Sunday 20 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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Ryan Parker — In Circles

Matt Carney December 7th, 2011

About two-thirds of the way through “What Is Light,” the eighth track on Oklahoma City singer/songwriter Ryan Parker’s “In Circles,” a melodic, piano-driven, chorus-less series of verses gives way into a worldbeat rhythm that evokes a living-room drum circle. This is the part where he asks about the light.

Parker asks a lot of questions here in his debut, but judging by the crisp vocal harmonies (supplied by Brianna Gaither, Ali McIlroy and Amy Leming), chiming acoustic guitar chords and peppy percussion, he’s optimistic about the answers. “Just Because,” the disc’s shining love song, stands out in this regard. The jug-band bassline and handclaps makes it sound like it was recorded in a meadow on a springtime afternoon.

“True Be True” is another track to which I found myself returning. Those currently crushing on Idaho buzz band Youth Lagoon’s triumphant, drum-machine-assisted, squiggle-guitar jams immediately will recognize a striking, enjoyable similarity. The difference is in the careful vocal arrangement Parker’s given this one.

Per the title, a lot of his lyrics runs around in circles — they’re more existential bouts of wondering than stories — but they’re certainly very pretty, diverse circles, richly recorded with a nice, subtle echo coming off his voice when the arrangement goes sparse.

You can catch him live at 10 p.m. Friday at VZD’s Restaurant & Club, 4200 N. Western. —Matt Carney

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