Sunday 20 Apr
 
 

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

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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.

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

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High heaven

Glow God with Weed, Feral Future and Power Pyramid

7 p.m. Friday

Capitol House

$5

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Darkened tones

Chevelle with Nothing More and Middle Class Rut

6:30 p.m. Monday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.

diamondballroom.net

677-9169

$24-$29

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Jack Rowdy - Jack Rowdy


Stephen Carradini January 12th, 2011

Jack Rowdy’s self-titled album features a diverse array of subgenres within modern country.

With red dirt, pop, ballads, gospel and hot country all receiving attention, it’s easy to see that Jack Rowdy (an Oklahoma City band, not a man) has studied up.

Far from being a radio pastiche, Jack Rowdy infuses each of its tunes with enough muscle from the self-stated “classic rock and ’80s hair metal” influences to set the act apart from the pack.

Not that this is outlaw country; Jack Rowdy doesn’t stray far from timeworn themes of whiskey, women and regrets. But by often employing a rock-inspired, distorted-guitar tone (“Hot Little Cowgirl” excepted), it skips many of the clichés associated with modern country. The vocals also stand out for their clarity and agreeableness — no whiny yelps here.

Highlights include the stellar lyrics and melody of pop song “I Can Love You” and up-tempo rocker “Better Love Someday.” And as hot country songs go, “Hot Little Cowgirl” ain’t no slouch, as it has a solid melody and doesn’t insert any grandiose, overblown touches.

Jack Rowdy’s debut is still strongly a country album; those opposed to modern country as a whole need not apply. But those pining for some tunes with a little more power than Rascal Flatts or Toby Keith will find much to love.

—Stephen Carradini

 
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