Tuesday 29 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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MilkDrive — Road from Home

Average 'newgrass' release filed next to Nickel Creek

Stephen Carradini May 12th, 2011

Average must be the most frustrating thing to be labeled.


Not good, not great, just there. MilkDrive’s “Road from Home” is an almost totally inoffensive release, but it doesn’t shine that brightly, either.

Falling neatly into the newly hip folk/bluegrass genre, the group cranks out tunes that lean more toward the Nickel Creek bluegrass end of the spectrum than the Avett Brothers’ pop side. I am no hater on the genre; I’ve been to three Avett Brothers concerts, saw Abigail Washburn and Trampled by Turtles at SXSW this year, and generally love me some banjo. It’s not oversaturation of the genre that causes me to be unimpressed; it’s the thoroughly competent musicianship and songwriting.

“Dry Creek Inn” is a nice little murder ballad, and “Nightmares by the Sea” feels a bit darker than the rest of the material here. “Last Night I Dreamed” is an upbeat piece with three-part harmonies, which is also cool. But there’s nothing here that has a MilkDrive stamp on it. There’s nothing I can point to and say, “This is why you should buy this.”

If you’re a big fan of “newgrass” and have been jonesing for a fix since Trampled by Turtles hit The Conservatory a couple months ago, you should check out MilkDrive. Otherwise, this one’s just OK. —Stephen Carradini

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