Friday 18 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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Of God and Science — Black Rabbit

A uniquely varied and genuinely enveloping indie rock album

Stephen Carradini April 8th, 2011

Every now and then, I’ll get an album that promises something along the lines of an “AM radio” experience. This is usually a signifier that the disc in hand is a jumbled mess of genres and moods.


I’m not old enough to have actually experienced AM radio in its prime (I would have to be 50 or older to have been a part of the mythical era), but I suppose that if it really had to be recreated, Of God and Science has done the best job I’ve ever heard of appropriating it.

And the band did it without mentioning radio once in their press material. Woo!

Black Rabbit” is the trio’s latest long-player, and it has a bunch o’ different genres on it. But in their capable paws, the genres are tightly knit together to make a record more than the sum of its parts.

This isn’t a concept album, but it feels crafted with the care of one. It helps that none of the genres they dabble in go overboard; their core sound is a melodic, calm indie rock that incorporates other elements. “Bugs Are Good” calls Pink Floyd to mind in its title and sound. Indie pop (“Who Are You”), modern radio pop (the standout “Turbulence”), harmony-laden folk (“Gospel”) and uncategorizable rockish stuff (“Ballad of the Black Rabbit”) all get turns.

But the underlying fabric is a melodic ability that keeps this from spinning off into rabbit trails. The engineering and production is all of one cloth, as well; the album is definitely a single piece. The ear-pleasing tenor vocals are consistent, and the rest of the instruments fall in line behind the vocals. The spacious, calm feel is consistent, whether they’re rocking out or churning out a radio single.

What results is a uniquely varied and genuinely enveloping 40 minutes, almost like a short film. “Black Rabbit” is one to check out, and Of God and Science is a band to follow for those who love listening to a whole album at once just for fun.  —Stephen Carradini

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