Saturday 19 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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Gwen Stefani-The Sweet Escape

None December 7th, 2006



Surely no one could've predicted the force with which ska-pop sprite Gwen Stefani's 2004's solo debut, "Love.Angel.Music.Baby." would hit, loaded as it was with Eighties-shaded tunes, a devastating sense of style and a chart-smashing monster known as "Hollaback Girl." Two years later, Stefani is already dropping "The Sweet Escape," her erratic sophomore effort. Whereas "L.A.M.B." positioned Stefani as a Material Girl for the double aughts, "The Sweet Escape" finds her stumbling, eschewing slick Roxette homages for a polyglot pop sound that meshes a mélange of genres to middling effect.
The highs are undeniable' "Wind It Up," "Early Winter" and "4 in the Morning"' as are the lows: "Orange County Girl" opens with the line "Don't know what I'm doing in the studio" and "Yummy" was beaten to the punch by Fergie's execrable "Fergalicious." Perhaps Stefani needed to let "L.A.M.B." lie a bit longer before attempting to change it up again; "The Sweet Escape" is precisely what you'll need after spinning this one. 
- Preston Jones

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