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Young musicians make music Curbside

Ian Trent and Aaron Brenneman from Curbside came by the studio to kick off the evening run of "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist. Part of a band of self-proclaimed "teenage sludge hippies," the pair are making some pretty great and original music with their bandmates Dylan Bona and Keven Christian. 

Trent and Brenneman were sitting curbside (where else?) outside the studio awaiting the pokey scribe and jock and knocked out an acoustic version of "Muscle Junkie" that was pretty incredible. Maybe it was the setting with a pair of young musicians making music without thought but mainly for fun that made it special. Inside the studio, they were electric on the acoustic instruments. "Toilet Teeth" made an impact with its appearance on this week's show. A pair of other original numbers, "Nirvous" and "Liquid Candy" will be showing up in next week's Mix Tape as well as a future one. The songs are pure youth  edgy with a touch of angst and a curtain of beauty. The last two remind of Brand New in the best of ways.

Trent said he, Brenneman and Bona have played together in one form or another for a couple of years, including as Cardboard Rejects. It's been the addition of Christian that's made this band work. "It was missing a good drummer," Trent said. "Curbside started as a whole different band; we were originally Aberdeen but another band goes by that name."

In just over eight months together, he said they have put together five or six solid original songs as well as three or four in the making. They've been recording with Jay Alexander and are saving money to finish their debut record. With inspiration from a slew of bands  "I'm not really 'inspired,'" Trent said, "I just show up to things"  they take dashes of Violent Soho and add drizzle of cool bands ranging from Fugazi and Pixies to Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice in Chains and Failure. But they make something new and all their own.

The four-piece made their live show mark as the opening act for this year's Return of Railfest in March. Trent's demolition of an old Gibson SG bass proved an exclamation mark for a set that already had the packed audience buzzing  "It (the bass) became one with the floor," Trent said. You can check them out when they headline a free Saturday night show at 7 p.m. at Chuckie's Toys, 2415 N. Sheridan. They'll also be bringing a storm with them for their 7:30 p.m. set June 15, at Chickasha's Muscle Car Ranch for this year's installment of TwisterFest. Link for more info about the fest:

Keep up with the band via its Facebook and Instagram pages. And definitely catch them live; it's always best to catch stars on the rise  these guys could definitely supernova one day. 

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With Memorial Day weekend at hand, get ready to return to the roots with the Medicine Park kick-off to summer: The Roots Ball. There will be so many fantastic artists from several genres on the bill, ranging from psychedelic bluegrass to blues and rock and roll to reggae and funk. I'll bring back pictures and video as well as a roundup with next week's column. 

You'll be among great company when The (legendary) JuJu Beans take the stage at 2 p.m. Saturday. They live up to being one of the best live (and local) acts around in this video from a recent show at Outlaw Bar-B-Q: nThe (legendary) JuJu Beans  "Let Me Be"

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Lawton's Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan, will host touring San Antonio, Texas, band Within The Giant's Reach at 10 p.m. Friday night. A band built on the precepts of self-belief and empowerment, their songwriting offers a heavy metal pep talk for emotionally available fans with their new release "In The Beginning." Check out a single: nWithin The Giant's Reach  "Faceless"

"We want to inspire them (fans) to conquer their Giants and to do great things," said guitarist William Taylor. "You only have one life, so live it."

Visit the band's Facebook or BandCamp pages to learn more ... or go check them out live and pick up a hard copy of the EP.

Speaking of cool touring acts performing at the Railhead, it was announced Tuesday that Doyle will be performing there Dec. 18. That's pretty cool news considering it's not every day a founding member of The Misfits comes to town. Details to come, including possible local bands opening, in future columns. 

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Duncan-raised drum wizard John Speice IV and his Austin, Texas, bandmates in Brownout have retired their presentation of the "Brown Sabbath" experience (for now). But they haven't stopped taking the music from iconic artists and imbuing it with their own Latin flavor. 

After breaking heavy metal's prototype heroes onto a plane all its own, the nine-member collective (including brass) is making its mark with their take on the music of Public Enemy. It seems a perfect step from adding special sauce to the origins of one style of music to tackling the originators of the political and powerful hip hop Public Enemy.

Brownout carves its own place with today's release of "Fear of a Brown Planet," out on Fat Beats Records. You can hear what's going on with the first single: nBrownout  "Fight the Power"

You can order it online:

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There's joy in Funkville, boys and girls! George Clinton & Parliament released their first new album since 1980 with a digital-only recording called "Medicaid Fraud Dogg," which is available for streaming and purchase now. Check out this funktastic first single and shake your booty: nGeorge Clinton & Parliament  "I'm Gon Make U Sick O'Me"

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Now that we're the "Kings of the Nighttime World," Studio Blanket/Tent Fort was an after-hours affair with the Curbside two for this week's Last Morning Show Extravaganza Greatest Soundforce edition of "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist. Good times and great music was the night's theme and the show lived up to it.

A goof by the columnist left out last week's McJokerson punchline. So, here's last week's joke and punchline from Jokey McJokerson: Q.  Why weren't The Beatles any good at tennis? A.  Because they thought "All You Need Is Love."

Jokey roared back in top form for this week's joke. Here's the punchline:

"Because they're super good at it."

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#Sundaymonium  Remember that every Sunday night you can listen to a rebroadcast of the prior week's show followed by this week's show: 6 p.m., Last Morning Show Extravaganza Greatest Soundforce; 6:30 p.m., Curbside. 

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