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


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Grouplovin’ it

Grouplove with MS MR and Smallpools

6:30 p.m. Monday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.



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Hear and now

Hear the Music Tour with The Warren Brothers and Lance Miller

6-10 p.m. Friday

Rodeo Opry

2221 Exchange Ave.


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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.



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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.



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Young Lyons — Crash Course EP

Louis Fowler August 21st, 2013

The first time I heard Weezer was a magical moment. It was early-September 1994 and I was in the parking lot of a Catholic church making out with a girl I had desperately been trying to hook up with for weeks.

Just as things started to get really good, “Buddy Holly” came on the radio. I paused to turn it up, killing the moment and any chance of advancing my quest any further. After dropping my date off, I went to Wal-Mart, purchased The Blue Album and that, as they say, was that.

The experience filled me with a joyously dark sense of whimsical emo-loathing, which I’ve rarely felt again in an album — until Tulsa upstarts Young Lyons’ outstanding debut EP, Crash Course.

All those wonderful feelings of teenage alt-pop/ennui-quirk are once again present here, like the shredding “whoa-oh-ohs” of opening cut “My Own Town,” which transcend nostalgia and had me head-bobbing in time. “Kill” anxiously speeds up the beat, while “Away Tonight” and “I Give Up” are a Pinkerton-style emotional antidote.

But it’s the final track, “Girlfriend’s Got Me Down,” in which Young Lyons truly come into their own, portraying perfectly the utter desperation of being lost and adrift in a relationship you don’t want to be in. It’s the type of song I really could have used in high school; it would’ve made things so much easier. —Louis Fowler

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