Tuesday 22 Jul

Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 

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Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
Free with park admission 

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Narrative verse

L.T.Z. with Jabee, Frank Black & more
8 p.m. Saturday
The Conservatory 
8911 N. Western Ave. 

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Dancing in the Twilight

Sunday Twilight Concert Series with The Wurly Birds
7:30 p.m. Sunday
Myriad Botanical Gardens 
301 W. Reno Ave. 

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Next big thing

As far as songs go, few prove as challenging to sing as our national anthem.

It’s a technically demanding tune from first note to last, to be sure, beginning with a low bellow that quickly soars toward star-punching high notes, eventually swelling to a show-stopping crescendo that even the most seasoned performer can have trouble mastering.

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Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

Joshua Boydston March 25th, 2014

As titles go, Churches into Theaters is an apt descriptor for the debut album from Oklahoma City rockers Em and the MotherSuperiors. It’s a reverential record, one that shares the gospel of classic rock, blues and soul but embraces the need to refashion it for modern times, channeling The Dead Weather, Grace Potter and Cage the Elephant along the way.

The group builds a wall of raucous noise with bricks from all corners of the rock and blues universe: brassy horns, soulful wails, glammy guitar riffs and pounding percussion. Even if there’s a gap here and there, it’s a largely successful remodel.

Em and the MotherSuperiors are especially effective on the sultry, slower turns, be them romantic (“Tangerine,” “Repeaterette”) or dark (“So You Think You’re the Devil”). Moments like these are when singer Emily Alexander and her powerhouse howl really get their proper due.

Churches hedges nondescript at times (“Contra”), but that’s somewhat alleviated with stirring takes like “Powertrust,” which marries a post-punk guitar riff to the group’s self-described brand of “psychedelic soul.” The song is an unexpected but wholly fascinating success, one that finds the band’s own voice in the process.

With tracks like opener “Alien Love Song” and “Brian Wilson’s War,” the band struggles to find the proper footing between agreeably swampy and bewilderingly muddled in concocting its witch’s brew, leaning more toward the cacophonous than the melodic. But for the most part, Churches into Theaters is a soundly produced and skillful look back at the past half-century of American music. — Joshua Boydston

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