Month: October 2018 – Page 2

CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT: Maps & Atlases Headline Nov. 1 Metro Music Series Concert at ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Bricktown

Chicago-based experimental indie-rock act Maps & Atlases celebrates new music with a tour stop 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. The show, supporting the band’s July release of “Lightlessness is Nothing New,” also features Oklahoma City experimental funk-rock quartet Magic Munchbox.

Maps & Atlases concert poster

Chicago-based experimental indie-rock act Maps & Atlases celebrates new music with a tour stop 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown.

The concert is part of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s (ACM@UCO) continuing Metro Music Series celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary. Tickets are $10, available at eventbrite.com. (See our current list of Metro Music Series performances below!)

The Nov. 1 event also marks the last opportunity to see Maps & Atlases in an intimate setting before it heads out on tour supporting Coheed and Cambria.

The title of the band’s new album, “Lightlessness is Nothing New,” foreshadows an emotionally and musically dynamic collection of songs that contemplate the jolt of loss and the strain of longing to music that, against our better judgment, makes us want to dance. The record, the band’s first since 2012’s “Beware and Be Grateful,” finds frontman Dave Davison reckoning with the loss of his father and the emotional distances between light and dark.

“Now a trio, Maps & Atlases connect the roller-coaster guitar fretting and weighted timbres of their earlier albums with frenetic synth touches,” Pitchfork reviewer Amanda Wicks says of “Lightnessness is Nothing New.” “The polished result is their most accessible album to date, touching on Peter Gabriel’s fizzy pop proclivities and reaching for TV on the Radio’s early grandness.”

In the brooding-yet-playful vein of Talking Heads or Peter Gabriel, Maps embraces the paradox of what it is to be human — constantly searching and, forever unsatiated, returning with everlasting hope to the ever-darkening fray. The deceptively upbeat “Lightlessness is Nothing New,” released July 1, unveils a gorgeous, complex, slightly skewed take on pop music.

Featured in this Metro Music Series event is opening act Magic Munchbox, a Frank Zappa-meets-Herb Alpert experimental, progressive funk-rock quartet from Oklahoma City and Guthrie. The ACM@UCO-tied band includes a student and alumnus in its lineup: Gilson Machtolff on guitar, skeeter on guitar, Michael Vaughan on bass and Robby Andersen on drums.

ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series is sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette, Exchange Music, KOSU Radio, ArtWorks, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

For more information about ACM@UCO, visit acm.uco.edu.

About ACM@UCO Metro Music Series

The 2018-2019 school year marks ACM@UCO’s tenth anniversary. To celebrate, it expanded its long-running Metro Music Festival into a yearlong event. The revamped Metro Music Series includes the High Noon Showcase, presenting free shows by ACM@UCO-tied music acts and tastemakers; its ACM@UCO Performance Lab series by regional and national touring acts; and a growing roster of masterclasses, clinics and workshops with industry leaders, many of which are open to students and the public.

Stay tuned to the Performance Lab at facebook.com/acmucoperformancelab and ACM@UCO @acmuco for updates and announcements about even more concerts and events!

 

Metro Music Series: High Noon Showcases

ACM@UCO Songwriting Room, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. (first floor), in Bricktown.
All shows begin at 12:15 p.m.
Public welcome.
Free admission.

Oct. 15: Trevor Lindley as M E L T

Oct. 22: Johnny Manchild

Nov. 19: Sam Weber

 

Metro Music Series: ACM@UCO Performance Lab concerts

329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown.
Doors open 7 p.m. unless noted.
Public welcome.
Tickets at eventbrite.com.

Oct. 10: Mipso, with Jason Scott

Oct. 27: Ester Drang, Husbands, Tallows music release show

Nov. 1: Maps & Atlases, with Magic Munchbox

Nov. 7: Molly Burch, with Seph(ra)

Nov. 14: Mac DeMarco (solo), with Leotie

Nov. 18: Current Joys, with Love Seats and The Lunar Laugh (acoustic)

Nov. 30: Colourmusic album release show, with openers TBA

 

Metro Music Series: Masterclasses, clinics and listening sessions

ACM@UCO, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. (first floor), in Bricktown.
Public welcome unless otherwise noted.
Free admission.

Oct. 10: Mipso Q&A clinic (open to ACM students)

Oct. 17: Noon: Listening session with ACM@UCO faculty David Broyles (They Might Be Giants, “Lincoln”)

Oct. 24: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO faculty Dustin Ragland (Halloween, Alaska, “All Night the Calls Came In”)

Oct. 31: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO faculty Sephra Scheuber (Dirty Projectors, “Dirty Projectors”)

Nov. 5: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO Executive Director Scott Booker (Supertramp, “Breakfast in America,” 8-track)

Nov. 7: Molly Burch Q&A clinic (open to ACM students)

Nov. 18: Current Joys Q&A clinic (open to ACM students)

Nov. 26: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO faculty Danny Hargis (Steely Dan, “Aja”)

Nov. 28: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO faculty Tyler Garcia (Third Eye Blind, “Third Eye Blind”)

Dec. 3: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO staff Jennifer Chancellor (DJ BC: “The Beastles: Ill Submarine”)

Electric Pizza Series Delivers Original Electronic Music to UCO Jazz Lab in Edmond

Live electronic music, open seating, free pizza — what more could anyone want?

A Halloween theme, you say?

Done! Electric Pizza is the University of Central Oklahoma’s newest concert series, showcasing new, original compositions by University of Central Oklahoma graduate students.

