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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Jonquil — One Hundred Suns

Do you like Vampire Weekend?

Stephen Carradini February 22nd, 2011

Vampire Weekend may not have pioneered African rhythms and melodies in Western music, but they’ve certainly made it hip in the post-“Graceland” years.


Ezra Koenig and co. have inspired a whole bunch of people with their bright, shiny take on Africa, and Jonquil is one of those bands.

Jonquil’s “One Hundred Suns” EP features everything you’d expect from an Africa-minded indie band: quirky melodic structures, rumbling rhythms and airy guitar lines. Jonquil’s base genre is more dance-oriented indie than Vampire Weekend’s, meaning this recalls Yeasayer strongly as well. The songs are more grounded than Yeasayer’s fantastical work, while beefier than Vampire’s work.

The highlight here is “I Know I Don’t Know,” which uses some fleet bass work and an intricate full-band arrangement to float a vocal melody that sticks in my head. It feels the most fully formed of all the tunes here. The other highlight is “Lions (Bonus Track)” which is a Parisian street waltz for accordion and chanted voices. It has nothing to do with Africa, but it’s one of the most infectious tracks here.

“One Hundred Suns” is a good EP, and worth picking up if you’re into the African-influenced subgenre of indie rock.  —Stephen Carradini

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