Tuesday 29 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 

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Methotrexate — Camelpacks & Battlerapz

Joshua Boydston January 18th, 2012

Just in his early 20s, Oklahoma City’s Methotrexate is an original in a genre inundated with anyone having access to a mic and a MacBook.

While “Camelpacks & Battlerapz” is no doubt the creation of similarly humble production (albeit as professional and warmer), he digs deeper than your average upstart MC. This standout hip-hop record is seemingly the product of consuming just as many jazz records and cult films as mixtapes, and it’s as studious and labored over as a Grizzly Bear record ... just a hell of a lot more vicious.

Meth is clearly a disciple of the Odd Future set (doing proper tributes in the blazing “MethoKombat” and especially in the distorted 8-bit thump of “Starvin’”), but he doesn’t stop at skateboarding, vandalism and general destruction. The two-party “K.R.E.A.M.” subtly nods at Wu-Tang Clan; elsewhere, soulful beats wink at A Tribe Called Quest, Digable Planets and Thelonious Monk.

If nothing else, Methotrexate is the sharpest, most deliberate stoner around, fitting most snugly alongside the emerging class of whip-smart weed rappers like Curren$y and Smoke DZA. Even as he recalls any of the aforementioned talents through this eclectic, but cohesive collection of tracks, he rarely sounds even remotely like an imitator.

Rather, he crafts a signature style over the course of “Camelpacks” that’ll frustrate anyone trying to guess where he’ll go next. That is the charm of this victorious debut. —Joshua Boydston

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