Tuesday 22 Jul
 
 

Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 
$20-$40 

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Rock steady

Tesla
7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
frontiercity.com
478-2140
Free with park admission 

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Narrative verse

L.T.Z. with Jabee, Frank Black & more
8 p.m. Saturday
The Conservatory 
8911 N. Western Ave. 
conservatoryokc.com 
607-4805
$7 

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Dancing in the Twilight

Sunday Twilight Concert Series with The Wurly Birds
7:30 p.m. Sunday
Myriad Botanical Gardens 
301 W. Reno Ave. 
myriadgardens.org 
445-7080
Free 

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Next big thing

As far as songs go, few prove as challenging to sing as our national anthem.

It’s a technically demanding tune from first note to last, to be sure, beginning with a low bellow that quickly soars toward star-punching high notes, eventually swelling to a show-stopping crescendo that even the most seasoned performer can have trouble mastering.

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The Grown Ups — Dark Hearts


Zach Hale February 27th, 2013

It's pretty clear that The Grown Ups know what good music sounds like. When the band ceases its emulation of good music and lets its creativity flow naturally, the Oklahoma City collective's new album, Dark Hearts, offers flashes of genuine talent.

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Take "Catalina," for example: the consummate portrayal of the group’s strengths. The song's first half consists of a hushed guitar strum, sparkling piano and a steady, mid-tempo rhythm to guide them. It's morose and contemplative in a way that's almost reminiscent of the dampened grandeur Modest Mouse perfected on The Moon & Antarctica.

Yet at the track's halfway point, as if to fend off the melancholy, "Catalina" is reborn as a jovial, synth-driven dance number with an instantly infectious hook. The left turn represents not only a stark shift in dynamics, but also the originality that's largely unexplored throughout Dark Hearts’ remainder.

Each song here is easily discernible from the others. Yet it's clear the band made a strident effort to mix things up from track to track — an admirable, but ultimately contrived endeavor. Some take on a darker, more industrial temperament ("Beauty and the Beast," "Never Get Out"), and these are the moments that distract from and, frankly, flat-out ignore The Grown Ups’ strengths.

Ironically, the more lighthearted melodies offer the most mystique — moments when The Grown Ups’ talent and sincerity are plainly evident. Ultimately, however, Dark Hearts sounds like a band still in search of its true self. —Zach Hale

 
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