One “Contra”-versy Settled, Another Begins

Vampire Weekend, XL Records, photographer Tod Brody and Ann Kirsten Kennis have settled on an undisclosed amount on their court case. Kennis, the model who appears on Vampire Weekend’s “Contra” album, sued the band, their label, and the photographer in 2010. The suit was brought after Kennis’ daughter recognized her mom on the album cover and asked her about it. Kennis, who doesn’t remember posing for the vintage photo, said she never signed over rights to her likeness. Vampire Weekend and XL Records claimed they followed the proper paper work and that photographer…continue reading →

Emerging local artist, Amanda Byers

Stirring up Tulsa’s music scene is local songwriter, singer, and guitar player, Amanda Byers. In high school she played events such as the Rogers State University Educational Talent Search, but now plans on doing much more with her music. She’s hard at work on her new EP at Black Box Studio in Tulsa. According to Byers, “The EP is kind of a ‘journey’ through my songwriting progress. It will have the first few songs I wrote, along with the most recent ones. You can see a bit of difference in the maturing of…continue reading →

Quicksilver Motorcycle Rally & Rodeo

Cowboys and motorcycles may seem like an unusual combination, but at the Quicksilver Motorcycle Rally and Rodeo it’s the norm. The eleventh annual festival kicks off at the Tahlequah Rodeo Grounds on August 19th and runs through the 21st. Activities range from a motorcycle parade and bike games to rodeos and a carnival. This year, organizers are adding a music competition to the mix. Jennie Morrison, rally coordinator, says, “We’re adding the Texaco Country Showdown this year. It’s kind of like American Idol, but country. The winner competes here… then goes to regionals…continue reading →

Riot Fires Hurt Indy Music Scene

For days, riots and fires have been taking place in the UK with one delivering a huge hit to the Indy music world. A Sony distribution warehouse in Enfield was burned to the ground on August 9th. The building, according to Irish news outlet, held the entire inventory for PIAS UK, a distributing hub for more than 150 labels, many of which have suffered severe setbacks. Some of these labels included Sub Pop, Drive Thru Records, Rough Trade, Domino, and Fatcat Records. One band affected was the Arctic Monkeys. Their upcoming single…continue reading →

Del Toros get a Kickstart on Their New Album

The Del Toros, a rock band with roots at Rogers State University, are taking an innovative approach to music. It’s no surprise that they have a large fan base when promoting the band, playing shows, and now producing their new album. With the help of social media… fans are supporting artists like the Del Toro’s through websites such as Kickstarter. The Kickstarter website allows people to fund different projects, like the Del Toro’s newest album, “Young Blood Rising.” David Rumsey, founding member of the Del Toros, is humbled that so many fans would…continue reading →

Dead Scene or Death Metal Scene?

In recent years metal fans have enjoyed a revitalization of the Tulsa metal scene, particularly in Death metal. One contributing band is Submerged In Dirt. Their latest album, ‘In The Grip Of The Machine’, represents both their musical ability and the scene they all grew up in. While some people claim Tulsa metal is dead, Royce Miller, drummer for SID, disagrees. “A music scene is only as dead or alive as people believe it is.” He went on to say, “We have so many bands to be proud of. Oklahoma's metal bands are…continue reading →

Red Dirt Soldier

Jake Marlin isn’t your average musician. He’s performed his music all over the world, but he’s more than just a country singer; he’s a Sergeant in the United States Army. Marlin grew up in Pryor, Oklahoma, singing classic country songs with his father and uncles, and has since gone on to perform as far away as Afghanistan while serving in the Army. Inspired by acts such as Garth Brooks, Marlin tries to put on an electric performance every time he’s on the stage, whether in front of an audience of ten or ten-thousand.…continue reading →

Ottawa County Fair

Rain or shine… it’s time for the 92nd annual Ottawa County Fair at the Miami fairgrounds. The family friendly event runs the 13th through the 20th with livestock shows throughout the week and a premium sale on Saturday night. According to Jeff Reynolds, Ottawa County Fair Board President, “we have the best premium sale auction in Northeast Oklahoma. Last year, the entire sale brought in roughly $93,000. Our shows are really competitive for that reason.” Livestock shows aren’t the only events the fair has to offer. Ottawa Amusement sets up their carnival that…continue reading →

Beavis & Butthead Return

The cult-classic MTV cartoon “Beavis and Butt-head” has officially announced its return to television. Creator Mike Judge recently announced that the show will return to MTV in October with a new, “youtube savvy.” Rumors surfaced in March about a reboot of the iconic 90’s cartoon, but little had been seen, until now. While at the July 2011 Comic-Con, Judge provided a 5 minute clip of the newly revamped show, which is now posted on MTV’s website. The generation defining cartoon will keep to its original roots while also trying out new material. While…continue reading →