Tuesday 22 Jul

Chevy cruisin’

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

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Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
Free with park admission 

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Narrative verse

L.T.Z. with Jabee, Frank Black & more
8 p.m. Saturday
The Conservatory 
8911 N. Western Ave. 

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Dancing in the Twilight

Sunday Twilight Concert Series with The Wurly Birds
7:30 p.m. Sunday
Myriad Botanical Gardens 
301 W. Reno Ave. 

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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.

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Ringo Starr - Y Not

None January 8th, 2010

Ringo Starr's post-Beatles work has been the least lauded of the four stars' solo efforts, and "Y Not" does nothing to change that assessment. "Y Not" is full of tunes that are thoroughly average, which results in a poor overall album.

What's even harder to digest is that these tracks are dated. Their deep adherence to 1960s and 1970s pop sound and structure makes them occasionally uncomfortable to hear. This is a style that has parodied relentlessly, but Starr still wants to use the genre seriously. It's a difficult problem to get over.

Even ignoring the retro quality, these songs just aren't very original. The songwriting is nothing impressive and the instrumentation is standard. The excellent Joe Walsh is the only bright spot, contributing guitar to "Fill in the Blanks" and "Peace Dream." It's not a surprise that those are the two opening tracks, or that they're far and away the best cuts. The ten songs of "Y Not" are sung by an average-at-best voice, proclaiming well-treaded themes like peace ("Peace Dream" rehashes John Lennon's "Imagine") carpe diem philosophy ("Time"), and optimism ("Can't Do It Wrong"). 

The last track on this album is a blues-inspired duet with Joss Stone called "Who's Your Daddy?" It is a testament to the poor quality of this album that not even the talented and sultry Stone can make this disc better. If you're a fan of Starr's work, you should cautiously check this out. All others should avoid.'Stephen Carradini
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