Amanda Kidd will perform at fest
It was the right visit at the right time when Amanda Kidd stopped by Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist. Along with being in the midst of a writer's flood of ideas for new music, including a pair of songs written and recorded this year, Kidd is prepping for a 3 p.m. set Saturday at the wine garden during Arts For All. She brought a new effect box for the show. I bet it'll make an appearance with Saturday's set.
If you tuned in, you heard her first release from earlier this year, "Golden Boy." It's a good song about being "under a love spell," Kidd said. She's currently writing another song called "Muse" that you should be hearing soon. It's from entering a new stage in life as an artist and writer, she said.
"Writers are cyclic ... I went into a dormant mode but now I'm in creative mode," Kidd said. "My sound right now is evolving."
Working with producer and Broken Flesh drummer Brandon Lopez, Kidd joked that she's his "pop-centered project," there to balance out the blast beats in his life. Check out another new song: nAmanda Kidd "Wildfire" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTW-KR20fW8.
Kidd launched a new website this week to join her online presence that includes Facebook and a YouTube channel. It features her daily blog, photos as well as first dibs on new music: www.amandakiddsongwriter.com.
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The new CD by Casey Abbe Band, "Bad Intentions" makes good on the band's promise. The lead single, "Drunk As Hell" is just over 3-minutes of pure rockin' country gold. It's a great mix somewhere between Jason Aldean and Hank Williams Jr. "Bad For Each Other" switches gears with its acoustic intro and Abbe's voice's swagger carries the weight as the song kicks into electric goodness. The songcraft and musicianship shows a band that's grown since their debut on the radio show last year.
"Don't Tread on Me" kicks a lot more than when they performed it acoustically for the show. "Let Me Fall" offers the emotional side of the young songwriter's growth. Naked and real, it tells a real love story. "Square Toed Boots" carries that emotion forward and offers a tender moment. The best of both worlds is found when "More Hell To Raise" takes a leisurely build to its anthemic chorus.
You can catch the band at 10 p.m. Saturday when they take over the Fubar Saloon, No. 4 W. Lee, for their CD release. Bring some cash cause you're going to want a copy of this album.
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Tuesday offered a night of mad musical magic at Oklahoma City's Criterion when Mastodon and Primus performed for a one-of-a-kind night. Two of the masters of modern prog rock but in very different terms the bands provided a musical journey worth taking.
Following a statement set from openers All Them Witches, Mastodon took the stage with the surety of the headline act they've become. "If you don't know us, we're Mastodon and we're playing with Primus," bassist Troy Sanders said to a response of overwhelming cheers.
Taking material from 2016's "Emperor of Sand" to new levels, the performance included a fan favorite from last year's "Cold Dark Place" EP: nMastodon "Toe to Toes" https://youtu.be/gVlnJGigSLw.
Long-time fans weren't disappointed either with masterful renditions of "Ember City" and a personal favorite from the "Leviathan" LP, "Megalodon." They mixed well with new classics "Show Yourself" and set-closer "Steambreather" for a fun and fantastic set of master musicianship.
When the original Primus lineup of bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry "Ler" LaLonde and drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander, the building sprang to weird life. Leading off with favorites "Damn Blue Collar Tweakers" and "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver," they took their musicianship and fan fervor to new heights. Inarguably the working musician bred most from the Frank Zappa cloth, Claypool's insane bass talents have taken the instrument and humorous, challenging music to new places.
The band's latest album "The Desaturating Seven" was played through in a storytelling theme and its title track was a highlight among many especially when Claypool brought out his "whamola." Mixing psychedelia, funk, punk, metal and more into a punchbowl, their set was easy to drink, especially with the classics: nPrimus "Welcome To This World/My Name Is Mud" https://youtu.be/eLtfADciy7A.
When "Jerry Was A Race Car Driver" erupted from the speakers, the Primus audience erupted louder. "Too Many Puppies" went off like a firework show with the fans' reactions. All the outcasts were together with family and music amazing music.
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Kidd kidded around in Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist. From it, she's been challenged to write a song entitled "10 Legs A Lobster Be." Hope to hear that one soon.
Jokey McJokerson wasted no time with this week's joke. Here's the punchline:
"It's too time consuming."
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