Wednesday 23 Jul

Planting the seed

“We think about it as a team,” she said. “Watching so many bands for so long and standing in the audience, I was like, ‘I want to try that.’ After playing by yourself for so many years and seeing what level you can reach with so many musicians coming in, you pretty much have to.
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Commercial rock

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Downtown Tulsa 

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Mack truckin’

9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 

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Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0

Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road
Free with park admission 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0
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Paleo — Fruit of the Spirit

Outsider folk with gems to unearth

Stephen Carradini June 8th, 2011

Paleo’s acoustic guitar songs on “Fruit of the Spirit” call to mind a lot of different artists, for good or for ill.

“Pharoah” is a morose wanderer that would be right at home on Sufjan Stevens’ “Michigan,” while the upbeat “Over the Hill and Back Again” sounds like something that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah could churn out. The fact that these tunes are back-to-back on his album is telling — to call it “eclectic” would be a bit of an understatement.

Paleo — aka David Strackany — emits a mellower version of Alec Ounsworth’s nasally wail, and it’s his similarity to the Clap Your Hands singer that allows him to combine piano, haunted-house synthesizer and steel drums on “The Rager.” If you’re a listener who enjoys or tolerates atypical, sometimes atonal vocals, you’re going to enjoy or tolerate unusual composition moves, too.

There are plenty of oddities to go around. “Poet (Take 1)” is a rambling, nearly incoherent mess that is held together mostly by the fascination that a listener affords it. And there’s a part two later on! But hidden in the murk are some great moments of beauty, as in “The Rager” and the nearly normal pop tune “Lighthouse.” There are diamonds, but they take finding.

Fans of outsider folk can catch Paleo at 8 p.m. Sunday at Opolis, 113 N. Crawford in Norman, with Blue Valley Farmer supporting. Tickets are $7. For more information, visit —Stephen Carradini

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