Category: Guest Artist

Noname: ‘One of the Best Rappers Alive,’ Says Rolling Stone of Metro Music Series Headliner

Chicago-raised artist Noname, aka Fatimah Warner, blurs the lines of poetry and hip-hop through the music she’ll perform during her headlining tour stop March 3, 2019 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Oklahoma City.

Check out her first-ever video, “Blaxploitation,” from her recent release “Room 25” and the related article in Rolling Stone.

Says Rolling Stone of the video: On Tuesday, the Chicago rapper dropped the “film” for “Blaxploitation,” a quick, frenetic cut from this year’s excellent Room 25. In it, she’s nowhere to be seen. Instead, a giant child frolics through Chicago; they’re as large as a skyscraper and play, nap and destroy their way through the city streets. “Chicago Under Siege,” the television chyrons read, “Monster Baby Must Be Stopped.”

The March 3 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 $25 at acm-uco.eventbrite.com. Original Flow and The Fervent route will open.

In 2016, her debut album, the “Telefone” mixtape, found the artist introducing herself to a worldwide audience. Describing the project as “an introductory conversation with someone you’re interested in,” she quickly earned everyone’s attention.

In September 2018, her full-length studio album “Room 25” was again received with universal acclaim.

A Rolling Stone headline declared, “Noname is one of the best rappers alive.”

Pitchfork decreed, “The Chicago rapper’s second album is a transcendent coming-of-age tale built around cosmic jazz and neo-soul, delivered by a woman deeply invested in her interiority and that of the world around her.”

Consequence of Sound raved, “Noname turns every head in the house on the compelling ‘Room 25.’ … She doesn’t just make keen observations; she sends those syllables skipping down the tongue.

Spin said the performer: “A complete one-of-one act who continues to grow in real time outside of the limelight, Noname makes a subtle yet strong statement for women providing alternatives to one-dimensional rap archetypes.

She grew up in Bronzeville, a historic neighborhood on Chicago’s southside that has famously attracted accomplished black artists and intellectuals of all types. After releasing “Telefone,” she relocated to Los Angeles, where she’s said she prefers live comedy to high-dollar indulgence.

In fact, NME said of her most recent album, “Much of ‘Room 25’ is not only smartly constructed — it’s laugh-out-loud funny. … It’s flawless.

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.

Album Release Show: Ciara Brook Debuts ‘Diva Diaries’ at Friday event in Bricktown

ACM@UCO Student Organization hosts a Friday album release show for ACM alumnus Ciara Brooke as she debuts her new project “Diva Diaries.” Special guests include Rozlyn Zora and chasertheprince.

The event is 7-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. Admission is $5 at the door or FREE with valid UCO student ID.

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Hear her new album, “Diva Diaries” on Spotify!

FRIDAY! Special Guest John Fullbright Joins Paul Benjaman, Jacob Tovar at ACM Performance Lab in Bricktown

In a showcase sure to move country, rock, Americana and Southern rock fans alike, Paul Benjaman and Jacob Tovar co-headline a concert 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown.

concert poster depicting Paul Benjaman and Jacob TovarFriday’s show also features special guest and acclaimed keyboardist, pianist and singer-songwriter John Fullbright playing keys with Benjaman and Tovar during their sets. The Grammy-nominated Americana musician joins the Horton Records music showcase in between tour dates.

Paul Benjaman’s distinctive, groove-based songs meld both the American swagger and the lyrical songwriting prowess of artists like Leon Russell, JJ Cale, Wilco, Warren Zevon and Little Feat. Similarly, Horton Records labelmate Jacob Tovar evokes the wry wit of Buck Owens or C.W. McCall and a Southern-rock tinged amalgam of both Hank Williams Sr. and Jr.

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.

Colourmusic, Applied Music Program and Net perform Nov. 30 at ACM Performance Lab

Quirky independent psychedelic rock act colourmusic performs Nov. 30 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. Opening acts are Applied Music Program and Net. Tickets are $10, available at acm-uco.eventbrite.com.

“We are playing old and new tunes at this show,” Hendrix said. “We plan on destroying. It’s been a while since we’ve played, and we plan on bringing a face melt.”

