Friday 25 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 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0
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Sundress — Sundress EP

Nearby rockers dream big.

Matt Carney August 22nd, 2011

Do you ever listen to Beach House and think, “I’d really like this a lot more if the guitars weren’t so passive.” If so, Denton, Texas, rockers Sundress might just be your new band du jour.


Oozy, woozy pop just gushes out of this EP’s six lush tracks, a decidedly more aggressive sound that’s spiked with some My Bloody Valentine guitar-playing and maybe just a hint of acid. Perhaps that’s why Wayne Coyne checked them out at The Loft in Dallas a while back and also why they opened a hometown show for Stardeath and White Dwarfs last month. Sundress’ psychedelic harmonies and expansive rock ’n’ roll sound belongs on tour with both of Oklahoma City’s best psych rockers.

Guitars shake, echo, and zoom through the space occupied by this album’s messy, catastrophic dreamscape, often following after Ryan McAdams’ vocals that somehow just melt like the clocks in Dali’s famous painting “The Persistence of Memory.”

What pulls it all together as dream pop are the words McAdams sings. Big choruses are as fundamental to this short record as anything, especially on the standout “Sailor’s Vision,” where he moans, “you are wonderful,” in a way that haunts your memory like only the creepiest pop music can. —Matt Carney

Download “Thirteen” for free, thanks to the good press folks at Team Clermont.
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