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  • SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 62015 VOL. 11 ISSUE 19




  • So many people groaned when I used to tell them my old address.Edmond? Guhhhh, they sighed.

    It was like the real estate equiv-alent of nails on a chalkboard to most twentysomethings. However, I liked to think of it as a getaway. I was shrouded in mystery behind countless fast food restaurants and traffic. I liked the quiet, too. Yet, I could still find human activ-ityin Cafe Evoke orthe states coolest YMCA. Shout out to Mitch Park.Plus, I was minutes away from The Oklahoman.

    But then our office moved downtown. I was now an island. Id have to beg for hours for friends to visit. Almost all my favorite thingswerelocated so far away from me. I wanted to get back into the mix of things and maybe walk to places. I couldnt bear being so

    far away from pizza.Welp,Ive left Edmond and now

    live next door to Big Truck Tacos, and they are by far the best smell-ing neighbors Ive ever had in my life. I didnt need Steve Lackmeyers cover story to know Id enjoy living in Mesta Park but it sure feels something like a victory lap.

    Downtown and its surrounding districts are thriving. Theres also a lot in the works. Im sure youve driven into some of that construc-tion and cursed more thana few times. Take a deep breath. Its a good thing. Lackmeyer stayed up all night just trying to fit all the recent developments in one story. Let me know if we missed any-thing. Wed love to hear about it.

    Oh, and dont forget to mark your calendars for Sept. 26. The Plaza District Festival is going down and youre not going to want to miss the music lineup. Im even going to take the opportunity to bike over. It feels crazy to be able to say that. I might even just roll over with a taco in one hand and a non-alco-holic beverage in the other. This city life sure suits me.

    I enjoy livingin Oklahoma City. Also, if I imagine really hard when Im on a walk in Mesta Park then it feels like I could have giant house money. I can already hear the foot-steps of my weird, little children pitter-pattering down the stairs.

    A big thanks to Lackmeyer for helping piece this issue together. It would have taken me months to track down all that information.

    Thats about all the time I have for this issue. Make sure not to eat too many corn dogs at the state fair. I wish your pigs the best of luck in the races. Ill see you guys next month.

    Swifty Swine Racing Pigs race down the track at the Oklahoma State Fair. [PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY,FOR LOOKATOKC]

    N A T H A N P O P P Efrom the editor



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  • LOOKatOKC EDITORNathan Poppe

    PROJECT DESIGNERSEbony Iman Dallas

    ADVERTISINGJerry Wagner(405) 475-3475

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    ART DIRECTORTodd Pendleton

    PHOTOGRAPHERSSteven MaupinQuit Nguyen

    COVER Photo by Doug Hoke, for LOOKatOKC

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    from the top L O O K a t O K C

    8 | Drink & Draw

    32 | Old downtown OKC hotel buildings come down to make way for new tower

    Its pretty simple. You Drink. You Draw. You get published. Check out the latest rendition of our artistic adventure as the Drink & Draw crew mimics the style of famed comic book illustrator Jack Kirby.

    Weve got so many downtown stories for you in this issue. Heres one that shows the cost of progress and a peak into the recent downtown demolition.

    17 | Mahoganys new downtown location raises the steaks for fine dining

    Hungry? Well, this new story from the Food Dude will only make things worse. Mahogany built a new location in down-town OKC and are ready to start serving some delicous dishes.

    12 | Limber Limbs starts stretching toward full-length LP

    The trio left Stillwater and took some time off, but now Limber Limbs is back in OKC with a brand new album. Check out what went into making Retrospection.

    6 | 5 new songs for SeptemberMatt Carney is always listening to the

    newest of new tunes. Check out five fresh songs that you shouldnt avoid.

