Thursday 31 Jul
 
 

Sobering sounds

Copperheads with Depth & Current, Dudes of America and Oblivious

10 p.m. Saturday

Opolis

113 N. Crawford Ave., Norman

opolis.org

447-3417

$7

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Pony expression

Wild Ponies

8 p.m. Sunday

The Blue Door

2805 N. McKinley Ave.

bluedoorokc.com

524-0738

$15

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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
Friday-Saturday
Downtown Tulsa 
centeroftheuniversefestival.com 
$35-$50 

07/22/2014 | Comments 0
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Yuck — Yuck


Chapel Hill 1994 lives!

Stephen Carradini March 22nd, 2011

Sometimes people buzz about a thing so that they can be excited about something. Some guy will promote a thing so that if more people get on the bandwagon, he can say he discovered it.

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But some people hype a thing because it’s actually really good. Yuck, the latest in a seemingly constant stream of “next big thing”s, has the music world all aflutter because the tunes on its self-titled debut are great.

Yuck’s sound is a modern interpretation of early ‘90s indie rock (good grief, how was that almost 20 years ago?), which for them means “exactly the same songwriting, but with better guitar pedals.” People who love/loved Pavement, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Polvo and the like will immediately latch on to this sound, as it has all the elements of Chapel Hill 1994: heavy but not malicious guitars, a sly sense of melody, a lazy mood no matter what tempo is being played, and an effortless cast to their songwriting.

“Rubber” is an incredible slacker anthem, moseying about for seven minutes with guitars buzzing and drums plodding. It sounds glorious and vital, not laconic. “Suck” appropriates the wiry guitars of Pavement to great effect, while “Sunday” is one of the only giveaways that Yuck is British (what?!?).

“Holing Out” shows the more aggressive Polvo style, and that works, too. Yuck’s songs are not imitations, but songs that build off the base that has come before them. It just so happens that their base isn’t pop/rock or Black Sabbath, but a major piece of indie-rock history.

For a long time, it was just a given that “they don’t make ‘em like they used to.” Yuck proves that maybe that’s not true anymore. I highly recommended this for people who think of a specific sound when someone mentions “indie rock.” You know who you are.

 
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