Thursday 24 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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Independence 76 — Magpie Parables

Matt Carney March 7th, 2012

It’s been a long while since I’ve heard a work of Americana as sprawling and ambitious as Independence 76’s debut album, Magpie Parables.

Its imaginative storytelling qualities are effective at times and overwrought at others, as narrator g. Eddison — it’s unclear whether Mr. Eddison is an actual person or just a fictional device — cries woe over the generation his junior.

Woody Guthrie’s an obvious influence, as the bluegrass band tackles the taboo with obvious language and remarkably straightforward accusations against a Big Brother government: “And they tried to use Pat Tillman as his GI poster boy / 9/11 was a neo-convict ploy.”

Parables isn’t all eulogizing and complaining, however. A couple of catchier numbers are mixed in, most notably “Kickapoo Riffraff,” which is a ton of fun just to say, let alone sing. The songs that stick with storytelling are fun in their vivid descriptions; “For Worse” follows a “California cocaine queen” who’s “a 90-pound whore,” and an “overcaffeinated, undereducated generation.”

It’s not the most elegantly recorded album, however. No singer is credited, but if it’s Eddison, as we’re led to believe, his voice gets muddled a bit low in the mix, occasionally obscuring lyrical meaning.

Still, Magpie Parables is a worthwhile sociocultural study in song, available for purchase at

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