• Thursday Video Spotlight: Maggie McClure debuts "Troubled Heart" video, while spouse Shane Henry launches Kickstarter

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Singer/songwriter/pianist Maggie McClure, who hails from Norman but is now based in Los Angeles, has released the official music video from “Troubled Heart” and the lyric video for “Time Moves On.” Both tracks are from her recently released album “Time Moves On.” In addition, McClure also posted this week a video of her live performance of the new album cut “Liar, Liar” with her husband and fellow musician Shane Henry.

  • CD REVIEW: Mac Demarco 'Salad Days' (Captured Tracks)

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Salad Days” shows us a Mac DeMarco in a very mortal state, already come down from flight and firmly grounded in the reality of aging. The triumph of this record, however, is that DeMarco is able to show us that maturity does not necessarily mean the death of youth.

  • 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.

  • CD REVIEW: Future Islands 'Singles' (4AD)

    BY BEAU BLACKSTOCK, For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    It’s time to stop ignoring Future Islands. The Baltimore-based band has brought its impressive live show through Oklahoma multiple times. The power of the performances would pass by word of mouth with high praise. The whole world got a peak at Future Islands’ intense live show when the band stopped by “Late Show With David Letterman” recently, receiving massive praise from Letterman. I instantly recognized the mistake I made by not seeing them live locally. Thankfully I redeemed myself this past weekend, staring in awe as they ripped through many songs from their new album, “Singles,” live at Coachella in Southern California. As the album title suggests, “Singles” plays like a greatest hits record.

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Ronnie Dunn performs "Country This" on "The View"

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn has been making some TV appearances in the past week or two in support of his new album “Peace Love and Country Music.” Check out the singer-songwriter and his band doing a raucous rendition of “Country This” last week on “The View.” You can also listen to the track “You Should See You Now,” via Billboard.com, by clicking here.

  • Video and stream: Horse Thief releases full-length debut album "Fear in Bliss," plus Neil Young cover "Out on the Weekend"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Oklahoma City-based psychedelic folk-rockers Horse Thief released today their first full-length album, “Fear in Bliss,” via Bella Union Records Worldwide. If you want to hear it before actually buying it – and I highly recommended coming up with the cash because it’s moody and beautiful and kind of haunting – you can stream it gratis via Hype Machine by clicking here.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 12, 2014: Celebrate the release of Colourmusic's new album at the Blue Note

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Celebrate the release of Oklahoma experimental art-pop band Colourmusic’s new album at 9 tonight at Blue Note Lounge, 2408 N Robinson Ave. The show also will feature Bed People. My lovely colleague Nathan Poppe chatted with Colourmusic about the group’s new purple-themed creation, “May You Marry Rich,” the third and most challenging Colourmusic full-length album to date.

  • CD REVIEW: Pure X 'Angel' (Fat Possum)

    BY BEAU BLACKSTOCK, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    CD REVIEW: Pure X ‘Angel’ (Fat Possum)

  • CD REVIEW: Temples 'Sun Structures' (Heavenly Recordings)

    BY KELLEN MCGUGAN, for The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    CD REVIEW: Temples ‘Sun Structures’ (Heavenly Recordings)

  • CD REVIEW: Seahaven, 'Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only' (Run For Cover)

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    CD REVIEW: Seahaven, ‘Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only’ (Run For Cover)

  • 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.

  • Video: Colourmusic releases "Horse Race" video, new album "May You Marry Rich"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Stillwater-based experimental rockers Colourmusic released today their long-awaited new album “May You Marry Rich” via Memphis Industries, and as an added bonus, the band also dropped the official music video for one of the tracks “Horse Race.” Inspired by James Bond, the clip also adds some interesting local color, per usual for the Oklahoma band.

  • Ronnie Dunn releases new album "Peace Love and Country Music"; listen to "You Should See You Now"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Since departing Brooks & Dunn and later leaving Arista Nashville, where he released his initial solo album 2011, former Tulsan has become a fiercely independent artist, starting his own Little Will-E Records last year. Today, he released his indie debut, “Peace Love and Country Music.” The album features 14 tracks, and many will sound familiar to his loyal fans, since he has previewed several of them on Facebook.

  • Listen to Horse Thief's "Little Dust," from upcoming album "Fear in Bliss," due out April 15

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Oklahoma City-based psychedelic folk-rockers Horse Thief are previewing “Little Dust,” a track from their upcoming album “Fear in Bliss,” due out April 15 via Bella Union Records Worldwide. The band previously released a music video to “Devil,” the first single off their forthcoming album, and you can see it by clicking here.

  • Stream Colourmusic's new album "May You Marry Rich," due out Tuesday

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Stillwater-based experimental rockers Colourmusic will be releasing their long-awaited new album “May You Marry Rich” Tuesday via Memphis Industries, and the band is streaming the album in its entirety via NME.com. To go over there and have a listen – the highly recommended course of action once you stop reading this post – click here.

  • Video and interview: Stoney LaRue looking to fly with upcoming album "Aviator," playing tonight at Stillwater's Tumbleweed

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    A version of this story appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City-based Stoney LaRue looking to fly with upcoming album ‘Aviator’ While readying for his summer release, Oklahoma City-based red dirt singer-songwriter Stoney LaRue is playing a show Friday night at a familiar venue: the Tumbleweed Dance Hall in Stillwater.

  • Oklahoma City-based Stoney LaRue looking to fly with upcoming album 'Aviator'

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    While readying for his summer release, Oklahoma City-based red dirt singer-songwriter Stoney LaRue is playing a show Friday night at a familiar venue: the Tumbleweed Dance Hall in Stillwater.

  • CD REVIEW: Liars 'Mess' (Mute Records)

    BY BEAU BLACKSTOCK, for The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    CD REVIEW: Liars ‘Mess’ (Mute Records)

  • CD REVIEW: Tycho 'Awake' (Ghostly International)

    BY KELLEN MCGUGAN, for The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    CD REVIEW: Tycho ‘Awake’ (Ghostly International)

  • Leon Russell releases new album "Life Journey" today

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Lawton native Leon Russell released his new album “Life Journey” today, the day before his 72nd birthday. The 12-song set consists of a mix of originals and standards ranging from Robert Johnson’s “Come On in My Kitchen” to Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind.” “My new CD has a lot of stuff I wanted to do for years, but never did,” Russell tells The Wall Street Journal.