Saturday 19 Apr

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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Saddle up

Horse Thief with Deerpeople and Pageantry

8:30 p.m. Friday

ACM@UCO Performance Lab

329 E. Sheridan Ave.



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High heaven

Glow God with Weed, Feral Future and Power Pyramid

7 p.m. Friday

Capitol House


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Darkened tones

Chevelle with Nothing More and Middle Class Rut

6:30 p.m. Monday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.



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The Boom Bang — World War Fun

These amps go to 1,000.

Stephen Carradini May 9th, 2011

There is no substitute for a Boom Bang live show.


But if you must try, their new release, “World War Fun,” is a pretty good approximation of their sound, provided you turn it up to 1,000 and break some stuff while you listen.

The basic Boom Bang template: maxed-out, surf-rock guitars; howled vocals with outlandish reverb; tom and snare pound; and relatively normal bass lines. This template can be modified in various ways: “Vietnomnomnom” is a catchy approximation of the sound, while “Mondo Ripper” is their audio interpretation of being drowned in a riptide of “shark-infested waters.” The shrieking, pounding mess is probably a pretty accurate description.

Thankfully, more songs lean to the “listenable” part than the “being beaten to death by a surfboard” bit. “Skateboard Devito,” in addition to having a great title, sees lead singer James Smith actually singing as opposed to howling, and his vocals matched with the hooky, simplistic surf rock produces a great song. “Tobacula” is similar in construction and success.

As is often the case with incredible live bands, the album starts to drag toward the end. This is not because of diminishing quality, but because of a sheer volume of tunes in a style that is predominantly meant to be heard live. Does The Boom Bang expect people to sit down and listen to all 11 songs in a row? No way. They want you to come and mosh at their shows.

And you should. Jump on the bandwagon before the rest of garage/surf-rock-lovin’ indie nation does. —Stephen Carradini

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