Sunday 13 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

Okemah

woodyguthrie.com

Free

07/09/2014 | Comments 0

California dreamin’

Modern Pantheist with The Wurly Birds and Larry Chin

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge 

2408 N. Robinson Ave.

thebluenotelounge.com

600-1166

$5

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.

vzds.com

524-4200

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.
06/25/2014 | Comments 0
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Balkans — Balkans


Buzzy, noisy Atlanta band shows promise, guitar chops.

Joshua Boydston October 24th, 2011

Musically, I’m a sucker for many things. Chief among them is anything related to post-punk and garage rock. Bloc Party was my off-ramp from Linkin Park, while No Age and Wavves have dominated my total plays on iTunes for about two years now.

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Naturally, the discovery of Atlanta act Balkans was a highlight of my week, being that they merge the two worlds in a way few others have. The band’s self-titled debut came out in early summer, but buzz around Balkans’ CMJ appearances has led the figurative noise of the group to match that which it literally makes.

The band leans heavier on one or the other with each passing track, for the most part. The opener, “Edita V,” starts with a heavy dose of distortion before exploding into a zany smattering of angular guitar notes, then recoiling into a tamed but still dangerous chorus of cascading guitar chords and lead singer Frankie Broyles’ wanting call.

Then “I Can’t Compete” enters, a bit more relaxed with the faintest wave of surf rock and a little Strokes to boot. The nervy “Zebra Print” and wired “Dressed In Black” — especially recalling “Is This It” here — follow.

Surprisingly, the quality of this freshman effort never takes a down turn, arguably getting better with time. “Troubled and Done” is the most mature, self-assured track on the album, while “Let You Have It” easily takes the cake as most hyperkinetic (even violent) track the disc has to offer.

It’s a more than promising effort overall, and while a bit of aging and experimenting will do the band well in branding its unique take on music, I still can hardly wait to watch them over time as they further refine my dream genre amalgamation.

 
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