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.
07/22/2014 | Comments 0

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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Red City Radio — The Dangers of Standing Still


No letup of enthusiasm, speed in this debut

Stephen Carradini May 19th, 2011

There’s something to be said for sticking to your guns, and Red City Radio is saying it.

red city radio - the dangers of standing still

The last song of the Oklahoma City group’s aptly titled album could be the first, as there’s no letup of enthusiasm, speed or snare drum in their pop-punk debut.

Highlight “Talk Me to Sleep” features the best lyric (“They’re asking us to die for something / While asking us to live for nothing”) and the strongest chorus of the batch. That’s not to say that melodies are in short supply; these tracks are nothing if not catchy. This is the stuff that sweaty, circle-pit sing-a-longs are made of.

There’s nothing here you haven’t heard a bazillion times before: charging guitars, frantic drumming, throat-shredding shouted vocals, melodic sung choruses and young enthusiasm everywhere you can apply it. It’s just that Red City Radio does it better. I remember these songs, where other bands’ similar tunes would bounce right off.

In addition to being life-affirming and enthusiastic, the lyrics name-check Oklahoma and Oklahoma City often, which is a cool feeling (“50th & Western”). If you’ve seen Red City Radio live, you know how much fun they are, and this release is an extension of that. —Stephen Carradini
 
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