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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds at UCLA's Royce Hall

November 17, 2011

MUSIC

Noel Gallagher is front and center, both live and on his solo debut, "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds." Not as memorable as Oasis' best anthems in the '90s, or as nasally rock-ready as his brother's latest incarnation, Beady Eye, the album hovers within a melodic good-to-average middle ground. If Liam hones the Stones, Noel reworks later-era Kinks, forgoing guitar theatrics for the inclusion of strings, horns and a chorus. The album encircles themes of love, melancholy and aging. Royce Hall, UCLA. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. $37-$77. uclalive.org.

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