A mass of music
Cut Copy will perform Oct. 3 at Cain’s Ballroom.
Since Heatageddon has subsided (I hope), Tulsa’s live music scene has responded accordingly by stacking must-see events like airplanes over O’Hare on Thanksgiving. And with downtown Tulsa enjoying a renaissance (grocery store? Two of them?!), it’s easy to find something you will like this month. Heck, who doesn’t need a little Dolly in their lives?
Ready to rumble
Eloté, which has become known for harboring luchadores (Mexican masked wrestlers) as much as for its food, celebrates another edition of Luchapalooza this month.
How can we allow this celebration and adoration of violence and double-dealing to continue?
How can we call ourselves a city of law-abiding people when we pay $5 per person (with children 12 and under admitted free) to cheer on luchadores both good (La Pandita Bonita, La Saltamontes, La Tortuga, etc.) and bad (Margarita the Meter Maid, Corporate Douche, El Abogado, etc.)?
Why would the Tulsa Area United Way wish to associate its great name with a wrestling bacchanalia that features three local bands? What was the Bank of Oklahoma thinking when it decided to pay for The Red Dirt Rangers to headline this orgy of blood lust?
Sure, attendees leave with smiles on their faces. It is almost as if people enjoy themselves there. They get “full” on the food while watching epic beat-downs, happily I might add.
It is a shameful blight on Tulsa’s reputation.
It’s also a lot of fun.
Be sure to get there early.
Make the Cut
Although in its 10th year, Cut Copy is just now beginning to resonate in the United States like in the band’s native Australia. Cut Copy makes infectious indie electro-pop that has outgrown the college/indie stations that first introduced the band to American ears. It has since become part of our musical lexicon — clubs, commercial, etc.
The band, reportedly, puts on a killer live set, and Cain’s has booked a dance party for sure — Cut Copy toured with Daft Punk, hello!
The real coup is also getting Washed Out and Midnight Magic. Washed Out (aka Ernest Greene) is surfing the “chillwave” genre. It’s a mix of lo-fi, indie and synthpop. “I Feel It All Around” is one of the best songs of 2010 and is the theme for one of the best shows on television, “Portlandia.”
Greene’s 2011 release on Sub Pop, “Within and Without,” made it to No. 6 on the U.S. rock and alt charts. It’s gorgeous music that the blogosphere (Gorilla Versus Bear, My Old Kentucky Blog, etc.) started pushing pretty hard, and for good reason — it’s great music.
Cut Copy with Washed Out and Midnight Magic: 8 p.m., Oct. 3. Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St. Visit www.cainsballroom.com for more information.
October’s best bets for live music
10/7: String Band Contest as part of the Oklahoma State Picking & Fiddling Championships, Tulsa State Fair
The organizers of this year’s Tulsa State Fair, in their infinite wisdom, have decided that my scholarly efforts qualify me as a judge for the String Band Contest. Serious bluegrass fans and aficionados of string bands know that the quantity and quality of bands in those genres have been seemingly exponentially increasing. And this competition seeks to determine who stands above. Join me and my nascent efforts into judging. Note for contestants: Although it might cause me to start looking around nervously, I love me some “Dueling Banjoes.”
10/8: Dolly Parton, BOK Center
If she’s not the first lady of country music, she is the queen of country music entertainment. Dolly Parton’s career spans millennia, and she seems like she might be one of the nicest women on earth. Her first performances were on local radio in eastern Tennessee. Now she packs arenas as a tireless performer. While not an ardent fan of her music, I find her life incredible. She has received almost every honor imaginable (Kennedy Center, eight Grammy Awards, National Medal of Arts, etc.) and some not (Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval — the first time it was awarded to a person); started a successful theme park (Dollywood); and has been married only once. She champions literacy, is a philanthropist and even works to save the bald eagle. She has fit multiple lifetimes of work into one. For that reason alone, I can learn to love her music.
10/9: Joey Kendall (of Mount Righteous) and Sastronaut, Soundpony
Yes, Mount Righteous and its fleet of vehicles are still on hiatus. But the driving force behind that musical 10-piece adventure, Joey Kendall, brings his music back to the scene of a couple of crimes (previous shows): Soundpony. His website features his new album, “Was Here,” for your approval. It sounds a bit like Ben Gibbard of Death Cab and maybe some Black Francis from Pixies without the rage. Either way, rest assured, Kendall knows what he is doing. He just drives a smaller car to his gigs now.