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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Barling — Barling With a “B”

Louis Fowler September 11th, 2013

With the exception of a few months in my early teens when I was trying to impress gutter-punk chicks, I have always had a deep and abiding love of country music. Because, as any kid growing up in this region will tell you, it was all my leather-skinned dad would listen to in the car.

Whether it was cheap truck-stop cassette tapes of Freddy Fender or just turning up Ricky Skaggs’ “Honey Won’t You Open That Door” just a little bit louder, it was what I learned to dig, mostly because it was all I had and it was better than nothing.

That said, I used to think most new country music was terrible. And then Barling came into my life.

While they may be coasting on the current potato famine roots revival, this is pure classic country, and Barling With a “B” a classic country album.

The opener, “I’ll Teach Your Lover a Lesson,” is a gorgeously arranged duet between leads Nick Poss and Kelly Crawford that ranks right up there with the playful banter of Conway and Loretta. “Expected” is even better — a rockin’ and reelin’ number that might as well be a rootsy piss-take of Billy Joel’s “You May Be Right.” Slow jam “Old Framed Picture” is suitably heartbreaking.

But the closer, “River of Jordan,” ends the proceedings perfectly: with a semblance of hope. Not only in the love of the protagonist, but for the future of country music in general. —Louis Fowler

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