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

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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.

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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Various Artists — A Blackwatch Christmas Vol. III (Holly-Tonk & Jingle Beats)


Joshua Boydston December 10th, 2013

Three volumes in and A Blackwatch Christmas yet again nabs a spot on the nice list, showcasing a smattering of Oklahoma artists with charming new holiday standards. This year shakes up the status quo with two themed halves — serving up dusty, countrified Christmas ditties on the Holly-Tonk side and soulful hip-hop carols with Jingle Beats, both with joyful returns.

Holly-Tonk opens with Tulsa’s Desi & Cody, who saunter in with the timeless “It Just Ain’t Christmas Without You.” Empty Bottles follow suit with the saloonfriendly “Kiss Them All Goodnight.” The Wurly Birds punctuate their Beatles-esque “Mr. Nicholas” with some Memphis blues while Beau Jennings channels Tom Petty (à la the 1980s) in the charming “Christmas Bus.” “Greensleeves, Blue Collar” proves to be the highlight of Side A, though, finding that perfect balance of cheekiness and earnestness that makes modern carols great.

On Jingle Beats, ADDverse Effects proves why it is one of the most exciting acts around with the Roots-worthy “Christmas in Norman,” while Jabee turns in an infectious, immaculately produced single in “December 25th.” The latter two tracks —― Hector Comancho’s “Peppermint Randy” and David Allen’s spoken word “Chimney Stack” —― both delve into Madvillian and J Dilla territory with their equally freaky and charming offerings.

There’s not a lump of coal to be found in the latest compilation, available as a free download at fowlervwchristmas.com with vinyl copies available at multiple locations across the metro.

A Blackwatch Christmas Vol. III will be celebrated with a holiday concert featuring several of the artists who contributed songs 8 p.m. Friday at STASH, 412 E. Main St. in Norman. — Joshua Boydston

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