Composed and produced by Ryan Hendrix and Nick Ley (Flaming Lips, Brothers Griiin), their newest album, called “Swimsuit,” is the most personal the group has produced to date. It was mixed by Chad Petree (Shiny Toy Guns, PC Quest) and mastered by Shelley Anderson of Black Lab Mastering.

The band said the project is “erotic noise, a mixture of rhythmic noise elements, early ’90s pool-party R&B, dream pop, ambient layers and fuzzy bass.”

“Swimsuit” officially drops Feb. 4, 2019 via streaming and digital services and will be available on 180-gram vinyl, but the band has been quietly giving their fans early access through a unique invitation-only campaign.

A direct-from-the-band exclusive 180-gram LP release featuring artwork by painter Samantha French will be available in limited quantities. In line with colourmusic’s decision to work directly with fans, copies of the LP can be pre-ordered/purchased by contacting Colourmusic directly.

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. The Metro Music Series is sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette, Exchange Music, KOSU Radio, ArtWorks, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Check out colourmusic’s new video, “Haunt Me”:

JD McPherson: Artist + Management Partnerships Participates in Public Masterclass Oct. 26 at ACM@UCO in Bricktown

Hear from Scott Booker, Executive Director of ACM@UCO and Flaming Lips Manager, and Oklahoma rock ‘n roll musician JD McPherson as they discuss the music industry from artist and management perspectives, 9:30 a.m. Oct. 26, at ACM@UCO’s Songwriting Room (first floor), 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., in Bricktown.

The Artist+Management Partnerships Music Networking and Mentoring Event is partnership with Oklahoma Film + Music Office and the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO). This event will be formatted in a masterclass-type setting.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

9:30 a.m.: Light breakfast
10 a.m.: Discussion
11 a.m.: Networking

Due to limited seating, please RSVP here by Oct. 25: okfilmmusic.org/rsvp-for-the-ofmo-music-networking-mentoring-event-2018/

Read more about McPherson and this special event: eventbrite.com/e/jd-mcpherson-artistmanagement-partnerships-registration-51564413549

Paul Benjaman, Jacob Tovar Co-Headline Nov. 2 Country Showcase in Bricktown

In a showcase sure to move country, rock and Southern rock fans alike, Paul Benjaman and Jacob Tovar co-headline a concert 7 p.m. Nov. 2 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.concert poster depicting Paul Benjaman and Jacob Tovar

Paul Benjaman’s distinctive, groove-based songs meld both the American swagger and the lyrical songwriting prowess of artists like Leon Russell, JJ Cale, Wilco, Warren Zevon and Little Feat. Similarly, Horton Records labelmate Jacob Tovar evokes the wry wit of Buck Owens or C.W. McCall and a Southern-rock tinged amalgam of both Hank Williams Sr. and Jr.

The event showcases Oklahoma musicians and Horton Records, based in Tulsa and founded by its namesake, Brian Horton. Horton Records is a nonprofit, volunteer-sustained music organization providing everything from band management to creating, sustaining and promoting local music and Oklahoma’s musical heritage.

“Paul Benjaman and Jacob Tovar are modern classics — they are master songwriters and musicians,” said ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “Horton Records, and this showcase, exemplify how musicians work together to create something original and enduring while building entrepreneurial and community service opportunities.”

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 Horton Records

Horton Records, LTD is a nonprofit 501c-3 organization based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Its mission is to provide support and tools for band management, promotion, booking, merchandising and distribution to help local and regional musicians fulfill their artistic goals and further promote local and regional music on a broader scale.

Horton Records is actively involved in a variety of programs and workshops that stimulate, inform and engage future generations and other demographics in the rich musical heritage of our region. The nonprofit organization actively partners with other organizations and individuals to broaden and strengthen our community through our musical endeavors. Horton Records is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff positions.

 

Current Joys Brings Prolific Singer-Songwriter Nicholas Rattigan to ACM@UCO Performance Lab, Nov. 18 in Bricktown

Current Joys headlines a Nov. 18 tour stop at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. Showtime is 7 p.m. Local acts Love Seats and Lunar Laugh (acoustic) open. Tickets are $10, available at eventbrite.com.

Current Joys is the enigmatic solo project of 25-year-old Nevada-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Rattigan. In addition to Surf Curse, his minimal two-piece band with Jacob Rubeck, Rattigan has been releasing a prolific catalog of heart-wrenching no-wave ballads via Bandcamp under a handful of names (including The Nicholas Project and Tele/Visions).

