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

normanmusicfestival.com

Free

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Grouplovin’ it

Grouplove with MS MR and Smallpools

6:30 p.m. Monday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.

diamondballroom.net

677-9169

$22-$24

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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.

songsforsound.com

$35-$50

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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.

twistedrootgallery.com

208-4288

$10

04/16/2014 | Comments 0

Frndz with benefits

Boyfrndz with Bored Wax and The Hitt Boyz

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge

2408 N. Robinson Ave.

thebluenotelounge.com

600-1166

$5

04/16/2014 | Comments 0
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Lenka — Two


Pleasant pop songs that don't ask too much of you

Stephen Carradini April 6th, 2011

Lenka’s “Two” is a pleasant little release that doesn’t ruffle any feathers and may produce a couple of radio hits.

Lenka

The Australian pop ingénue caught my ear with “Roll with the Punches,” a tune that would be at home having a tea party with She and Him, Ingrid Michaelson and Regina Spektor. The plucky vocal stylings of Spektor meets the faux vintage sound of She and Him while the exuberant arrangements of Michaelson cap the song. There are horns, strings and a choir. It is impossible to dislike, for real.

But, as is the case with many singles on straight pop albums these days, there’s nothing on “Two” that can match the exuberant blast of “Roll with the Punches,” much less top it. Second single “My Heart Skips a Beat” features Lenka’s vocals more prominently and the arrangement less than the first single. The tune is sleeker, and it’s a nice, mature offering.

The rest of “Two” splits time between the two camps. “Everything at Once” is a nice pared-down tune, featuring a relatively aggressive vocal performance (although not nearly as vicious as Spektor can get). “Shocked Me Into Love” is a foot-tapping, ‘80s-pool-party throwback that’s could hit mixtapes like crazy this summer. “End of the World” is one of the only tunes that re-uses the faux vintage that helped make “Roll with the Punches” rule, and as a result it’s a highlight. Other numbers show her in ballad mood or faux-disco mood, which doesn’t work as well as the other fake vintage sound she appropriates.

Buy “Roll with the Punches” from iTunes, stat, no matter who you are. If you like it a lot, move on to “My Heart Skips a Beat.” Proceed in this fashion until you dislike a track or you have completed the album, which comes out the 19th. No worries, though; even if you dislike it, it won’t ask too much of you. —Stephen Carradini

 
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