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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Garth Brooks dresses like a total dad

    Matt Carney | Updated: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    Look at this guy. He is dressed like a man prepared to go watch his kid’s hockey practice. As one of the best Twitter people in the universe, Tracey Zeeck put it, he looks sartorially and psychologically ready to spend his Saturday nights at Sam’s. This is how a man dresses when he has to […]

  • ‘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.

  • Behold this gloriously ugly Thunder sweater

    Matt Carney | Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    How many varying patterns do an ugly sweater make? This one, sold by Clark Toys, appears to have five of them, and if that wasn’t gauche enough for you it’s got different-colored sleeves like something in Russell Westbrook’s enormous closet. It’ll run you $59.99 before tax and shipping so it’s a little pricey for a […]

  • The New York Times visits downtown Tulsa

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    The New York Times saw fit today to publish an 1,126-word look at recent developments in downtown Tulsa, noting the reopening of the historic Mayo Hotel and public projects like the 19,200-seat BOK Center. Give  it a read! It's really good.

  • Oklahoma among the worst states in midterm voter turnout

    BY MATT CARNEY | Updated: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    Voter turnout for Tuesday's midterm election here in Oklahoma was the lowest in decades. And while midterm elections typically don't yield as high of turnout rates as presidential election years, Oklahoma saw a particularly steep 9 percent drop from its 2010 midterm turnout rates. The only states with steeper percentage drops from 2010 to this year's election were California (9.2 percent), Nevada (9.5 percent), South Dakota (11.5 percent), Alabama (9.5 percent), Delaware (thirteen percent) and Vermont (9.2 percent). Here's a map from the data analysis site FiveThirtyEight illustrating the differences in turnout state-by-state: Citing early estimates of turnout, FiveThirtyEight writers Carl BIalik and Reuben Fischer-Baum also say that fewer than 3 in 10 eligible voters showed up to the polls

  • This film with Oklahoma ties is already generating Oscar buzz

    Matt Carney | Updated: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    “Foxcatcher” is going to be awesome. The film opens next month and has already won the best director prize at the Cannes Film Festival back in May. Its director Bennett Miller is two-for-two on Best Picture Oscar nominations as well, earning the distinction for 2005’s “Capote” and 2011’s “Moneyball.” That all adds up to high […]




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