Sunday 20 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.



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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.



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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.



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High heaven

Glow God with Weed, Feral Future and Power Pyramid

7 p.m. Friday

Capitol House


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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.



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Home · Articles · CDs · Pop · The Gardes — Make Out the Sound

The Gardes — Make Out the Sound

Goofy, fun, low-key pop songs

Stephen Carradini June 22nd, 2011

The MySpace home of Oklahoma City pop band The Gardes is /TheGardesMustBeCrazy.

If you chuckled just now, you have the right sense of humor to enjoy the goofy, low-key songs contained in “Make Out the Sound.”

Its nine, seemingly off-the-cuff performances are marked by low-to-mid-fi acoustic guitar, tambourine and a general feel of gleeful subversion, making early Mountain Goats and They Might Be Giants equally effective RIYLs.

The lyrics of “I’m Living in a Former Meth Lab” take the title as a starting point, spinning a yarn that’s either pointed cultural criticism or a straight-faced joke (or both). “Drink Drink Chug Chug” is the most twee, charming drinking song you’ll probably hear this year (at least, until the vomit noises come in). Surprisingly, the semi-title track “Let’s Make Out” is a heartfelt song with beautiful melodies that is not about foolin’ around.

The Gardes’ goofiness does lead them into some bizarre places. Closer “Lala Skipping Thru the Forest” is an audio approximation of just that, while “Soda Pop Music” is a bizarre “song” made with a straw and a soda bottle. “Alien Radio” is nine minutes long, twice as long as any other track. But the quirks are part of the charm, ensuring that “Make Out the Sound” is a fun, interesting release for fans of unusual pop.

The album is available at —Stephen Carradini

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