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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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Sheriff Woody

Woody Guthrie Folk Festival featuring Jimmy LaFave, Arlo Guthrie and more

Wednesday through Sunday

Okemah

woodyguthrie.com

Free

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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

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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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Wild Nothing — Nocturne


Joshua Boydston September 18th, 2012

As clichéd as it is easy, it is nice to stop and smell the roses once in a while. Nocturne is the aural equivalent.

While it’s great to dive into heady, groundbreaking stuff or brilliantly crafted pop songs, it’s just as nice to enjoy something as beautiful and simple as the music that Jack Tatum is writing as Wild Nothing, and while 2010’s Gemini was a great listen, he’s made leaps and strides heading into Nocturne.

It’s easy listening that doesn’t put you to sleep, but makes you just as comfortable. Songs like “Shadow” and “Through the Grass” play like those seconds between being awake and falling asleep — microbursts of nursery rhymes, dreams and plush comfort.

Much like Beach House’s Bloom, Nocturne is inflicted with each song sort of bleeding into the other; also like Bloom, they are all so good that it doesn’t matter. The peppier “This Chain Won’t Break” is the exception, a smart and sophisticated pop track that I haven’t been able to shake.

Whether or not Nocturne is deemed the best album of 2012 by year’s end, there’s little doubt that it will go down as the prettiest. —Joshua Boydston


 
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