storms. Since then, #MyOklahoma has allowed people to celebrate our state and all its beauty. We’ve even been able to form friendships with many of the talented photographers through Instameets and #SundayStories. For the latter, we wanted to know more about the thought process of a photo and how it was edited. People say a picture is worth a thousand words, but we wanted to know more about what’s behind it.

  • Ignoring genre norms in rap and country  

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Or: What Kacey Musgraves and Lil B have in common.


    Compiled by Nathan Poppe  For LOOKatOKC | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    I've never noticed so many events in the Myriad Botanical Gardens until this summer. The 15-acres of land, located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, has been growing as a community hub over the years. I've seen some of my favorite deadCenter screenings there. I laughed my face off during last year's Internet Cat Video Festival. I even got to see Wanda Jackson there during last year's OKCFest after eating a cheeseburger from the Ice House. For those of you paying attention, here's a handy guide to a ton of entertainment that's being offered over the next couple of months at the Gardens. FREE CONCERTS Sunday night doesn't have to be all laundry and early bedtimes. For 35 years, the Sunday Twilight Concert

  • This new mix of songs is cooler than cool, ice cold

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

    It’s hot but these songs are cool. Let’s get right into it. Julia Holter — “Feel You” Wispy and delicate, Los Angeles singer Julia Holter’s vocal delivery is a quirky one. Run your eyes over the lyrics to her new song “Feel You,” which she posted to her website, they read more like abstract poetry than tightly organized verses, freely running from one idea to the next. Holter’s lines spill into each other the way tributaries feed into a river. I can’t put my finger on it but something about “Feel You” reminds me of Van Morrison.

  • I saw Steely Dan in 2015 and suffered a crisis of character

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Are we all simply products of our environment? Cheap trinkets riding assembly lines, endowed our inclinations, preferences and predispositions by indifferent powers beyond our control? Or do we make our own destinies, each a little Magellan in search of his and her own path across the world? I ask because last week I flew to Colorado and saw Steely Dan play the Red Rocks Ampitheater. On the one hand, the dedication of considerable resources —vacation days, airfare, concert tickets, standing in place in a cold rain for several hours, $8.50 per 16-ounce cup of Fat Tire— would seem to be my own attempt to manifest a destiny spent enjoying seamless, liquid-gold 70s hits about lecherous old men partying in

  • Here's your summer song cycle

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    New songs? New songs! Let's get right to it.

  • LOOKatOKC Swimsuit 2015: Richele

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Meet Richele. Richele is sultry and knows her way around a camera. She is easy-going but has a serious side when it comes to pursuing her career. Richele keeps herself busy has a hair and makeup stylist. The Barn at the Plaza was the setting for Richele's photo shoot. Here's a little about Richele: Q: What are you binge watching? Richele: "American Horror Story" Q. What would be your No. 1 summer concert to attend? Richele: Keith Urban Q: What's your dream job? Richele: To go do hair and makeup for professional photo shoots around the world. Q. If you were the "Bachelorette," what type of guys would you want to pick from? Richele: Hmmmm ...

  • Perspectives from the fringe: On new records from Hop Along and Action Bronson

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    HBO Now’s been a total gamechanger in the Carney household of one. After guzzling (or rather, re-guzzling) “Game of Thrones,” my attention turned to “The Wire,” the network’s much-acclaimed and ethically knotty mid-aughts police drama, where the good guys aren’t so obvious to spot and the drug dealers keep pet fish. (Seriously, how is it possible not to empathize with somebody who cares as much about his fish as Wee-Bey does?) Like a Flying Lotus record it’s dense, a thick strata of show formed by its many, many characters’ thin layers of perspective. But the overwhelming volume of differing perspectives on crime and policing in Baltimore isn’t what makes “The Wire” great.

  • Unconfined: Interdisciplinary artist Molly O'Connor speaks out

    Ebony Iman Dallas, ArtSpeaks writer/designer | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Why limit your creativity to one discipline — one box? Why not limit-less? These are the questions that come to mind post observing interdisciplinary artist Molly O’Connor perform as Emily Kzany, the teenage Goth poet, and now witnessing her breadth of work lining the walls of The Project Box. Her latest show, “Relics from the Akashic Prairie” is on display through June 27 at 3003 Paseo, OKC. “Relics from the Akashic Prairie is a body of work inspired by dreams, spiritual readings, random thoughts and moments of synchronicity,” O’Connor said. If you have not had a chance to check it out, here is a preview straight from O’Connor.

  • LOOKatOKC Swimsuit 2015: Emily

    Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Welcome to LOOKatOKC’s second installment of The Women of OKC Swimsuit edition. Meet Emily. Her look says it all. She is organized and driven and juggles career and family with her Tumblr blog, “The Vintage Doll.” Here’s a little about Emily: What are you binge watching? “New Girl.” What would be your No. 1 summer concert to attend? Rev. Horton Heat What is your dream job? To be a spokesmodel for teaching young women self-confidence. If you were the “Bachelorette,” what type of guys would you want to pick from? Honorable, honest, hardworking men who are total dorks like me … and a pompadour and cuffed blue jeans wouldn’t hurt.

  • LOOKatOKC Swimsuit 2015: Jaimie

    Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Jaimie is LOOKatOKC’s first installment of the Women of OKC swimsuit editions. She is vivacious, energetic and fun to be with. Here’s a little about Jaimie. Q. What are you binge watching? A: I don’t have much time to watch TV, but when I do my guilty pleasure is “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Q: What would be your No. 1 summer concert to attend? A: I think it would be so much fun to go to iHeartRadio in Las Vegas because you get to see tons of artists and a variety of styles. Q: What’s your dream job? A: I currently have my dream job being an NBA dancer. Q: If you were the “Bachelorette,” what type of guys would you want to pick from? A. Adventurous,

  • Lacey Lett says goodbye to LOOKatOKC with style

    BY LACEY LETT, For LOOKatOKC | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    This is my last column for LOOKatOKC. I started with the magazine more than five years ago. A lot changes in five years. You meet new people and you lose some. Your favorite hangouts change and priorities change. Basically, in generic terms, you grow up. Here’s some of my favorite columns over the years. Some will be outdated and some will still hit home to you. I just thank you so much for grabbing this magazine and turning to my page. I care that you cared. Secret Bars Back in July of 2010, I wrote about my never-ending quest for Oklahoma City to have a secret bar. “Finding secret bars in New York City is like a scavenger hunt for adults.

  • A deadCenter movie to fit your personality

    By Savannah Evanoff, For LOOKatOKC | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    It’s time for the 15th annual deadCenter Film Festival and you might know exactly what films you would like to see. Or maybe not. If you’re new to a film festival, you may not know which one will have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation, or which one will have you at the back of your seat falling asleep. This guide will help you decide which movies to watch based on your personality type. Starting with the dreamer, someone who leaves theaters bright-eyed and filled with new goals and inspiration for achieving them, and ending with the daredevil, someone who isn’t afraid to try any movies, or anything else for that matter. This guide will help you determine which films will are a fit for your deadCenter

  • 4 new songs to fight the flooding blues

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Fire up your Soundclouds, your Spotifys, your iTuneses, it’s about to get hot in here.

  • 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.