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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.


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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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Stardeath and White Dwarfs - The Birth

None June 4th, 2009

Present on every song, shaping keyboard and organ notes and blurring guitar and vocal tones, fuzz might as well join Dennis Coyne, Casey Joseph, Matt Duckworth and James Young as the fifth member of Stardeath and White Dwarfs.

The Oklahoma City band's latest, "The Birth," was released on vinyl and as a digital download May 19 and on CD this week. The 10-song collection would be better absorbed with the vinyl release, not necessarily for the analog warmth of the older medium, but rather because the larger album cover might better facilitate the spreading, de-seeding, separating and rolling the album inspires and was undoubtedly encouraged by.

Distant vocals, acoustic guitar and atmospheric synthesizers lay a bed for the gentle "Smoking Pot Makes Me Not Want to Kill Myself," a song that makes me want to smoke pot and kill time and a bag of Funyuns. A similar contact high is felt on "The Sea on Fire," an organ-driven album opener featuring gated drums and spacey vocals by Coyne, the nephew of lead Flaming Lip Wayne Coyne, who reflects both internally: "I think that I need to take some time to decide whether I'm wrong or I'm right" and externally, noting: "You think that you look like the fortunate one / But your life, it doesn't look like much fun."

"New Heat" indeed sounds the newest' a perkier song with dance-pop drums, accents of electronica and a more transcendental Coyne, who smoothly croons, "It's hard to take control when you know you've gone too far." The jazzy lounge jam, "I Can't Get Away," is an album highlight, filled with slick grooves and bursting keyboard and guitar shrieks.

Recorded with Trent Bell at his Norman studio, the new album isn't for the impatient or ears with limited wanderlust. "The Birth" is a bit tedious, but its meandering easily fills a set of headphones, where dedicated listeners can delight in the disc's strange layers."”Joe Wertz

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