Power Cycle headlines its Oct. 8, Halloween-themed showcase with UCO graduate students Jonathon Edwards, Breck McGough and Santiago Ramones. Ramones is a 2017 ACM@UCO alumnus.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 at the University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth St., in Edmond. Public welcome. Free admission.

The Electric Pizza concert series continues 7: 30 p.m. Nov. 4.

Shows are also live-streamed on UCO Jazz Lab’s Facebook page.

Post-Rock Band Ester Drang Releases its First New Music in 12 Years, Launches Tour Oct. 27 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab with Husbands and Tallows

Celebrated Oklahoma post-rock band Ester Drang returns with its first new music in 12 years for an album release show 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. New songs and performances by popular Oklahoma City-based indie pop acts Husbands and Tallows round out the triple bill.

The concert is part of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s (ACM@UCO) continuing Metro Music Series celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary. Tickets are $10, available at eventbrite.com.

Ester Drang. Photo by Ryan Magnani

Ester Drang.
Photo by Ryan Magnani

“This event is exciting for multiple reasons,” said ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “Each of these bands is great on their own. Putting them together on the same night — each with new music — promises to be an energetic and memorable event, especially for live music fans. We’re also thrilled to celebrate the opening date of their upcoming tour.”

Additionally, Oklahoma-raised, award-winning pop artist Sara Bowersock, long involved in the local music scene and now living in Colorado creating art full-time via her Point Blank Art & Design business, contributed her “Day of the Dead” imagery for exclusive use in ACM@UCO concert posters and promotional materials for this one-night-only event.

Husbands

Husbands

Ester Drang’s six-track EP, “The Appearances,” drops nationwide Oct. 26 on Oklahoma City-based independent record label Clerestory AV.  It will be available in vinyl, CD and digital formats.

The band recently reunited after being invited by Ian McCulloch to join English rock act Echo and the Bunnymen on tour. Original members Bryce Chambers (songwriter and multi-instrumentalist; he also performed with Native Lights and Unwed Sailor) and Kyle Winner (bass) returned for the band’s reformation. Ester Drang’s signature lush, atmospheric sound is further heightened by Tommy McKenzie (NET, Stardeath and White Dwarfs) and Hank Hanewinkel III (Nuns, Native Lights).

Ester Drang’s first formed in 1995 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

“I’ve been a fan of Ester Drang since their first record release show in 1999,” said Clerestory AV owner Chris Stellman. “They were the first local band I saw break out of the Oklahoma music scene and receive acclaim on a national level. I knew they’d been playing some shows again after a long hiatus, and I and reached out to Bryce about working together. I was thrilled when he replied about doing an EP. I honestly think this is the best music they’ve ever made, and I’m honored to be working with them.”

Tallows

Tallows

In addition to the new lineup, notable musicians with Oklahoma connections appear on the project, including James McAlister (founding drummer of Ester Drang, who has worked with Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, the National and others), cellist Jon Paul Pope and Broncho’s Nathan Price.

Clerestory AV also recently launched its OKAY vinyl series, featuring new, joint 7-inch recordings with new music by Oklahoma-based alternative indie acts Husbands and ACM@UCO-affiliated Tallows. Other artists in the series are Samantha Crain, John Calvin Abney, Lord Buffalo and Beau Jennings, and all tracks to date have been recorded with Scott Johnson and full-time ACM lecturer Dustin Ragland at Stowaway Recording in Oklahoma City’s Deep Deuce neighborhood.

ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series is sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette, Exchange Music, KOSU Radio, ArtWorks, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

About ACM@UCO Metro Music Series

The 2018-2019 school year marks ACM@UCO’s tenth anniversary. To celebrate, it expanded its long-running Metro Music Festival into a yearlong event. The revamped Metro Music Series includes the High Noon Showcase, presenting free shows by ACM@UCO-tied music acts and tastemakers; its ACM@UCO Performance Lab series by regional and national touring acts; and a growing roster of masterclasses, clinics and workshops with industry leaders, many of which are open to students and the public.

Check in with ACM@UCO as we announce additional Metro Music Series shows, events and surprises through the year.

ACM Musicians Rock World-Premiere Musical ‘When We’re Gone’ at Lyric on the Plaza

In the spirit of Lyric’s hit production, The Who’s “Tommy,” “When We’re Gone” is a rock musical that follows Todd, an angst-ridden teen in plague-ridden 14th-century London and his desire to make great art in a time of great need.

This wildly creative new musical strikes a brilliant balance of modern day characters, a pop-punk score and the life-changing events of 1349.

Anyone who has wondered what life is all about will be enlightened, entertained and amazed.

Fueling the production is a live score performed by professional musicians, including ACM@UCO Assistant Director Patrick Conlon on mandolin and violin, full-time ACM lecturer Than Medlam on guitar and ACM instructor Michael Mosteller on drums, among others.

“It’s a cool setting concept, intense acting, great songs, and your chance to see the world premier of this show right here in the Plaza District,” Medlam said in a social media post.

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s production of “When We’re Gone” runs through Oct. 14 at Lyric on the Plaza, 1727 NW 16th St., in the Plaza District. Words by Alana Jacoby, music by Scotty Arnold and directed by Michael Baron.

The production is supported in part by the National Fund for New Musicals, a program of National Alliance for Musical Theatre, with funding from The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund — namt.org.

‘When We’re Gone’

Showtimes:
• 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3-4, 10-11
• 8 p.m. Oct. 5-6, 12-13
• 2 p.m. Oct. 6 (American Sign Language interpreted), 7, 13-14

Lyric on the Plaza
1727 NW 16th St., Oklahoma City
lyrictheatreokc.com
405-524-9312
Tickets: $25-$63
Note: The musical contains adult language and adolescent themes.