He eventually chose Current Joys as the permanent moniker, inspired by a song by folk-artist Liam the Younger of the same name.

Rattigan’s newest record, “A Different Age,” documents the process of making art and the desire to create it sincerely in an era fraught with extreme irony, apathy and nostalgia. Ripe with many of the emotions and conflicts that influenced the musician’s prior songwriting, “A Different Age” contains some of his most poetic lyrics and thoughtful arrangements to date.

“This will be a solo show for Nick Rattigan, which has never happened before in Oklahoma,” said ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “Continuing our events tying ACM@UCO alums and current students to established national acts for our Metro Music Series, we present the Lunar Laugh and Love Seats opening the show.”

The Lunar Laugh

The Lunar Laugh

Opening the concert is The Lunar Laugh, performing as an acoustic two-piece, creating melodic powerpop filled with harmonies and classic ’60s and ’70s-fueled vibes. The full four-piece band, which includes three ACM@UCO alumni, formed in 2015 and is working on its third album.

Ashton Gary and Ethan Wilcox comprise musical act Love Seats, which released a single demo, “Track and Field” in February, and its newest single, “Tennis Prodigy (for margot),” a song inspired by the film “The Royal Tenenbaums,” in June. Hear the tunes at loveseats.bandcamp.com.

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 Performance Lab at facebook.com/acmucoperformancelab and ACM@UCO @acmuco as we announce additional Metro Music Series shows, events and surprises through the year. For more information about ACM@UCO, visit acm.uco.edu.

Molly Burch Headlines Nov. 7 Metro Music Series Show at ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Bricktown

Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter Molly Burch headlines a Nov. 7 tour stop at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. Showtime is 7 p.m. and Seph(ra) opens. Tickets are $10, available now at eventbrite.com.

The show is a part of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s growing Metro Music Series celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary.

“Molly’s label, Captured Tracks, is one of my favorite current indie labels. As soon as I heard her album I knew she would be great for the Performance Lab,” said ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “We are also lucky to have her do a Q&A with our students while she is at our venue! I predict she will be having great success with her new album and it’s exciting we are able to bring her here to perform.”

The Q&A is earlier that day, and space for that event is available to select ACM students only, Booker said.

Burch burst onto the music scene in 2017 with her debut album “Please Be Mine,” a 10-track ode to unrequited romance, written after studying jazz vocal performance at the University of North Carolina in Asheville. “Please Be Mine” earned critical praise for Burch’s smoky, effortless vocals and bleeding-heart lyrics.

“I was really blown away with how many people told me that the music has helped them through their own break-up,” she said. “I was just so moved by that. I never expected it. I was aware that people were actually listening to my music and having a positive experience, so [with the next album] I wanted to reveal my own struggles with fear and anxiety.”

It was an intimidating goal for her, but her follow-up, “First Flower” finally bloomed. It is a bright, beautiful album peppered with moments of triumph. Burch’s voice is as strong and dexterous as ever, displaying her incredible range and professionalism as a vocalist. Unlike “Please Be Mine,” which focused on the contentious depression of heartbreak, “First Flower” explores broken friendships, her relationship with her sister and, more importantly, how Burch learned to fight overwhelming anxiety.

“I do not have the answers by any means, but I wanted to talk about those imperfections,” she said. “I wouldn’t want someone who listens to my music to think that I have it all figured out. I don’t. ‘First Flower’ is me being transparent.”

Fans will hear songs from her sophomore effort during her 2018 tour. She releases the 11-track record on Oct. 5. In the meantime, you can also listen and preorder “First Flower” at mollyburchmusic.com.

Opening the Nov. 7 Metro Music Series show is Seph(ra), an experimental/avant-garde/alternative folk act out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Oklahoma City. It’s led by ACM@UCO lecturer Sephra Scheuber, and her sound hints at influences like Fiona Apple, Neutral Milk Hotel, Natalie Marchant and Bright Eyes. Seph(ra)’s most recent release is 2017’s “Pieces of Schema,” available to stream and purchase at shmoecreative.com/sephra and iTunes.

About the 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 the Performance Lab at facebook.com/acmucoperformancelab and ACM@UCO @acmuco as we announce additional Metro Music Series shows, events and surprises through the year.

