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Planting the seed

“We think about it as a team,” she said. “Watching so many bands for so long and standing in the audience, I was like, ‘I want to try that.’ After playing by yourself for so many years and seeing what level you can reach with so many musicians coming in, you pretty much have to.
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Commercial rock

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Friday-Saturday
Downtown Tulsa 
centeroftheuniversefestival.com 
$35-$50 

07/22/2014 | Comments 0

Mack truckin’

Swizzymack
9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 
lndrnrs.com 
819-6004 
$10-$15 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 
$20-$40 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0

Rock steady

Tesla
7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
frontiercity.com
478-2140
Free with park admission 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0
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The Hold Steady-Boys and Girls in America


None November 30th, 2006

boysandgirlsinamerica

Vagrant

Who knew that tales of drug-addled teens could be so operatic? The Hold Steady's "Boys and Girls in America" is a blistering rock 'n' roll album that merges the storytelling of Bruce Springsteen, the riffs of Thin Lizzy and the bleary-eyed stomp of the Replacements.   
 
The album title references Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," but the generation chronicled by lead singer Craig Finn isn't so much Beat as beaten.
 
Finn's vocals are endearingly wobbly, but he is an uncanny songwriter who can wring exuberance from novocaine. Buoyed by crunching guitars and Wurlitzers, the record is a knockout, from the rollicking "Massive Nights" to the strung-out romance of "Chillout Tent." In "Chips Ahoy," Finn asks, "How am I supposed to know that you're high if you won't let me touch you?" There's no ambiguity with this record, though. It's high as a kite, and not coming down.
 
- Phil Bacharach

 
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