Local Music Roundup – February 2022

Happy Bandcamp Friday! It’s one of the best times to purchase music from local artists you love. Some contenders for the cash in your wallet include up-and-coming shoegazers Downward, local emo outfit Ben Quad, and Norman’s Beau Jennings among others. Don’t forget to follow your favorites on social media and catch their shows too!

Downward – THE BRASS TAX

Tulsa band Downward blew us away with their EP THE BRASS TAX last month. Released via Chicago label New Morality Zine, the effort premiered on media news site BrooklynVegan. On THE BRASS TAX, the band is leaning into their shoegaze roots while delving into slowcore on tracks like “Real Green Dollars.” If you’re hoping to catch this occult local live, check out their show Monday, March 14th at Foolish Things Coffee.

Ben Quad – You Gotta Learn to Listen

Ben Quad is back with another lethal dose of emphatic emo. Their new single “You Gotta Learn to Listen” is supercharged with the band’s unique brand of butt rock and unadulterated angst. “You Gotta Learn to Listen” is the first peak at Ben Quad’s debut record coming this spring via Chillwavve Records. Catch them live on the last leg of Arcadia Grey’s tour in Austin, Denton, Tulsa, Indianapolis and/or Chicago. Tickets can be found on the band’s linktree.

Beau Jennings & The Tigers – I’m Reaching, Lord

Beau Jennings brought old time rock n’ roll on new single “I’m Reaching, Lord.” The track preludes upcoming record Heavy Light, and it comes with a music video featuring Jennings blindfolded and at the mercy of an anonymous kidnapper. You can pre-order Heavy Light here. The band’s label Black Mesa Records will be donating all of today’s purchases to World Central Kitchen of whom are providing meals in Ukraine. Even better, they’ll be matching the profits thereby doubling the donation.

Hotel Nights – Death of Love

OKC indie rock artist Hotel Nights returned with a new single titled “Death of Love.” The track is delightfully Springsteen-y with a reverb-drenched guitar solo that would bring a smile to any 80s rock fan’s face.

We got another music video and more high quality Oklahoma emo from King Pink. “Limbo” comes off of the band’s brand new self-titled EP out today. You can check them out live while on tour with Sunflo when they play Foolish Things Coffee in Tulsa next Friday.