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  • OCTOBER 7 - OCTOBER 202015 VOL. 11 ISSUE 20




  • Chase Kerby gets his name spelled incorrectly a lot.Even as he was making his way as a contestant on NBCs The Voice, his name was wrongon the black and white clapper that gets snapped before a camera take.

    Well, those days of confusion might be over as the Oklahoma City singer-songwriter takes a step onto the national stage. Hes had to wait in anticipation for his blind audition to air on television. Like the rest of us, he had no idea that it would run five episodes into the season. It felt like a running joke that it might not air but the nota-bility will be worth the wait.

    I hung out with Kerby at the Other Room during episode 3. Surrounded by friends and family, Kerby was planning a tour, check-ing Twitter and updating people that recognized him at the bar. I

    was mostly curious about what the experience was like. Kerby was a fountain of commentary during the episode.

    He said the audition in front of Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Phar-rell Williams and Adam Levine was the most nervous hes ever been in his life. Dry mouth. Shaken nerves. It wasnt your typical show at the Blue Note by any stretch of the imagination.

    You were wearing more makeup than me, Kerbys girlfriend Ali added. You were so pretty.

    You wont see any bags under Kerbys eyes on TV, but that doesnt mean he hasnt put in an unruly amount ofhard work going after his dream. Kerby wants to make it. Hes got the talent for sure.

    Hes been hustling in the Okla-homa music scene since I was in high school. I doubt he remembers, but he was a counselor for me at a leadership retreat when I was a junior at Putnam City North. He was in a band called Chasing Paris and gave us all a copy of the bands CD on the last day. Im sure a MySpace link was involved, too.

    Fast forward 10 years later and Kerby is still hard at work. I cov-ered his album release last year and will continue to do so until I cant. Same goes for my co-worker Brandy McDonnell who wrote an exhaustive introduction to Kerbys musical accomplishments. Good work on the story, BAM.

    And good luck to Kerby as he continues his run on the show. Ive believed in his voice for a long time. I only hope more people can say the same thing. Nothing helps OKC like getting our artists some recognition. Lets hear what you got, Chase.

    Chase Kerby performs live at Norman Music Festival 8. [PHOTO BY NATHAN POPPE, FOR LOOKATOKC]

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    6 | Globally inspired: Markus Muse crosses borders to learn ancient art of tattooingMarkus Muse opened his tattoo shop in 2012 and has grown to offer more than just ink. His shop is steeped in graffiti, fine art and henna designs. See what makes the artist tick.

    15 | Deep Deuce welcomesa pair of acesSlaughters Hall and WSKY are the new kids on the Deep Deuce block. We check out what the food and drink spots are doing to grow out-side the box.

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  • All about creating a

    deeper relationship

    with music.


    Tune in to KOSU-FM 91.7 at 4:44 p.m. and 6:44 p.m. every Tuesday and at 6:45 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. every Wednesday to hear Matt break down the week in music news and new music releases with host Ryan LaCroix.

    All about creating a deeper relationship with music.

    Tune in to KO to hea

    Sorry, no Drake to be heard in this space this month. (Though you should definitely check out Erykah Badus recent interpretation of Hotline Bling.) New tracks!

    Shown is the cover art for Barcelona 92, the new album from Oklahoma City rapper L.T.Z. [IMAGE PROVIDED]

    Chill with these fresh October tracksF O L L O W @ O K M A T T C A R N E Y O N T W I T T E R M A T T C A R N E Y headphonetics


    There is some power in holding on to your bitterness. Philadelphia emo/rock outfit Mod-ern Baseball proves it with a new song called The Thrash Particle, which briefly shows off a couple of measures worth of lite-metal guitar chops before the young band shifts up into high gear, sounding about as jaded as you can get with loudly-recorded multi-layered vocals.

    The Thrash Particle is utterly without polish. It isnt got nothing in common structurally with anything with radio aspirations; instead it opts for directness, its frank to the point of confrontation. But it still shows without telling it shows a music scene small enough where songwriters date and get dumped for other songwriters, get their feelings hurt and go home to write bitter songs about it.

