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.

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Sheriff Woody

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

Wednesday through Sunday



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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.



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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.


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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The Mean Spirits - Honeychild

None June 11th, 2009

The Mean Spirits are the musical equivalent of a weird guy you went on a date with' all your friends thought he was weird, and you agreed, but you secretly dated him anyway.

Diminished psychedelic, punky chords mark the metro band's new CD, "Honeychild," which lends the trio a surf sound that sounds like the Ramones on vacation. Lead vocalist/guitarist Zach Massey sneers like a young Fred Schneider, lazily sliding from note to note with a talking delivery that, while unique, wouldn't suit listeners keen to sing along. The band clearly knows how to handle its instruments, and the album is polished, well-produced and kind of strange.

Interesting chords and quirky lyrics comprise the seven-song release. Lines like "I'd open up your heart / And drink your blood like it was wine" pepper the song "Legs and Eyes," which perfectly explains the band's obscurity.

The album-titled track sounds like a "Scooby Doo" chase scene, its early tempo perfect for fleeing ghosts. The song later slows so Shaggy and Scooby can stop by the kitchen for some snacks. In "Brainwaves," the group is reminiscent of The Hives, packing spacey, psychedelic lyrics and guitar riffing.

"Honeychild" is definitely different, not taking itself too seriously.

"”Jamie Birdwell

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