Wednesday 16 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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FM Belfast — Don’t Want to Sleep

Dance-pop album contains my favorite song of the year

Stephen Carradini June 22nd, 2011

I listened to FM Belfast’s brilliant dance-pop tune “I Don’t Want to Go to Sleep Either” 15-plus times on the first day I heard it, including about eight listens in a row. The frequency was only a little bit lower for the next few days.


This is not unprecedented; I will occasionally become so taken with a song that it will be the only music I can think about for several days. Since 2003, when this phenomenon first manifested (“Fishing the Sky” by The Appleseed Cast, which is now my ringtone), I have not stopped enjoying any of these tunes.

I say all this to back up one seemingly hyperbolic statement that I totally believe: I will be listening to “I Don’t Want to Go to Sleep Either” consistently for the next eight years, if not the rest of my life. It is in the upper echelon of songs I’ve ever heard not because of any meticulous analysis, but because I want to hear it over and over and over. I could spend several hundred words talking about why the goofy charm of the tune makes it addictive, but here’s the music video instead. The visuals are a perfect match.

The balance of “Don't Want To Sleep” is a clear case of naming your album after the best track and going from there.

“American” amps up the goofy factor, with the Icelandic kids murmuring incoherent phrases (“your name is in search of a friend,” “your head is as numb as your face”) and then chanting “I’m gonna learn American!” The perky, fun sounds that compose the song only add to the “don’t think about it, just love it” mood. “New Year” has great synth contributions and a solid melody.

Other tracks try to be taken seriously and totally fail (“In Line,” “Happy Winter”). FM Belfast is privy to what I’m right now dubbing the Architecture in Helsinki rule: If your quirkiness is what enthralls people, forget self-awareness or seriousness and just keep quirking. People will forgive repetition if there are high highs, but they won’t forgive a crack in the veneer.

Really, you shouldn’t be reading this far down in the review. You should be dancing euphorically. You need that song in your life. The rest of the album? Perhaps. But that song? Definitely.  —Stephen Carradini
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