Thursday 24 Apr

Norman rock well

Norman Music Festival

6 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday, 3:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and noon-2 a.m. Saturday

Downtown Norman


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Grouplovin’ it

Grouplove with MS MR and Smallpools

6:30 p.m. Monday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.



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Hear and now

Hear the Music Tour with The Warren Brothers and Lance Miller

6-10 p.m. Friday

Rodeo Opry

2221 Exchange Ave.


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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.



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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.



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Queen — News of the World / Jazz / The Game / Flash Gordon / Hot Space

Get ready for a second round of royal reissues.


Rob Collins
Queen ruled the world commercially from 1977 to 1982, fighting off punk upstarts and pioneering airwaves with its foray into funk.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Dream Theater — A Dramatic Turn of Events

Prog-metal legends survive shake-up for best album in nearly half a decade.


Eric Webb
It’s hard to believe that just a year ago, the future of Dream Theater was totally up in the air.
Monday, October 10, 2011

Red Hot Chili Peppers — I'm with You


Kelley Chambers
For some of us, “I'm With You,” the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 10th studio album, is a long-awaited and welcome project that very likely could never have happened. To others, it didn’t need to happen, and is simply more of the same from a group that should have hung things up 10 years ago and spent their time preening courtside at L.A. Lakers games and basking in their own fame.
Friday, September 2, 2011

Sundress — Sundress EP

Nearby rockers dream big.


Matt Carney
Do you ever listen to Beach House and think, “I’d really like this a lot more if the guitars weren’t so passive.” If so, Denton, Texas, rockers Sundress might just be your new band du jour.
Monday, August 22, 2011

The Jimi Hendrix Experience — Hendrix in the West / Winterland

How many different versions of ‘Hey Joe’ do you need to hear, really?


Matt Carney
I’m absolutely, totally, 100 percent, completely in support of reissues. There is great music in the past that often gets neglected or forgotten once the generation that popularized it ambles a few years into their first mortgages.
Thursday, August 11, 2011

Patti Smith — Outside Society

Can anyone but Patti Smith pen a gorgeous piano ballad out of the lyrics ‘pissing in a river’?


Matt Carney
Well, yeah — the song ends with tectonic plate-splitting crashes of pre-punk circa 1976.
Friday, July 22, 2011

Kill the Reflection — 3EP

Post-punk with promise and room to grow


Stephen Carradini
At its best, Kill the Reflection’s dark, fast music leans toward Joy Division-esque post-punk.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Isis — Live I-V

Metal that is also the world’s loudest post-rock


Stephen Carradini
I hate showing up late to the party, but it happens sometimes. I’d never been properly introduced to the metal of Isis until I found a posthumously released collection of live recordings in my ears.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Queen — Queen / Queen II / Sheer Heart Attack / A Night at the Opera / A Day at the Races

A remarkable first wave of reissues


Rob Collins
Most reissues are a shameless cash-in, offering little new material or perspective for die-hard fans.
Monday, June 6, 2011

Red City Radio — The Dangers of Standing Still

No letup of enthusiasm, speed in this debut


Stephen Carradini
There’s something to be said for sticking to your guns, and Red City Radio is saying it.
Thursday, May 19, 2011

Jimi Hendrix — South Saturn Delta

Jaw-dropping B-sides, just in case you forgot how awesome Hendrix is


Stephen Carradini
I am not the type to worship guitarists, as I prefer songwriting to epic solos.
Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Boom Bang — World War Fun

These amps go to 1,000.


Stephen Carradini
There is no substitute for a Boom Bang live show.
Monday, May 9, 2011

Thursday — No Devolución

An impressive first stab at something more than thoughtful screaming


Stephen Carradini
At the very least, Thursday deserves credit for not resting on its laurels.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mansions — Dig Up the Dead

Band doesn’t focus on its strengths


Stephen Carradini
Artists can do whatever they want. But that doesn’t mean they always do what’s best for them.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Unwritten Law — Swan

Do you miss rock in '02? You'll love this.


Stephen Carradini
You never really forget your first love, and my initial musical passion was turn-of-the-millenium pop-punk like Blink-182 and Sum 41.
Friday, April 1, 2011