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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FM Belfast — Don’t Want to Sleep

Dance-pop album contains my favorite song of the year

Stephen Carradini June 22nd, 2011

I listened to FM Belfast’s brilliant dance-pop tune “I Don’t Want to Go to Sleep Either” 15-plus times on the first day I heard it, including about eight listens in a row. The frequency was only a little bit lower for the next few days.


This is not unprecedented; I will occasionally become so taken with a song that it will be the only music I can think about for several days. Since 2003, when this phenomenon first manifested (“Fishing the Sky” by The Appleseed Cast, which is now my ringtone), I have not stopped enjoying any of these tunes.

I say all this to back up one seemingly hyperbolic statement that I totally believe: I will be listening to “I Don’t Want to Go to Sleep Either” consistently for the next eight years, if not the rest of my life. It is in the upper echelon of songs I’ve ever heard not because of any meticulous analysis, but because I want to hear it over and over and over. I could spend several hundred words talking about why the goofy charm of the tune makes it addictive, but here’s the music video instead. The visuals are a perfect match.

The balance of “Don't Want To Sleep” is a clear case of naming your album after the best track and going from there.

“American” amps up the goofy factor, with the Icelandic kids murmuring incoherent phrases (“your name is in search of a friend,” “your head is as numb as your face”) and then chanting “I’m gonna learn American!” The perky, fun sounds that compose the song only add to the “don’t think about it, just love it” mood. “New Year” has great synth contributions and a solid melody.

Other tracks try to be taken seriously and totally fail (“In Line,” “Happy Winter”). FM Belfast is privy to what I’m right now dubbing the Architecture in Helsinki rule: If your quirkiness is what enthralls people, forget self-awareness or seriousness and just keep quirking. People will forgive repetition if there are high highs, but they won’t forgive a crack in the veneer.

Really, you shouldn’t be reading this far down in the review. You should be dancing euphorically. You need that song in your life. The rest of the album? Perhaps. But that song? Definitely.  —Stephen Carradini
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