Thursday 31 Jul

Sobering sounds

Copperheads with Depth & Current, Dudes of America and Oblivious

10 p.m. Saturday


113 N. Crawford Ave., Norman



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Pony expression

Wild Ponies

8 p.m. Sunday

The Blue Door

2805 N. McKinley Ave.



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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.
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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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Home · Articles · Reviews · Folk · Paleo — Fruit of the Spirit

Paleo — Fruit of the Spirit

Outsider folk with gems to unearth

Stephen Carradini June 8th, 2011

Paleo’s acoustic guitar songs on “Fruit of the Spirit” call to mind a lot of different artists, for good or for ill.

“Pharoah” is a morose wanderer that would be right at home on Sufjan Stevens’ “Michigan,” while the upbeat “Over the Hill and Back Again” sounds like something that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah could churn out. The fact that these tunes are back-to-back on his album is telling — to call it “eclectic” would be a bit of an understatement.

Paleo — aka David Strackany — emits a mellower version of Alec Ounsworth’s nasally wail, and it’s his similarity to the Clap Your Hands singer that allows him to combine piano, haunted-house synthesizer and steel drums on “The Rager.” If you’re a listener who enjoys or tolerates atypical, sometimes atonal vocals, you’re going to enjoy or tolerate unusual composition moves, too.

There are plenty of oddities to go around. “Poet (Take 1)” is a rambling, nearly incoherent mess that is held together mostly by the fascination that a listener affords it. And there’s a part two later on! But hidden in the murk are some great moments of beauty, as in “The Rager” and the nearly normal pop tune “Lighthouse.” There are diamonds, but they take finding.

Fans of outsider folk can catch Paleo at 8 p.m. Sunday at Opolis, 113 N. Crawford in Norman, with Blue Valley Farmer supporting. Tickets are $7. For more information, visit —Stephen Carradini

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