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.

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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Saddle up

Horse Thief with Deerpeople and Pageantry

8:30 p.m. Friday

ACM@UCO Performance Lab

329 E. Sheridan Ave.

acm-uco.com

974-4700

$5-$8

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High heaven

Glow God with Weed, Feral Future and Power Pyramid

7 p.m. Friday

Capitol House

$5

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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.

diamondballroom.net

677-9169

$24-$29

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Always Be Happy, but Stay Evil — Garage a Trois


A really jazzy post-rock outfit

Stephen Carradini April 18th, 2011

“Always Be Happy, but Stay Evil” by Garage A Trois creates entries in “best album name” and “best band name” contests for 2011.

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I’m not going to lie: About half the reason I wanted to hear this was because of its fantastical name.

I’ve been getting into Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey’s post-everything jazz mash-ups recently, and Garage A Trois is one step further down the rung toward true jazz. Garage A Trois is described as a “post rock/freak jazz supergroup,” and that’s something I can get into!

With saxophone, vibraphone, keys and drums, it looks like a relatively normal jazz quartet, but it’s super-not. The sax and the keys turn in nearly as dissonant turns as an electric guitar in places, and the post-rock tag is no joke. They can really pound it out when they want to (“Resentment Incubator,” “Assault on Precinct 13”). “Kansas” calls up mild Colin Stetson comparisons, and Stetson’s latest is still my frontrunner for album of the year.

Weirdness abounds as well, as in the camp-horror of “Swellage” and space-shots “Shooting Breaks” and “Thumb.” “Baby Mama Drama,” on the other hand, is both a contender for best song title of the year and a straightforward jazz composition.

Garage A Trois is exactly what they were touted to be: a really jazzy post-rock outfit. I enjoyed the latter more than the former, but the former isn’t bad at all. “Always Be Happy” is an intriguing release with some great tunes from several very talented musicians. If you like JFJO, progressive jazz or pushing your boundaries, I dare you to give this one a try. —Stephen Carradini

 
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