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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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Man-made Objects — EP


Beautifully recorded psych and shoegaze tunes

Stephen Carradini May 18th, 2011

Man-Made Objects’ shoegaze and psych tunes rely heavily on songcraft, relegating reverb to an effect on guitar and vocals instead of the featured element.

Man-Made Objects’ shoegaze and psych tunes rely heavily on songcraft, relegating reverb to an effect on guitar and vocals instead of the featured element. As a result, the band calls to mind a less noisy Stardeath and the White Dwarfs or a darker Flaming Lips.

The songs are catchy, but that’s a bonus; the most memorable aspect of the “EP” is its consistent ethereal mood. Even when the band beefs up the beat and increases the tempo on “Tricia with Color Bars,” the sound is maintained.

Because “song” is so important, the instrumentation isn’t gaudy or ostentatious.

“Black-Green” opens the set with dark guitar work, heavily modified vocals and simple drumming. The bass work, while not often overtly featured, grounds the sound in a very satisfying way.

“EP” was recorded at Bell Labs with Trent Bell, and his expert hand allows the recording studio to get out of the way of the songs. The immediate and arresting “Dying Storms” proves this; it feels as if Man-Made Objects are in the room when it’s played (other than the distant vocals). “Happiness Is a Pyroclastic Flow” is another excellent cut, featuring a great vocal line and a vintage ’70s guitar lick.

The five-track disc is an excellently written, beautifully recorded set of dark, psychedelic and shoegaze tunes. —Stephen Carradini

 
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