Wednesday 23 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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The Typist — Midwestern High Life

Matt Carney March 14th, 2012

A lot of frustration is unbottled by The Typist’s debut album.

It gets sprayed all over the place, in fact. Matt Moran’s desperate punk hollers; his messy, confessional-to-the-occasional-point-of-embarrassing lyrics; his band’s well-coordinated, super-loud melodic rock arrangements all sound so much like a release, at times vindicating, at others reaching for (and grasping) the anthemic.

Every song on the sardonically titled Midwestern High Life, is a rock ’n’ roll chest-beater, possessive of the same hyperlocal, bar-band familiarity that The Hold Steady spouted prior to the departure of keyboardist Franz Nicolay.

This four-piece from down southwest (which includes bassist Patrick Bellamy, drummer Justin Strickland and Moran’s brother Daniel on the keyboard) writes exclusively about its hometown of Altus, which appears to be both a source of and solution to all that the band’s got pent-up.

A drama that captures both notions plays out in the mid-album linchpin “Midwest,” about a son “who never grew up,” whose face the narrator “sees around here so much.” It eventually rises into a great, big ol’ full-band chorus that suggests a punk act finally hit its sweet spot between melody and volume.

The Typist next play Oklahoma City on April 6, at The Paseo Underground. You can stream Midwestern High Life for free, or purchase a digital copy for $5 below. —Matt Carney

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