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

04/23/2014 | Comments 0

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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Fountains of Wayne


None June 7th, 2007

fountainsofwyne

 

 

Traffic and Weather

Virgin

In the fourth and latest offering from the Fountains of Wayne, the band doles out more of the amusing storytelling and blimp-sized hooks that have made them America's reigning deities of power-pop. And yet the approach is starting to wear thin.

 

It starts out promising enough. "Someone to Love," a sugary gem powered by cheesy synthesizers, is a characteristically witty portrait of modern-day urban loneliness. And there is a smattering of like-minded snap, crackle and pop. "I-95" is an irresistibly whimsical portrait of a Stuckey's-type highway stop; "Yolanda Hayes" is a breezy trifle about a DMV clerk; and the title track, about horny TV news anchors, could be an outtake from Nick Lowe's "Pure Pop for Now People."

 

While the record is pleasant enough, ultimately the exercise feels a bit lifeless and synthetic. These guys need to shake things up before they wind up in the same rut as the New Jersey dudes that populate their songs.

 

"”Phil Bacharach

 
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