Wednesday 30 Jul

Sobering sounds

Copperheads with Depth & Current, Dudes of America and Oblivious

10 p.m. Saturday


113 N. Crawford Ave., Norman



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Pony expression

Wild Ponies

8 p.m. Sunday

The Blue Door

2805 N. McKinley Ave.



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Music Made Me: Josh Hogsett

Few, if any, Oklahoma bands have seen a rise as meteoric as Tallows over the past year, yet its seemingly overnight ascension didn’t happen by chance. The Oklahoma City four-piece is well-versed in the ways of modern pop songwriting, drawing from both glitchy electronica and cathartic indie rock in equal measure. Last year, the band pulled off a rare musical feat with its debut album, Memory Marrow, which was steeped heavily in the breadth of recent history yet managed to sound like nothing else before it.
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Planting the seed

Chelsey Cope’s new band, Elms, is as earthy and native to Oklahoma as the trees that are their namesake. The soulful folk four-piece’s debut EP, Parallel Lines, was recorded at Bell Labs Recording Studio in Norman and is on its way in September. But the band has already given us a tease, with its first single, “Burn,” going live on SoundCloud on July 14.
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Commercial rock

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Downtown Tulsa 

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Purple Church - Woodsporn/Hayseed EPs

Stephen Carradini January 12th, 2011

I hadn’t even heard the “Woodsporn” EP before I was impressed with Oklahoma City band Purple Church, because anything that comes handnumbered, hand-printed and sporting a mini-zine (complete with fold-out mini-poster!) as liner notes is pretty impressive.

If that weren’t enough, Purple Church also saw fit to release a real-life cassette single (side A and side B, y’all) named “Hayseed” recently. This group of four dudes is rockin’ the DIY thing, much to my glee.

The music within “Woodsporn” is worthy of the excellent art. The group throws down some dark, distortion-heavy, reverb-washed rock jams that fans of local bands Depth & Current and Evangelicals would appreciate. Purple Church skews toward the (very) heavy end of psychedelia, employing a nearly shoegazeworthy amount of distortion, and even delving into some metal chugging and screaming on the opening track, “Snake Eater.”

In other places, the vocals take the form of a heavily reverb-laden speak/sing that adds an uncomfortable, eerie effect to the already jarring tracks. This is the type of music that rocks for the sake of rocking; it’s a live show waiting to happen.

“Hayseed” shows off two tunes with more emphasis on melody, bass and vocals, which make it my favorite of the pair of releases. Its title track dissolves into a forest of distortion and effects, while “Bounce” features a brutal breakdown and screamed vocals; the band still goes hard.

Download both EPs for free at, or buy them at Purple Church’s shows. —Stephen Carradini

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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