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Planting the seed

“We think about it as a team,” she said. “Watching so many bands for so long and standing in the audience, I was like, ‘I want to try that.’ After playing by yourself for so many years and seeing what level you can reach with so many musicians coming in, you pretty much have to.
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Commercial rock

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Friday-Saturday
Downtown Tulsa 
centeroftheuniversefestival.com 
$35-$50 

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Mack truckin’

Swizzymack
9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 
lndrnrs.com 
819-6004 
$10-$15 

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Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 
$20-$40 

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Rock steady

Tesla
7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
frontiercity.com
478-2140
Free with park admission 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0
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Imitation Electric Piano-Blow It Up, Burn It Down, Kick It 'Til It Bleeds


None December 14th, 2006

Drag City

 To borrow one of its own song titles, Imitation Electric Piano's second album makes for "Relatively Good Times." That it's not better lies in the band's decision to make a marked departure in its signature sound: adding full-time vocals.
 
One of many offshoots of post-rock giant Stereolab, the band debuted in 2001 with a stellar self-titled EP of instrumental lounge-tronica that suggested what Stereolab might sound like if orchestrated by Burt Bacharach. A proper LP, "Trinity Neon," followed in 2003, also terrific.
 
So if it ain't broke, why bring twee-voiced singer Mary Hampton into the fold? Her pipes don't complement the music, but diffuse its charm. In full, "Blow It Up "¦ " isn't bad, but it's a disappointment; one can imagine how much better it'd be sans vocals.  
 
- Dave Bond

 
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