Thursday 17 Apr

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.



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Frndz with benefits

Boyfrndz with Bored Wax and The Hitt Boyz

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge

2408 N. Robinson Ave.



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Saddle up

Horse Thief with Deerpeople and Pageantry

8:30 p.m. Friday

ACM@UCO Performance Lab

329 E. Sheridan Ave.



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High heaven

Glow God with Weed, Feral Future and Power Pyramid

7 p.m. Friday

Capitol House


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Darkened tones

Chevelle with Nothing More and Middle Class Rut

6:30 p.m. Monday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.



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Jeff Finlin - Ballad of a Plain Man

None December 3rd, 2008


Bent Wheel Records

Midwestern troubador Jeff Finlin affects a John Hiatt growl for "Ballad of a Plain Man," his stripped-down seventh album. The title is appropriate, for Finlin fronts a no-nonsense persona on this 12-track disc; "all I know is what I see," he sings. And what he sees is what you get.

With subtle backing instrumentation, the singer/songwriter lets his love-it-or-hate-it voice tell the stories more than the guitar he wields. He wraps his lungs around the lyrics in a rather unique manner, turning words like "beer" into two-syllable ones, and even sounds like Bob Dylan on the downbeat, moody blues number "What's the Big Idea."

Finlin achieves a mid-tempo drive across this collection of original tunes; he does so nicely, even if one wishes he'd allow himself to burst out in fourth gear more often. When he does' like "Jesus Was a Motorcycle Man "' "Ballad" finds its high points.

"My Rosy Crucifixion by the Sea" and "Is This Love" find nice shuffling grooves, but "Big Love Song" and "In My Masterpiece" fail to live up to their ambitious titles.

"”Rod Lott

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