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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

    Its not quite time yet to wake up the guy from Green Day, but its almost. New tracks!BATTLES THE YABBA

    No band working these days outdoes New York City prog-rock trio Battles when it comes to repe-tition; they have the market cornered on it. In order to properly describe how intricate their patterns are you have to reach beyond music for comparison: Battles songs usually resemble an immaculately cultivated rock garden, sculpted down to the tiniest details without a single pebble out of place. Every-thing in the mix, even the guitar notes and keyboard riffs, feels percussive, as if theyre helping the bands drummer to keep the time, all the time.

    Battles third record, La Di Da Di, is out now and its their most heavily rhythmic record yet, a whole albums worth of knotty math problems that range in feeling from confounding to euphoric, sometimes even on the same song. Album opener The Yabba is

    a good example: It stretches nearly seven minutes in length, relentlessly dragging listeners from groove to groove as it builds its way to a dizzying, neon-bright climax.

    NICK DIAMONDS SPECIMEN DAYSThe vast, vast majority of working musicians are

    not famous people, at least not at the level of Cant Go Outside For Fear of The Paparazzi-famous. I imag-ine Mumford & Sons drummer, for instance, prob-ably shops for his groceries undisturbed. But many do enjoy a sort of subtle, silent celebrity. Im talking about the quiet satisfaction that comes with contrib-uting to a song or a film score, or perhaps even just a melody or particular lyric that, for a time, captured the public conscious.

    Canadian Nick Thorburn is one such musician. Maybe youve heard his performance name Nick Dia-monds, or one of the many indie bands hes played in: Mister Heavenly, Islands, the Unicorns.

    La Di Da Di, the third record from New York City prog-rock trio Battles, is out now on Warp Records. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

    Dont hit snooze on these five new songs for SeptemberM A T T C A R N E Yheadphonetics F 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

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  • Shunkan. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

    But youre much more likely to have heard the shuffling, somewhat ominous theme to the podcast Serial, which Thorburn composed.


    A couple of years ago I saw the band Small Black play at SBSW and found them to be a delightful oddity: Four dudes in flannel and hip ballcaps making not indie-rock but delicate, soft pop songs by hand, right there on stage. Small Blacks returned now with a new song called No One Wants It To Happen To You, that I like better than any-thing I can recall from that 45-min-ute live set, that captures what its like to yearn for a world much more beautiful than the one you occupy.

    I think finally, near the end of No One Wants It To Happen To You, Small Black actually very briefly enters that much better place, evoking it with synthesizers that call back and forth at each other, like two very large prehistoric birds. Or maybe Im just overthinking a very good, glittery pop song produced on the cheap.


    The budding sub-genre of dance

    music known as footwork lost one of its foremost innovators last year when Chicagos DJ Rashad known for cutting samples up into fast-paced, hyper-repetitive loops passed away at 34. But Rashad lives on in a way, both in his influence on footwork, and also here in a posthu-mous featuring credit on a new song with his childhood friend DJ Spinn.

    Dubby features the typically frenetic Detroit rapper Danny Brown skittering like a madman on a repeated, Chicago-centric vocal sample. But theres so many other kinds of sounds in here too: soul, hip-hop, warped jazz, and UK underground dance, all compiled into a fiercely territorial four and a half minutes.

    SHUNKAN THE PINK NOISEIf you like your rock bands brash,

    loud and fuzzy, but not without the occasional soft touch of melody bands like Yuck, Swearin and sometimes Yo La Tengo then you may want to check out New Zea-lands Shunkan. London-based Art is Hard Records will put out the bands twelve-inch, titled The Pink Noise this fall, and it features this epon-ymous sugar rush of a song thats simultaneously sweet and exciting.

    M A T T C A R N E Y headphonetics

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  • Welcome to the latest edition of our collaboration with Drink & Draw, the event that invites doodlers of all skill levels to gather on a weekly basis in Oklahoma City. In case youre new to the party, heres the rundown.Every Thursday night from 8 to 11, Drink & Draw is hosted at any of three

    locations in the metro. On the third, fourth and fifth Thursday of the month, the event is held at Tree & Leaf Clothing. And thats where youll encoun-ter the Drink & Draw Challenge. A random theme is selected, youre kindly requested to draw on specially designed Drink & Draw paper and then the results are published once a month in LOOKatOKC. Our theme this month is a cartoon drawn in the style of Jack Kirby, the famous comic book illustrator.

