Monday 14 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.

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Sheriff Woody

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

Wednesday through Sunday

Okemah

woodyguthrie.com

Free

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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.

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.
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Nellie McKay-Pretty Little Head


None December 14th, 2006

prettylittlehead

Hungry Mouse

Nellie McKay has protest on her mind, but don't expect an earnest folkie on guitar. In "Pretty Little Head," this brilliant wordsmith adorns her social activism' from gay marriage to animal rights' in ribbons of cabaret, show tunes, cocktail-lounge jazz and even the occasional bow of hip-hop.
 
More akin to early Randy Newman than Joan Baez, McKay tackles her issues with razor-sharp wit and breathtaking songwriting.
 
"Pretty Little Head" spurred a parting of ways between McKay and her former label, Columbia, after that company balked at her proposed two-disc release (never mind that her 2004 debut on Columbia, "Get Away from Me," was equally jam-packed). McKay's stubbornness now seems misplaced. Subsequently released on an indie label, "Pretty Little Head" probably could have withstood a little paring down.
 
But why quibble? "Pretty Little Head" is inventive, intelligent, engaging, sly and, most importantly, a lot of wonderful music.
 
- Phil Bacharach

 
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