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Radio Roadshow: Big night at the Railhead

Today's Best Soundemonium! began its rock and roll road show this week with a stop at the Railhead Saloon for the Sunday night concert featuring headliners Hed PE, Downfall 2012 and Soul Crisis. Our focus, as always was on our local bands.

Local punk power trio Paid In Spades kicked off the night in their inimitable way: stripped down, both in clothes and in fakery, they rocked out with their socks out. Check out a bit of the action: •Paid in Spades — "Scars" —

It was a straight banger of a set with "Get Down On It", "Retribution" and closer "So What" setting a high mark for all to follow. Guitarist Dusty Hatter felt good about their set: "It was great, I think."

Long-time local favorites Backwash matched the intensity with a fiery 6-song set. After starting out heavy hitting with "In My Head" and "Chamber," the gents revealed their sensitive side: •Backwash — "Drunken Angel" —

Closing with "11:34," "Payback" and "Scraper," the band made a statement. It was a coming out party of sorts for newest member, bassist Jason Santina. It's about time the former Dead By First Light bassist was back on that stage.

More than a concert, the night was one where the Lawton metal community converged to support the scene. Most of DeadCore were on hand, readying to join Backwash and Paid in Spades for local support on the upcoming 4/20Fest. That show follows the April 19 live debut of Titan Metal on that stage. Also, sneak peaks/listens to new music from Desecration Conflict offers a look at some salty new music to follow through the year. 

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Dani Carson visited Studio Blanket/Tent Fort last week a little late for full inclusion in the previous column. Truly one of the hardest working Southwest Oklahomans, she's finishing up her spring semester at Cameron University, serving as a DJ on Hot Country 97.3 FM and as a full-time working singer/songwriter/troubadour. She's been booking shows non-stop to ready for a busy summer. 

"I am so excited," she said after hearing she has a good shot at the Tulsa State Fair stage. "That's huge."

While in the studio, Carson knocked out a cover song from the TV show "Bewitched" for morning show host Indie Michaels: •Dani Carson — "I'll Blow You A Kiss In The Wind" —

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Here's a reminder of some good music for a cause. The Kenneth Smart Benefit Concert and Dance featuring the Chris Caldwell Band will be from 8 p.m. to midnight, April 13, at VFW Post 5263, 103 NE 20th. Admission is free but donations are welcome for a good cause, according to Caldwell. There will be a silent auction. This fundraiser has been created in order to purchase Smart transportation that is wheelchair accessible as well as for other medically related expenses.

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John Stamos will join The Beach Boys, featuring Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, for the band’s May 4 concert at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. Proceeds from the performance will benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma's Food for Kids Programs and The Oklahoma Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Tickets for the concert can be purchased online by visiting, over the phone at 405-594-8300 or by visiting Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave. in Oklahoma City.

If you would like to donate to the Regional Food Bank's Food for Kids Programs, visit call 405-600-3136.

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With Studio Blanket/Tent Fort on Roadshow: Railhead for this week's edition of Today's Best Soundemonium! with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist, just never know where we're going to pop up, but you know you'll be hearing about it.

Jokey McJokerson's was saucy with this week’s joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:

"Some traffic signs say stop.”

Jokey’s Corner — Matt Raney, with opener Spencer Hicks, will be the featured comedian for the weekly Saturday night series to be held in the Summit Ballroom at the Apache Casino Hotel, 2315 E. Gore. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets for the 21-and-up show are $10 and may be purchased at the casino cage or online

Preacher Lawson, Friday, July 5. Tickets are on sale and are priced at $20, $25 and $30. Tickets may be purchased at the casino cage or online at

Turn your radio dial to Magic 95.3 FM Radio around 6:25 p.m. each Thursday (if not much earlier) or stream the half-hour show online: or; or on the Apple or Android apps or on the TuneIn app, or:

And, hey, if you have a song you want us to check out, email us:

#Sundaymonium — Remember that every Sunday night you can listen to a rebroadcast of the prior week’s show followed by this latest show: 6 p.m., Dani Carson; 6:30 p.m., Roadshow: Railhead.

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