    MOUNT MORIAH CALVANDERMount Moriah is an excellent, slow-drawling

    country-rock trio thats fronted by the inimi-table Heather McEntire, who writes complex, narrative-rich songs with a style thats straight-forward and easy-to-follow. The bands last record Miracle Temple was one of my favor-ites from 2013 and theyre back now with an ode to the very rural unincorporated community of Calvander, North Carolina, the bands home state. Strongly recommend Mount Moriah if you like things like Dolly Partons voice, cowboy boots on guitar pedals, and/or fog slowly rolling into the valley.

    LTZ LESSIELocal rapper Tony LeSure spent his first

    record, 2013s Slow Narrations of L.T.Z., rem-iniscing on a youth spent on the north side of Oklahoma City, zip code 73120. And its to that part of town he returns with his latest record, Barcelona 92, this time with a smoother, fuller sound and more vivid stories, about a tight-knit family, daydreaming at school, and early experiences with peer pressure and Christianity. In other words, L.T.Z., as hes known, presents a sort of Oklahoma City everykid.

    D.J. Jeff Chips Kraetzer assists here, han-dling a gorgeous, old-school production thats full of warm backing vocal samples, subtle saxophone groans and crisp, sizzling guitar licks, the kind of stuff that UGK favored in the late 90s when the Texas duo had hit their stride. But Barcelona 92 is definitely not much for

    the tough-guy talk. L.T.Z. instead presents a cool, confident persona that isnt afraid to admit to an unrequired crush or declare admira-tion for a close friend or relative. Check out the closing track Lessie, which finds L.T.Z. offering up affection and respect for his father.

    SKYLAR SPENCE CANT YOU SEEWhat if Ben Folds cut a whole record singing

    for Daft Punk? Thats not something Ive ever wondered, but its what you get with Skylar Spences ridiculously fun new dance record, Prom King, a sweet-and-sour combination of voice and sound that leaves a pleasant after-taste. The voice belongs to 22-year-old Ryan DeRobertis, who chose the name Skylar Spence when a certain soda brand called him up to say that his old psuedonym, Saint Pepsi, was indeed, already trademarked.

    For somebody so young, DeRobertis seems well-versed in the pop music of his parents generation. At different times on Prom King he sounds determined to update Duran Duran for his own, folding the 80s goofiest sounds in with Nile Rodgers-style disco guitar licks. And you can tell on this song Cant You See, that DeRobertis isnt skimping on the lyrics, either, as he gets a little vulnerable and silly. (And if you like what you hear, you wont want tomiss Skylar Spences Nov. 2 show at the Opolis in Norman.)

    TELEKINESIS SLEEP INDo you find that youre more productive on a deadline? Or when youve got plenty of time to consider all the possibilities? In a thoughtful essay published online, Michael B. Lerner of the Seattle-based one-man band Telekinesis recently detailed his recording process as it shifted from the first scenario to the latter. The fourth Telekinesis record, Ad Infinitum, was cut over a period of months in his newly built home studio, which afforded Lerner the luxury to fiddle around with a modest collection of drum machines and synthesizers at his leisure. No hurry, no deadlines.

    And while Lerners style and process have each changed dramatically, songs on Ad Infinitum are as catchy, self-effacing and rich in personal detail as anything Telekinesis has ever put to tape. I found a personal favorite in Sleep In, a quirky, glowing pop tune that features vocal contributions from a Speak & Spell toy, which you can hear in the breakdown.

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  • Armed with a passion for diversity and making a permanent mark on Oklahomas culture, artist Markus Muse opened Muse Art Tattoo Co. in January 2012.Stepping into Muse Art Tattoo Co. is a cultural experi-

    ence in and of itself. There you find yourself engulfed in an eclectic mix of graffiti, fine art, tattoo and henna designs. This alone is a direct result of this nomads journey to tattoo shops in Cameroon, Costa Rica, Italy and across the U.S. before opening his own.

