Matt Carney
Online Editor
Matt Carney is the night editor of 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.

Top Stories

  • White blight

    BY MATT CARNEY | Yesterday

    Macklemore, Eminem and now Iggy Azalea are all rapping their way to No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, but black artists aren't. What gives?

  • Mid-season report

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Halfway through 2014, our pop music columnist pauses for a breather.

  • YouTube’s trying to become more like Spotify

    BY MATT CARNEY | Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    With YouTube likely morphing into a subscription music service, what’s a responsible consumer to do?

  • You should read Texas Monthly's awesome feature in honor of George Strait's final tour

    Matt Carney | Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour met its end over the weekend, with one final show in Arlington. All-Texas-everything magazine Texas Monthly gave the occasion the longform feature treatment, offering up a 6,000-plus word gem from John Spong that did the King justice. You should definitely read it. Here are a couple of my […]

  • RIP CityWalk

    Matt Carney | Updated: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    CityWalk may be dead, but the memories of those who partied there will live on forever. Or at least as long as our servers hold out. With this week’s announcement of the demise of CityWalk, business editor Don Mecoy pointed out to me that the NewsOK database —which also stores old photos published in our […]

  • Progressive country politics

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, May 22, 2014

    With his new record “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music,” 35-year-old newcomer Sturgill Simpson proves that country doesn’t have its wheels stuck in the past.

  • What they're saying about Oklahoma's botched execution

    Matt Carney | Published: Wed, Apr 30, 2014

    While only 12 reporters witnessed Oklahoma’s botched execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett Tuesday evening, news outlets picked up the story quickly and before the night was over some version of the evening’s events in McAlester was plastered everywhere from the Huffington Post to the Washington Post.

  • CD REVIEW: Horse Thief 'Fear in Bliss' (Bella Union)

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Oklahoma City’s own Horse Thief trek westward on their major label debut.

  • Who's the ignorant one here, exactly?

    BY MATT CARNEY | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    On two new rap releases, from YG and Kevin Gates, and the problems they pose for polarized audiences in light of the singer of Black Lips' comments about preferring "ghetto" and "ignorant" rap music.

  • The 10 best protest signs at today's education rally

    Matt Carney | Published: Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    With an estimated 25,000 people out at the state Capitol Monday rallying for an increase in public funding for education, it’s no surprise that the crowd — many of them teachers and school administrators who were bused in from around the state — brought some clever signs to drive their points home.

  • South By Southwest: The Recap

    BY MATT CARNEY | Updated: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    Pop columnist Matt Carney shares his favorite sights and sounds from south of the Red River at the 2014 edition of South By Southwest.

  • Looking Beck

    BY MATT CARNEY | Updated: Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    With the 43-year-old genre-blurring weirdo settling into a pretty, post-“Sea Change” pasture, let’s look back on a past that's as diverse as it is unpredictable.

  • Eric Church schools Nashville with 'The Outsiders'

    BY MATT CARNEY | Updated: Wed, Feb 12, 2014

    Tired of the homogenous mainstream Nashville bro-country sound? So's budding country star Eric Church.