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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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Sheriff Woody

Woody Guthrie Folk Festival featuring Jimmy LaFave, Arlo Guthrie and more

Wednesday through Sunday



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California dreamin’

Modern Pantheist with The Wurly Birds and Larry Chin

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge 

2408 N. Robinson Ave.



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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.


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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Jason Boland & the Stragglers - Comal County Blue

None September 4th, 2008


Jason Boland, leader of Stillwater-born country outfit The Stragglers, has penned a collection of songs soaked in the deepest red to date.

"Comal County Blue," the group's sixth album, was released last week and is already finding its way among the top slots of the Texas Music Chart, garnering critical and fan praise for its intimate songwriting.

Songs like "Bottle by My Bed" are almost uncomfortably personal, like the view through a camera zoomed in too close. "Bottle" is either an early-morning headache or late-night stagger, filled with sobbing fiddles and resentful guitar cries. Out of his miserable haze, the defeated Harrah native resigns himself to a "home" where he's "no longer empty, like the bottle" by his bed.

"God Is Mad at Me" is similarly harrowing and dark, as Boland aches about the state of his soul, his ethereal legacy and his place in the world.

But don't worry, as "The Party's Not Over"' a brisk, upbeat track that begs for barn-floor line dances. The slower "May Not Be Love" and the perky "Alright" are relaxed and seem effortlessly delivered, both by Boland's smooth vocals and The Stragglers' expert picking, plucking, sticking and strumming.

A vocal cord injury and recent surgery will keep Boland away from the mic for a few months' a rest that will hopefully render the singer/songwriter ready to perform "Comal County Blue" for audiences eager for some of the red dirt pioneer's best songs in years.

"”Joe Wertz

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