Music + Arts

Covering national and local music, art, and entertainment.

Music + Arts

Covering national and local music, art, and entertainment.

INT: The Wood Brothers, The Tulsa Voice

Brothers Oliver and Chris Wood have been making music since childhood. You might recognize them separately—Chris is the “Wood” in the acclaimed jazz trio Medeski Martin and Wood, and Oliver made a name for himself playing guitar for Tinsley Ellis before starting the blues outfit King Johnson.


INT: Samantha Crain, The Tulsa Voice

“Whatever gets me a paycheck and lets me be able to record an album.”

It’s not a glamorous mantra, but it’s served Oklahoma City folk artist Samantha Crain pretty well thus far. 


INT: Ashli Ringgold, The Tulsa Voice

Curious by nature, Ringgold has been creating as long as she can remember, dabbling in writing and drawing and using art as a means to understand and circumstances around her. Now, she’s putting those same sensibilities to work in “Drought,” an installation at Living Arts that explores the interplay between self, nature and loneliness in a modern, technology-saturated world.


Purple, gold and green country, The Tulsa Voice

I’ve never been to a real Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans—in fact, the thought of it makes me want to curl up in a ball and have a panic attack. Too many people. Too many drunk amateurs. Just too much.

INT: The War on Drugs, The Tulsa Voice

The War on Drugs has had a busy year. Adam Granduciel, David Hartley, Robbie Bennett, Charlie Hall, Jon Natchez and Anthony LaMarca released Lost in the Dream (named a top 10 of 2014 by Pitchfork, Uncut and others), toured the world and were nominated for a BRIT award.


Parallel Universe, The Tulsa Voice

Let’s first acknowledge the obvious: The lineup for this year’s Center of the Universe Festival is confusing. Early aughts Top 40 staples Panic! at the Disco and Three Days Grace share the bill with disparate acts from various genres—everything from NOLA big brass and Seattle indie rock to Oklahoma red dirt—plus a few dozen of our state’s finest rock, rap, folk and electronic acts.


What the Fringe?, The Tulsa Voice

"Projection on buildings, random shit everywhere. That’s what we’re talking about.”

Director Chad Oliverson is talking about Tulsa Fringe. No, it’s not a leather vest accent or the latest hipster haircut. It’s the newest DIY performing arts festival sweeping through Tulsa this month.

INT: Metric, The Tulsa Voice

For over a decade, Canadian rock outfit Metric has herded a cult-like following through a five-record discography, each album full of soaring riffs, crashing beats and fist-waving anthems. Tunes like “Help I’m Alive” and “Combat Baby” are quintessential Metric, but the band’s latest album, Pagans in Vegas, presents a more digitized turn. 

image - Erin Mills

image - Erin Mills

INT: Railroad Earth, The Tulsa Voice

Music journalists have a preoccupation with labeling Railroad Earth’s fluid, twangy sound. They fit pretty snugly, though perhaps unwillingly, into the bluegrass-Americana-jamband genre, but their marriage of mandolin, drums, electric guitar and the occasional saxophone nearly denies classification altogether.

image - Tulsa Girls Art School

image - Tulsa Girls Art School

Creatively creepy, The Tulsa Voice

“Joanna, unicorn out of your own head...” 

It’s a gentle nudge, but Matt Moffett’s comment is enough to make two giggling eighth graders at Tulsa Girls Art School get their eyes and ideas back onto their own papers.