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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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Simon and Garfunkel — Bridge Over Troubled Water: 40th Anniversary Edition

As close to a masterpiece as pop music gets

Rod Lott March 10th, 2011

I’m not sure I’d call Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” album the “masterpiece” as it packaging proclaims, since a couple of its tracks have never clicked with me, but it’s as damn close as pop music gets.


Columbia's new edition to commemorate the watershed work’s four decades in existence certainly make that case.

The post-“Graduate” album — and arguably, the duo — is best known for its title track, which remains a transcendent listening experience, hitting soaring heights late in the five-minute track that make for spine shivers, not to mention quite the eargasm. For me, however, the high point is “The Boxer,” a finger-pickin’ story song of courage that packs as much power as its past-his-prime protagonist. “Cecilia” is another favorite, if only for the sheer, sing-along joy it inspires.

From what I can tell, this release is not remastered; one will need to crank up the volume compared to other records to hear it at any kind of normal level. Headphones are recommended to catch all the production details that never translated across airwaves.

The real reason to upgrade from existing discs is for its bonus DVD, containing the duo’s controversial CBS television special (directed by Charles Grodin, of all people!) and, better yet, a new, feature-length documentary, “The Harmony Game,” that details the production process of the “Bridge” LP. If you think such a thing can’t be exciting, interesting or moving, think again. Even if Simon and Garfunkel skirt the issue of their on-again/off-again feud, they’re rather candid about everything else. It’ll give you a new appreciation for their work. —Rod Lott

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