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Mixing classical and jazz, quartet plans Oklahoma performance

St. Louis-based experimental jazz quartet Bach to the Future is apt to perform Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” with an Afro-Cuban flow ” and the possibility of a laser zap thrown in for good measure.   “It’s an oddball group,” keyboardist Mike Silverman admitted, albeit one committed to pushing its own musical boundaries through

Folk dancers perform international numbers in OKC

Slava, the Oklahoma City International Folk Dancers’ performance group, has performed dancers from around the world since the early Eighties.   Joan Chambers, who has been folk dancing since 1968, said, “The folk dance group is a very close-knit group of people, and we’ve been sort of a family for years. I think of it

Edmond’s UCO Jazz Lab thriving after five years

The University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab is doing its part to keep jazz in the public eye and foster young talent.   Currently, the Edmond-based venue is undergoing renovations and continues to bring in big-name talent. It will celebrate its fifth anniversary in March.   EDUCATE & ENTERTAIN“We are consistently making money on our

The Good, the Bad & the Queen

Virgin Post-Blur and post-Gorillaz, Damon Albarn has gotten ex-Clash bassist Paul Simonon out of retirement, and brings along former Verve guitarist Simon Tong and Fela Kuti’s drummer, Tony Allen. If it’s a supergroup, it’s a low-key one; it ain’t CSNY. Albarn’s vocal and keyboard fingerprints are most prominent, Simonon plays snakily and subterranean throughout, and

R.E.M.-And I Feel Fine: The Best of the IRS Years 1982-1987

Capitol/I.R.S.  This latest collection of R.E.M.’s catalogue before its jump to major label Warner Bros. has it all, from “Gardening at Night” to the always-impressive “It’s the End of the World as We Know It “¦ and I Feel Fine.” What’s most interesting is what R.E.M. defines as hits; “Feeling Gravity’s Pull” might leave one

Fatboy Slim-The Greatest Hits: Why Try Harder

Astralwerks  Fatboy Slim has been cobbling together sample-rific singles for a decade now. It’s amazing how many of them became instant pop-culture classics: “Praise You,” “The Rockafeller Skank” and “Weapon of Choice,” fun even without watching Christopher Walken waltz his way through an empty hotel. Indifference to 2004’s “Palookaville” has rendered Slim irrelevant for the

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