Friday 18 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.



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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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Saddle up

Horse Thief with Deerpeople and Pageantry

8:30 p.m. Friday

ACM@UCO Performance Lab

329 E. Sheridan Ave.



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High heaven

Glow God with Weed, Feral Future and Power Pyramid

7 p.m. Friday

Capitol House


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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.



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Billy Joel — Live at Shea Stadium: The Concert

You're sorely missed, Bill.

Rod Lott March 9th, 2011

Old Billy Joel songs fit like a glove — a baseball glove, in the case of “Live at Shea Stadium,” a recording of the Piano Man’s 2008 concerts at the iconic New York stadium before it was destroyed the following year.


Knowing these were to be the final musical performances at the Shea, Joel pulls out all the stops, playing to the crowd like it’s one big party. So what if they’re a little slow to pick up on which hit the band tackles before exploding into gracious applause? At least they’re appreciative. Joel even toys with them playfully, breaking away from opening notes of “My Life” to burst out a quick rendition of “Yankee Doodle,” or seguing from the Tin Pan Alley classic “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” into his own “Piano Man.”

The two-disc lineup is heavy on early hits with workingman appeal, including “Allentown,” “Captain Jack” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.” His “Innocent Man” of the MTV era is represented only by minor hit “Keeping the Faith,” while his final albums get more play with “We Didn’t Start the Fire” (which is begging for a 20-year update), “Lullabye” and “The River of Dreams,” the latter of which connects with a cover of The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night.”

Speaking of Beatles, one of them — Paul McCartney — joins Joel for a limp “I Saw Her Standing There” and the closing “Let It Be.” Other guest stars appear, too: Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks and John Mayer, none to great effect. Perhaps sensing gimmick overload, duets with John Mellencamp, The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler are contained only on the package’s bonus DVD.

Ballads like “She’s Always a Woman” and “Goodnight Saigon” deflate the atmosphere a little, but when Joel kicks into rock gear, we’re reminded of his pop songwriting genius. Much like Shea to Mets fans, you’re sorely missed, Bill. —Rod Lott

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