photo by Will Gibson

Gary Clark Jr. debuts new music at concert

Clark had a surprise for the crowd, opting to play unreleased songs rather than familiar ones. The last time Gary Clark, Jr. played Cain’s Ballroom, it was a sold out two-night stand touring in support of his most recent release, a live album featuring performances from his 2016 tour, “Live North America 2016.” In fact, […]

Disney pulled their original Maui-themed Halloween costume following public controversy. courtesy Huffington Post

Socially-conscious Halloween costumes not always clear-cut

The Halloween season continues to blur lines of which costumes are culturally appropriate. Every year toward the end of October, the discussion of cultural appropriation makes its return. Halloween presents a great opportunity to dress up and go out, but all too often, the invitation of a costume can become problematic. It seems now as […]

Marsha Johnson, whom Taylor Swift has denounced politically, speaking at the 2016 Republican National Convention. courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Taylor Swift’s political statement tentatively welcome

Taylor Swift supporting Democrats in the upcoming election is a good thing, though artists acting politically is often distasteful. Taylor Swift came out … as a democrat. But if you’re anything like me, this does not necessarily feel like news. Considering all of her songs regarding girl power and empowerment, I just thought it was […]

The wall boasts not only multicolored bricks but also messages written by those that purchased them. courtesy Tulsa World

Tulsa GOP builds fair “wall”

Despite controversy, the mock-up border wall was allowed to stand at the Tulsa State Fair. In the Tulsa County Republican Party’s booth inside of the Expo Building at the Tulsa State Fair, a construction paper “wall” stirred controversy with some fairgoers. The “wall” in question was the basis of a fundraising campaign for the Tulsa […]

Search for mass graves narrowed

Mayor Bynum recently discussed his plans for locating mass graves from the Tulsa Race Massacre. In the summer of 1921, Tulsa’s Greenwood neighborhood, also known as Black Wall Street, was razed by a mob comprised of the police and white Tulsans. The details regarding the events leading up to the Tulsa Race Massacre have been […]

The film follows Blaze Foley (Ben Dickey) and his muse, Sybil (Alia Shawkat). courtesy IFC Films

Ethan Hawke’s “Blaze” emotionally nuanced

The film observes the life of Blaze Foley and the reverberations of his work. I first heard about “Blaze” while reading Rolling Stone Country’s coverage of AmericanaFest in East Nashville. In the article, it described a set at one of the Fest’s more intimate venues, with actors Benjamin Dickey and Charlie Sexton playing the songs […]