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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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Mack truckin’

9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 

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Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 

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Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road
Free with park admission 

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Cloud Nothings — Cloud Nothings

Fuzzy, sunny, distorted, colorful and wholesome

Joshua Boydston February 3rd, 2011

Punk music doesn’t have to be political, violent, sexy or cool. Sometimes it’s just good, clean fun. Enter Cleveland, Ohio upstart Cloud Nothings.


The band — brainchild of frontman Dylan Baldi — made its first blip in late 2010 and has come on strong in 2011 with its proper debut and a simple enough style: Take recent tourmate Wavves, swap the weed for Red Bull, bathe it in Fun Dip, and you’ve got a close approximation.

The self-titled effort comes off as fuzzy, sunny, distorted, colorful and wholesome — basically, punk music for Care Bears. That’s what makes it extraordinary, though, and the jittery but crisp collection of 11 tracks is a special treat.

The sugary-sweet, one-two punch of “Understand At All” and “Not Important” (bolstered by a late song breakdown) spill out from the top before sort of settling down with the impeccable leadoff single, “Should Have,” and the comparatively trudging “Forget You All The Time.”

Of course, that calm immediately implodes into the albums speediest tracks, “Nothing’s Wrong,” the 1:10-minute “Heartbeat” and blazing “Rock.” The entire effort feels like a case study in attention deficit disorder; it clocks in at less than half an hour. That feels only appropriate, however, seeing that Baldi is but a mere 19 years old. With that in mind, it’s amazing what he was able to accomplish with so little experience.

“Should Have” is pop-punk bliss, and the schizoid “Been Through” is a delight, sneaking in at the space of the album usually reserved for filler. The closer, the relatively mature “All The Time,” makes sure things end on a high note.

Some will find Baldi’s voice as annoying, and others won’t care for the spastic nature of the disc, but Cloud Nothings feels like the only punk band present capable of crafting another “Dookie” within the next two years. With boundless youth, passion and energy at its disposal, Cloud Nothings seems poised to only get better, that is, in hopes that it doesn’t wear with age. —Joshua Boydston

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