Saturday 26 Jul

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 Caribbean — Discontinued Perfume

Bizarre, experimental, sort-of indie-pop for adults

Stephen Carradini February 22nd, 2011

Any album that starts off with a song called “Thank You for Talking to Me About Israel” is not going to be your average disc.


The Caribbean’s “Discontinued Perfume” certainly follows up on their opening-track promise with a bizarre sort-of indie-pop album that is not recommended for those of short attention spans.

It helps that The Caribbean lay out their mission statement on the cover of the album, as part of the art: “’Discontinued Perfume’ seems to be about living a strong, practical, grown up life and being comfortable with leaving that world and accepting the unknowable.” In short: adult music.

If you’re still trucking along at this point, you’re in for a trip. “Discontinued Perfume” falls somewhere between The Mountain Goats intimate story-songs and the bizarre experimental pop of Xiu Xiu. The songs are all melancholy and calm, but abrupt rhythmic shifts, unusual chord changes, eccentric arrangements and more keep the listener off-guard for the majority of the album. The Caribbean never sets down a straightforward song; that’s not the point of this album. For proof, just try and guess what’s going to happen next, lyrically and musically, in “Mr. Let’s Find Out.” It’s impossible.

This is the sort of album that melds itself to people who find it at the right time. I can’t separate out Damien Jurado’s “Rehearsals for Departure” from a specific time and place, and I will defend the record nearly to the death; this will almost inevitably be the case for someone who picks up “Discontinued Perfume” at exactly the right time. It’s just that sort of album. Hopefully you’re that listener. —Stephen Carradini

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