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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 

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Mack truckin’

Swizzymack
9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 
lndrnrs.com 
819-6004 
$10-$15 

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Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 
$20-$40 

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Rock steady

Tesla
7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
frontiercity.com
478-2140
Free with park admission 

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Rocky Business — A Rebel's Roar


A good taste of what the rap/pop duo can do

Stephen Carradini April 7th, 2011

It’s a hard balance to strike between “masses-pleasing nonsense” and “critically pleasing art.”

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If you’re really good or really lucky (coughKanyeWestcough), you can get both at once. Rocky Business’ seven-song EP, “A Rebel's Roar,” skews toward the art, with a few pit stops in the nonsense.

I mention it because the rap/pop duo is really good at club-thumpin’ nonsense when it wants to be. Non-EP single “Kim Kardashian” is an energetic blast of ridiculous, with the hollered chorus, “People don’t dance no more! They just stand there like this!”

Rocky Business don’t ever delve into that mode here, but they do drop “Find Away,” a punk-and-horns-fueled track that even uses an old-school ska up-strum in the verse. It’s easily the most fun to be had on the EP. The rapid-fire “Army of Love” calls up early OutKast in rapping and production. The track falls in nicely behind “Find Away” on the fun-o-meter.

The rapping is quick and smooth throughout, whether in the chilled-out “Burning Dust” or the K’Naan-esque hip-hop of “America.” “Rocky’s Theme” drops in some electro-inspired indie and an indie-rock chorus to place raps around, while “Glide” is as close to a modern rap track as Rocky Business gets, what with the autotune, buzzing synths and snapping percussion.

Other than “Glide,” these songs are not jamz that will end up in clubs or on the radio; or perhaps the duo is on to something I’m not, and they’re joining up the critical and the popular somewhere past me.

This debut is a good taste of what they can do, but it’s not a defined statement of anything. I look forward to their next proper release to see which of many possible directions this talented duo will go. —Stephen Carradini

 
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