Wednesday 23 Jul
 
 

Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 
$20-$40 

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Rock steady

Tesla
7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
frontiercity.com
478-2140
Free with park admission 

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Narrative verse

L.T.Z. with Jabee, Frank Black & more
8 p.m. Saturday
The Conservatory 
8911 N. Western Ave. 
conservatoryokc.com 
607-4805
$7 

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Dancing in the Twilight

Sunday Twilight Concert Series with The Wurly Birds
7:30 p.m. Sunday
Myriad Botanical Gardens 
301 W. Reno Ave. 
myriadgardens.org 
445-7080
Free 

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Next big thing

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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Elephant Revival — Break in the Clouds


Family-style folk that's sure to please

Stephen Carradini March 9th, 2011

Remarkable consistency marks “Break in the Clouds” from Colorado-by-way-of-Tahlequah folksters Elephant Revival. Although the album is 14 songs long, there’s not a bad tune in the bunch.

It helps that all five members contribute songs, taking the stress off one songwriter. The band takes the term “folk” seriously, sticking to tunes that could have been culled from the Appalachians in the 19th century or earlier.

Thankfully, the production isn’t rustic. The songs sport a sprightly, well-produced sheen landing just short of being overengineered. As they stand, each instrument and vocal track hits with the exact desired effect, whether that be subdued sections (“Feathers Rise,” “Break in the Clouds”), jaunty upbeat tunes (“Go On,” “What Is Time?”) or in the space between the two moods (the rest of the disc).

Male and female vocals trade off throughout — neither side more talented, both pristine and matching the airtight arrangements perfectly. There is no outlaw within 50 miles of this country/folk mix; these are tunes that evoke the feel of a family sitting around the fire and harmonizing. The title track shows this most heartily, while “Feathers Rise” and others continue the motif in a lesser way.

Elephant Revival’s record has an earnest, humble quality that will appeal to the legion of Mumford & Sons fans, as well as those who like family-style country and folk. —Stephen Carradini

 
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