Welcome back to another edition of the monthly TLO Metro Music Showcase, where we highlight some of the best live music for you to check out over the next month!
This Showcase is brought to you by our friends at Play It Loud – a web documentary music series produced by Outsiders Productions that profiles Oklahoma musicians. If you’ve followed award-winning independent filmmaker Adam Hampton’s explorations of Oklahoma’s vibrant music scene, you’re familiar with the documentary’s eclectic lineup of the state’s rising artists and musicians. But if you’re new to Play it Loud, take time to catch up on the first two seasons, while Season 3 is being filmed.
Friday, March 15
The Nixons – with The Tits and Junebug Spade
The State Theatre
There was a bridge between the huge grunge acts like Pearl Jam and the also huge post-grunge acts like Creed. That bridge, my friend, was Oklahoma City’s own The Nixons. Sure, they were a one-hit wonder, but — damnit — they’re OUR one-hit wonder!
Monday, March 18
Black Belt Eagle Scout
89th Street – OKC
Although the Pacific Northwest is often associated with the aforementioned grunge, which is a notoriously dude-heavy genre, the region has a lot more diversity than just white guys mad about stuff. For instance, check out Black Belt Eagle Scout. She’s a Native-American performing moody and dynamic songs that reflect her background but are instantly relatable to anybody.
Thursday, March 28
Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
Death Grips is hardcore rap…but not in the way you expect, when you put those two genres together. MC Ride has an aggressive and visceral style of rapping, and drummer Zach Hill, also known from Hella, brings a frenetic and unpredictable rhythm. Their shows are known for being confrontational, with crowds that tend to mosh hard, so this isn’t for the faint of heart.
Friday, March 29
90s House Party: Vanilla Ice, Montell Jordan, Kid ‘N’ Play, C+C Music Factory
Are you nostalgic for the 90s? Sure, we all are. Now is your chance to see four bands in one night play six whole songs you remember. If I had my druthers, C+C Music Factory would be headlining, but Ice was in that Ninja Turtles movie, so he gets to lead the show, by default. Anyways, if you’re 35 or older and your Bumble matches have been dry lately, this is the show for you.