Friday 25 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

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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

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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.

songsforsound.com

$35-$50

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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.

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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Jon Hardy and the Public — A Hard Year


Four solid country/rock tunes

Stephen Carradini January 17th, 2011

I discovered Jon Hardy and the Public via their 2007 tune “Cassius Clay,” which would have been my 2010 song of the year, had it come out then. Hardy’s sturdy yet emotive vocals against the vaguely twangy guitar-pop structures created an immersive mood. The sleigh bells help, of course.

I acquired their recent EP, “A Hard Year,” on the strength of this first impression, and it does not disappoint. The four tunes sound like Wilco, The Jayhawks and Bruce Springsteen got thrown in a blender, then went and jammed with the Old 97’s. It’s loud, twang-less country or it’s pensive, evocative rock, depending on how you want to frame the question.

From the energetic opening moments of “Restless Again” to the last hollered “hang on, baby!” of the title track, this EP oozes sincerity. The theme running through the songs and culminated in “A Hard Year” is passion trying to break through world-weariness, and Hardy has pinned that emotion down (with sleigh bells again! Yes!).

The songs each have their own charms, but it’s not really essential to break them up. The whole 15 minutes sounds like one glorious number, due to the cohesive quality of Hardy’s sound. That’s a sign of great production, as well as great songwriting.

If you like passionate young men hollering their heads off about love, loss and staying alive through all of it, you will fall in love with Jon Hardy. He’s got an infectious swagger that’s only tempered by his world-weariness, and every girl knows that’s impossible not to crush on. —Stephen Carradini

 
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