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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

Okemah

woodyguthrie.com

Free

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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.

thebluenotelounge.com

600-1166

$5

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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.

vzds.com

524-4200

07/02/2014 | Comments 0

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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Colourmusic — My _____ Is Pink


Intriguing, excellent rock songwriting

Stephen Carradini May 4th, 2011

Although Colourmusic spent a great amount of time talking about the sex-related aspects of “My _____ Is Pink” here, a secondary theme of the record is the most immediately noticeable part: Ryan Hendrix wanted to make an album that people could play when they work out.

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That's actually the first impression the disc makes, as opposed to the second: Every song is constantly moving.

Push-ups work in neat rhythm to the groove-heavy, warped bass of “Feels Good to Wear.” You can get pumped up to the triumphant songwriting of “You for Leaving.” “Tog” is a swagger-heavy jogging song, while the insistent percussion of “Dolphins and Unicorns” makes it a running song. And if you do your crunches really slow, like me, then “Fold/Unfold” is your song. And no, I didn't just say that because the title fits.

That the band accomplished this amount of energy while being as thoroughly strange as Oklahoma's weirdest weirdos is an accomplishment. Hendrix's vocals careen from screeches to coos to reverbed-out singing, and his voice leads the rest of the group through the ever-shifting rock/psych/ambient miasma that is “My ____ Is Pink.”

There are pounding guitars, but not with any tone you might expect. The percussion and bass lock in as a unit, but it's as unusual a groove team as you could expect to hear. Colourmusic spent a long time writing this, and it shows: Nothing is normal. Everything falls in with the band's (apparently incredibly specific) vision.

That means that “Pink” will appeal to as many people as it will turn off. There are many points of entry into it (the sexuality, the working out, the brilliant rhythm section, the unusual songwriting, the fact that they're local heroes), and just as many exit doors. These heady tunes require attention span, and none of them give it up on the first date.

I find this work incredibly intriguing; I'm all about putting on an album, kicking back and really listening. That's the way I'm looking forward to appreciating this one. The wonder of it is that it can legitimately be enjoyed in many other ways. The songs here are so intricately constructed that they will allow multiple audiences to hear vastly different things out of the same tune. That is the mark of excellent songwriting, and that's why you should own this. —Stephen Carradini

 
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