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 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0

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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Josh Sallee — Probable Flaws


Matt Carney March 28th, 2012

It’s pretty obvious that local rapper Josh Sallee graduated college between his debut album, Return to Sender, and his second full-length, Probable Flaws.

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Besides doing away with hooks that skewed frat-boy (“So Chill”), what were spitfire thoughtful lines on Sender have become genuinely compelling storytelling. “Lately wanna rage on the daily / Mainly ’cause the pain go away” is the most easily repeatable lyric on “Like Girl, Like Guy,” but it’s far from the most intriguing. The guy’s getting better, which is exciting.

There’s a nice variety in production, too, and Sallee’s as confident on serious, bass-heavy tracks as he is on cheesier, genuinely fun ones like “Ew,” “OKC to KC” and “Never Ever.” The latter cuts are blessed by a Drake-like sense for funny quips, like when he refers to his dream girl as “the holy grail of ponytails.”

The kid — still just 24 — has room to grow, however. His storytelling’s usually interesting, but it’s still lacking in real emotional connotations. Sallee insists on his love for Oklahoma City, his own determination to “make it” big in hip-hop and such, but he does so by speeding the cadence of his flow, not by exposing his inner conflicts.

Open your heart, dude, and the next one’ll be a gem. In the meantime, thanks for Flaws. It’s a ton of fun, and downloadable for free at joshsallee.com. —Matt Carney  

 
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