Tuesday 22 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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Tom Petty-Highway Companion

None August 31st, 2006



Though Tom Petty's career with the Heartbreakers is legendary, his best work has arguably come on his solo outings, "Full Moon Fever" and "Wildflowers." His third solo album, "Highway Companion," is another finely crafted collection of songs, though it's noticeably more somber than the former two.
Petty's been through some rough times in the last decade' divorce, deaths, declining sales' and he sounds weary. Only the lead single, "Saving Grace," manages to romp, while the rest of the album finds a vulnerable Petty seeking solace in uncomplicated lyrics, melodies and chord progressions. This spare approach suits the songs, which employ travel as a metaphor for life. Highlights include "Damaged by Love," which is devastatingly beautiful in its simplicity, and "Square One," a folk song about redemption that actually delivers it.
While "Highway Companion" could use some variation, it's a testament to Petty's ridiculous ability to paint with few colors and still create a masterpiece. 
- Michael Franco

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