Metro Music Showcase: April

Welcome back to another edition of the monthly TLO Metro Music Showcase, where we highlight some of the best live music and concerts 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.

Here’s the showcase:

Thursday, April 4
Dr. Pants
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

Do you like Ween? What about if Ween sounded absolutely sober but still bent? Okay, we’re talking to a niche audience here, so how about: Regardless of whether sober-sounding-Ween seems appealing, you can come out and volunteer for a good cause? The Regional Food Bank is hosting a volunteer session where you can show up and ensure that people in your community get fed, and — in the meantime — hear some rockin’ tunes from Dr. Pants.

Thursday, April 4
Jenny Lewis
The Watson Twins
The Jones Assembly

The career Jenny Lewis has played out is pretty incredible. She started as a child actor, achieved indie rock goddess status as a member of Rilo Kiley, and now enjoys an incredibly successful solo career that is unprecedented in this day and age. On top of that, she has bangs that we all are envious of. She’ll be in OKC with The Watson Twins, the Tulsa-born twins who recorded with Jenny for the 2006 album ‘Rabbit Fur Coat.’

Saturday, April 6
Citizen Cope
Diamond Ballroom

Citizen Cope is a very difficult artist to pin down. Song-by-song, the styles blur between folk, soul and hip-hop. If you’ve ever considered showing up to an open mic night wearing cargo shorts, check this dude out — first — to get some pointers.

Saturday, April 6
Rick Springfield
Grand Casino

It doesn’t matter if you never had a mullet, thought vests were the same things as shirts, or lusted after Jesse’s girl. Rick Springfield plays big arena power pop, meant for everybody who wants to clap their hands to the backbeat and have a good time. Get your favorite old leather jacket out of the closet, and check out this 80s favorite at Grand Casino.

Friday, April 12
Alan Jackson
Chesapeake Energy Arena

Alan Jackson is not a man that needs my promotion ’round these parts, but he’s gonna get it anyway. Cheesy pop country is one of my biggest musical Achilles Heels, and damn near nobody can chop me down like ol’ Alan Jackson. Dude has limitless hits that range from fun summertime jams to sad nostalgia pieces. I don’t trust anyone from Oklahoma who doesn’t like AJ.

Friday, April 12
Reverend Horton Heat
Tower Theater

Rockabilly was the biggest genre in OKC in the late 90s. Not gonna try to explain or justify it here, but it seemed like everyone had razor cuts and flash tattoos. Ok, so maybe some things haven’t changed, but — back then — there was a show every week at Bowl 66 featuring bands that sang about cars and played punked-up country/rock tunes. The good Rev Horton Heat was a staple then, and if you’ve never seen his show, you’re in for a treat.

Friday, April 19
Boosie Badazz and Friends
The Criterion

Murder was the case they gave Snoop Dogg, and Boosie Badazz served actual death row time for a murder of which he was later found not guilty. He’s been fighting other charges since then, but is back, now, recording and performing classic Louisiana Dirty South rap music.

Sunday, April 21
of Montreal
Yip Deceiver
Tower Theatre

of Montreal is kinda like if the Flaming Lips had less money, more funk and less reliance on props and gimmicks. If you’re a fan of modern psychedelic indie pop and haven’t seen this band yet, the ball is in your court now.

Thursday, April 25
Adventure Club
Oklahoma City Farmers Market

Man, I’m not even going to pretend like I understand this stuff, but it’s popular. It seems there’s a scene for dudes who used to be in emoXcore bands that have moved on from guitars to samplers. I guess I’m probably old enough now that I could conceivably have conceived children and could be dropping them off at this show, so if that is your demographic, here ya go.

Saturday, April 27
The Tallest Man On Earth
ACM Performance Lab

The first time I ever heard Kristian Matsson sing, I swore it was some Bob Dylan b-side that I’d missed. It turns out that he’s actually Swedish and only 5′ 7″. Even if his stage name is a misnomer, the dude still has some great songs that are reminiscent of America’s greatest folk singers.