Tuesday 29 Jul

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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Givers — In Light

The most enthusiastic calypso/indie-pop band ever delivers

Stephen Carradini July 6th, 2011

Givers’ “In Light” does not capture the exuberant magic that the band puts out live.


But because the album does a half-decent job of catching that lightning in a bottle, it is a glorious blast of summery goodness.
I won’t gush over Givers’ live show; I did that once already. They are the most enthusiastic band I’ve ever seen, and some of that transfers over to the 10 songs that comprise the 51-minute (!) “In Light.” The group is basically a calypso outfit (steel drums! ridiculous happiness!) that ran into an indie-pop band at 70 mph; many of the disc’s danceable elements come from the fact that the tempo is rarely ever slowed.  OK, “Ceiling of Plankton” has a dance-rock drum beat and synth hooks. But there are flutes! Shakers! Sleigh bells! Absolutely acrobatic bass lines!

Lead single “Up Up Up” also includes flutes, synths and crazy bass lines. There are also claps, female vocals, clicking percussion and single-note runs on the guitar. When the chorus comes in, I’m almost compelled to sing along. It’s a party in a song.

What makes Givers even more charming is that they are almost completely guileless. There is nothing sinister, creepy or even remotely dark about it: “In Light” is almost perfectly named on that front. This is some of the most complex and engaging music that’s ever been written specifically to make people smile and chill out.

“Meantime” has an electrifying chorus and some ’50s pop vibes;  “Saw You First” is a feat of enthusiastic indie rock that nearly made me pass out from euphoria, dehydration and room heat at SXSW. You will get shivers.

I can’t say enough about Givers’ “In Light.” It doesn’t come with chocolate, gummy bears or confetti poppers, but I wouldn’t be surprised if its future reissues did. The group is all about creating happiness, and they accomplish their goal without being simple or boring. Here’s to that!  —Stephen Carradini

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