Friday 11 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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The Bad Plus - Prog


None September 13th, 2007

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Similar to Oklahoma's own Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, The Bad Plus is updating the traditional jazz piano trio in a more modern, avant-garde style. The result, as with the aforementioned group, can be a little out there at times, but in this reviewer's opinion, "Prog" is down-to-earth compared with some of the outfit's previous work.

 

Occasionally, the tunes crafted by bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King settle into a repetitious drone that either could hypnotize or annoy. Other times, the group shows a knack for improvisation and imagination often lacking in jazz today.

 

And like JFJO's last album, "Prog" includes some covers that one might not expect from a jazz trio, including David Bowie's "Life on Mars," Rush's "Tom Sawyer" and Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," all delightfully played.

 

All totaled, this is a pretty solid album with some particularly good moments. Worth a listen.

 

"”Dave Bond

 
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