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.
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Gob Iron-Death Songs for the Living


None December 21st, 2006

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Transmit Sound/Legacy

Son Volt's dour Jay Farrar continues his quest for the world's slowest tempo, this time enlisting Varnaline leader Anders Parker in a (probably) one-off duo.
 
Gob Iron specializes in traditional folk and blues, with Farrar frequently reworking the lyrics. Stephen Foster's "Hard Times" is changed to great effect, though it bears little resemblance to the original. Farrar's sour drawl never has sounded better; he harmonizes with the significantly less-distinctive Parker seamlessly, and sounds more committed than he has in years.
 
The mostly acoustic instrumentation is fine' it will remind you of Uncle Tupelo's "March 16-20, 1992" album. One new Farrar track, "Buzz and Grind," an electric call to arms at the end of the disc, changes things up a little. All in all, it's a casual album that sounds like it was made in someone's house, behind the screen door.
 
- Rod Lott

 
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