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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Various Artists — A Blackwatch Christmas Vol. III (Holly-Tonk & Jingle Beats)

Joshua Boydston December 10th, 2013

Three volumes in and A Blackwatch Christmas yet again nabs a spot on the nice list, showcasing a smattering of Oklahoma artists with charming new holiday standards. This year shakes up the status quo with two themed halves — serving up dusty, countrified Christmas ditties on the Holly-Tonk side and soulful hip-hop carols with Jingle Beats, both with joyful returns.

Holly-Tonk opens with Tulsa’s Desi & Cody, who saunter in with the timeless “It Just Ain’t Christmas Without You.” Empty Bottles follow suit with the saloonfriendly “Kiss Them All Goodnight.” The Wurly Birds punctuate their Beatles-esque “Mr. Nicholas” with some Memphis blues while Beau Jennings channels Tom Petty (à la the 1980s) in the charming “Christmas Bus.” “Greensleeves, Blue Collar” proves to be the highlight of Side A, though, finding that perfect balance of cheekiness and earnestness that makes modern carols great.

On Jingle Beats, ADDverse Effects proves why it is one of the most exciting acts around with the Roots-worthy “Christmas in Norman,” while Jabee turns in an infectious, immaculately produced single in “December 25th.” The latter two tracks —― Hector Comancho’s “Peppermint Randy” and David Allen’s spoken word “Chimney Stack” —― both delve into Madvillian and J Dilla territory with their equally freaky and charming offerings.

There’s not a lump of coal to be found in the latest compilation, available as a free download at with vinyl copies available at multiple locations across the metro.

A Blackwatch Christmas Vol. III will be celebrated with a holiday concert featuring several of the artists who contributed songs 8 p.m. Friday at STASH, 412 E. Main St. in Norman. — Joshua Boydston

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