Local Music Roundup – May 2021

May was an interesting month for local music. The Fire In Little Africa project gained national acclaim, bringing Tulsa’s burgeoning rap scene to the mainstream. Speak, Memory released their first project in years, and Pets., a newer band fresh on the scene, released their debut single. Check out these new releases below.

Fire In Little Africa – Fire In Little Africa

Local collaborative project Fire In Little Africa soared to the top 10 on the iTunes charts late last month, placing the Tulsa rap scene on the map. Coinciding the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, the fierce debut is brutally honest and emotionally charged. It also boasts a large number of collaborators with over 60 local singers, rappers, musicians, and more taking part. Released on Motown Records’ own Black Forum, Fire in Little Africa is a 21-track legacy project complete with prolific storytelling and an impactful message of truth and purpose.

Speak, Memory – Adirondack

OKC math/post-rock band Speak, Memory released their new EP Adirondack¬†and it was every bit as contemplative as it was invigorating. The effort was made in collaboration with past band member Bartees Strange. Adirondack has a couple of slow-burners, glistening with cool-toned guitar and cathartic drums. The EP never lulls though. It’s perfect to play on loop during a long drive. Take my word for it.

Pets. – Jungle Room

After making their debut opening for Chillout 2020, Tulsa natives Pets. released “Jungle Room”, the band’s first single. Like their sound? Apparently more is on the way later this summer. Get the scoop in our exclusive interview with frontman Matt.

Pilgrim – High On The Banks

Another Tulsa native, Pilgrim, released a track from his upcoming record. The new single “High On The Banks” is a bluesy slow-burner. Keep an eye out for his next LP No Offense, Nevermind, Sorry out this month via Horton Records. Oh, and don’t miss the album release show June 25th at Cain’s Ballroom.

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