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

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

04/22/2014 | Comments 0

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

04/16/2014 | Comments 0

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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Good Morning Grizzly — The Dirty EP


Zach Hale July 2nd, 2013

Tulsa’s Good Morning Grizzly has been playing together for a couple years now, and although The Dirty EP is technically its first proper release, the melodic alterna-rock quintet sounds nice and, well, grizzled on this five-song debut.

The band’s influences range from baroque post-rock, à la Explosions in the Sky, to more alternative metal sounds like A Perfect Circle or Chevelle, even approaching emo/screamo territory when guitarist/vocalist Tyler Slemp unleashes his fervent howl.

For some — particularly those offended by Muse-meets-Dashboard-style inflection — Slemp’s voice might be a deal-breaker. Thankfully, he proves to be more than capable as a lyricist, musing on such Gothic-tinged subject matter (mortality, demons, conflicted angst and anxiety, etc.) that the passion with which he sings is, at the very least, commendable.

Perhaps the band’s greatest asset, however, is its quick-witted arrangements.

Songs wind from swashes of ambient guitar to nü-metal riffage, with nimble time-signature variations and capricious shifts in atmosphere.

On “Lost in the Deep,” for example, we’re presented with a muted guitar lick, recalling some of Adam Jones’ work with Tool, as Slemp sings, “Give me your heart and I’ll show you my teeth” atop the baleful atmosphere. As tension builds, the quiet eventually yields to an explosion of sinister guitar and calamitous oblivion. And it’s intense.

Moments like these demonstrate the potential with which Good Morning Grizzly is operating, even if Dirty is, at times, frustratingly inconsistent. Trim some of the artificial fuss, and these strengths will become all the more potent. —Zach Hale

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