    With so many shops now sprinkled across our state, it is hard to fathom tattooing was illegal until 2006. Legislation in Oklahoma forced passionate tattooists underground for nearly 40 years. Many artists, like Muse, learned behind closed doors the craft that he now teaches in his very own shop.

    Q: What made you decide to open your own tattoo shop?Muse: After traveling for a bit and tattooing in my 20s. I loved working inmulticultural tattoo shops around the U.S. because Iseemed to gain a diverse perspec-tive on the topic of tattoo shops and tattooing. Soon after I moved back to Oklahoma City,. Needless to say there was a major opportunity for opening my very own tattoo shop,so the idea started to take root. With good intent, hard work and vision I used all of my experience of traveling on the road to make the shop that would impact Oklahoma Citys culture, or lack thereof. Growing up here I realized very soon that we had very little, but the tattoo shop was the perfect remedy. So I situated it in the place where I originally grew up, the McKinley Park / Plaza district.I specifically remember that there wasnt a place that you could walk into that exposed you to world cultures, so naturally I have always strived to fill that void for the next up-and-coming artist coming out of this area.

    Q: When did you discover you were an artist? Muse: I have always been an artist. Not because I draw or paint or tattoo. An artist is simply a creative thinker. I have always sort of been an outside the box thinker. Everything else is just the result of discovery and curios-ities.

    Q: When was Muse Art Tattoo Co. founded? Please share how it came into existence.Muse: Muse Art Tattoo Co. was founded in January of 2012, formerly 405 Tattoo Studio, located on the south side of Oklahoma City. When we decided to make the move to join the Midtown movement, the name change put the shop in perspective. We are now located at 1206 N Pennsylvania Ave.

    Q: Please share your vision behind Muse Art Tattoo Co. and for the artists who create there.Muse: Muse Art Tattoo Co. is a shop that combines art and tattooing. The word muse refers to an artists advi-sor or a writers confidant. We truly believethat everyone

    Muse Art Tattoo owner Markus Muse, left, and apprentice Ashley Valentine pose for a photo in Muses shop at 1206 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Oklahoma City. [PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, FOR LOOKATOKC]

    Globally inspired: Markus Muse crosses borders to learn ancient art of tattooingart speaks E B O N Y I M A N D A L L A S S E N D A R T S A M P L E S & S H O W I N F O T O E D A L L A S @ O P U B C O . C O MM U S E A R T T A T T O O C O .

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  • is an artist in their own right, and the artists who work and create here are the muses that help to inspire the individual artists who are in need of self-expression in OKC. They also share and spread the wisdom of collaborative art.

    Q: How did you discover your passion as a tat-too artist?Muse: My passion for tattoo art was discovered when I received my first tattoo at the young age of 16. I was hooked after that. Being an artist I was compelled to try this new art. The rest is history.Q: What did your family and friends think about you getting into the tattoo business?Muse: My family did not like that I tattooed. I dont think it was about the art form as much as it being illegal in the state of Oklahoma. Tattooing wasnt legal in the state until 2006. After that I

    had no more quarrels with my family in regards to tattooing.

    Q: What do you enjoy the most about owning and operating a tattoo shop?Muse: I greatly enjoy the people who visit the shop. I love to watch the perspectives change as well as the culture of a body of people and watch the culture of our city grow one tattoo at a time. That is the best part of my job: positive results.

    Q: Are there any artists, tattooists or not, who have influenced you down the path of your career?Muse: I am influenced by all artists good or bad. Everything that I see, touch, smell, taste and hear I am influenced by. I try to curb my influences nowadays to fit my contemporary perspectives but I like to go with the ebb and flow of creativity. It has no pattern or face.

    Q: What would you recommend to someone wishing to get into the tattoo business?Muse: If you are interested in tattooing, my advice would be to research it. Find out what you like and what you dont like. After that you must draw every day until you die. The rest will fall right into place.

    If you are an aspiring tattooist with a desire to

    learn the craft, or are interested in getting some fresh ink or a henna...