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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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Washed Out — Within and Without

Has a band's name ever better captured its sound?

Matt Carney July 11th, 2011

Back in 2009, Ernest Greene recorded two of the year’s most widely praised EPs with cheap, airy synthesizers at his parents’ house in rural Georgia.


The end products, discovered on his MySpace page by excited bloggers, established Washed Out as a distinct house beat-driven sub-style in chillwave, contemporary to the likes of Toro Y Moi and Neon Indian. They also earned Greene a deal with Sub Pop.

So not long after the former dropped his excellent “Underneath the Pine” and Alan Palomo’s dalliances with The Flaming Lips, Greene has returned to the electronic spotlight with “Within and Without”, his debut LP assisted by Animal Collective producer Ben Allen (recent résumé spots include AC’s “Merriweather Post Pavillion” and Deerhunter’s “Halcyon Digest”).

Much to Greene’s credit, “Within and Without” retains his bedroom releases’ most distinct quality: their edge-less, lo-fi laptop approach to song construction. Each track here is anchored by a simple, steady-as-she-goes house beat and plodding bass that are covered with bleached sheet synths and whispery vocals that never really soar or even solidly manifest. They surround.

The beats hit hardest on the title track, eventually giving out to an electronic pitter-pattering fadeout, suggestive of raindrops on a lake. “Far Away” distinguishes itself here with some really intimate, murky lyrics evocative of a lo-fi take on The xx.

“Within and Without” adheres pretty strictly to chillwave’s modus operandi: looping, ’80s-influenced synth samples; moderate to high danceability; and lyrics so shoegazey that your two feet blur and twist into a single, liquid entity. —Matt Carney

And p.s. the album drops tomorrow, but if you hurry you can still stream it over at NPR Music.

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