Dark, Dirty & Fevered: New Music By Jason Boland and The Octopus Project

“If everything is taken away tomorrow,” muses Harrah native Jason Boland, “there’s still love and hope in the world.” “Dark & Dirty Mile,” his latest album with backup band The Stragglers, explores both halves of that sentiment; the good and the bad. The Shooter Jennings-produced set of 11 songs winds through some heavy emotional territory but never loses its way into despair, carried along by Boland’s evocative baritone and the band’s road-honed red dirt sound. The album draws to a close with a wearily wistful track titled “See You When I See You” – listeners are likely to hope that, as far as The Stragglers are concerned, that winds up being soon.

Photo by Aubrey Edwards

Norman Music Festival veterans The Octopus Project will have a fistful of new jams next time they’re in the metro: the propulsively joyful Austin-based indietronica (that means they play all kinds of instruments, many of which plug in) practitioners will drop their fifth album, titled “Fever Forms,” July 9.

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