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
Friday-Saturday
Downtown Tulsa 
centeroftheuniversefestival.com 
$35-$50 

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Mack truckin’

Swizzymack
9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 
lndrnrs.com 
819-6004 
$10-$15 

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Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 
$20-$40 

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Rock steady

Tesla
7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
frontiercity.com
478-2140
Free with park admission 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0
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Good King Friday — Good King Friday


Matt Carney December 28th, 2011

The University of Oklahoma music department proved to be the intersection of a stellar symphonic-pop record.

Good King Friday is the product of a collaboration between OU music professor Christina Giacona, some childhood friends in Los Angeles, former OU students Patrick Conlon and Audrey Snyder (hailing from Canada and Chicago, respectively) and lyricist Matt Kolbet, the brother-in-law of bassist Nathan Caswell.

It’s remarkable that an album by such a far-spread ensemble got recorded at all, let alone one of such spectacular progressive classical breadth as “Good King Friday” spans.

Standout tracks like “Breakdown” chug along at an up-tempo pace before arching impossibly high on an echoing, jagged violin solo, propelled by Chris Wakelin’s hard-charging drums. The song eventually comes to a close with scattered cymbals, each instrument pulling away until just the cello’s left. It’s an example of the masterfully subtle construction found on each track.

Clarinets suggest pastoral beauty in “Carousel”; “The Hours” and “Burning Down” waltz along at a calmer pace, and “Who Knows if the Moon’s Not a Balloon” takes a dramatic turn from childish whimsy.

Ditch the classical-influenced rock of Trans-Siberian Orchestra and go for the good men and women of Good King Friday — they’ve got the real thing. —Matt Carney

 
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