We’ve made it halfway through 2019, and Tulsa’s wonderful musicians have been hard at work making this the year for the locals.
- Try Not to Panic, Pt. 2 by The Classless
January 4 brought us Try Not to Panic, Pt. 2 by The Classless. The band celebrated with an EP release show that was hosted by We Are Tulsa Music Radio and included performances from All for More, AnchorWay, and Goodfella. For a more in depth review of the EP, check out Noah Estes’s review here.
This was a month for local music with several EPs and singles dropping one after another, including:
- Goodnight by Lilac Kings
The band’s first full-length album was previewed at their New Year’s Eve release show, ringing in 2019 with one of the songs from the album. It was not released. however, until February 8. (For a full review, click here.) Goodnight launched the band on two tours and grabbed the attention of several other music publications – including SoundBite Magazine.
- Stormcoming by The Odyssey
The Odyssey released their first EP on February 9 and celebrated with a packed show at the Vanguard. Stormcoming included “I Love You Back,” their 2018 single that recently hit 75k streams on Spotify. (For a full review, click here.)
Hoarseman and The Others Like Us teamed up to do a split EP. For Hoarseman, the songs included were a preview for his upcoming Annihilation. His part was officially available for streaming everywhere on February 9. Wasted Potential included original songs by The Others Like Us and were the first ones to officially stick after the band pulled Ironically, Self-Titled. The band had some difficulty with the release, however, and the songs weren’t available everywhere until February 12. (Check out what the two groups had to say about the EP here.)
- “Why Can’t Love?” by CZR
CZR, formerly Caezar, gave us the best Valentine’s gift by putting out their single, “Why Can’t Love?” on February 14. The song is folksy and peace-on-earth as the group questions why love can’t “just be love.” CZR demands attention by creating a track to which you can’t help clapping along.
- In Us We Trust by Rose Gold
Rose Gold put out In Us We Trust on February 15 to the sheer delight of many. The songs off of this collection contained a vocalist screaming poetry over beautiful melodies. A combination of hardcore and punk, the music brought a large crowd to their release show in March with Carvist, Give Way, and You.th.
- Matter of Opinion by Spotless Mind
Spotless Mind’s second EP, released February 22, deviates from their original sound while diving headfirst into the pop punk scene that inspires them. The band celebrated A Matter of Opinion with a fun concert at Chimera that included All for More, AnchorWay, The Odyssey, and Tribesmen. (Click here for the EP review and here for the concert review.)
- “Devil in the Details” by NeoRomantics
NeoRomantics had us feeling all sorts of emotions with their single on February 22. Their first release since Homecoming in May 2018, it was an exciting hint at more to come. Shortly after, they took to the road and have been touring off and on. (Read more about their single here.)
March ushered in the We Are Tulsa Music Awards (WATMA) where the people of Tulsa got to nominate and honor some of their favorite local musicians and bands. In spite of complaints about who wasn’t in attendance, the event ran smoothly – and the staff took the response in to consideration by opening up a forum for suggestions. Hopefully next year we’ll see some of the bands mentioned here win some awards.
April brought us Battle of the Bands. Hosted by high school students and benefiting the Food Bank, the event showcased the following artists:
- All for More
- Emma Rose
- Theory of Procrastination
- Hoarseman and the Heard
- Sam Lloyd
- Spotless Mind
- Timothy Deffebaugh
- The Odyssey
The winners were:
Best Band ((People’s Choice) – All for More
Best Band (Judge’s Choice) – Hoarseman and the Heard
Best Singer/Songwriter (People’s Choice) – George.
Best Singer/Songwriter (Judge’s Choice) – Emrldboi
April also brought several EP releases:
- Lone Wild by Lone Wild
Lone Wild’s self-titled album came out on April 5 and had us all dancing without a care. The band hosted a celebratory concert at the Vanguard with Cavern Company and Brother Rabbit on the night of the album’s release. (Check out an in depth review of Lone Wild here.)
- Static Waves by Max Spears
Max Spear’s EP debuted on April 12. A teenage singer/songwriter, Spears focuses mainly on branching out from just piano in his EP. The songs are as the title suggests – static waves forming love songs.
- Hot Lunch by Golden Ones
Golden One’s Hot Lunch was gifted to us on April 19. Their glamorous, dramatic rock EP was the glittery gift we never realized we needed – though the delivery took a little longer than anticipated on some platforms. Still, it was available on BandCamp awhile before everywhere else, and people listened with ferocity. Since then, the band has used the EP to propel themselves into several performances around the Tulsa area, with many more to come. (Read the full review of Hot Lunch here.)
- Florence Rose by Florence Rose
Florence Rose brought us their self-titled EP on April 26. Two of the songs were released earlier as singles (“Growing Pains” and “No Woman”), but the rest were just as iconic. The debut EP landed all sorts of acclaim and prompted the band to add their first Tulsa performance in months. (Check out what they had to say about their music here.)
Last month was perhaps the busiest of the year. Everyone opted for celebrating the start of summer with EPs and singles and concerts, and it made for a fun period.
- Annihilation by Hoarseman
A taste of Annihilation was spoon fed to us back in February, but Hoarseman threw the rest on May 10 with the full collection. The songs were proof that the win at Battle of the Bands was no fluke; each song was skillfully done in the same flair as the performance in April. (Read the review here and the interview here.)
- “Lately” by The Odyssey
Not long after their first EP hit all music sites, The Odyssey put out “Lately” on May 11. The song, a personal favorite, made serious strides at becoming the summer song as fans of the band devoured it. (Check out what they had to say about it here.)
- “I See Stars” by CZR
CZR’s second released song came to us on May 17. “I See Stars” is much more complex than “Why Can’t Love?” The duo deviates from the folksy sound in favor of a slightly heavier pop one. Still, the track is just as catchy as their earlier one and shows something of a range for the group.
- “Nicholas Sparks” by Kinda Collective
Kinda Collective surprised everyone with a debut single on May 26, the day of their first headlining concert Vanguard. The song, “Nicholas Sparks,” is the epitome of a teenage love song. Sweet and fluffy, the song is perfect for hot summer days when all you need is something light to keep you cool and relaxed.
- Dancing Skeletons by The Others Like Us
The Others Like Us showed their tenacity by releasing three more songs so soon after Wasted Potential on May 31. Keeping with themes of depression, each song is filled with emotions – perfect for any summertime blues. The song titles are basically just a slew of pop culture references that hint at the dark humor in the music.
- “Plate Techtonics” by When the Clock Strikes, FutureGhost
May 31 also brought a remix of Overnight‘s “Plate Tectonics” by When the Clock Strikes (remixed by FutureGhost). The new version was skillfully done and somehow made us love the song (and the band) even more.
- “Stay Faded” by All for More
June 28 brought the first music All for More has put out since September 2018. Still riding the high from winning the Pop Evil cover contest in January that allowed them to open at the Diamond Ballroom in OKC and landing People’s Choice at Battle of the Bands, the group infuses their confidence into “Stay Faded.” The song demonstrates the skill and talent it took to accomplish the formerly mentioned accolades while also vocally acknowledging their desire to stay humble – or, “faded.”
The first half of 2019 has been wonderful in terms of Tulsa music, and we’re very excited for what the rest of the year will bring. That being said, if you feel we’ve missed someone or just want your band featured on our site, let us know in the comments below, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.