Wednesday 23 Apr
 
 

Norman rock well

Norman Music Festival

6 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday, 3:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and noon-2 a.m. Saturday

Downtown Norman

normanmusicfestival.com

Free

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Grouplovin’ it

Grouplove with MS MR and Smallpools

6:30 p.m. Monday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.

diamondballroom.net

677-9169

$22-$24

04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Hear and now

Hear the Music Tour with The Warren Brothers and Lance Miller

6-10 p.m. Friday

Rodeo Opry

2221 Exchange Ave.

songsforsound.com

$35-$50

04/22/2014 | Comments 0

Odyssey of the mind

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey 

with Culture Cinematic and ADDverse Effects

9 p.m. Friday

Twisted Root Gallery

3012 N. Walker Ave.

twistedrootgallery.com

208-4288

$10

04/16/2014 | Comments 0

Frndz with benefits

Boyfrndz with Bored Wax and The Hitt Boyz

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge

2408 N. Robinson Ave.

thebluenotelounge.com

600-1166

$5

04/16/2014 | Comments 0
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Lola Ray - Liars


None December 2nd, 2010

Lola Ray's debut album, 2004's "I Don't Know You," proved the musicians weren't content to be another pop-punk act. With hints of Eighties new-wave woven throughout their songs, the bandmates showed they know how to play melodic leads as well as bang out the power chords.
 
"Liars" is further proof that Lola Ray wants to be taken seriously, and also that its members are students of Eighties music. Lead singer John Balicanta's melodramatic, pained yelp often sounds like Robert Smith, and Brian Spina's ringing guitar work on "The Way We Argue" is clearly reminiscent of The Edge. Add to this that the album is full of hooks, catchy choruses, decent melodies and some semblance of harmony.
 
And yet, somehow this album often falls short.  The theatrical vocals coupled with the lyrical content' which is also rather dramatic' severely limits the audience. If you have a mortgage, you probably won't relate.'Michael Franco

 
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