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As far as songs go, few prove as challenging to sing as our national anthem.

It’s a technically demanding tune from first note to last, to be sure, beginning with a low bellow that quickly soars toward star-punching high notes, eventually swelling to a show-stopping crescendo that even the most seasoned performer can have trouble mastering.

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Sheriff Woody

Woody Guthrie Folk Festival featuring Jimmy LaFave, Arlo Guthrie and more

Wednesday through Sunday

Okemah

woodyguthrie.com

Free

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California dreamin’

Modern Pantheist with The Wurly Birds and Larry Chin

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge 

2408 N. Robinson Ave.

thebluenotelounge.com

600-1166

$5

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Major League tunes

Chipper Jones with The Hitt Boyz, Foxburrows and Milk Jr

8 p.m. Saturday

VZD’s Restaurant & Club

4200 N. Western Ave.

vzds.com

524-4200

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Neon colors

Utah-based rockers Neon Trees spent a hot summer night setting fire to Tulsa’s legendary Cain’s Ballroom on June 19. Rounding out the aural palette were Smallpools, a lively L.A. powerhouse, and Nightmare and the Cat, a cadre of black-clad Brit/American alt-rockers. Neon Trees’ latest record, Pop Psychology, was the night’s flux capacitor, transporting all who were willing to a neon-soaked parallel universe.
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Steven Drozd — The Heart Is a Drum Machine


A Flaming Lip goes solo for soundtrack work

Stephen Carradini January 26th, 2011

The Flaming Lips are incredibly self-contained; the members rarely do side projects. So it’s with great interest that multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd’s score for the music documentary “The Heart Is a Drum Machine” appears.

Steven Drozd — The Heart Is a Drum Machine

The Flaming Lips are incredibly self-contained; the members rarely do side projects. So it’s with great interest that multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd’s score for the music documentary “The Heart Is a Drum Machine” appears, as the Lips’ resident music genius hasn’t released his own stuff (ignoring studio work for other bands) since joining the group in 1991.

The great answer to “What does a Flaming Lip sound like outside the band?” is “pretty freakin’ great, actually.” Some sounds will be very familiar to Lips fans, like the guitar tone on “Quaalude Youth” and synths similar to the lush instrumental tracks of “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” but Lip-esque sounds do not comprise the bulk of the album. Instead, Drozd gets down to Soundtrack 101, churning out tunes that are long on mood and short on vocals.

The calm, melodic songs spread the heavy lifting between guitar, synthesizer and piano. “Get On” has a huge, noisy synth to hold attention; “Born” features an organ that drives an epic feel without getting overblown. Standout track “Requiem for a Dying Star/Ode to a Twinkling New …” is a hip and interesting reinterpretation of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” A kids’ song has never sounded so cool. Many of these numbers beg for emotional narration; they’re songs, but they’re also score.

These tracks are stellar, worth checking out even apart from the film for which they were commissioned. —Stephen Carradini

 
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