Friday 18 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.

twistedrootgallery.com

208-4288

$10

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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.

thebluenotelounge.com

600-1166

$5

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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.

acm-uco.com

974-4700

$5-$8

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High heaven

Glow God with Weed, Feral Future and Power Pyramid

7 p.m. Friday

Capitol House

$5

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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.

diamondballroom.net

677-9169

$24-$29

04/09/2014 | Comments 0
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Jay Z-Kingdom Come


None December 7th, 2006

kingdomcome

Def Jam

So much ink has been spilled about Jay-Z's "comeback" that you'd be forgiven if you spin "Kingdom Come" expecting a blinding light of salvation to explode from your speakers. Breathless music writers nearly lost their collective mind when Jigga announced that his retirement ("casual hiatus" might be more accurate) was over and he was returning with his eighth studio album.
 
While Jay-Z wrestles with aging and his dual status as rap superstar and boardroom big shot, there's a fatal sense of ennui that drags down nearly every track. "Minority Report" and the limp Chris Martin-penned closer "Beach Chair" are thematic misfires, while "Do U Wanna Ride" should feel a lot more engaged than it does.
 
For as enthusiastically as he touted his retirement, Jay-Z is just as emphatically explaining that he'll "never say never again."  The question you have to ask yourself is: If all of Jigga's future records sound as labored and flat as "Kingdom Come," do we really need him back?
 
- Preston Jones

 
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