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


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Grouplovin’ it

Grouplove with MS MR and Smallpools

6:30 p.m. Monday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.



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Hear and now

Hear the Music Tour with The Warren Brothers and Lance Miller

6-10 p.m. Friday

Rodeo Opry

2221 Exchange Ave.


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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.



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Frndz with benefits

Boyfrndz with Bored Wax and The Hitt Boyz

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge

2408 N. Robinson Ave.



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Tom Petty-Highway Companion

None August 31st, 2006



Though Tom Petty's career with the Heartbreakers is legendary, his best work has arguably come on his solo outings, "Full Moon Fever" and "Wildflowers." His third solo album, "Highway Companion," is another finely crafted collection of songs, though it's noticeably more somber than the former two.
Petty's been through some rough times in the last decade' divorce, deaths, declining sales' and he sounds weary. Only the lead single, "Saving Grace," manages to romp, while the rest of the album finds a vulnerable Petty seeking solace in uncomplicated lyrics, melodies and chord progressions. This spare approach suits the songs, which employ travel as a metaphor for life. Highlights include "Damaged by Love," which is devastatingly beautiful in its simplicity, and "Square One," a folk song about redemption that actually delivers it.
While "Highway Companion" could use some variation, it's a testament to Petty's ridiculous ability to paint with few colors and still create a masterpiece. 
- Michael Franco

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