Wednesday 23 Jul

Planting the seed

“We think about it as a team,” she said. “Watching so many bands for so long and standing in the audience, I was like, ‘I want to try that.’ After playing by yourself for so many years and seeing what level you can reach with so many musicians coming in, you pretty much have to.
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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. 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0

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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Philip Zoellner Band — Lean On

Matt Carney November 9th, 2011

As far as straightforward, unpretentious, classic-sounding rock goes, Tulsa’s Philip Zoellner Band delivers with “Lean On,” Bad Company-inspired guitars and storytelling lyrics included.

Zoellner’s fifth album gets a little schmaltzy here and there (see “I Love You I’m Sorry” and “Running Is the Hardest Part,” specifically), but who doesn’t crank “Don’t Stop Believin’” every once in a while? Embrace it, and “Lean On” will hug you right back with the title track’s rich guitar tone that’s locked in a waltz with a wafting organ. Eventually, that guitar lifts high in the mix for a triumphant solo at which Duane Allman surely would’ve grinned and nodded.

“The Arsonist” is a washed-up-so-now-I’m-sitting-here-drinking, sad-sap country song informed by Zoellner’s work as a side player with Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland & the Stragglers and others. “Golden Rule” takes a rare dark turn, signaled by some reggae guitars, but “The City” returns the disc to its rocking, Tom Petty-esque foundation.

The band will play a CD-release show Nov. 19 at The Treehouse, 1738 S. Boston in Tulsa. For more information, visit —Matt Carney

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