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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Rocky Business — A Rebel's Roar

A good taste of what the rap/pop duo can do

Stephen Carradini April 7th, 2011

It’s a hard balance to strike between “masses-pleasing nonsense” and “critically pleasing art.”


If you’re really good or really lucky (coughKanyeWestcough), you can get both at once. Rocky Business’ seven-song EP, “A Rebel's Roar,” skews toward the art, with a few pit stops in the nonsense.

I mention it because the rap/pop duo is really good at club-thumpin’ nonsense when it wants to be. Non-EP single “Kim Kardashian” is an energetic blast of ridiculous, with the hollered chorus, “People don’t dance no more! They just stand there like this!”

Rocky Business don’t ever delve into that mode here, but they do drop “Find Away,” a punk-and-horns-fueled track that even uses an old-school ska up-strum in the verse. It’s easily the most fun to be had on the EP. The rapid-fire “Army of Love” calls up early OutKast in rapping and production. The track falls in nicely behind “Find Away” on the fun-o-meter.

The rapping is quick and smooth throughout, whether in the chilled-out “Burning Dust” or the K’Naan-esque hip-hop of “America.” “Rocky’s Theme” drops in some electro-inspired indie and an indie-rock chorus to place raps around, while “Glide” is as close to a modern rap track as Rocky Business gets, what with the autotune, buzzing synths and snapping percussion.

Other than “Glide,” these songs are not jamz that will end up in clubs or on the radio; or perhaps the duo is on to something I’m not, and they’re joining up the critical and the popular somewhere past me.

This debut is a good taste of what they can do, but it’s not a defined statement of anything. I look forward to their next proper release to see which of many possible directions this talented duo will go. —Stephen Carradini

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