Saturday 12 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.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0

Sheriff Woody

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

Wednesday through Sunday

Okemah

woodyguthrie.com

Free

07/09/2014 | Comments 0

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.
06/25/2014 | Comments 0
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Various artists - The Greatest Songs Ever


None June 21st, 2007

 

Petrol

Continuing a series already about 15 installments deep, Petrol Records issues five more discs in its globe-spanning "The Greatest Songs Ever" line of compilations. Each album focuses on a specific country, state or region from all reaches of our planet, with the latest batch representing Hawaii, Japan, India, North Africa and South Africa.

 

The albums are a mixed bag, either subverting or confirming your expectations about that particular style of music. As with foreign foods, either you like it or you don't' that's what makes the world go 'round.

 

"Japan" features lots of ballads, most thankfully free of the lowest-common-denominator pop sheen generally favored by its singers. "India" is the best of the bunch, proving the country can match the U.S. and the UK beat for beat in melody-heavy electronica.

 

Despite my love for the state, "Hawaii" has nothing to offer musically. "South Africa" also falls into the unlistenable category, but "North Africa" manages to sneak a few tracks of pleasurable rhythm through.

 

"”Rod Lott

 
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