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.

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Sheriff Woody

Woody Guthrie Folk Festival featuring Jimmy LaFave, Arlo Guthrie and more

Wednesday through Sunday



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California dreamin’

Modern Pantheist with The Wurly Birds and Larry Chin

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge 

2408 N. Robinson Ave.



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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.


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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.
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Home · Articles · Reviews · Rock · Lemma — Lemma

Lemma — Lemma

Matt Carney November 2nd, 2011

Lemma’s self-titled full-length crackles to life with a big ol’ baritone and spaghetti-Western guitar — a brief harbinger of a rock album that draws its influence from a wide range of artists, R.E.M. chief among them.

I say R.E.M. because of the little tinge of country that affects that band’s tunes (and subsequently Lemma’s), and the fact that singer Aaron Newman does a terrific Michael Stipe impression when he wants to. “Nothing Is Set” is a tribute to “The One I Love,” with Newman giving a dead ringer of a performance.

The group does well pacing this collection of songs, with up-tempo snare play on “Broken Down,” an even speedier, more playful rhythm that keeps “Billy the Kid and a Camel”’s story going, and the slower, acoustic number “We Hope It Won’t Be Long.”

“In Dreams” is a longing, lilting country ballad immediately followed by the chugging rocker “Embrace,” wherein the narrator wakes up to grab hold of the girl he loves.

Followed soon by “Persia,” the last songs combine to form a nice little three-act with a happy ending, marked by a Blake Lennon guitar solo.

“Lemma” is considerably more thought-out and lyrically engaging than what most any other bar band around town is currently capable. Look for these dudes to keep recording interesting tunes. —Matt Carney

Give the band a listen at their website,

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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