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Group helps to close out White Buffalo

Wednesday night's close-out show with Big Mike Webb, Lynn Moon and Cody Newby at The White Buffalo provided some fantastic music to a packed house of patrons. 

The three kicked off a night's performance for the ages as Webb and Newby swapped songs and Moon made guitarist faces while tackling licks and riffs of all types. It was a good time set to a great beat. Webb and Newby have some of the smoothest voices around and made easy listening of such great songs as "Lookin' for Love," "In the Ghetto," and "I'm From the Country." Many more songs from all genres would flow and follow into the evening. The arrival of Samantha Rose meant that some more magic would happen as the evening progressed. 

Newby, who will be featured in February in both the column and radio show, shared a new song of his, "Grandpa Song (How Great Thou Art)" that's making headway up the music charts by way of a cover by a bluegrass band. They have a tough stick to measure following Newby's performance with Webb's sweet, deep harmonies.

While the closing of The White Buffalo at the Central Mall location marks the end of another live music venue in town, the packed audience and many drinks and meals eaten hint that the venue may find another home and reopen before long. Now, that would be a good thing.

Another great thing is that, if you missed Webb's performance, you can catch him with the great Kenny Gholson beginning around 9 p.m. today at The Guitar Bar, 1816 S. 11th. You can catch Newby playing acoustic at 6:30 p.m. today at Outlaw Bar-B-Q, 23485 Oklahoma 49.

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Hey, I predicted one Grammy award correctly when Mastodon won the "Best Metal Performance" category during the pre-telecast ceremony Sunday at the 60th annual Grammy Awards. The band won for the song "Sultan's Curse" from its 2017 album "Emperor Of Sand." Hear it for yourself to know why they won: nMastodon  "Sultan's Curse"  https://youtu.be/Og39iIBeOHI.

This news preceded the announcement that Mastodon will be joining Primus  two of the top modern prog bands  for a tour that includes a May 8 stop at The Criterion in Oklahoma City, 500 E. Sheridan. It's a fantastic venue to catch a concert, and both bands are phenomenal live. VIP presale tickets went on sale Tuesday and general admission tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/20005439D3699D89.

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Live, instrumental rock albums can often be a tricky listen. That's another reason why the new release from John 5 and The Creatures' "It's Alive!" could be considered a spooky great success. Featuring the iconic guitarist who gained attention first as Marilyn Manson's six-string slinger and who now works with Rob Zombie, the album is an aficionado's chop fest, with bassist Ian Ross and drummer Logan Miles Nix keeping the rhythms tight behind his frantic fretwork. Spontaneously recorded one night at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, Pa., in April 2017, magic was captured in these 16 tracks.

The lead-off track "Guitars ..." skips genres fluently and drives the listener into the space. The boogie-woogie meets chicken pickin' monster "Six Hundred and Sixty Six Pickers in Hell, CA" drives into interstellar territory reminiscent of Steve Vai at his wickedly witty best.

"This Is My Rifle" offers some jazz interludes in between staccato verses before tackling classical constructions. The hoedown hit "Hell Haw" proves John 5 has his Chet Atkins-meets-Roy Clark chops down pat. "Season of the Witch" drives into the Universal Pictures horror movie vibe that fits the group's aesthetic but transcends being pegged into any one sonic style. "Portrait of Sydney Sloan" offers a chaotic cacophony of six-string carnage carved into its groove.

Track 13, "Making Monsters," is a lucky listen for the fan of funky, weird and wonderful sounds over a groovy riff that rocks. An instrumental cover of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" takes the original and does just that. He takes Steve Lukather and Eddie Van Halen's guitar parts from the original and rewires them through Jackson's vocal melody for a truly original take. The album closes with a medley of iconic rock songs of the past 40 years. From Van Halen to Slayer and all points in between, the group's arrangements close the collection with over 10 minutes of pure fun and power. 

John 5 and The Creatures' album is available now, as are tickets for the band's upcoming tour, including a March 30 show at Dallas' legendary Trees, via the website: www.john-5.com/store. 

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I've returned to a band and song I love that helped shape a lot of my world view and wanted to share. The highly influential and seemingly forgotten Washington, D.C., treasure Fugazi set a standard for the alternative artists who followed in the 1990s. By blending elements of dub/reggae with rock and punk/hardcore-styled guitars, it laid out the template and set a standard few bands could match. Kings of the DIY (do it yourself) movement, it performed at only all-ages shows with ticket prices set no higher than $5 and refused to sell merchandise  if you see someone wearing a Fugazi T-shirt, it's a fake and you may feel free to call that person out. Through six studio albums and countless road miles, Fugazi remains one of the few "pure" bands to make art for art's sake. 

If you don't know its music, here's the perfect introduction with just under 3 minutes of perfection: nFugazi  "Waiting Room"  https://youtu.be/cMOAXm94VWo.

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Since the flu delayed Terry Allen's visit this week to Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Carr and the columnist, we decided to put together the First Mix Tape of 2018. Man, was it good! If you tuned in, you heard this great set list: Big Mike Webb & Lynn Moon  "Polk Salad Annie," Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers  "Cornbread," Terry Allen  "When I Was Your Man," Cashroh  "For The Road," Cade Roth & The Black Sheep  "Blame." 

If you missed it, you're in luck because it'll return for this and next week's edition of #Sundaymonium. We'll have Allen in a couple of weeks when he's well. We don't wanna get sick again.

Jokey McJokerson bugged us with this week's joke setup. Here's the punch line:

"Is the bar tender here?"

Turn your radio dial to Magic 95.3 FM Radio around 9:25 a.m. each Thursday (if not much earlier) or stream the half-hour show online: http://s1.phx.icastcenter.com/start/kmgz953/ or www.onlineradiobox.com; or on the Apple or Android apps or on the TuneIn app, or: http://www.kmgz.com/. 

#Sundaymonium  Remember that every Sunday night you can listen to a rebroadcast of the prior week's show followed by this week's show: 6 p.m., Jay Alexander; 6:30 p.m., First Mix Tape of 2018. 

Visit, "like" ("love") and follow our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/steveoandthescribe/.The two-part video slideshow with audio from the first all-performance episode, along with the very first episode, are found in the "Video" folder.

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