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

Wednesday through Sunday

Okemah

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Modern Pantheist with The Wurly Birds and Larry Chin

9 p.m. Sunday

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Chipper Jones with The Hitt Boyz, Foxburrows and Milk Jr

8 p.m. Saturday

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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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Dam Mantle — First Wave


A weird, wonderful electronic anomaly

Stephen Carradini March 25th, 2011

Dam Mantle’s “First Wave” is an weird, wonderful anomaly. It’s some sort of glitchy, electronic music, but instead of being cold and robotic, it’s vivid and full of life.

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The glitch-heavy production only serves to enhance the feeling of life within the tracks, which is the first time I’ve heard that herky-jerky stops and starts have worked that way.

The winner here is “Movement,” which I featured here. A symphony orchestra gets the chopped-up treatment, with the breaks and jumps only serving to make the high points higher. I think this would be a pretty spectacular orchestral, soundtrack-like piece on its own, but it’s even more amazing in its electronic-heavy form.

“Rebong” is a bit more traditional electronic piece, but it still has the same strong sense of melody and life running through its bass and cascading harp. “A Statue That Is Perpetually Unveiled” pulls the same “chopped orchestra” trick as “Movement,” and it works similarly, although with less dramatic power.

For those uninitiated with electronic music (or chillwave, which this resembles, but has much more energy than), the hour length of “First Wave” will be a drag. But for those who dig the sound, it’s a blast to hear Dam Mantle play for that long with a unique sound.

 
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