Saturday 19 Apr

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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Saddle up

Horse Thief with Deerpeople and Pageantry

8:30 p.m. Friday

ACM@UCO Performance Lab

329 E. Sheridan Ave.



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High heaven

Glow God with Weed, Feral Future and Power Pyramid

7 p.m. Friday

Capitol House


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Darkened tones

Chevelle with Nothing More and Middle Class Rut

6:30 p.m. Monday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.



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Wanda Jackson — Unfinished Business

Phil Bacharach October 31st, 2012

You can’t keep genuine royalty from flaunting their power. Wanda Jackson, the 1950s’ Queen of Rockabilly who set the standard for rock ’n’ roll women and even managed to get Elvis Presley hot and bothered, is back with Unfinished Business.

Here she builds on the success of last year’s The Party Ain’t Over, her collaboration with Jack White, but unlike that effort, this album is raw, spare and constructed to showcase the Oklahoma-born-and-bred Jackson’s prodigious gifts. Ample credit goes to Justin Townes Earle, who produced this 10-song collection of blues, country, gospel and soul covers.

Things start appropriately with a bluesy swagger in Freddie King’s “Tore Down.” That’s deftly followed by the wry honky-tonk of “The Graveyard Shift,” penned by Earle’s father, Steve Earle.

Jackson’s voice is in strong form throughout, veering from the Kewpie-doll growl of “Pushover” to a seen-it-all joyousness that permeates Townes Van Zant’s gospelfueled “Two Hands.” The record’s finest moments are the most low-key. In “Am I Even a Memory?,” written by alt-country’s Greg Garing, Jackson brings the heartbreak for a gorgeously plaintive weepie.

Perhaps best of all is the closing “California Stars,” in which she takes on a once-forgotten Woody Guthrie composition later given shape by Wilco and Billy Bragg. Jackson’s gritty, earthbound interpretation helps anchor the song’s innately dream vibe.

Sexy, tough and poignant, Unfinished Business proves there is no expiration date for cool. —Phil Bacharach

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