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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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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