Wednesday 23 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

normanmusicfestival.com

Free

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Grouplovin’ it

Grouplove with MS MR and Smallpools

6:30 p.m. Monday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.

diamondballroom.net

677-9169

$22-$24

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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.

songsforsound.com

$35-$50

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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.

twistedrootgallery.com

208-4288

$10

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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.

thebluenotelounge.com

600-1166

$5

04/16/2014 | Comments 0
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Brianna Gaither — Love Is Patient


Piano pop on the short list for 'year's best album'

Stephen Carradini March 23rd, 2011

Piano-based singer-songwriters are a dime a dozen, so it’s always a shock when one immediately jumps out from the first seconds of a track.

Edmond native Brianna Gaither’s “Find You” does that immediately, kicking off her brilliant “Love Is Patient” album with a bang.

“Find You” opens with a pensive piano line, haunting guitar and a propulsive snare/ kick beat that creates intriguing tension between the urgent rhythm section and the casual melodic instruments. Then, her lilting voice comes in, residing somewhere between the songbird tone of a true soprano and the dusky tones of an alto. It’s a jaw-dropping voice, commanded with a maturity that ignores the fact that this is a debut album.

Most singer-songwriters can’t pull of a five-minute tune without getting repetitive, but Gaither does it four times in eight tracks. Impressively, the two longest tracks (“Find You,” “Faithful”) are the strongest. Her lyrics are taut as well; she pulls off timeworn themes — “Home” describes a lover as her residence, while “Harvest Moon” is a “get over that boy” tune — with an earnestness and clarity that makes them feel new and vital. It’s icing, however; with a voice this strong, she could sing the phone book.

From the upbeat, lyric-intensive “Let It Go” to the pensive “Dreamer” and the brilliant “Faithful,” this disc doesn’t disappoint once. “Love Is Patient” is on my short list of the year’s best albums, local or no. More, please? Thanks. —Stephen Carradini

 
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