Wednesday 23 Jul

Chevy cruisin’

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

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Rock steady

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

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Narrative verse

L.T.Z. with Jabee, Frank Black & more
8 p.m. Saturday
The Conservatory 
8911 N. Western Ave. 

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Dancing in the Twilight

Sunday Twilight Concert Series with The Wurly Birds
7:30 p.m. Sunday
Myriad Botanical Gardens 
301 W. Reno Ave. 

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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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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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