Monday 28 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. 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0

Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road
Free with park admission 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0
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The Boom Bang — World War Fun

These amps go to 1,000.

Stephen Carradini May 9th, 2011

There is no substitute for a Boom Bang live show.


But if you must try, their new release, “World War Fun,” is a pretty good approximation of their sound, provided you turn it up to 1,000 and break some stuff while you listen.

The basic Boom Bang template: maxed-out, surf-rock guitars; howled vocals with outlandish reverb; tom and snare pound; and relatively normal bass lines. This template can be modified in various ways: “Vietnomnomnom” is a catchy approximation of the sound, while “Mondo Ripper” is their audio interpretation of being drowned in a riptide of “shark-infested waters.” The shrieking, pounding mess is probably a pretty accurate description.

Thankfully, more songs lean to the “listenable” part than the “being beaten to death by a surfboard” bit. “Skateboard Devito,” in addition to having a great title, sees lead singer James Smith actually singing as opposed to howling, and his vocals matched with the hooky, simplistic surf rock produces a great song. “Tobacula” is similar in construction and success.

As is often the case with incredible live bands, the album starts to drag toward the end. This is not because of diminishing quality, but because of a sheer volume of tunes in a style that is predominantly meant to be heard live. Does The Boom Bang expect people to sit down and listen to all 11 songs in a row? No way. They want you to come and mosh at their shows.

And you should. Jump on the bandwagon before the rest of garage/surf-rock-lovin’ indie nation does. —Stephen Carradini

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