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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Hear and now

Hear the Music Tour with The Warren Brothers and Lance Miller

6-10 p.m. Friday

Rodeo Opry

2221 Exchange 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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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.


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.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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