Saturday 19 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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Elbow — Build a Rocket Boys!

Mushy, mid-tempo pop tunes

Stephen Carradini March 31st, 2011

The raw attitude and stripped-down power of Elbow’s 2008 tune “Grounds for Divorce” make it one of my favorite indie-rock songs ever.


So when the band’s new album, “Build A Rocket Boys!,” showed up with a bunch of mushy, mid-tempo pop tunes, I was very, very confused.
There is nothing on “Boys!” that even suggests that this is the same group of “Grounds for Divorce.” There are string-laden arrangements, maudlin lyrics, weird arrangements that include steel drums, and generally weak tracks. Sure, “Neat Little Rows” pounds like a good rock track, but it doesn’t have any oomph other than volume.

“Jesus Is a Rochdale Girl” is the only track that calls up Elbow’s former raw power, and it’s a mellow acoustic number. The arrangement is cut to the bone, resulting in a vital and important sound.

I’m just sad there weren’t more of those type of tracks hanging around on “Build a Rocket Boys!”

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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