Wednesday 23 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.

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Methotrexate — Camelpacks & Battlerapz


Hip Hop/Rap

Joshua Boydston
Just in his early 20s, Oklahoma City’s Methotrexate is an original in a genre inundated with anyone having access to a mic and a MacBook.
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Day One — Art by Death


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
“Art by Death” is something you probably won’t hear every day.
 
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Weeknd — Echoes of Silence

The best trilogy since ‘Lord of the Rings.’ At least in the field of eerie, Canadian R&B.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
Two leering, damaged R&B mixtapes in and I was nearly certain that provocative Toronto collective The Weeknd (the brainchild of remarkable singer Abel Tesfaye) had exhausted its scuzzy-production-and-luxurious pop-voice-singing-about-banging-groupies shtick.
 
Thursday, January 5, 2012

Drake — Take Care

Canadian crooner raps less, slow-jams more on his visionary, 80-minute sophomore LP.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
If the minimal, Toronto R&B sound of Drake and collaborators Abel Tesfaye (AKA, The Weeknd), Boi-1da and Doc McKinney winds up as influential on hip-hop as many critics seem to think, then “Take Care”’s legacy will be long-lasting and often-marked.
 
Monday, December 5, 2011

The Roots — undun

Playing Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show hasn’t pulled The Roots up from ... their roots.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
You can — if you concentrate hard — faintly hear a baby bawling at the very beginning of The Roots’ new album, “undun.” That’s because the record follows a fictional life that isn’t so fictional.
 
Monday, December 5, 2011

Terius Nash – 1977

R&B’s hitmaker du jour drops his first record sans moniker.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
As far as human beings go, Terius Nash may well be one of the most sought-after. Here’s a brief list of songs he’s written/produced for megastars:
 
Friday, September 2, 2011

The Weeknd — Thursday

Damaged and menacing, The Weeknd continue to push R&B to its scariest limits.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
I was finishing up college when the then-more-mysterious R&B project The Weeknd dropped their first mixtape, “House of Balloons,” for free online. Unfortunately for 21-year-old Canadian Abel Tesfaye (who’s credited as singer and songwriter) not enough has changed in that time to warrant increased praise for “Thursday,” although that’s not to say he’s produced (with the help of veteran Doc McKinney and the also-mysterious Illangelo) a bad album.
 
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Kanye West and Jay-Z — Watch the Throne

Modern-day hip-hop legends pair up to go ‘hard as a motherf***er.’


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
Hey, have you guys heard of this new rap band called Kanye West and Jay-Z? Yeah, apparently they released an album exclusively on iTunes last week that pissed off a lot of record-store owners. Not sure if you’ve heard of it, so I’ll try to break down “Watch the Throne” for you, since these guys are kinda obscure.
 
Monday, August 15, 2011

Theophilus London — Timez Are Weird These Days

He’s a long way from the next Kanye.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
Judging by the ads Warner Bros. Records is running on Pitchfork, the lack of coverage in more conventional rap and hip-hop media outlets, and hired-gun producer Dan Carey’s résumé (Hot Chip, M.I.A., La Roux), the juggernaut label is marketing Theophilus London’s debut LP, “Timez Are Weird These Days,” toward hipsters instead of a more conventional hip-hop audience.
 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Shabazz Palaces — Black Up

Hooks? We don't need no stinkin' hooks


Hip Hop/Rap

Ryan Querbach
To assign adjectives to Shabazz Palaces’ music is a difficult task, but if I had to take a stab at it, I’d call it original, often offbeat, weird and yet, still awesome.
 
Friday, July 15, 2011

Kendrick Lamar — Section.80

RZA helps Lamar cook up a classic


Hip Hop/Rap

Ryan Querbach
Rapper Kendrick Lamar recently released his long-awaited project, “Section.80,” and it seems well worth the wait.
 
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tech N9ne — All 6’s and 7’s

Worth a couple spins by the average hip-hop fan


Hip Hop/Rap

Ryan Querbach
Tech N9ne’s newest effort, “All 6’s and 7’s,” shows how underrated he is as a rapper.
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Rocky Business — A Rebel's Roar

A good taste of what the rap/pop duo can do


Hip Hop/Rap

Stephen Carradini
It’s a hard balance to strike between “masses-pleasing nonsense” and “critically pleasing art.”
 
Thursday, April 7, 2011

GDP — Useless Eaters

He hates everything; listeners win


Hip Hop/Rap

Stephen Carradini
Here’s a partial list of things that rapper GDP is angry about: rampant drug use, alcoholism, loose sex, children as a result of that loose sex, corporations running everything, excess destroying the environment, aimless youth, cult of celebrity, posers and even rappers.
 
Thursday, April 7, 2011

Jabee - Lucky Me


Hip Hop/Rap

Stephen Carradini
Although the album is a pretty chill affair, Jabee puts on a show vocally. In the standout track “Jewels,” he raps quickly but evenly over old-school soul/R&B horns sample. “Coretta Scott” showcases his lyrical abilities, with a solid set of rhymes that boasts a reason for existence (alas, songs with “a point” are missing in much modern rap).
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
 
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