Thursday 10 Jul

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.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0

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.



07/02/2014 | Comments 0

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.


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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The Boom Bang — World War Fun

These amps go to 1,000.

Stephen Carradini May 9th, 2011

There is no substitute for a Boom Bang live show.


But if you must try, their new release, “World War Fun,” is a pretty good approximation of their sound, provided you turn it up to 1,000 and break some stuff while you listen.

The basic Boom Bang template: maxed-out, surf-rock guitars; howled vocals with outlandish reverb; tom and snare pound; and relatively normal bass lines. This template can be modified in various ways: “Vietnomnomnom” is a catchy approximation of the sound, while “Mondo Ripper” is their audio interpretation of being drowned in a riptide of “shark-infested waters.” The shrieking, pounding mess is probably a pretty accurate description.

Thankfully, more songs lean to the “listenable” part than the “being beaten to death by a surfboard” bit. “Skateboard Devito,” in addition to having a great title, sees lead singer James Smith actually singing as opposed to howling, and his vocals matched with the hooky, simplistic surf rock produces a great song. “Tobacula” is similar in construction and success.

As is often the case with incredible live bands, the album starts to drag toward the end. This is not because of diminishing quality, but because of a sheer volume of tunes in a style that is predominantly meant to be heard live. Does The Boom Bang expect people to sit down and listen to all 11 songs in a row? No way. They want you to come and mosh at their shows.

And you should. Jump on the bandwagon before the rest of garage/surf-rock-lovin’ indie nation does. —Stephen Carradini

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