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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Terra Lightfoot — Terra Lightfoot

This dream-folk debut will induce dead sleep.

Matt Carney October 20th, 2011

As the common people have progressed over the last 50-plus years, so has the topicality of their music. Since the development of genres in popular music in the 1950s, contemporary folk music has skewed apolitical, alluring and beautiful.

It’s a far, more pleasant cry from the rough-worn, truth-saying voices of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie and the usually sparse, simple arrangements that accompanied them.

Terra Lightfoot is one such contemporary. The artist from Waterdown Canada has also played with country band The Dinner Belles. Here we have her solo debut, which calls upon a lot of Americana influences, both in genre and artist. Nick Drake and Ani DiFranco immediately come to mind, listening to her eponymous debut.

However, the more rocking songs never reach high enough, hampered by a heavily muted distorted guitar, (“Sleep Away the Winter”), the poetry seems too lazy (“Straight Line” and “Heads, Tails, Tails”), and Lightfoot’s voice just never inspires the desire to continue listening. Plaintive and limited, it sounds like she recorded the vocals for this album from the comfort of a sofa.

And heck, opener “Straight Line” is literally about commuting to work. I listened to it while doing so and just felt more depressed. Stick with Fleet Foxes for richer, more engaging music, or check out Kathleen Edwards if Canadian female alt-country’s your thing.
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