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 →

New euphoric sound heard at “Free Tulsa”

Brother Rabbit, a band with close ties to RSU, has geared up for their first full-length album with plans to set a release date soon. This five-piece indie rock and folk band showcased their fresh, yet slightly psychedelic sound at this year’s Free Tulsa music festival. The move to a more euphoric tone follows the addition of a new drummer Caleb Demarais. Find out more about Brother Rabbit on Facebook.continue reading →

“Motive for Movement”

“Motive for Movement” a band that roots first began at Rogers State University has been receiving a lot of good press lately. The band was recently nominated for the 2011 Absolute Best of Tulsa (ABOT) Indie-Rock “Artist of the Year” award. “We feel honored to stand out enough to get the local scene’s recognition” notes Guitarist Tobie Munroe who also felt all the bands were deserving of the award. The band is returning to the studio…..with plans for a different sound from their previous full length “Our Concrete Neighbors”. According to Bass Player…continue reading →

Fruit Bats’ Tripper a New Direction in Folk Rock

Folk rock veterans Fruit Bats venture into a new era of alternative music with their fifth album. Their newest full length, Tripper, maintains the folk sound that gave the band success in their previous albums, all the while creating a new landscape of sound different than their previous works. The Chicago-based band, formed in 1997, helped contribute to the folk rock boom in the early 2000s that featured artists such as the Decemberists and early works from the Avett Brothers. While band members come and go, the lead singer/songwriter Eric D. Johnson still…continue reading →

Gatesway Balloon Festival 2011

It’s almost August and you know what that means… it’s time for the 16th annual Gatesway Balloon Festival at the Will Rogers Downs in Claremore. The festival kicks off Friday, August 5th with evening balloon flights and musical entertainment. The next morning, the festivities begin at 7am with helicopter flights, lawn mower races, the “Feet on Fire” 5K run and 1-mile walk for all ages and the traditional “Balloon Glow” that night. “I think that the reason people attend is partially the mission of Gatesway but a lot is to see the balloons’…continue reading →