Tuesday 22 Jul
 
 

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 

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Narrative verse

L.T.Z. with Jabee, Frank Black & more
8 p.m. Saturday
The Conservatory 
8911 N. Western Ave. 
conservatoryokc.com 
607-4805
$7 

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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. 
myriadgardens.org 
445-7080
Free 

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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.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
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The Boom Bang — World War Fun

These amps go to 1,000.


Rock

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


Rock

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


Rock

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.


Rock

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

Elbow — Build a Rocket Boys!

Mushy, mid-tempo pop tunes


Rock

Stephen Carradini
The raw attitude and stripped-down power of Elbow’s 2008 tune “Grounds for Divorce” make it one of my favorite indie-rock songs ever.
 
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Yuck — Yuck

Chapel Hill 1994 lives!


Rock

Stephen Carradini
Sometimes people buzz about a thing so that they can be excited about something. Some guy will promote a thing so that if more people get on the bandwagon, he can say he discovered it.
 
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Billy Joel — Live at Shea Stadium: The Concert

You're sorely missed, Bill.


Rock

Rod Lott
Old Billy Joel songs fit like a glove — a baseball glove, in the case of “Live at Shea Stadium,” a recording of the Piano Man’s 2008 concerts at the iconic New York stadium before it was destroyed the following year.
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Two Koreas — Science Island

Punk aggression with brains as well as brawn


Rock

Stephen Carradini
As a punk album, The Two Koreas’ “Science Island” rocks a heck of a lot more than most “punk” I’ve been unfortunately exposed to over the past decade.
 
Monday, February 21, 2011

The Ex — Catch My Shoe

Dissonant, horn-laden punk that claims the term


Rock

Stephen Carradini
I don’t like punk much these days because it doesn’t mean anything. Strumming a guitar really fast and hard is no longer countercultural; it’s par for the course.
 
Monday, February 7, 2011

Social Distortion — Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes

Still relevant, 32 years later


Rock

Stephen Carradini
On one hand, Social Distortion’s “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes” is a solid, workman-like set of Southern California punk tunes with three gems.
 
Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cake — Showroom of Compassion

'Prolonging the Magic' + 'Fashion Nugget' = must buy


Rock

Stephen Carradini
Cake is all done trying to make new fans. Content with the listeners they’ve got, they decided to make a fan’s album.
 
Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cold War Kids — Mine Is Yours

Sounds better, but it's all the worse for it


Rock

Joshua Boydston
It’s hard to fault a band for wanting to be successful — there are bills to pay, families to support — but if you are going to sell out, you need to do it the right way, and you’ve got to question Cold War Kids’ judgment...
 
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Morning After Girls — Alone

Reverb-heavy, song-lite rock


Rock

Stephen Carradini
Reverb’s been going through a revival lately. After the raw guitar tones of grunge killed the reverb pedal for the better part of 20 years, it’s been coming back everywhere.
 
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Del Toros — Come Down


Rock

Stephen Carradini
Informed equally by ’90s rock and modern pop, Tulsa-based The Del Toros infuse each of the 10 tracks on “Come Down” with a sharp sense of melody and a clear vision. Each of the songs is incredibly friendly to the ear, which is good — you’ll have them with you for a while afterward.
 
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

British Sea Power — Valhalla Dancehall

Less rock, no dance, but good music


Rock

Stephen Carradini
British Sea Power is pretty amazing live.
 
Monday, January 17, 2011
 
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