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

04/23/2014 | Comments 0

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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Methotrexate — Camelpacks & Battlerapz


Joshua Boydston January 18th, 2012

Just in his early 20s, Oklahoma City’s Methotrexate is an original in a genre inundated with anyone having access to a mic and a MacBook.

While “Camelpacks & Battlerapz” is no doubt the creation of similarly humble production (albeit as professional and warmer), he digs deeper than your average upstart MC. This standout hip-hop record is seemingly the product of consuming just as many jazz records and cult films as mixtapes, and it’s as studious and labored over as a Grizzly Bear record ... just a hell of a lot more vicious.

Meth is clearly a disciple of the Odd Future set (doing proper tributes in the blazing “MethoKombat” and especially in the distorted 8-bit thump of “Starvin’”), but he doesn’t stop at skateboarding, vandalism and general destruction. The two-party “K.R.E.A.M.” subtly nods at Wu-Tang Clan; elsewhere, soulful beats wink at A Tribe Called Quest, Digable Planets and Thelonious Monk.

If nothing else, Methotrexate is the sharpest, most deliberate stoner around, fitting most snugly alongside the emerging class of whip-smart weed rappers like Curren$y and Smoke DZA. Even as he recalls any of the aforementioned talents through this eclectic, but cohesive collection of tracks, he rarely sounds even remotely like an imitator.

Rather, he crafts a signature style over the course of “Camelpacks” that’ll frustrate anyone trying to guess where he’ll go next. That is the charm of this victorious debut. —Joshua Boydston

 
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