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Chat Recap: These Oklahoma bands are ready for their close-ups

November 6, 2013


Nov. 06--Assistant Entertainment Editor George Lang chatted with readers Wednesday about movies, local bands and the Oklahoma City film scene. You can join our entertainment Q&As on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

George Lang 10:00 a.m. Okay, let's do this thing. I'm George Lang, and we'll talk about anything surrounding movies, music and things to do in OKC this weekend. Everything's on the table, so let's go.

Steven 10:00 a.m. What movies do you recommend for this weekend?

George Lang 10:03 a.m. Okay, first off, my friend Matthew Price will have a review of "Thor: The Dark World" on the front page of the Weekend Life section on Friday. He saw it last night, and said it's a worthy addition to the "Avengers" universe. Solid bet for action. For truly great films, I'm going with "12 Years a Slave," which finally opens this Friday in OKC. I'll tell you now that this is a 4-star pick, and a contender for the top spot on my year end list. Also, we've got "All Is Lost" -- this is a great solo performance by Robert Redford. He only says a few words in the whole film, but it's about a man who finds himself stranded on a wrecked sailboat in the Indian Ocean, and it's kind of amazing.

JC 10:03 a.m. I'm not familiar with the local music scene. Who are the best local bands I can see this weekend?

George Lang 10:06 a.m. Here's my choice. My friend Nathan Poppe has this video series he does called the VDub Sessions, where he gets musicians to pile into the back of a VW Bus and play songs on camera. He's celebrating his 100th episode on Saturday with a free show at Empire Slice. Taddy Porter from Stillwater, a great trad-rock band with a new album that compares nicely to the Black Keys, are playing, and one of my favorite new bands, Tallows, is expected to join as well. Good stuff, free show at Empire Slice on NW 16 in the Plaza District.

Denise 10:06 a.m. Are there any local film projects that are being shot right now?

George Lang 10:09 a.m. Denise, I know that Mickey Reece down in Norman is constantly working on new films and giving a lot of work to locals. There's also a film currently being shot called "The Veil" in OKC -- we got a note from Freihofer Casting about it last week. Also, Lance McDaniel is in post-production on his new film, "Light from the Darkroom," which was shooting in OKC and surrounding areas back in August.

Sandy 10:09 a.m. What Oklahoma bands do you think are about to take off? i.e. get national attention

George Lang 10:13 a.m. I think Horse Thief is ready for their closeup. I've thought this for a long time -- they've got the songs and a big, atmospheric sound. Cameron's a great songwriter and frontman, and they've got some of the best talent in OKC in that band. Also, back during the last Norman Music Festival I heard a group called Addverse Effects that was just stunning -- live hip-hop, not far off from The Roots in terms of style. They're working on a new album down at Blackwatch Studios in Norman. Awesome musicians, expert lyrical flow. They absolutely killed with a cover of OutKast's "Bombs Over Baghdad."

Jim 10:13 a.m. I don't really like a lot of "modern" music. Are there any local bands that have an older sound? I like Mumford and Sons somewhat.

George Lang 10:15 a.m. Well, the Oklahoma scene is rich with the kind of bands you'd like. Both Tallows and Horse Thief fit the bill, and I would check out Desi and Cody any chance you can get. Also, there's Parker Millsap -- every time I hear this guy, I think he's on the verge of being, I kid you not, one of the greats. There's a ton of bands that come from the more traditional angle. It's one of the things we do best around here.

Steven 10:16 a.m. What's the overall "sound" of the OKC music scene? I know Stillwater has a "red dirt" vibe, and Norman seems more hipster/folk.

George Lang 10:20 a.m. Thing is, we've really got just about everything covered around here. There's strong electronic groups (Prix Teen might still be Stillwater, but I love their music), hip-hop artists like Josh Sallee and Jabee (who just got signed, btw), and then there are the great organic rock bands like Horse Thief, expert punk bands. I know it doesn't sound like I'm narrowing it down, but I've never seen the OKC scene with a more plentiful array of diverse bands than exists now.

David 10:20 a.m. How does OKC's film scene compare to other major cities? Is it growing?

George Lang 10:22 a.m. Well, there is definitely more infrastructure now than there used to be. There's crews and equipment that weren't here a decade ago, and the talent is definitely there. I'm seeing a ton of people working as grips and DPs. We just need to have that tax rebate program to keep bringing people in to shoot here.

Annette 10:23 a.m. The kids are out of school Friday here in Norman. What's something fun/out of the ordinary we could do for the day?

George Lang 10:28 a.m. Okay, so the weather is supposed to be a little better on Friday, and the high is 66. Get outside while you still can. Soak up some UV, because all these clouds can take their toll. Go check out the activities along the Oklahoma River, by all means, and in the evening, I'd take everyone down to Live on the Plaza on Friday. Good music, activities for the kids, tons of stuff. I know it's a challenge to find things to do outside when it gets cooler, so take advantage when you can.

George Lang 10:29 a.m. Thanks everybody for participating! I enjoyed this, and I hope everyone comes back when we do it all over again. I'm thinking next Wednesday will be good. Take care!


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