Saturday 19 Apr
 
 

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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High heaven

Glow God with Weed, Feral Future and Power Pyramid

7 p.m. Friday

Capitol House

$5

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Darkened tones

Chevelle with Nothing More and Middle Class Rut

6:30 p.m. Monday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.

diamondballroom.net

677-9169

$24-$29

04/09/2014 | Comments 0
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The Hitt Boyz — AlphaCat


Zach Hale March 27th, 2013

Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way: The band is called The Hitt Boyz, whose latest release is an EP titled AlphaCat, and, yes, the artwork is kind of amazing.

While it’s not exactly clear whether this Oklahoma City quartet is hopelessly self-aware or merely revels in modest drollery, what is clear is that AlphaCat sounds nothing like you’d expect — which is to say, it’s actually pretty damn good.

Clocking in at just under 11 minutes, it consists of only three tracks: “Best Catt,” “Alphabitz” and “Grandpa Song.” Given these circumstances, hitting “play” for the first time is likely to induce the same kind of inner turmoil that, say, scheduling a colonoscopy might. But whatever anxiety you might have experienced is quelled almost immediately through dueling, reverb-soaked guitars and a steadily off-kilter rhythm section.

Opting for instrumentation and melody over vocals, the math-rock band smartly omits any sort of lyrical depiction — which, given its affinity for the facetious, ultimately might have become a painstaking distraction. Instead, the guys display their wit through intelligent arrangements and cleverly placed tempo changes.

It’d have been easy for instrumentals like these to devolve into dull, self-congratulatory jam sessions, but all three songs are purposeful and concise, eliciting just the right amount of aural stimulation to maintain a firm grasp on your interest. So much so that, with a little more refinement, The Hitt Boyz potentially could shed some of the sillier fur to become something even more meaningful. —Zach Hale



 
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