Friday 25 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

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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.

thebluenotelounge.com

600-1166

$5

04/16/2014 | Comments 0
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Man-made Objects — EP


Beautifully recorded psych and shoegaze tunes

Stephen Carradini May 18th, 2011

Man-Made Objects’ shoegaze and psych tunes rely heavily on songcraft, relegating reverb to an effect on guitar and vocals instead of the featured element.

Man-Made Objects’ shoegaze and psych tunes rely heavily on songcraft, relegating reverb to an effect on guitar and vocals instead of the featured element. As a result, the band calls to mind a less noisy Stardeath and the White Dwarfs or a darker Flaming Lips.

The songs are catchy, but that’s a bonus; the most memorable aspect of the “EP” is its consistent ethereal mood. Even when the band beefs up the beat and increases the tempo on “Tricia with Color Bars,” the sound is maintained.

Because “song” is so important, the instrumentation isn’t gaudy or ostentatious.

“Black-Green” opens the set with dark guitar work, heavily modified vocals and simple drumming. The bass work, while not often overtly featured, grounds the sound in a very satisfying way.

“EP” was recorded at Bell Labs with Trent Bell, and his expert hand allows the recording studio to get out of the way of the songs. The immediate and arresting “Dying Storms” proves this; it feels as if Man-Made Objects are in the room when it’s played (other than the distant vocals). “Happiness Is a Pyroclastic Flow” is another excellent cut, featuring a great vocal line and a vintage ’70s guitar lick.

The five-track disc is an excellently written, beautifully recorded set of dark, psychedelic and shoegaze tunes. —Stephen Carradini

 
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