Thursday 24 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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The Caribbean — Discontinued Perfume

Bizarre, experimental, sort-of indie-pop for adults

Stephen Carradini February 22nd, 2011

Any album that starts off with a song called “Thank You for Talking to Me About Israel” is not going to be your average disc.


The Caribbean’s “Discontinued Perfume” certainly follows up on their opening-track promise with a bizarre sort-of indie-pop album that is not recommended for those of short attention spans.

It helps that The Caribbean lay out their mission statement on the cover of the album, as part of the art: “’Discontinued Perfume’ seems to be about living a strong, practical, grown up life and being comfortable with leaving that world and accepting the unknowable.” In short: adult music.

If you’re still trucking along at this point, you’re in for a trip. “Discontinued Perfume” falls somewhere between The Mountain Goats intimate story-songs and the bizarre experimental pop of Xiu Xiu. The songs are all melancholy and calm, but abrupt rhythmic shifts, unusual chord changes, eccentric arrangements and more keep the listener off-guard for the majority of the album. The Caribbean never sets down a straightforward song; that’s not the point of this album. For proof, just try and guess what’s going to happen next, lyrically and musically, in “Mr. Let’s Find Out.” It’s impossible.

This is the sort of album that melds itself to people who find it at the right time. I can’t separate out Damien Jurado’s “Rehearsals for Departure” from a specific time and place, and I will defend the record nearly to the death; this will almost inevitably be the case for someone who picks up “Discontinued Perfume” at exactly the right time. It’s just that sort of album. Hopefully you’re that listener. —Stephen Carradini

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