    Its been a pleasure to see new faces join the festivities, and I hope to see more. The intentions of the event are more than simple. Its an excuse to show off the talented artists in our city and invite anyone with a hint of artistic aspiration to join the fun. Again, Drink & Draw is an invitation to an open dialogue in the art community. One story wouldnt do this event justice. Instead we are making this a monthly celebration of all things awe-some. Pens, pencils and markers of all shapes and sizes are welcome.

    Its just another reason to LOOKatOKC. The proof is sitting right in front of you.

    Nathan Poppe, LOOKatOKC editor



    The Drink & Draw crew tackle Jack Kirbys famous styleart speaks D R I N K & D R A W

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    art speaks D R I N K & D R A W

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  • B A N D T I T L E , A L B U M T I T L E Music feature

    Dont let the name fool you.The Oklahoma City-based Americana act shares its namesake with a famed sharpshooter, but Annie Oakley features more than just one talent. Its a family affair at this point. Just ask the bands momager, who doesnt miss a show. Or better yet, the slew of musicians who perform alongside the band at its weekly gigs.

    Fronted by twin sisters Grace and Sophia Babb, Annie Oakleyhas spent the better part of three years sharpening its songwriting skills and quickly building legitimacy in the states robust singer-songwriter field.

    The new EP Thought of You a God. will be self-released September 25. Its the second EP from Annie Oakley.

    On a breezy September afternoon, Grace and Sophia met me for an interview at Elemental Coffee Roasters. The duo, 18, are coolly confi-dent onstage and off. I know Im not the first one to notice.

    For Thought of You a God, the band spent a

    week last June in the subterranean Lunar Manor studio alongside the albums producer, Samantha Crain. I dont think Crain would produce just any talent.

    Funny enough, two years ago Grace and Sophia were star struck fans of Crain. The twins recalled seeing her walking around Norman and whisper-ing back and forth if they should say hello.

    Now shes a friend, Grace said.Sophia said she stills feels a tad starstruck

    around Okie artistssuch as Crain, Kierston White, John Calvin Abney and Kyle Reid.Now, the twins share festival lineups with these acts.

    It still feels like were little kids in a room full of adults, Sophia said. I know were becoming part of a scene but were still learning.

    Annie Oakleys growth exists most obviously on the new album. Its moodier, meatier and a fitting re-introduction to the band.

    Thats becauseAnnie Oakley isnt the same group it was two years ago when the first EP hit. Thought of You a God is the sort of work that stems from hitting venues and festivals every

    weekend for a year, inviting several players like their bandmates Nia Personette (vio-lin) and Gabee Rolla-Danley (mandolin) to record on analbum and letting Brine Webb sit behind the soundboard. Thats a killer recipe.

    It hasnt been asimple climbfor the young musi-cians though. The two see musicas a balance of art and business. It isnt a plaything anymore and that offersplenty of challenges, internal and external.

    I think a lot of it is subconscious, Grace said. As a young musician, I will be viewed as lesser. As a female musician, I feel critical of myself. I want to be this person who has had years and years and years of experience. I dont stop to think, Well, Im pretty good for my age and theres no one else thats a girl my age doing what I do.

    But dont forgetthe creepy, oldmen.When you get guys messaging you on Face-

    book the second you turn 18, and they only know you from your band, its a little bit creepy, Sophia

    From left, Annie Oakley is Grace Babb and Sophia Babb. [PHOTO BYKEISHA REGISTER FAULKENBERRY]

    Annie Oakley takes aim for new EP release Thought of You a God

    A N N I E O A K L E Y

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  • From left, Annie Oakley is SophiaBabb and GraceBabb. [PHOTO PRO...