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Local Music Roundup: June 2020

todayJune 29, 2020

Background

With the safe return of live music still unknown, here are a few virtual options to support local artists and their work:  head to your favorite venue’s social media to watch their streams, share local music, and visit bandcamp this Friday. For the fourth time since the beginning of the pandemic, the music platform is giving their share of sales directly to the artists.  Many artists have been donating from their sales to organizations in support of the LGBTQIA+ community and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Hoarseman – Dance Music

Dance Music is the latest release from Tulsa’s Hoarseman. The album follows 2019’s Annihilation and Notre Dame is Burning.  This new release, Dance Music, plays with a lot of different sounds.  There are slower, synthier songs, vaguely-western guitar-driven grooves, and nostalgic-leaning tracks.  Hoarseman and The Heard played alongside Tacocat and AJJ in February.

Not Alone OK – Not Alone OK

This compilation album brings together many familiar faces from the Oklahoma scene.  Developed by Brandon Ross of Grandpa Vern, the mix-tape features stepmom, Don’t Tell Dena, Pabu, Bedtime, and several more locals.  Proceeds from the sale of this album are being donated to the Jed Foundation, an organization that is focused on mental health and the education of suicide prevention.

The Oklahoma Quarantine Demos (compilation)

This 23 song compilation record features loads of local treasures.  The Demos include brand new releases from Beau Jennings & The Tigers, Cavern Company, Special Thumbs, and so many more familiar faces.  This collaborative collection brings artists together for a good cause; proceeds will be donated to Dress for Success OKC.

Caleb Alvin James – “I Can’t Breathe”

Oklahoma City-based musician and performer released the powerful “I Can’t Breathe” early in June.  James’ other works include the 2019 singles “Nervous”, “Wonder”, and “Monster”, which can be found on the artist’s bandcamp.

Fullbright – “Hooks and Falls”

If you’re nostalgic for your pop-punk days, then “Hooks and Falls” is just waiting to be your anthem.  This single is bright, loud, and high energy.  Though there’s not much about the band online, they have teased that there’s more on the way.

Hazelwave – “Beside Me”

For those who’ve felt lonely lately, this Hazelwave single is right there beside you.  “Beside Me” feels like alternative rock flirting with pop punk, so definitely play this one loud.

heartspace – “text back”

New OKC pop artist, heartspace, returns with “text back”.  The track is perfect for singing into your hairbrush and grooving around the room or lacing your skates and hitting the rink.  Either way, this one’s going to get stuck in your head.

Mad Honey – “She’s an Angel”

After releasing Theories in late 2019, Mad Honey are back with a sweet, sweet new single.  There’s a catchy ethereality about “She’s an Angel”.  According to Mad Honey’s bandcamp, proceeds from the song will be donated to BLM OKC and The Homeless Trans Women Fund.

Written by: Hannah

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