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

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James and Evander — Constellating EP + 2


Like the Postal Service. But not.

Stephen Carradini July 7th, 2011

I love The Postal Service. I’ve yearned for the day that their long-rumored second album comes out; I’ve pretty much resigned myself to it never appearing. In its stead, I’ve sought out other ge

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In its stead, I’ve sought out other gentle electronica projects in hopes of filling my Gibbard/Tamborello-shaped hole. Most acts fall short by appropriating the sound, but not writing great pop songs to match.

Enter James and Evander. On the surface, it seems to be everything I want in a Postal Service replacement: two dudes churning out gentle electronica with an emphasis on actual songwriting. They even have sweet art for their release, “Constellating EP + 2.”

It holds up under further scrutiny as well, because James and Evander don’t seek to be a Postal Service copycat. I’d be fine if every one of the five tunes here had TPS’ clicking percussion and pulsing keys, as the title track and opener do. But the duo projects much hope for the future by using that undeniable influence as a jumping-off point and not a crutch.

“Slap Bracelets” proves this by roping in ’80s influences and synthesizing them with their calm vocals and beats. Instrumental “Really Real” shows they have some boom-bap hip-hop influences, as well as some genial ‘70s rock influences (Blues Traveler?). It’s pretty cool and very unexpected.

Two remixes make up the “+ 2” bit. Ander’s take on “Constellating” is chillwave with a bit of woozy dubsteb bass, while the shortcircles’ remix of “Slap Bracelets” is spaced out and terrible until the pulse comes in about halfway through. I prefer James and Evander’s vision of their own work.

This all-too-short EP shows great promise. I will be following the duo’s future offerings with interest ... even if The Postal Service never releases its sophomore effort. —Stephen Carradini
 
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