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Rose Windows traveled quite a long ways to wind up in Oklahoma City.

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Kyle Reid sure knows how to throw a party.

We know he’d bring along friends for his session but we didn’t expect a horn section. Kyle was joined by Steve Boaz on washboard, Johnny Carlton on bass, John Calvin on guitar, David Leach on trombone and Marcus Spitz is on trumpet. No one here is complaining because the results were spectacular. The Low Swingin’ Chariots only sweetened the session.

I think the only instrument we haven’t had in the band now is a harp. Any takers?

Kyle Reid


Brooklyn rockers The So So Glos made a pit stop during their latest tour and hit us with a blast from the past. Five members strong (Adam Reich of Titus Andronicus joined the frenzy), the band covered The Kinks classic “All Day and All of the Night.” And because the guys are a bunch of sweethearts, they threw in a tiny cover of “Oklahoma U.S.A.” as well.

The So So Glos have been a band since childhood and it shows in their camaraderie and attitude. You have to check out this documentary to really get a feel for the band.

Be sure to pick up the band’s latest album “Blowout.” It’s a doozy.


It can’t be easy making things look this easy.

Tulsa duo Desi and Cody hopped into the Spy Van and flexed their effortless charm. It’s almost as if these songs just fall from the sky and into the pair’s hands. We couldn’t be happier with this breezy, warm performance of “Roll With It.”

Make sure to check out Desi and Cody’s Kickstarter. There’s very little time left and the above video should be all the motivation you’d ever need to donate.


This session with Cowboy Indian Bear fell through the cracks of our blitzkrieg shooting schedule in March. However, what happens in the Spy Van always will ultimately get shared outside of the Spy Van.

You can hear the Lawrence, Kansas band’s new track “Let It Down” off of its 2013 album “Live Old, Die Young.” It came out in April and it sounds fresher than the van’s new muffler (mind you that’s very fresh). We love being able to show off Oklahoma City to bands from out of town. Don’t be strangers now, Cowboy Indian Bear. Hope to see y’all real soon.

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We are well aware that drinking and driving is against all the rules.

However, there isn’t anything in the rule book about performing drinking songs in a car.

Enter Tyler Hopkins. The Oklahoma City-based singer/songwriter wowed us with the title track off of his debut album, “Somebody Like You.”

The impressive recordings revolve around bar room balladry and sound like the result of at least a few hangovers. Or five. Or six. Or a dozen.

We won’t hold it against Tyler because we don’t play by all the rules either. The stories are just better that way.


Oh, and don’t forget that Tyler his releasing his new album this Saturday at The Blue Note. It’s only $5 at the door, and the line up is packed with more awesomeness than aloe vera on a sunburned beer belly.


In the midst of an aggressive tour schedule, Mississippi duo Water Liars made a stop at The Spy studio. They shared a soulful, fragile tune called “Linens.” It’s off of their latest album “Wyoming,” which was released by Big Legal Mess and Fat Possum Records. It’s the dudes’ second album in less than a year, and we hope to see them again in Oklahoma just as quickly.

Water Liars

It was obvious Ripple Green wanted to go big with their VDub Session. Literally. The trio tried to fit a rain stick into the van but there wasn’t enough room. Who would of thought that we could fit a cello but not a rain stick?

Nonetheless, the Oklahoma City rockers performed a melodic and smooth rendition of “The Mother.” We couldn’t help but hear/enjoy hints of Red Hot Chili Peppers in Joel Parks’ vocals, and obviously we can’t wait to hear what else the three has up their sleeves.

Don’t forget to catch Ripple Green headline a show on the rooftop of The Velvet Monkey Salon at Live on the Plaza this Friday. Tallows, Wuwus and Jabee will be playing too. Don’t miss it.

Ripple Green

Shivering Timbers made it a family affair as the husband + wife duo brought their daughter along for the ride of a lifetime. Along with their drummer, the Ohio-based band played a soulful, folky tune named “Evening Prayer.” It’s off of their debut album “We All Started In The Same Place,” which was produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. Expect more great things from the uplifting, joyous sounds of Shivering Timbers. Your ears won’t be sorry they did.

Shivering Timbers

Seattle’s weirdest punk trio made its way through Oklahoma City shortly before a tour with the reunited Zombies tour. One half Black Lips and the other Black Angels, Night Beats made themselves at home in the Spy Van. The band’s psychedelic noise machine is by far one of the coolest things we’ve ever seen. With the touch of a button it spouted out some funky tones and Night Beats was good to go.

If you’re in Texas this weekend then make sure to catch them at Austin Psych Fest.

Night Beats