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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.

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.

WATCH: Longtime OKC Musician and ACM Faculty Mike Hosty in Season Two Premiere of ‘Play It Loud’

About the ‘Play It Loud’ Season Two Premiere

From Brandy McDonnell at NewsOK/The Oklahoman:

“Play It Loud,” an original music series that follows award-winning Oklahoma independent filmmaker Adam Hampton as he explores the state’s vibrant music scene, features well-known one-man band Mike Hosty in the first episode of its second season.

The installment opens with Hosty performing his signature song “Oklahoma Breakdown,” which red dirt music star Stoney LaRue is known for covering. Complete with kazoo solo, naturally.

The 22-minute showcase also includes an interview in which the self-described platypus talks about music, standup comedy, childhood inspiration and more. Hampton quotes both the Bible and Frank Zappa in this episode, and it doesn’t seem at all weird given we’re talking about Hosty here.

Each approximately 20-minute installment of “Play It Loud,” presented by Shawnee’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort, features an intimate interview and performance by an Oklahoma musician.

Read more from McDonnell’s story at NewsOK.com.

‘Play It Loud’ episode format

“Play it Loud” series host Adam Hampton described the series in this June interview for potawatomi.org:

Adam Hampton drinks from a coffee mug in this portrait

Adam Hampton

“In each episode, I speak with each artist and try to capture in our discussion some part of who they are, what they’ve been through or what they’re wanting to say. We also have them play an acoustic performance, and we have them play with a full band on the Play It Loud stage at the Grand.

“The format may shift from one artist to the other, but the components remain the same: The discussion, the performances, the theme of music as a bridge between people, and we want the visual experience to be fun. … So we shot it like an unscripted movie. We turned on our cameras in the coolest environments possible and let it rip.”

Read more from that season one interview at potawatomi.org.

Learn more about the “Play It Loud” series at grandresortok.com/playitloud.

 

Mark Your Calendar! Here’s Your ACM@UCO Metro Music Series Update

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.

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.

Stay tuned to ACM@UCO on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for updates and announcements about even more concerts and events!

ACM@UCO Performance Lab concerts

329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown.
Doors open 7 p.m.
Public welcome.

Tickets at eventbrite.com.

poster art for the Ester Drang, Husbands and Tallows concert by Sara Bowersock of Point Blank Art & Graphics

Ester Drang, Husbands and Tallows perform Oct. 27 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown.

• Oct. 27: Ester Drang, Husbands, Tallows new music release show — Clerestory AV showcase

• Nov. 1: Maps & Atlases, with Magic Munchbox

• Nov. 2: Paul Benjaman and Jacob Tovar — Horton Records country showcase (Tickets on sale soon!)

• Nov. 7: Molly Burch, with Seph(ra)

• Nov. 14: Mac DeMarco (solo), with Leotie (SOLD OUT!)

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

• Nov. 30: Colourmusic album release show, with openers TBA (Tickets on sale soon!)

• Dec. 7: Combsy and Henna Rojo — Horton Records jazz showcase. (Tickets on sale soon!)

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. 22: Johnny Manchild and The Poor Bastards

• Nov. 19: Sam Weber

Masterclasses, clinics and listening sessions

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

Metro Music Series Listening Sessions poster

ACM@UCO Metro Music Series Listening Sessions are free and open to the public.

• 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. 26:9:30-11:30 a.m.: Artist + Management Partnerships: A conversation with JD McPherson and Scott Booker! Admission is free and open to the public. The event is a partnership of the Oklahoma Film + Music Office and ACM@UCO.

• 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.

Jason Scott Headlines Free High Noon Showcase Performance Oct. 3 in Bricktown

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s (ACM@UCO) High Noon Showcase continues Oct. 3 with Oklahoma-based Americana singer-songwriter Jason Scott.

He performs 12:15 p.m. in the Songwriting Room (first floor) at ACM@UCO, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., in Bricktown. All High Noon shows are free and open to the public.

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.

The ACM@UCO alumnus recently earned a global hat-tip when NPR Music spotlighted his song “She Good To Me” on World Cafe’s “Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing” alongside cuts by MGMT, Moby and Jade Bird. The breezy mandolin-and-brushes gem is a tribute to Scott’s wife of nine years and is part of the “Living Rooms” EP, recorded in 2017 with Travis Linville.

