Tuesday 22 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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Adele — 21

This disc screams, 'Star! Star! Star!'

Stephen Carradini March 1st, 2011

Adele doesn’t really need my help, but I’ll say it anyway: “21” shows her blossoming into a diva that could be a force for a long, long time.


One needs go no further than opener (and single) “Rolling in the Deep” to hear the power and earnestness in her voice. A single look at press photo will show a thankfully (let me repeat, thankfully!) real-sized woman with a witheringly intense gaze. One performance is all it take to be wowed by her stage presence and absolute command of the stage (without sexed-up dance moves! Can I get an “amen” up in this place?).

Speaking of “amen”s, gospel undertones appear throughout "21," lending it a timeless sound that will only push her to higher heights. “Rumour Has It” (check that extra British “u”) is the best ’50s/’60s diva tune never written, and that’s high praise over here. Stark closer “Someone Like You” will rip your heart out, throw it on the ground, and stomp on it until tears come out. She even does an acoustic cover of “Lovesong” by The Cure. This girl is straight-up gold.

Other than a couple of Celine Dion oversinging moments scattered throughout the album (which I’m attributing to the fact that she’s 22 years old, people), there’s nothing here that says anything but, “Star! Star! Star!” Can we get her hooked up with Jack White (her press materials say she idolizes Wanda Jackson, wink wink, nudge nudge) and produce the greatest diva album of all time?

Thank me later. Make checks to … —Stephen Carradini

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