Tuesday 22 Jul

Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 

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Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
Free with park admission 

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Narrative verse

L.T.Z. with Jabee, Frank Black & more
8 p.m. Saturday
The Conservatory 
8911 N. Western Ave. 

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Dancing in the Twilight

Sunday Twilight Concert Series with The Wurly Birds
7:30 p.m. Sunday
Myriad Botanical Gardens 
301 W. Reno Ave. 

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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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Day One — Art by Death

Matt Carney January 11th, 2012

“Art by Death” is something you probably won’t hear every day.

On one lyric of the song “Dream Circus,” Chris Wallace raps about “Robert Frost poems read from the mouth of a deer”; the next, he’s name-checking former Thunder point guard and comically small dunker Nate Robinson.

It’s weird stuff, for sure, but the ACM@UCO student, who comprises art-rap duo Day One with moody musician Logan Smith, demonstrates an impressive knack for technical rap, handling tricky meters with a certain precarious balance. Witness the last verse of “Dino Tears,” a track with spacey production evocative of last year’s excellent record from Seattle hip-hip collective Shabazz Palaces. He’s a genuine talent, even if his scatterbrained topical approach is sometimes hard to follow.

From lyrically gifted animals into the fictional “Murder Case,” Smith provides some sparse, East Coast rap piano chords to a subdued drumbeat and an authoritative flurry of Wallace verses. They make a good, eccentric pair, although they sometimes fall sucker to trite, reaching-for-emotive lines like “In my own abyss / I remain paralyzed” or “You can take your bag / You can hit the road.”

That’s easily looked past, however. There really aren’t any other local hip-hop artists this young making music this odd. Let’s call Day One a prospect with massive upside. —Matt Carney

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