• Album review: The Swon Brothers 'The Swon Brothers' (Arista Nashville)

    BY BRANDY MCDONNELL | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    The Swon Brothers, who hail from Muskogee, remain in perfect harmony after their deep run last year on the hit reality TV contest “The Voice.”

  • Album Review: Wampire, 'Bazaar' (Polyvinyl)

    BY KELLEN MCGUGAN, for The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Wampire, ‘Bazaar’ (Polyvinyl)

  • Daniel Radcliffe's secret talent? Rapping

    Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Daniel Radcliffe has blown the Internet's collective mind, but this time not with his acting. No, it's his rap skills that took everyone by surprise on Tuesday night's "Tonight Show." The 25-year-old actor was on the program to promote his new movie "Horns," and talk turned to his love of music. Radcliffe's a known fan of hip-hop and counts Eminem as one of his favorite artists.

  • Suge Knight, Katt Williams arrested in theft case

    Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and comedian Micah "Katt" Williams were arrested Wednesday, accused of stealing a photographer's camera last month, CNN reports. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said each man was charged with one count of robbery. The alleged incident, involving a female photographer of celebrities, took place September 5 outside a studio in Beverly Hills. Knight, 49, faces up to 30 years in prison because he has a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon. Williams, who was arrested when he showed up at court for a different assault case, faces a maximum of seven years. Knight was arrested in Las Vegas. Prosecutors said they will ask for Knight's bail to be set at $1 million and for a $75,000 bail for Williams, 43.

  • Oklahoma news briefs

    Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs for Oct. 30.

  • Country star Vince Gill returns to Oklahoma City alma mater for unveiling of bronze statue

    BY BRANDY MCDONNELL, Features Writer | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Country star and 20-time Grammy winner Vince Gill returned to the Oklahoma City school where he graduated for a ceremony to unveil a bronze sculpture.

  • Elton John Tells Crowd of Stars and Donors: "Pope Francis is My Hero--Make Him a Saint Already!"

    Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Elton John and David Furnish threw their annual AIDS fundraiser in New York Tuesday, with Sir Elton sitting down at the piano and playing his hits for the well-heeled, formal-clad crowd at Cipriani Wall Street. (UPDATE: They raised $3.7 million.) The audience was more star studded than usual: Alec Baldwin with wife Hilaria, Mike Myers and his wife Kelly, Al Roker and Deborah Roberts, Matt Lauer, Cynthia McFadden, even New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his lady friend, famous cook book author and lifestyle personality Sandra Lee was there. I ran into famed director Baz Luhrmann and his multiple Oscar wining wife Cahterine Martin as well.

  • The 27 Club Is a Myth, But Rock Stars Do Die Younger

    Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    The so-called 27 Club boasts some of the music industry’s biggest names, including Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse and Jim Morrison, according to The Wall Street Journal. Rock-and-pop superstardom is one requirement for entry; the other, much less enviable qualification is premature death. The theory, popularized in music journals, is that 27 is the age at which rock musicians are most at risk of an untimely death. But the author of a new Australian study argues that the theory doesn’t stack up. While musicians do often lead far shorter lives than their fans, the average age of death is much higher than 27, WSJ.com reports.

  • Concert review: Oklahoma City Philharmonic teams with Beatles tribute group for 'feel good' show

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    The concert featuring Beatles’ tribute group Classical Mystery Tour and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic was both “feel good” and brilliant.

  • Southmoore band pays tribute to Moore community

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    The Southmoore High School marching band’s performance recognized courage demonstrated during the deadly May 2013 tornado that caused widespread destruction in the Moore area.

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    Updated: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    Community briefs

  • 12 of the creepiest gifs on the Internet

    Richard Hall | Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    Halloween is Friday, so to help you get into the spirit, here are 10 of the creepiest gifs on the Internet (in no particular order). Bonus: The gif up there doesn’t count. But, to the best of my knowledge, it comes from a 1994 Mexican horror film called “Herencia diabolica,” and is about a clown […]

  • Oklahoma native, country music star Reba McEntire shares memories of father Clark McEntire, who died late Thursday

    By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Clark McEntire was a three-time world champion steer roper and Reba McEntire’s father. He died late Thursday in Coalgate, OK.

  • One Direction is going on tour -- again

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Good luck stopping the phenomenon that is One Direction. According to Forbes, the group has announced 2015 summer tour dates just two months after their highly successful Where We Are Tour ended.

  • One Direction Releases "Steal My Girl" Music Video, Tells PETA No Animals Were Hurt During Filming

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    One Direction has released clips from the "Steal My Girl" music video since Sunday, E! News reports. The U.K. boy band released the full-length version Friday, but not before riling up PETA , according to E News. In an open letter addressed to Niall Horan , Zayn Malik , Liam Payne , Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson , PETA told the pop stars Thursday that they are "concerned about reports that a chimpanzee, a lion and other wild and exotic animals were used in a new One Direction video," according to E! News. The animal rights organization told the quintet, "You may not know that animals used for entertainment productions, including music videos, endure horrific cruelty and suffer from extreme confinement and violent training methods."

  • Album Review: Mr Twin Sister, 'Mr Twin Sister' (Infinite Best)

    BY KELLEN MCGUGAN, for The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Album Review: Mr Twin Sister, ‘Mr Twin Sister’ (Infinite Best)

  • Album Review: The 2 Bears, “The Night Is Young” (Southern Fried)

    BY JESSICA ALLISON, for The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Album Review: The 2 Bears, “The Night Is Young” (Southern Fried)

  • Album Review: Zola Jesus, 'Taiga' (Mute Records)

    BY BEAU BLACKSTOCK, for The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Album Review: Zola Jesus, ‘Taiga’ (Mute Records)

  • Edmond Exchange

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Edmond Exchange, a weekly wrap-up of what is going on in Edmond.

  • Oklahoma Band Q&A: Ali Harter

    By Becky Carman, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Oklahoma City-based singer/songwriter Ali Harter talks to Becky Carman about building a backing band, recording her third album and her nearly two decades on the Oklahoma music scene.