Scott is enjoying many firsts in 2018: He played Mile 0 Fest in Key West, Florida, for the first time; he made his Woodyfest debut at the 21st Annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival; and he was a finalist in the Red Dirt Relief Fund’s Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest.

Jason Scott's "Living Rooms" EP

Jason Scott’s “Living Rooms” EP

His bragworthy band features legendary Oklahoma percussionist Michael Byars, along with stand-up and bass guitarist Kangwa Mundende and guitarist Gabriel Mor.

“Many of our students tell me how much they love Jason Scott’s new EP on Spotify, so I know he’s a great addition to our High Noon Showcase,” ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker said of the up-an-coming music tastemaker. “This is a great way to become familiar with his work before he joins touring act Mipso on Oct. 10 at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Bricktown.”

Jason Scott is a skilled multi-instrumentalist, quickly becoming known for his unrelenting, sweat-soaked performances. He is also a producer, an engineer and an in-demand session musician who in 2018 produced albums for Americana artists Carter Sampson, Ken Pomeroy and Nellie Clay.

“Living Rooms” is available on vinyl and CD at jasonscottmedia.com, Apple, Amazon and Spotify. Learn more about him at facebook.com/jasonscottmusics.

Previous performers in ACM@UCO’s High Noon Showcase include Dawson Hollow, Trevor McBane and Original Flow and the Fervent Route.

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 at facebook.com/acm.uco and twitter.com/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.

Metro Music Series: High Noon Showcase

Time: All shows are at 12:15 p.m.
Place: AMC@UCO Songwriting Room, lower level, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., in Bricktown
Admission: Free. Public welcome.

Oct. 3: Jason Scott
Oct. 15: Trevor Lindley
Oct. 22: Johnny Manchild and The Poor Bastards
Nov. 19: Sam Weber

Note: More dates and performers to be announced.

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.

Adam Ledbetter Ensemble Headlines Sunday Concert in Edmond

Adam Ledbetter is often known as the keyboard-ripping, beat-boxing, harmonizing rapper half of OKC’s dynamic musical duo Adam + Kizzie. Oklahoma City also knows Adam as the premiere go-to jazz pianist and a teacher of Hip Hop Production II at ACM@UCO.

He is rooted in the history and vocabulary of jazz, making him a refreshingly authentic and major player in OKC.

Sunday, he leads an A-list ensemble for an evening of music at UCO Jazz Lab in Edmond.

“You can expect it to be swinging, soulful, sweet, salty, spiritual, cerebral, syntactically sound and celebratory,” he said of Sunday’s show. The event is hosted by Deep Deuce Jazz OKC.

Previously, he toured Oklahoma and Europe when he was with the University of Central Oklahoma’s Jazz Band, and later founded his own (well sought-after) jazz quartet, “New Growth.”

Event

Adam Ledbetter Ensemble
6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16
University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab
100 E. Fifth St., in Edmond
Admission: $15
Tickets: r2c.ticketleap.com/adam-ledbetter-ensemble

 

Guestroom Records Celebrates 15 Years With Live Music, Including UCO-Tied Bands

Friday and Saturday Sept. 14-15, Oklahoma’s locally owned and operated Guestroom Records celebrates 15 years in business with two days of music and events at its Norman location — where it all began — at 125 E. Main St.

Joining its lineup of free music performances both days are ACM@UCO and UCO-tied music acts featuring alumni, students and current ACM faculty, including LCG & the X, Travis Linville and Saturday night headliner Helen Kelter Skelter.

Learn more at guestroomrecords.com.

Flyer listing the bands performing free shows Sept. 14-15 2018 at Guestroom Records in Norman. Friday Sept. 14

6:30 p.m.: Bad Athlete
7:15 p.m.: Oh Johnny! Girls
8:00 p.m.: Kyle Reid
8:45 p.m.: Net

Saturday Sept. 15

2 p.m.: Laine
2:45 p.m.: Anvil Salute
3:30 p.m.: Locust Avenue
4:30 p.m.: LCG & the X
5:15 p.m.: Weak Knees
6 p.m.: Early Beat
7 p.m.: Black Magnet
7:45 p.m.: Travis Linville
8:30 p.m.: Tyson Meade
9:30 p.m.: King Country
10:15 p.m.: Helen Kelter Skelter