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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.

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Sheriff Woody

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

Wednesday through Sunday



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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.



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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.


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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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Superchunk — Here's Where the Strings Come In

A worthy re-release that will excite 'chunk fans

Stephen Carradini April 20th, 2011

Wow. An Album of the Year Grammy, mega sales and sold-out tours almost made me forgot where indie rock came from.


I was about to write that Superchunk’s solid, if unexceptional 1995 release, “Here’s Where the Strings Come In,” is pretty much only for fans of the band and devotees of the genre, totally forgetting for the moment that they used to be all who cared about indie rock.

The re-release of the album, which hit the presses because of Record Store Day on April 16, is a reminder that while things were really different logistically a decade and a half ago, they weren’t so different musically. Superchunk (and Merge Records) had their signature guitar-centric sound already entrenched by this point, and the disc sounds just as relevant today as it probably did originally: “Hyper Enough,” a minor hit then, could be a minor hit now. Each tune is passionate and hard-charging, but people other than ’chunk devotees may find that it all blurs together in their mind.

Setting my temporary amnesia aside for a moment, this pressing is fan-centric, as “Here’s Where” is only a noteworthy release as Superchunk’s “breakout” album. As such, there are acoustic demos to be had, as well as an official bootleg of a 2003 show (which was long after the “Here’s Where” era, but listeners will appreciate it nonetheless).

If for nothing else than a reminder that indie rock as we know it was in its grubby infancy as late as 16 years ago, “Here’s Where the Strings Come In” is a worthy re-release. —Stephen Carradini

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