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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 cruisin’

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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The Two Koreas — Science Island

Punk aggression with brains as well as brawn

Stephen Carradini February 21st, 2011

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.


As an album in general, it’s kind of hard to find a beating heart under the barked vocals and charging riffs. That doesn’t mean it’s bad; it just means that while this batch of songs rocks my face off, it’s not going to end up on my year-end lists.

“But lots of albums won’t end up on your year-end list,” you think. “Why bring it up?”

Well, the members of The Two Koreas are really good at playing music, and their songs are the muscly, revivalist sort of punk/post-punk tunes that many critics get all hot and bothered over. (It was not surprising to find that there are two music critics in this band, according to press materials.) If “Science Island” ends up on year-end lists — and it just may — I’ll have to explain why I missed the boat then if I don’t do it now. And, as I said in the beginning, I just don’t feel the heartbeat in it all. It feels a bit like a cough experiment in punk songs.

The nine-minute “Majored in Swimming” pulls back the straightforward gruffness in the guitar and lets the listener in on what’s going on in The Two Koreas’ mind. The meandering, melodic song is absolutely great, and if the rest of the album had skewed more in this direction I would be hopping up and down a bit more. The nearly-eight-minute “Karl Johans Gate” also dabbles in this meandering mode, but these are (sadly) the last two tracks and deserve to be given more stature.

But if you like your punk aggression with some brains as well as brawn, there’s few better bands than The Two Koreas to help you out with that. —Stephen Carradini

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