Wednesday 23 Apr

Norman rock well

Norman Music Festival

6 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday, 3:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and noon-2 a.m. Saturday

Downtown Norman


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Grouplovin’ it

Grouplove with MS MR and Smallpools

6:30 p.m. Monday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.



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Hear and now

Hear the Music Tour with The Warren Brothers and Lance Miller

6-10 p.m. Friday

Rodeo Opry

2221 Exchange Ave.


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Odyssey of the mind

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey 

with Culture Cinematic and ADDverse Effects

9 p.m. Friday

Twisted Root Gallery

3012 N. Walker Ave.



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Frndz with benefits

Boyfrndz with Bored Wax and The Hitt Boyz

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge

2408 N. Robinson Ave.



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Jonquil — One Hundred Suns

Do you like Vampire Weekend?

Stephen Carradini February 22nd, 2011

Vampire Weekend may not have pioneered African rhythms and melodies in Western music, but they’ve certainly made it hip in the post-“Graceland” years.


Ezra Koenig and co. have inspired a whole bunch of people with their bright, shiny take on Africa, and Jonquil is one of those bands.

Jonquil’s “One Hundred Suns” EP features everything you’d expect from an Africa-minded indie band: quirky melodic structures, rumbling rhythms and airy guitar lines. Jonquil’s base genre is more dance-oriented indie than Vampire Weekend’s, meaning this recalls Yeasayer strongly as well. The songs are more grounded than Yeasayer’s fantastical work, while beefier than Vampire’s work.

The highlight here is “I Know I Don’t Know,” which uses some fleet bass work and an intricate full-band arrangement to float a vocal melody that sticks in my head. It feels the most fully formed of all the tunes here. The other highlight is “Lions (Bonus Track)” which is a Parisian street waltz for accordion and chanted voices. It has nothing to do with Africa, but it’s one of the most infectious tracks here.

“One Hundred Suns” is a good EP, and worth picking up if you’re into the African-influenced subgenre of indie rock.  —Stephen Carradini

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