Thursday 24 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

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All Tiny Creatures — Harbors


A blissful experience for fans of optimistic prog-rock

Stephen Carradini April 6th, 2011

I’ve been making as much racket as I can about optimistic prog-rock.

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It needs a name, but op-prog seems wrong. Oprog? Oprock? Op rock? I have no idea. If bands keep coming out like Delicate Steve, Adebisi Shank and now All Tiny Creatures, I’ll have to distill this idea into one name.

But for now, it’s enough for you to know that All Tiny Creatures’ “Harbors” splits the difference between the guitar-mashing enthusiasm of Fang Island and the electronic tomfoolery of The Octopus Project. The 11 tracks have bubbly playfulness undergirded by urgency in the guitar work. Although ATC does include vocals occasionally, the band leans heavily on their prog forebears (as well as Steve Reich’s minimalist work). This stuff gets heady. If you’re not down for deconstructing music to gain a greater appreciation of its whole, then “Harbors” may not be the purchase for you.

For those of you who do like that, this will be a blissful experience. The members of ATC have packed these tunes full of rhythms, melodies, harmonies and noises to hear and analyze. This is an album for people who love albums. From the reverent feel of “Breathing Set” to the ambience of “Triangle Frog” to the mellow guitar heroics of “Tine Feature,” “Harbors” is a significant achievement.

It also is 50 minutes long, which is long for any disc, much less an instrumental one that eschews traditional verse/chorus/verse structures entirely. But for those who love it, it’s all the better. You can check out “Glass Bubbles” here, which will give you a pretty good idea of what you’re getting into. —Stephen Carradini

 
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04.06.2011 at 01:51 Reply

Actually, almost every song has a verse/chorus/verse strucutre.  Just sayin...

 

 
 
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