Wednesday 23 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

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

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Saddle up

Horse Thief with Deerpeople and Pageantry

8:30 p.m. Friday

ACM@UCO Performance Lab

329 E. Sheridan Ave.

acm-uco.com

974-4700

$5-$8

04/16/2014 | Comments 0
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The Roots - Rising Down


None May 8th, 2008

Def Jam

The Roots have released "Rising Down," another progressively styled sampling of mastery from Philadelphia's hip-hop purveyors.

Less explosive than 2006's fiery "Game Theory," "Rising Down" utilizes new sounds and textures and fatalistic lyrics for an abrasive, often industrial rap grind that manages to be political lyrically, without being overtly charged.

Both "Singing Man" and "Lost Desire" start off at a boiling point, sobbing with frustration about affairs at home and abroad, juxtaposing school shootings with global outrage. Warm retro sounds and organs utilized through many Roots albums, notably "The Tipping Point" and "Things Fall Apart," are largely shelved in favor of harsher synthesizers in the grime-shellacked "The Show" and the digital static stomp down "Get Busy."

"Rising Down" has tons of guest vocalists and musicians, including Mos Def, DJ Jazzy Jeff (yo, Holmes!), Talib Kweli, Common and Styles P, and drummer/producer/leader Guestlove is still audibly pushing boundaries with his drum set and production vision.

Thumbs up for "Rising Down."

"”Joe Wertz

 
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