Wednesday 23 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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Now That's What I Call the 1990s

None November 30th, 2010

Ridiculously successful, EMI's "Now That's What I Call Music!" compilation series is up to volume 36, with some themed offshoots here and there. The latest of those is "Now That's What I Call the 1990s" or, as I dub it, "Now That's What I Call Officially Feeling Old."

Subtitled as "the alternative collection," hardly any of its 18 tracks truly qualify as true alternative. Everclear? Sublime? Maybe, at least at some early point in their careers. But Edwin McCain and Shawn Mullins? That's as whiny, middle-of-the-road Wonder Bread as they come. Meredith Brooks and Des'ree? Estrogen easy listening. Vertical Horizon? Pardon while I puke.

If you were to hear this collection from the start, your ears might be encouraged by the kickoff track, New Radicals' "You Get What You Give." The one-hit wonder still stands as one of that decade's great pop singles, but the album then shatters that confidence immediately following with the aural dentistry drill known as Spin Doctors.

It's kind of tricky that way. Barenaked Ladies' zeitgeist quasi-rap "One Week" is still fun all these years later, but Tonic's "If You Could Only See" never was. Collective Soul's "Shine" lost its luster midway through its very first listen.

Also on this "alternative" disc? Joan Osborne, Duran Duran and Lisa Loeb. Now that's what I call stretching the definition. "Rod Lott 
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