Wednesday 23 Jul

Planting the seed

“We think about it as a team,” she said. “Watching so many bands for so long and standing in the audience, I was like, ‘I want to try that.’ After playing by yourself for so many years and seeing what level you can reach with so many musicians coming in, you pretty much have to.
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Commercial rock

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Downtown Tulsa 

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Mack truckin’

9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 

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Chevy cruisin’

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

07/16/2014 | Comments 0

Rock steady

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

07/16/2014 | Comments 0
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Nellie McKay-Pretty Little Head

None December 14th, 2006


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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