Wednesday 23 Apr

Norman rock well

Norman Music Festival

6 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday, 3:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and noon-2 a.m. Saturday

Downtown Norman


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Grouplovin’ it

Grouplove with MS MR and Smallpools

6:30 p.m. Monday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.



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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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Terra Lightfoot — Terra Lightfoot

This dream-folk debut will induce dead sleep.

Matt Carney October 20th, 2011

As the common people have progressed over the last 50-plus years, so has the topicality of their music. Since the development of genres in popular music in the 1950s, contemporary folk music has skewed apolitical, alluring and beautiful.

It’s a far, more pleasant cry from the rough-worn, truth-saying voices of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie and the usually sparse, simple arrangements that accompanied them.

Terra Lightfoot is one such contemporary. The artist from Waterdown Canada has also played with country band The Dinner Belles. Here we have her solo debut, which calls upon a lot of Americana influences, both in genre and artist. Nick Drake and Ani DiFranco immediately come to mind, listening to her eponymous debut.

However, the more rocking songs never reach high enough, hampered by a heavily muted distorted guitar, (“Sleep Away the Winter”), the poetry seems too lazy (“Straight Line” and “Heads, Tails, Tails”), and Lightfoot’s voice just never inspires the desire to continue listening. Plaintive and limited, it sounds like she recorded the vocals for this album from the comfort of a sofa.

And heck, opener “Straight Line” is literally about commuting to work. I listened to it while doing so and just felt more depressed. Stick with Fleet Foxes for richer, more engaging music, or check out Kathleen Edwards if Canadian female alt-country’s your thing.
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