• 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.

  • Carly Rae Jepsen to make special stop Monday in Oklahoma

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 11, 2015

    It's not maybe: Pop singer-singwriter Carly Rae Jepsen will make a stop in Tulsa this evening to play a few of her songs. Jepsen will play a free show at Tulsa Promenade in the mall's Center Court. The show is set for 6:30 p.m. The mall is located at 4107 S. Yale Ave. Jepsen took off with the smash hit "Call Me Maybe," which was released in 2011. The song was nominated for two Grammy awards. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Rock of ages: Older artists still viable for BOK Center dates, but the party won’t last forever

    BY BILL HAISTEN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    On Aug. 25, 1972 — only a few months after having played a gig at Pancho’s Cafeteria in Tyler, Texas — ZZ Top made its first Tulsa appearance. When that show occurred at the Convention Center (with Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show as the opening act), ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons’ age was 22. It was the first live rock show for Greg Buchanan, then 15 and a Vinita High School junior. “On the floor,” Buchanan recalls. “Third row from the stage.” Today, at 65, Gibbons continues to tour with ZZ Top (and does so with the band’s original bassist, 65-year-old Dusty Hill; and original drummer, 65-year-old Frank Beard). Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Who are Norman Music Festival artists going to see this year?

    Compiled by Becky Carman, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Becky Carman reached out to several Oklahoma artists to see who they plan to see this weekend at NMF8 in Norman.

  • Rocklahoma daily lineup announced

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Rocklahoma approaches, and festival organizers have released the daily lineup for the May 22-24 festival. Here's what to expect each day: Friday, May 22: Godsmack, Slayer, Papa Roach, In This Moment, Ministry, Apocolyptica, We Are Harlot, Nonpoint, Young Guns, Butcher Babies, Upon A Burning Body, Like A Storm, Wayland, Ivy Stone, Warlock Texas, ASKA, Dead Metal Society, Lynam, Ragdoll, Lola Black, Ruff Justice, Kingdragon, NICNOS, Vilifi, DREK, Kingshifter, Even the Dogs, Sovereign Dame, Kirra Read the rest of the schedule at TulsaWorld.com.

  • REVIEW: Nickelback at the BOK Center is 'endurance challenge'

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    I never really thought Nickelback deserved all the hate and bad jokes thrown their way. Yeah, their songs can be generic and underwhelming, especially some of their earlier work. But I guarantee you know at least some of the words to “Photograph.” After seeing them play the BOK Center on Tuesday night, I take it back. It was an hour and 50 minute-long endurance challenge, an assault that left me battered. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • BOK Center misses out on possible top 10 venue rank because of Garth Brooks' request

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    The BOK Center ranked in the top 80 for arenas worldwide in the industry-tracking magazine Pollstar’s quarterly report; however, about 122,000 asterisks kept it from the top 10, BOK Center officials said. BOK Center officials said they were asked by Garth Brooks’ tour management to not report the numbers for his seven-show run at the arena in January. The roughly 17,500 tickets each night would have added 122,500 tickets to the BOK Center’s total, putting it in or near the top 10 of the worldwide rankings of arena venues. Ranked high this quarter was Cain’s Ballroom, which reached No. 17 in the first quarter, with 27,670 tickets sold in the first quarter of 2015. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Center of the Universe Festival in Tulsa announces main stage headliners

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    The countdown is on: The Center of the Universe Festival will mark its third year in the Brady Arts District on July 24 and 25 with the first round of bands playing the festival’s Main Stage. Headlining the Main Stage on July 24 is Panic! At the Disco, with MisterWives and American Authors opening the festival. The rock band Three Days Grace will headline Saturday night, with Kongos playing before. Three more Main Stage bands will be announced soon, including the two Main Stage after-party groups. “We aim to give our festivalgoers what they want. We are excited to incorporate feedback from our followers in order to deliver a quality, fun-filled arts experience for music lovers and art fanatics alike,” festival co-founder Philip Kaiser said. “In addition to a solid, outstanding music lineup, this year’s festival will also emphasize all types of art including a variety of vendors and street artists.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Fleetwood Mac show at Chesapeake Arena rescheduled for April 17

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    The Fleetwood Mac tour date scheduled for Thursday, March 12 at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City has been postponed due to an illness, according to a press release. The show has been rescheduled for April 17. Tickets issued for the original concert date are valid and will be honored at the rescheduled date, according to the release.

  • Track Debut: Aidan Carroll's poppy jazz rendition "For Now"

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Aidan Carroll has been playing music since before he could see over a steering wheel. At 10, he was armed with a snare drum and started playing alongside his father’s band in Oklahoma City. Carroll, 31, has since become a celebrated bassist and composer, and on March 3 he’s releasing his debut album “Original Vision” […]

  • Bob Dylan announces second Oklahoma concert

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Tickets go on sale Feb. 27.

  • Death Cab for Cutie to play Tulsa

    BY JERRY WOFFORD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    To celebrate the station’s 20th birthday, Z104.5 The Edge is bringing in several big-name acts for a show at the Brady Theater. Death Cab for Cutie will headline the April 24 show with AWOLNATION and Robert DeLong performing. Tickets are $42.50 plus fees for general admission pit and $39.50 plus fees for general admission seating in the theater. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Death Cab is renowned for its creative brand of indie rock with vocalist Ben Gibbard’s distinct voice creating a unique sound that’s driven the band since 1997. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Concert Review: Jack White at OU's McCasland Field House

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    The excitement for Jack White’s performance Monday night at OU’s McCasland Field House started well before the stage’s blue curtains swung open and revealed an unruly ruckus of rock sounds. It was palpable even when I sat inside Saint’s Bar on a Friday night and nothing but White Stripes songs were playing. The story remained […]