Tuesday 22 Jul
 
 

Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 
$20-$40 

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Rock steady

Tesla
7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
frontiercity.com
478-2140
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. 
conservatoryokc.com 
607-4805
$7 

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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. 
myriadgardens.org 
445-7080
Free 

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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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Reviews
 
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Seeker Lover Keeper — Seeker Lover Keeper

Classic folk tunes from some young Aussie gals.


Folk

Matt Carney
Just when I was about to write off the debut LP from Australian lady-singer collective Seeker Lover Keeper as a collection of overly subdued, wannabe Feist mishy-mash, a shocking and attention-grabbing drum machine hooked me back in on the sixth track, “Rely on Me,” midway through the album.
 
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Day One — Art by Death


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
“Art by Death” is something you probably won’t hear every day.
 
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Weeknd — Echoes of Silence

The best trilogy since ‘Lord of the Rings.’ At least in the field of eerie, Canadian R&B.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
Two leering, damaged R&B mixtapes in and I was nearly certain that provocative Toronto collective The Weeknd (the brainchild of remarkable singer Abel Tesfaye) had exhausted its scuzzy-production-and-luxurious pop-voice-singing-about-banging-groupies shtick.
 
Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Del Toros — Young Blood Rising


Pop

Matt Carney
If you didn’t pick up on a sense of the dramatic while listening to white boy soul-rockers The Del Toro’s 2010 full-length debut “Come Down,” then there’s probably something wrong with your audio speakers. Or ears.
 
Thursday, January 5, 2012

Good King Friday — Good King Friday


Eclectic

Matt Carney
The University of Oklahoma music department proved to be the intersection of a stellar symphonic-pop record.
 
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Peach — Peachy-P


Rock

Matt Carney
Get it? “Peachy-P”? As in, “Peach EP”? Well, I thought it was kinda funny.
 
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Big Fresh — Moneychasers

This unconventional genre-swapper will delight fans of complexity, confuse proponents of a sonic status quo.


Eclectic

Jonathan Davis
If a capella; catchy, ska-infused choruses; or an intro bit that wouldn't be out of place in “Shaft” interest you, give Big Fresh a chance.
 
Friday, December 16, 2011

The Black Keys — El Camino

Good job, whoever convinced Danger Mouse to loosen up a bit.


Rock

Matt Carney
Drummer and hilarious tweeter Patrick Carney recently explained DJ Danger Mouse’s (aka Brian Burton, the production half of Gnarls Barkley) role producing “El Camino,” The Black Keys’ seventh LP in nine years: “For this album, The Black Keys became a three-piece band.”
 
Friday, December 16, 2011

Horse Thief — Grow Deep, Grow Wild


Indie

Matt Carney
Local psych-rock outfit Horse Thief’s first album, “Grow Deep, Grow Wild,” blasts open with a Gothic church organ undercut by some very subtle guitar scratching for texture.
 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ryan Parker — In Circles


Indie

Matt Carney
About two-thirds of the way through “What Is Light,” the eighth track on Oklahoma City singer/songwriter Ryan Parker’s “In Circles,” a melodic, piano-driven, chorus-less series of verses gives way into a worldbeat rhythm that evokes a living-room drum circle. This is the part where he asks about the light.
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Drake — Take Care

Canadian crooner raps less, slow-jams more on his visionary, 80-minute sophomore LP.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
If the minimal, Toronto R&B sound of Drake and collaborators Abel Tesfaye (AKA, The Weeknd), Boi-1da and Doc McKinney winds up as influential on hip-hop as many critics seem to think, then “Take Care”’s legacy will be long-lasting and often-marked.
 
Monday, December 5, 2011

The Roots — undun

Playing Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show hasn’t pulled The Roots up from ... their roots.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
You can — if you concentrate hard — faintly hear a baby bawling at the very beginning of The Roots’ new album, “undun.” That’s because the record follows a fictional life that isn’t so fictional.
 
Monday, December 5, 2011

Riley Jantzen and the Spirits — Feathers

A focused, rich indie-folk LP from Mayola’s former front man.


Folk

Matt Carney
I once knew Riley Jantzen as that harsh-voiced dude from that band with the even-harsher guitar tones, Mayola. Even when he wasn’t grunting or guttural, he sounded like a mean ol’ son of a rock ’n’ roll gun.
 
Thursday, December 1, 2011

Zombie Vs. Shark — Wunderkind/Dogs & Guns


Rock

Matt Carney
Norman’s Zombie vs. Shark embody a lot of the purest tenets of rock ’n’ roll, the foremost being the long-standing premise that loud, rude guitar music is one of the best, most fun ways of waggling a middle finger in the face of The Man.
 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Los Campesinos! — Hello Sadness

Don’t be sad, indie kids: Los Campesinos! will cheer you up with their most dramatic, mature album yet.


Indie

Matt Carney
While their fourth LP in as many years doesn’t peak quite as high as their 2008 debut, “Hold On Now, Youngster ...” (which was hallmarked by an absolute crusher of an indie-pop single in “You! Me! Dancing!”), Los Campesinos! have crafted another terrific record in “Hello Sadness,” a compelling, aggressive, twee listen.
 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
 
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