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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.



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.”



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.

Things to do in June: Concerts, Album Releases and Dance Parties!

Got some free time on your hands during the summer? From concerts to international album releases to wacky dance parties in the 405, we’ve curated a list of some awesome things you should do in June!

June 1: Roger Daltrey new album “As Long As I Have You” releases
ACM’s first masterclass guest Roger Daltrey’s new solo album has guests like Pete Townshend on it!

June 1: Flaming Lips Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 releases
The Flaming Lips will release its first “hits” compilation on both CD and vinyl. All of the songs feature former Masterclass and ACM@UCO collaborator Steven Drozd as well as several of ACM’s faculty and staff members!

June 1 and June 15:  Cutter Elliott live @ El Toro Chino, Norman
June 1 Official Event
June 15 Official Event
ACM alumnus Cutter Elliott will be performing live at El Toro Chino in Norman, Okla., on June 1 and June 15. Cutter performs traditional country music.

June 2: Horse Thief & John Calvin Abney concert @ Tower Theatre, OKC
Official Event
ACM alumnus and Horse Thief lead singer Cameron Neal will be making an appearance at the Tower Theatre – their last performance in Oklahoma for awhile! Word on the street is that Horse Thief is coming out with a 3rd record in 2019, so keep your eyes on them for a release date.

June 7: Buckethead @ Tower Theatre OKC
Official Event
Buckethead is a virtuoso guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who performs within many genres of music. He has been voted number 8 on a list in GuitarOne magazine of the “Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time” as well as being included in Guitar World’s lists of the “25 all-time weirdest guitarists” and is also known for being one of the fastest guitar players on planet earth.

June 8-10: Spring Awakening Music Festival @ Addams-Medill Park, Chicago
Official Event
AFROJACK, BORGORE, CARNAGE, DASH BERLIN, DIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKE, HARDWELL, KASKADE, STEVE AOKI and TIËSTO headline this Chicago-based EDM weekend festival. General admission day passes can be purchased anywhere from $79-$99 while 3-day VIPs are looking at $319. The lineup alone is a dream come true.

June 9: Saint Monore @The Deli, Norman, OK
Official Event
A group made of some ACM alumni, Saint Monore will be performing at The Deli in Norman, Okla.! The Deli is Norman’s longest running live music venue. Must be 21 to enter.

June 10: Coathangers @ 89th Street, OKC
Official Event
With Husbands and LCG and the X. From Paste magazine: “The Coathangers’ transition from raw to razor-sharp was essentially complete by 2014’s Suck My Shirt, but Nosebleed Weekend displays an even greater capacity for churning out maniacally captivating tunes.”

June 12: “All Gates Open: The Story of Can” book releases
Finally, a definitive biography of one of the most influential bands of all time!

June 16: Buriloop @ OKC Farmer’s Market *HIGHLIGHTED EVENT*
Official Event
Purchase Tickets
With Golf Clap. Insane international House Music dance party with a bizarre atmosphere. Party goers are encouraged to dress up and express themselves however they like!

June 21: Don’t Tell Dena @ The Soundpony, Tulsa
Official Event
The Oklahoma City-based Psychedelic/Indie rock band Don’t Tell Dena was started by Chris Krummrich and Sean Kanaly, later adding two fellow ACM@UCO students Campbell Young and Triston Lightner. With influences such as Pink Floyd, The Killers, Walk The Moon, and Panic! at the Disco, Don’t Tell Dena began to discover their true sound.

June 22: Dawes new album “Passwords” releases
Dawes is an American folk rock band from Los AngelesCalifornia. Dawes is composed of brothers Taylor (guitars and vocals) and Griffin Goldsmith (drums), along with Wylie Gelber (bass) and Lee Pardini (keyboards).

June 22: Cutter Elliott live @ Toby Keith’s Bar and Grill, OKC
Official Event
ACM alumnus Cutter Elliott will be performing live at Toby Keith’s Bar and Grill in Bricktown! Cutter performs traditional country music.

June 29: Adam & Kizzie Album Release Show @ Tower Theatre, OKC
Official Event
Adam & Kizzie have been married and performing their original music for seven years. Having released two awesome albums and two incredible music videos, they are set to release their third album this summer with more exciting developments to come.

June 29: Don’t Tell Dena @ The Root, OKC
Official Event
The Oklahoma City-based Psychedelic/Indie rock band Don’t Tell Dena was started by Chris Krummrich and Sean Kanaly, later adding two fellow ACM@UCO students Campbell Young and Triston Lightner. With influences such as Pink Floyd, The Killers, Walk The Moon, and Panic! at the Disco, Don’t Tell Dena began to discover their true sound.