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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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Sheriff Woody

Woody Guthrie Folk Festival featuring Jimmy LaFave, Arlo Guthrie and more

Wednesday through Sunday



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California dreamin’

Modern Pantheist with The Wurly Birds and Larry Chin

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge 

2408 N. Robinson Ave.



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Major League tunes

Chipper Jones with The Hitt Boyz, Foxburrows and Milk Jr

8 p.m. Saturday

VZD’s Restaurant & Club

4200 N. Western Ave.


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Neon colors

Utah-based rockers Neon Trees spent a hot summer night setting fire to Tulsa’s legendary Cain’s Ballroom on June 19. Rounding out the aural palette were Smallpools, a lively L.A. powerhouse, and Nightmare and the Cat, a cadre of black-clad Brit/American alt-rockers. Neon Trees’ latest record, Pop Psychology, was the night’s flux capacitor, transporting all who were willing to a neon-soaked parallel universe.
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Adebisi Shank — This Is the Second Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank

More mostly instrumental, relentlessly fun, technical rock.

Stephen Carradini March 9th, 2011

The positive prog-rock movement that Fang Island helped break last year has been a blast to listen to.


The positive prog-rock movement that Fang Island helped break last year has been a blast to listen to. With Adebisi Shank’s “This Is the Second Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank,” listeners are treated to more of the mostly instrumental, relentlessly fun, technical rock.

The Irish trio made a pretty long album, as these things go: 10 songs taking up 40 minutes. Delicate Steve’s “Wondervisions” only took up 29 minutes with 11 tunes, while Fang Island’s self-titled is just over a half-hour, too. This gives them a lot of room to flesh out ideas, both good and bad.

The whimsically titled “(-_-)” doesn’t have the quotes around it in their artwork, but don’t those look like little ears? The “title” is a good estimation of the playfulness one can expect from the tune, whose layered, complex, but ultimately mellow composition takes a card from Delicate Steve’s book. Opener “International Dreambeat” is pretty much a thank-you to Fang Island for making their genre noticed, as the exuberant, heavy main guitar riff is interchangeable with the latter band’s.

It’s tunes like “Logdrum” where Adebisi Shank makes the noise their own. The unusual sounds throughout the piece (marimba?) find a niche a bit more serious and heady than “everyone high-fiving everyone.” The trio incorporates some bass-heavy funk aspects into their sound in “Century City” and “Frunk,” calling up comparisons to our very own The Non. Not that they know who that is, but whatever. It means something to us.

Oh, and a warning: Yes, “Masa” sounds like something out of “Jock Jams.” Just skip it. Maybe Adebisi Shank has never been to a basketball game. Or maybe this is what they think a basketball game sounds like (which would be interesting, if that were the intended goal).

“This Is the Second Album” is a fun album that fits neatly in the forming positive prog-rock movement. Pick it up March 15 if Fang Island still puts a smile on your face. —Stephen Carradini

MP3: “International Dreambeat”
MP3: “Genki Shank”
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