Matt Carney
Digital News Online Editor
Matt Carney is the night editor of NewsOK.com and a 2011 graduate of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He was born in Tulsa, lives in Oklahoma City and misses QuikTrip every day.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 'Game of Thrones': Who's on your Small Council?

    Matt Carney | Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Hi guys, Matt here again. You may remember me from That Time I Re-Watched All of X-Files and Produced Content Out of My Experiences. Well, I’ve gone and done it again — this time with HBO’s epic fantasy hit Game of Thrones. Gonna go ahead and warn you up front though, if you haven’t spent […]

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 10 actors who had bit parts on 'X-Files' before they got famous

    Matt Carney | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Growing up in the ‘90s, my parents would buy several hours’ worth of road trip silence (the most valuable kind of silence) from my brother, sister and I by popping a VHS tape into the mini-TV in the back of the family van, the kind that drew its power via cigarette lighter adapter. At one […]

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • WILL TO LIVE

    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?





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