Tuesday 22 Jul

Chevy cruisin’

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

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Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
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. 

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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. 

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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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MilitantxMindz — #RIOT

Joshua Boydston May 1st, 2013

It's odd that in this hyperpolitical cross-section of American history, the voices of socially conscious rappers à la Public Enemy or A Tribe Called Quest are being drowned out over the sound of poppin’ bottles, smackin’ booties and the jangle of diamond jewelry.


It's times like this we need those enlightened messages more than ever, and yet, they’re exceedingly harder to find. Enter MilitantxMindz, a collective of “artists, freedom fighters and poets” who are starting a revolution right here in Oklahoma.

And the revolution sounds pretty damn good.

"Rebel Life" is right on par with the most choice selections of Mos Def and Talib Kweli; it's a soulful, gripping anthem that sounds like it was born out of Bed-Stuy, not the Sooner State. The Eastern-influenced "Exodus" shows shades of Eminem and Wu-Tang Clan, while "Compromise" and the title track recall modern tastemaker Kendrick Lamar.

There's nary a miss on #RIOT, and it's the sort of thoughtful product that doesn't sound like it could have been recorded in this decade or this state, but I'm sure glad it was. —Joshua Boydston

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