Embarrassing fact #1: I do not know any geography.
Embarrassing fact #2: Due to fact #1, I forgot that Oklahoma was a state.
But I asked my roommate to name a state, and since we had just been singing Oklahoma the musical, she named Oklahoma. Which I then proceeded to remember was a state.
Anyway, I apologize to the most OK state out there, and present some examples of why you shouldn't forget about Oklahoma.
I've mentioned before that I really like folk music. John Moreland encapsulates what it is that I love about it-- poetry, beautiful music, and honesty. This is the kind of music I could happily listen to at two in the morning when I can't sleep. The delicate instrumentation sounds like a night sky unfolding, first the dark fabrics and then the scattering of diamond stars. Moreland is especially appealing for me because his voice is incredibly evocative of Bruce Springsteen. Worth a listen or two or one hundred.
Back to rock, and intensely so. Broncho is garage rock with a polished alt rock sound, a mixture of Cage The Elephant and The Wombats, but with a somehow west-coast vibe that complicates their midwest roots. The music is incredibly bass driven and rhythmic, with simple vocals that build upon a Ramones-brand punk.
I've also mentioned I like ambient rock. Semblance's Quotes EP is a prime example of why. A dark, brooding soundtrack with bursts of light and hope, Semblance's music sonically recreates the sky changing above you as you move through your life. The music doesn't need vocals accompaniment because it tells a narrative without it. If you want a beautiful soundtrack for your beautiful life, download the EP now.
With the same dirty bluesy sound that rocketed The Black Keys to alt rock stardom, The Flood offers up a solid EP that will make you feel like you can kick down the bar door with nothing but a pair of cowboy boots. The Flood make rock and roll the way it was conceived- with a guitar, a drum set, and a growling intensity that will make you move.
You thought I wasn't gonna do a pop punk band? Ha! Ha haha! Ha ha ha HA! You were wrong. Very wrong. I say very, because not only am I doing a pop punk band, I'm doing a PHENOMENAL pop punk band. Paper Planets are an act to be reckoned with-- a top notch rhythm section reminiscent of early Fall Out Boy, raspy but incredibly endearing vocals, and guitars that climb miles above your head. Paper Planets are ready and deserving of a big break.