Thursday 10 Jul
 
 

Next big thing

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.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0

Sheriff Woody

Woody Guthrie Folk Festival featuring Jimmy LaFave, Arlo Guthrie and more

Wednesday through Sunday

Okemah

woodyguthrie.com

Free

07/09/2014 | Comments 0

California dreamin’

Modern Pantheist with The Wurly Birds and Larry Chin

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge 

2408 N. Robinson Ave.

thebluenotelounge.com

600-1166

$5

07/02/2014 | Comments 0

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.

vzds.com

524-4200

07/02/2014 | Comments 0

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.
06/25/2014 | Comments 0
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Justin Timberlake-FutureSex/LoveSounds


None September 21st, 2006

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Few artists have invested more energy in freeing themselves from their past than Justin Timberlake; his fierce determination to demolish his pretty-boy pop image is, at times, awe-inspiring' having successfully stepped out on his own with 2002's "Justified," Timberlake spent the intervening years jet-setting, holding court with Cameron Diaz and remaining one of the sprightliest falsettos in the business.

A wolfish come-hither delivered by a wisecracking lothario, Timberlake's sophomore solo effort "FutureSex/LoveSounds" is a slick, stylish, hip-hop-infused joint that boasts several devastatingly cool cuts, but lacks an overall cohesion; the inescapable, staccato single "SexyBack" juts and jags while the roiling nocturnal jam "My Love" smolders through the speakers, thanks to a laid-back T.I. cameo. Despite its polish, much of the record feels airless and sterile; there's no doubting Timberlake's skill at evoking vintage Prince and Michael Jackson throughout, but his songs hold the listener at arm's length, on the outside looking in. 
 
- Preston Jones

 
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