Thursday 24 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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Toro Y Moi — Underneath the Pine

Chillwaver goes disco/funk

Stephen Carradini March 23rd, 2011

I’m pretty sure the whole chillwave genre was born of nervousness. New artists, afraid of their own voice, cloaked everything in waves of reverb.


This is probably why Baths plays piano now, Foxes in Fiction is suddenly a guitar-based songwriter, Neon Indian is collaborating with The Flaming Lips, and Toro Y Moi plays disco/funk.

Yep, you heard that right: Toro Y Moi, a pillar of the nascent chillwave scene, has released a sophomore album called “Underneath The Pine” that is, uh, funky. It’s actually quite good, but those expecting loads of reverb-heavy, optimistic jams should alter their expectations a bit.

You may think I’m a liar for a second, as “Intro/Chi Chi” is chillwave to the core, with distant vocals, vaguely tribal percussion and repetitive synths. And there are still some chillwave tunes here. But track two is the appropriately titled “New Beat,” and it’s funky. Like, ‘70s lounge disco funky. Trust me, I can’t make this stuff up.

Chaz Bundick, the musician behind Toro Y Moi, loves him some bass on this album. That’s the dividing line, as tunes with a heavy bass element skew toward the funk (“Go With You,” “Still Sound”), while tunes without much bass drop into chillwave zone (“How I Know,” “Good Hold”). Both sides of his sound are good, and the songs here are noteworthy. Whether Bundick’s chillin’ or groovin’, he’s got the skills.

The highlights split the difference between the two sounds: the Grizzly Bear-esque “Got Blinded” and the motivated chillwave of “Elise.” What this says to is that Toro Y Moi has a lot of creativity in the tank, and we could be in for a long, interesting ride following its trajectory. Recommended.

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