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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Home · Articles · CDs · Indie · Lou Barlow - Goodnight Unknown

Lou Barlow - Goodnight Unknown

None January 1st, 2010

Lou Barlow is the sort of character who is legendary because he is legendary. It's right and good to hold him in high esteem, because he's important. But this is the first time I've ever sat down to review a Lou Barlow project (be it a Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, Folk Implosion, or solo project release), and I did it by imagining that I wasn't listening to anyone I'd ever heard of.

Turns out that Lou Barlow's still pretty good at writing songs. There are loud, clanging moments on "Goodnight Unknown" but it's the quieter moments that shine this time around. Calm, pensive acoustic tracks are laid with subtle internal rhythm and Barlow's soft voice accompanying. "Faith in Your Heartbeat" is an ethereal highlight, as well as following track "The One I Call," which is optimistic in its calm mood.

In fact, the louder things get, the less enjoyable they get. Opener "Sharing" is grating and unpleasant in the face of lovely, breezy tunes like "Take Advantage." Crunchy "The Right" is not nearly as enjoyable as the jaunty, stripped-down "I'm Thinking." In short, if you can't stop the rock, you can certainly diminish it, as Lou Barlow has done here.

"Goodnight Unknown" has fewer missteps than successes, which makes for a pleasant and enjoyable experience. This release doesn't vault Lou Barlow in my mind to the status that is afforded him by many critics, but then again, I'm not sure what could. Definitely worth checking out if you like mellow, upbeat acoustic tunes with some brains.
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