Wednesday 30 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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Graham Wright — Shirts vs. Skins

Looking for some summertime power-pop? Look no further!

Stephen Carradini July 8th, 2011

Tokyo Police Club has an instantly recognizable and nigh-on iconic indie-rock sound. When I heard the words “Tokyo Police Club side-project,” I figured it was code for “more TPC songs, but some guys in the band wanted to take some time off.”


Then some research revealed that Graham Wright is not actually the lead singer or guitarist of the Toronto foursome. He’s the keyboardist.


Shirts Vs. Skins,” while bearing a passing resemblance to its hyperkinetic indie-rock forebears, is primarily a power-pop album in the vein of The Cars, Fountains of Wayne and other mildly aggressive but mostly genial dudes playing loud music for the thrill of noise.  

The longest song is four seconds over three minutes, with the rest camping out around 2:30. This is a no-bloat pop album. There are hooks, and then there are hooks, and then there are some more hooks. Not a second passes that doesn’t offer you the possibility of singing or humming along. It like someone squished a Generationals disc into 27 minutes, added Miracle-Gro and watered it with Pabst Blue Ribbon. (And that’s a compliment, although I suppose haters could use the same exact phraseology to deride it.)

“Soviet Race” is a arms-over-head, dancing-like-no-one’s-there pop song with a killer chorus. “Canadian Thanksgiving” is a snarky, punchy, acoustic-led track, while “Evening Train from Kingston Station” features a ukulele. “Potassium Blast” swaggers like TPC, but with a distinctive sax line. But “Shirts vs. Skins” isn’t all pop giddiness, as Wright drops in excellent acoustic numbers like “Bird of a Feather” and “Keys to the Kingdom.”

“Shirts vs. Skins” has joined Generationals’ “Actor-Castor” in heavy summer rotation. But, unlike that effort, Wright’s solo effort has a staying power in the mellow moments that will put this in rotation during all seasons. Fans of infectious pop songs should be magnetically drawn in this direction. —Stephen Carradini
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