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Lots of live music opportunities await music lovers in area

There's a veritable treasure trove of live music options open for local music lovers to get their fix of the good stuff in coming weeks.
 
Following Monday morning's first and second homicides for the city this year, classmates of the youngest victim are trying to put on a show to benefit the remaining family. A group of students from Central Middle School is using the spirit of classmate Stefan Rushing, 14, to create "The Rushing Angels Benefit." The benefit is slated to be sort of a local talent show from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Great Plains Coliseum Annex, 901 S. Sheridan. Cost will be $5 and there will be a raffle. Among the acts booked so far is Ken Morrow, who said he joined the cause as soon as he heard about it. 
 
"I think there are still a lot of good people out there wanting to help; I won't be the only one," Morrow said. "The local music scene is full of great people."
 
Talent is needed and up to 24 performance slots are on the agenda. 
 
If you'd like to perform, there's no age limit to participate. Call Tanna Ferrell, 704-0066.
 
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Tonight offers a chance for anyone who wants to put a face with "the voice" to catch Brian Pounds at the Chianti Wine Bar, 1400 N. Sheridan. Pounds stopped off at The Guitar Bar last night for what was promised to be a rousing set. With limited seating and no cover charge, you may want to get there early before his 8 p.m. performance. 
 
Pounds gained notoriety during his time with Team Blake on "The Voice." Combining influences ranging from John Mayer, Government Mule, and Pat Green to Snoop Dogg and Ryan Adams, Pounds is finding his own niche as a singer/songwriter who has learned to merge his soul and rock and roll to create something unique. With his debut album, "After You're Gone," garnering lots of attention in the Austin, Texas, and regional music scenes, and a new EP in the works, Pounds is planning on pounding the pavement to play a lot of shows.
 
Based in Austin, Pounds has connections with the local music community as part of the Beverly Perry Music Network. 
 
"This guy is an amazing songwriter," Perry said. 
 
You can learn more about Pounds at www.myspace.com/brianpounds.
 
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The BPM Network has been gaining ground in the music world and its namesake, Beverly Perry, is finding her own rewards. Along with reaching the 10,000 "likes" milestone last week on Facebook, Perry has been accepted as part of Renegade Radio Nashville's New Faces of 2014. Renegade Radio won a Country Music Award for Best Independent Radio Station in 2013. One of Perry's original tunes, "It Was Real," remixed and produced by Stuart Epps, has been receiving heavy play in the station's rotation.
 
Perry also announced on Jan. 17 that she'd signed publishing deals with two different companies and is set to begin negotiations with another company in early February. 
 
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Some local heavy metal bands are gearing up for some shows at the Oklahoma Capitol.
 
The Fifth Annual Christmas Connection show is being made up tomorrow and gives a couple of Southwest Oklahoma powerhouses an opportunity to share an Oklahoma City stage for a good cause.
 
The original two-day show was canceled due to the winter storm before Christmas. Funds raised help out the Christmas Connection charity, which is a year-round organization. The show at Oklahoma City's Chameleon Room, 3034 N. Portland, features Lawton's Komatryp and Stephens County's Southern Heretics, as well as other powerhouses from across the stage: Broken Flesh, Oldman, Center of Disease, Zeroed Out, Indeed Sir, Malicyde, Macrocosm, Chemicaut, Killer Gandhi, Dark Valley Harvesters, Metal Headz, Arkhon and Overdoze. Doors open at 2 p.m. It's 18 to enter and cost is $5 at the door. 
 
Komatryp is joining another solid lineup of some of the state's best metal bands next month for the 7th Annual St. Valentine's Day Massacre. The local heavyweights join a diverse lineup featuring Dark Arsenal, Triple 7, Even the Dogs, Zerotheist, Anialas, Oberon, Kirra and Sin City Cowboys. The show will kick off at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Chameleon Room. The show is also 18 and up to enter.
 
"We've played with half of the bands on this bill, and I gotta say there is some awesome talent gonna be displayed on this night," said Mike Lorentz, Komatryp's singer. "I just wanna say that the Proctors (promoters Tony and LaDonna) are doing awesome things for us local bands, giving us opportunities to play such great shows and opening for these national acts, which in my opinion, half of these metal bands in Oklahoma wouldn't have those opportunities if it weren't for them." 
 
Advance tickets are $7 and available from the band via its Facebook page. Cost at the door is $10.
 
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An Oklahoma City hip hop artist who's made inroads with Southwest Oklahoma audiences is gearing up to celebrate his birthday with a show Saturday night beginning at 6 p.m. Backed by a lot of momentum, Josh Sallee will be headlining the show at Womb Gallery, 25 NW 9th in Oklahoma City, along with Mike Turner and a handful of other people.
 
Sallee has been gaining a reputation for his rapid-fire lyrical flow and inventive wordplay. He just signed a major distribution deal with Empire through Pairadime Music Group and his new album, "Know Society" is slated for release soon via iTunes. He's also gaining some respect and success with his latest single, "Switch Lives," also available via iTunes. 
 
"It is a huge step towards furthering my career and I couldn't be more excited to work with the people there," Sallee said in a statement via his Facebook page. "The support has been incredible thus far, so thank you."
 
Sallee's talents have been recognized by many and he's opened for Big Sean, The Cool Kids, Mac Miller, 3 6 Mafia, Kendrick Lamar, XV, Mickey Avalon, Paul Wall, Chip Tha Ripper, Freddie Gibbs, Big KRIT, Kidz in the Hall, Cypress Hill, Bizzy Bone, Donnis, 88 Keys, Johnny Polygon, Smoke DZA and even Ke$ha. The Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, a noted music fan/producer, has also taken notice. The two worked on a song called "Whole Life," that's available via Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/thunder-upper/whole-life-kevin-durant.
 
You can download Sallee's last album for free and check him out for yourself at joshsallee.com. 
 
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Following up from last year's breakthrough for Oklahoma City's Skating Polly, the step-sister duo is accelerating into high gear with this new year. 
 
The group is headlining the Teenage Kicks show Saturday at Oklahoma City's Twisted Root Gallery, 3012 N. Walker. Doors open at 2 p.m. and you get eight bands  the others are Swatch Marbly, The Dead Queens, at Codone, The Bee Shells, at Kina, Palmer and Cosmostanza  for $5. All the proceeds will go to help find August Reiger, a classmate of Skating Polly's Kelli Mayo. He has been missing in Ecuador since June 16, 2013. He was at the very first Teenage Kicks show last year and is friends with lots of the bands that will be playing.
 
The band has been putting the finishing touches on its new album, "Fuzz Steilacoom" and is working on the artwork's final version. They're also working with a college dance professor who is creating a ballet using its music. 

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