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

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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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Laura Stevenson and the Cans — Sit Resist


Disparate genres tie into an incredibly coherent sound

Stephen Carradini May 18th, 2011

I lauded Emily Arin’s latest earlier this year because of its ability to seamlessly fuse disparate genres into one thing.

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Laura Stevenson and the Cans’ “Sit Resist” does that, too, but on steroids. Genres that are beautifully integrated here include (but are not limited to) folk, pop, rock, indie rock, indie pop, ’50s girl pop, Motown, gospel and waltz. And somehow, she ties it all together into an incredibly coherent album. Wow.

The unifying thread here is Stevenson’s passionate voice and the sustained mood. There’s an overarching feel of pleasant nostalgia here, whether created by invoking familiar genres that have faded in the public ear (the Motown of “Barnacles,” the Phil Spector girl-pop of “Master of Art,” the static-laden gospel of “Red Clay Roots”) or sounding wistful (“The Wait,” “The Weight” — yes, different tunes). What’s genius about the tactic is that it leaves pretty much every sound and tempo open to her, whether the elegant pace of “Finish Piece” or hand-clap/foot-stomp barnstormer that is “Montauk Monster.”

 “Master of Art,” “The Healthy One” and “Halloween Pts 1&2” are all standout tracks for completely different reasons. The first shows off her impressive pipes. The second unveils lyrical depth and pop sensibility, while the final is an emotive indie-rock tune enviable by any chanteuse working today. That she can pull off so many things with excellence is just making me jealous.

Stevenson has freed herself from the constraints of genre, but still organized her thoughts into a cohesive unit. The disc never stops moving, and that’s a boon for the listener (“Sit Resist,” indeed). She has unleashed some of my favorite songs of the year, and definitely my favorite pop album of the year thus far. Download it here for free for a limited time. —Stephen Carradini

 
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