Friday 11 Jul
 
 

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.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0

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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Penny Hill - Unbutton Your Heart


None April 8th, 2010

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When Penny Hill trotted onstage for the first time to meet the metro listening public, she deftly chose members of Norman's phantom folksters Ghost of Monkshood as her backing band. Although she parted ways to craft her own identity before cutting her debut album, "Unbutton Your Heart," some residual psychedelia still drips from her music, giving her coffeehouse vibe a wandering darkness that sets it apart from other singer/songwriters currently plucking away around town.

Mutual respect exists between Hill and her former band; the members of Monkshood even covered "Waiting," off "Unbutton." Listening to the two somber versions back-to-back is an interesting call-and-response, with Hill sticking with a clean, straight-ahead folk delivery, and Monkshood straying off into a cloud of haunting reverb, emerging with something more akin to a dark and dreamy Stevie Nicks.

That isn't to say Hill is a chipper folksinger; a gloomy desperation pervades the record. Rather than getting bogged down in a depressive state, she settled into the mood as one would grab a cup of coffee to enjoy the looming darkness of an approaching thunderstorm.

"Unbutton Your Heart" is available on both on CD and cassette, thanks to another one of Hill's fans, The Evangelicals' Todd Jackson. He put her in touch with Slanty Shanty Records, which specializes in cassette releases. It was released last month.

Hill performs 8 p.m. Thursday at the Scissortail Social Space, 3012 N. Walker. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/pennyhillplays. "”Charles Martin
 
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