TLO Metro Music Showcase: November

Welcome back to another edition of the monthly TLO Metro Music Showcase, where we pick out some of the best live music for you to check out over the next month.

The Showcase is sponsored by our friends at Play It Loud – a web documentary music series produced by Outsiders Productions that profiles Oklahoma musicians. The first episode of Season 2 just dropped and features OKC metro music legend Mike Hosty. He talks about keg parties, botched drug deals and plays some of his classics.

Mike Hosty is great. Outside of Barry Switzer, no one has helped more college kids in Norman get laid. He deserves a spot in the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame for that accomplishment alone.

With all that being said, here’s a curated selection of shows you probably want to check out over the next month…

Maps & Atlases
Thursday, November 1st
ACM @ UCO Performance Lab, Oklahoma City

After a 6-year hiatus, Chicago indie/math rock band Maps & Atlases has returned with a new album, Lightlessness Is Nothing New. The tight and technical trio will be rocking the ACM stage, and if they play any of their old material, expect to witness some pretty sweet guitar finger-tapping.

Bob Log III
Friday, November 2nd
Opolis, Norman

There have been plenty of dudes over the decades playing raunchy blues rock. But how many of them are one-man-bands, wear motorcycle helmets and sing through telephones? Just one: Bob Log III. His live shows are full of dirty jokes, hijinx and head-nodding riffs.

Lil Mike & FunnyBone
Saturday, November 3rd
Eagles Crest Fellowship, Oklahoma City

Chances are, you’ve already seen Lil Mike & FunnyBone, even if you don’t realize it. Whether it was their performances on America’s Got Talent, their endless hustling of CDs at flea markets and parking lots or the black Mike Bone sedan that is always cruising around 23rd street, the duo seems to be everywhere. See them where they thrive most: on the stage with their sick dance moves and ill rhymes.

An Evening with Dawes: Passwords Tour
Tuesday, November 6th
The Jones Assembly, Oklahoma City

Although their sound has evolved from their early breakout as a folk rock band, Dawes still delivers on catchy melodies and smooth production. They wear their wide-ranging influences on their sleeves, from Neil Young, Warren Zevon and Bob Dylan to Bruce Hornsby. Their most recent album, Passwords, was released in June.

Molly Burch
Wednesday, November 7th
[email protected] Performance Lab, Oklahoma City

There aren’t really any smoky jazz lounges left in OKC (with the possible exception of Junior’s), but it doesn’t matter. Whatever the venue, Molly Burch’s voice will transport you there. Smooth as the red velvet lining the walls of the smoky jazz lounge in your mind, her vocals are unique and expressive. This is a show you’ll want to pair with some nice whiskey and a little ice.

Mike Hosty
Friday, November 9th
Fassler Hall, Oklahoma City 

It seems like Mike Hosty has performed live music every single day in the metro area for the last hundred years. But when you see him play, it makes sense. He’s a talented and versatile musician, and — best of all — he doesn’t take himself too seriously. Check out his episode of Play It Loud, and enjoy a liter of beer during his set at Fassler Hall.

Kalie Shorr
Sunday, November 11th
Walmart – 5401 Tinker Diagonal St., Oklahoma City

Okay, honestly I just included this one because I saw there was a concert at a Walmart and got really curious what that would be like. Will it be in the parking lot? The electronics section? Lawn & Garden? I’m not hating on it — the approach worked for that little yodeling kid. I’m also a sucker for hooky pop country, so this one will definitely be worth checking out.

Mac DeMarco
Wednesday, November 14th
[email protected] Performance Lab, Oklahoma City

For about a decade, Mac DeMarco has been releasing weird, damaged, indie rock with a lo-fi aesthetic. His music reminds me a little bit of Ween, with its sense of humor and lazy, stoner vibe. And normally I don’t like to include so many listings from the same music venue, but, man, ACM is just killing it this month.

Killer Queen Tribute to Queen
Thursday, November 15th
Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City

Let’s get this out of the way: there was only one Freddie Mercury, and there’s no replacing him. I’m looking at you, Adam Lambert. Therein lies the beauty of tribute bands; the only expectation is to hear other people competently cosplay as the legends that you’ll probably never get to see again. Not to mention, they usually eschew the deep cuts from later albums and, instead, just play the hits.

K Camp
Sunday, November 18th
Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City

If a rapper is from Atlanta, you can generally assume they’ve got the goods. K Camp is obviously no exception. He was nominated for ‘Best Club Banger’ at the BET Video Awards, losing to Future (who is also from Atlanta, natch). Although his music doesn’t trend as much toward the trap style that the ATL put on the map, there’s enough melody to make up for it.

Cannibal Corpse
Wednesday, November 21st
Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City

Every headbanger out there already knows Cannibal Corpse. They’re basically The Beatles of death metal (not to be confused with The Eagles of Death Metal). Everyone else knows Cannibal Corpse as the band playing at the bar in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Their music is brutal and technical but still, somehow, remains catchy and as approachable as an extreme metal band can be. So long as you don’t pay attention to the lyrics.

Bone Thugs N’ Harmony
Friday, November 23rd
Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City

If you were a teenager in the 90s, like me, it was impossible to escape Bone Thugs N’ Harmony. They were able to fuse gangsta rap and R&B, and — with their versatile lineup — it sounded flawless. What better way to cap off your month than by reliving teenage memories! Most of mine that were spent listening to Bone Thugs involved being a skater dirtbag, but they’re still fond.

TLO Metro Music showcase is sponsored by Play It Loud. Like to see your show listed? Contact Lucas at @fernetbroncho.