Thursday 24 Jul

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
Downtown Tulsa 

07/22/2014 | Comments 0

Mack truckin’

9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 

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Chevy cruisin’

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

07/16/2014 | Comments 0

Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road
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



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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