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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.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0

Sheriff Woody

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

Wednesday through Sunday

Okemah

woodyguthrie.com

Free

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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.

thebluenotelounge.com

600-1166

$5

07/02/2014 | Comments 0

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.

vzds.com

524-4200

07/02/2014 | Comments 0

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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Bob Dylan — In Concert: Brandeis University


A must-have for Dylan collectors

Rob Collins March 28th, 2011

A year before The Beatles exploded on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” Bob Dylan planned to perform “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues” in the spring of 1963 for a national TV audience.

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But when a CBS executive feared a libel suit from the John Birch Society and asked Bob to perform something else, Dylan walked out.

American audiences never saw Dylan’s satirical song performed on the popular Sunday-night variety show on May 12, 1963. However, a previously unknown recording of that song from two days before is the centerpiece of “In Concert: Brandeis University.” The source recording, a seven-inch reel, was recently discovered of the concert that occurred two weeks prior to the release of “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” studio album.

The paranoid talking blues censored from both the CBS show and the “Freewheelin’” album told of communist “reds” and ends with the song’s narrator investigating himself: “Well, I quit my job so I could work all alone, and I changed my name to Sherlock Holmes / Following some clues from my detective bag, I discovered there were red stripes in the American flag.”

The release is a must-have for Dylan collectors. The intimate recording documents a 21-year-old Dylan in full protest-song mode, methodically strumming his acoustic guitar and singing in a gruffly deviant voice on “Masters of War” and “Ballad of Hollis Brown.” Listeners are transported back in time to the Cold War when John F. Kennedy was president. —Rob Collins

 
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