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

On Sale Now: Twin Shadow Sets ACM@UCO Performance Lab Tour Stop, Song Clinic

Twin Shadow headlines an Oct. 5 tour stop at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. Showtime is 7 p.m. and The Ivy opens. Tickets are $10, on sale now at eventbrite.com.

The event is part of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s (ACM@UCO) growing Metro Music Series celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary.

Twin Shadow, aka George Lewis Jr., is an eclectic Dominican-American singer, songwriter, record producer and actor based out of Los Angeles, California. He has penned a novel, is featured J Brand’s fall 2018 fashion campaign and has released three albums: “Forget” (2010), “Confess” (2012) and “Eclipse” (2015).

Lewis’ fourth record, “Caer,” was released in late April on Warner Bros. Records.

“ACM@UCO is excited to bring back one of our favorite artists, Twin Shadow. Their manager hit us up looking for something to do before they headed down to the ACL [Austin City Limits] Festival,” said ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “Not only do we get a performance, but we also are getting a special songwriting clinic with George Lewis Jr. for a select group of our students.”

Lewis leads the song clinic 2 p.m. Oct. 5. Space is limited and available to select ACM students only, Booker said.

Of his new album, Lewis explained, “I always feel like I’m standing on the edge of a cliff, looking down and thinking, ‘This is the only way forward: onto the next thing.’ It’s sort of destructive, but I guess I thrive on rebirth.”

“Caer” (the Spanish word for “to fall”) serves as a powerful lens through which Lewis explores his personal experiences, as well as what he has observed about a world that feels as if it’s declining.

On a larger scale, “Caer” is extraordinarily current, both culturally and politically. “Our perceptions of who we are as human beings, because of technology and machines, are falling apart,” Lewis said. “We’re living at a breaking point,” and change is inevitable.

Indie synth-pop act The Ivy opens the Oct. 5 tour stop at ACM@UCO Performance Lab. The Oklahoma City-based band released the buoyant single “Better in My Head” in late July, evocative of endless summers and forever-relevant soundtracks to 1980s John Hughes films. The impressive young act includes ACM alumni. Learn more at wearetheivy.com.

About the 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 the Performance Lab at facebook.com/acmucoperformancelab and ACM@UCO on Twitter @acmuco as we announce additional Metro Music Series shows, events and surprises through the year.

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

 

Electronic Music Pioneer Gary Numan Leads Sept. 10 ACM@UCO Masterclass

Gary Numan, a pioneer of electronic music, presses pause on his 2018 tour for a rare, in-person masterclass 1 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Songwriting Room at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district.

During the masterclass, Numan will discuss his influential past, current work and the world’s post-global future. ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker will lead the masterclass, which is free and open to the public.

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) hosts electronic music pioneer Gary Numan (pictured)for a rare, in-person masterclass 1 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Songwriting Room at ACM@UCO, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., Suite 400, in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district.

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) hosts electronic music pioneer Gary Numan (pictured)for a rare, in-person masterclass 1 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Songwriting Room at ACM@UCO, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., Suite 400, in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district.

After releasing groundbreaking hit singles “Cars” and “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?,” Numan topped charts worldwide, launching a decades-long career as a musician, singer, songwriter, composer and record producer.

“Electronic music wouldn’t be as omnipresent in our culture without pioneers like Gary Numan,” Booker said. “’Cars’ shaped the way musicians used electronic instruments in popular music and became part of our collective cultural unconscious.”

His 22nd album, Savage (Songs From a Broken World), was released in late 2017 via the music company BMG, entering Official U.K. Album Charts at No. 2. He has charted nearly two dozen U.K. Top 40 singles and albums. Additionally, his work has inspired and influenced a generation of musicians, from Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Marilyn Manson to Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) and Jack White (The White Stripes, The Dead Weather).

Fans also recognize his music in shows like Mindhunter, Halt and Catch Fire, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Pretty Little Liars and Nip/Tuck; films such as Ghost in the Shell, The Muppets and From Inside; and a current TV ad campaign for Walmart’s new grocery pick-up service.

“ACM@UCO is lucky to once again bring a living legend to talk about their story with our students and friends,” Booker added.

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

Media contact: Jennifer Chancellor, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator, ACM@UCO405-974-4711, jchancellor3@uco.edu