John Fullbright's Songs is the most interestingly uneven album I've heard in a while. The work of a smart young man, it's also the work of a self-conscious young man who's prone to mistaking articulate melancholy for wisdom. Fullbright's debut album contained bold melodies and told stories about daydreamers and offbeat people. On Songs, Fullbright opts for pure mood-setting, sounding morose in an attempt to signal subtle passion, but that's not really how it plays out.
Pop stars are the ideal companions of their fans' daydreams, speaking their most romantic hopes and defiant declarations through the songs on the Top 40. Miranda Lambert, however, is the kind of friend who's not going to take anybody's bull. As country's most lauded million-selling artist, beloved by everyday listeners and critics alike, Lambert has crafted a body of work grounded in the realism of muscle, flesh and heart.
Singer-songwriter John Fullbright's debut album catapulted him from obscurity to a Grammy nomination for best Americana artist. That was in 2012. Now Meredith Ochs has this review of his follow up album titled simply "Songs".
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HIGH ROAD")
JOHN FULLBRIGHT: Susie was a pearl of a woman. and Jack was a golden man. She told him she loved him forever. And he gave her a wedding band.
Oklahoma City band The Flaming Lips gives back to the community while taking fans on a nostalgia trip with its upcoming new album. Titled, "With A Little Help From My Fwends," the Flaming Lips' latest studio release is a tribute to the Beatles in the form of a track-for-track cover of the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" record. While the album doesn't drop until October 28th, pre-orders are available now and include an instant download of the track "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" featuring Miley Cyrus and Moby.
Earlier this week, Stillwater band Colourmusic released their new album, May You Marry Rich, via British label Memphis Industries. It’s their third full-length and showcases the band’s perpetual shift in sound.
When I first met Colourmusic, they were a five piece and often dressed in matching white jumpsuits. They were a whimsical band that often used gimmicks in their live show. These gimmicks included a satire on the modern American family, where band members dressed as a father, mother, son, daughter and uncle.
OklahomaRock.com published a "catch-up" of Oklahoma music news of the past few weeks from Red City Radio, John Fullbright, Leon Russell, Wrathschild, Jabee, Lizard Police, Crystal Vision, Horse Thief, and much more.
So, I've been trying to play catch-up with life ever since SXSW-ing it for a week. And just now, I get a chance to post a new story...which will be a catch-up of (most) of what I missed while I was being silent.
Fear in Bliss. That's the name of the debut album from the psychedelic folk-rock band Horse Thief. Originally from Denton, Texas, the band moved to Oklahoma City to attend the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma. The academic woodshedding was extremely fruitful, and Horse Thief caught the attention of The Flaming Lips' management and a high-profile independent label.
The latest World Cafe: Next artist is Oklahoma singer-songwriter Parker Millsap, who recently released his solo debut and follows in the footsteps of fellow Oklahoman John Fullbright. With strong songwriting, a powerful voice and an engaging live show, Millsap represents himself awfully well for someone who's only 20. Download a pair of his songs on this page, or as part of our World Cafe: Next podcast.
The long-haired, bearded vocalist known as Smooth McGroove arranges, performs and produces a capella renditions of classic video game tracks, from Final Fantasy to Street Fighter. He has more than 814,000 subscribers on YouTube to show for it. KOSU's Nikole Robinson Carroll spoke with him about his process, his background… and his cat.