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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Honeylark — Heavy


Louis Fowler January 7th, 2014

The Oklahoma City music scene has been abuzz about Honeylark the past couple of weeks. Once you listen to their latest release, Heavy, you realize the hype is deadly justifiable.

The Americana outfit, led by Natalie Moore Houck and Ryan Houck, captures that unique Oklahoma Red Dirt sound, but in this case, the red is ominously stained crimson and the dirt is ready to be thrown on top of a coffin. This is the soundtrack of Okie-noir pulps and backwoods eulogies, left-for-dead lovers and dying dreamers.

The album openers “Widow” and especially “Love is Red” set the tone of things to come as the listener looks down and starts to see the aural blood on their hands. The speakeasy jazz of “Afternoon” is a smoking gun, but “Alas” is the upbeat, poppy bullet aimed right for the heart of those who’ve been “feeling sorry” for themselves. True crime meets true love for a truly original soundscape.

But even after you’re long dead and buried, the mystery continues as Natalie’s sultry, smoky vocals seduce the freshly deceased like a siren on the river Styx. “Cold and still is the lake tonight,” she coos on the Lee Hazlewood-esque “Bones,” and you sure as hell better believe it and be ready to follow her into the underworld.

It’s fitting that the best track on the album is “Hospital,” with the lullaby-like saunter of “tell me where it hurts” calmly delivering the listener into Death’s cold but welcoming arms. Good thing he has great taste in music. — Louis Fowler

 
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