Monday 14 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.
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Various Artists — Chronicle: Music from the Motion Picture


For a bunch of unknowns, this one’s really quite super.

Rod Lott February 14th, 2012

I’m uncertain about the hit found-footage film, but the soundtrack for “Chronicle” pops with energy from the start, courtesy of Blonde Acid Cult.

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While that name — and arguably, most of the acts on the 12-track compilation — screams “off-putting teen band,” that’s not the case. The disc holds wide appeal, from tweens to their middle-aged parents. (Just don’t tell the tweens.)

Manchester trio The Longcut could also describe its six-minute-plus contribution, “Told You So,” whose uptempo darkness is brightened with a drum-fueled break at the middle that continues willy nilly for the rest of the cut. A B & The Sea’s "Bone Dry," rides high on both vocals and optimism, while The Shaded Forests’ "Deastro" bubbles with pop friendliness.

At nearly the album’s halfway point, Simian Mobile Disco’s edit of “Sweetbread,” the soundtrack grows more electronic — mostly for good, not evil. “Flash Back” by Capsule is more aggressive than memorable, and the Congorock/Alle Benassi collaboration, “Sirius,” is too clubby for my tastes (I can smell the sweat and obnoxious cologne), but Strfkr gets back on track with “Bury Us Alive,” whose melodies fly with Phoenix-like grandeur.  

Class Actress femmes things up with “Keep You,” complete with synth hand claps. Meanwhile, Bikini is one of the true finds; its “American Mourning” fills out a buoyant sound with wispy vocals and earthly touches. Finally, and not surprisingly, M83 knocks it out of the park with the appropriately titled "This Bright Flash," another soaring instrumental of anthemic ambition. —Rod Lott


 
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