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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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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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The Gardes — Make Out the Sound

Goofy, fun, low-key pop songs

Stephen Carradini June 22nd, 2011

The MySpace home of Oklahoma City pop band The Gardes is /TheGardesMustBeCrazy.

If you chuckled just now, you have the right sense of humor to enjoy the goofy, low-key songs contained in “Make Out the Sound.”

Its nine, seemingly off-the-cuff performances are marked by low-to-mid-fi acoustic guitar, tambourine and a general feel of gleeful subversion, making early Mountain Goats and They Might Be Giants equally effective RIYLs.

The lyrics of “I’m Living in a Former Meth Lab” take the title as a starting point, spinning a yarn that’s either pointed cultural criticism or a straight-faced joke (or both). “Drink Drink Chug Chug” is the most twee, charming drinking song you’ll probably hear this year (at least, until the vomit noises come in). Surprisingly, the semi-title track “Let’s Make Out” is a heartfelt song with beautiful melodies that is not about foolin’ around.

The Gardes’ goofiness does lead them into some bizarre places. Closer “Lala Skipping Thru the Forest” is an audio approximation of just that, while “Soda Pop Music” is a bizarre “song” made with a straw and a soda bottle. “Alien Radio” is nine minutes long, twice as long as any other track. But the quirks are part of the charm, ensuring that “Make Out the Sound” is a fun, interesting release for fans of unusual pop.

The album is available at thegardes.bandcamp.com. —Stephen Carradini

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