May 29, 2009
01:47 PM
Tulsa Sound

More acts at D-Fest

The largest regional music festival this side of SXSW, D-Fest, just added some killer new acts to their already loaded line up. Where there were a few open spots where I had planned to perhaps walk around, hydrate or take a break, now there might be the problem of wanting to be at two shows, in distant locales, at the same time.

Dengue Fever bring their Cambodian-indie-jazz sound, while supporting their new album “Sleepwalking Through the Mekong,” and makes it on the “must see” list (leadsinger Chhom Nimol makes it on this list too).

Cake has been and will always be a wicked good show. Their self-deprecating irony, sense of humor and the fact they have a horn section make the “must see” list too.

Mates of State is a total score. I stumbled upon their last offering, “Re-arrange Us,” at Under the Mooch in the vinyl section. Then I could not bring myself to pull it off my turntable for a month. Word is they are better live. Whoo hoo!

The Cool Kids are a hip-hop crew from Chicago. Did not know much about them until I followed the link and downloaded their killer album … FOR FREE! And free is always good. Might be the “Act to see if you want to feel like you are in a major metropolitan area." Kind of like The Roots' performance last year.

Ra Ra Riot represents everything about the indie music scene that I like - beautiful soaring music that has not been muddied by greasy record promoters’ fiddling and fumbling efforts. Hopefully they will not be playing the same time as someone else I wanted to see because I will see this show. Their new Barsuk label album, “The Rhumb Line”, is available everywhere.

Other acts that have been booked are Carney (E.L.O., ½ (Jeff Buckley), Ian Moore, Here II Here and Manda Masher.

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