Wednesday 23 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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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

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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.

acm-uco.com

974-4700

$5-$8

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Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle — We Still Love Our Country


Gorgeous country duets and ballads abound

Stephen Carradini June 3rd, 2011

Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle’s “We Still Love Our Country” follows a very simple formula: Beautiful female vocals + easygoing male vocals + country standards + gentle acoustic-based accompaniment = an album of duets that’s an absolute gem, because they found an excellent plan and stuck with it for a wonderful half-hour.

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There are only eight tunes on the record, but they are all wonderful. Townes Van Zandt’s “If I Needed You” gets a spare, forlorn treatment only trumped by the astoundingly gorgeous John Prine/Robert Braddock number “Unwed Fathers.” The former is the sort of song that stays on your mixtapes for months, if not years. Fans of sad, beautiful acoustic songs will swoon hard for this one, even if it’s about men who don’t swoon hard for their baby mamas. Frown.

The two even manage to make “Love Hurts” sound respectable. It’s by no means the highlight, but even camp like that is redeemed by these two talented musicians. “You’re Still on My Mind” is a two-step country song, as well as “Fire Alarm.” Fans of traditional country will have a field day with those, as well as the aforementioned ballads.

Fans of the acoustic guitar need this album. That’s all there is to it. I’m guessing you can pick it up when Carrie Rodriguez plays tomorrow at The Blue Door. —Stephen Carradini
 
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