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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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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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Double R — Dr. Digital

Joshua Boydston April 4th, 2012

If I had to guess what field of medicine Moore-based rapper Double R (of Purple Mouth Bandits) had in mind for Dr. Digital, I’d have to go with psychiatry. Frankly, this album is pretty crazy.

Crazy, but good. It’s totally sporadic and unpredictable, which would be a detriment elsewhere, but works here. It’s like swimming in his id: a sunny, jazz-inspired melody here; a swampy, Gothic hook there. These indulgences are overwhelming and exciting, especially in the darkest of moments. It’s your best, worst nightmare.

Double R works as much like a horror auteur as a musician, becoming a true master of tension in crafting this creepy, 17-track affair. He has as much in common with Trent Reznor as Tyler, the Creator; Dr. Digital is the hip-hop equivalent of The Downward Spiral: an album that would feel right at home in a David Fincher flick.

The beats drip like cough syrup in thick and hazy swells. Double R’s razor-sharp, effortlessly smooth delivery cuts through just enough to let something as abrasive as “Skid Mark” or “Watch Me Now” go down easy. Unexpected tracks like the bubbly “Summer Time” and “Walt Whitman” provide brief safe havens before plunging back into the depths of the unconscious.

There are moments when Dr. Digital could use a scalpel, but given Double R’s tender age of 21, it’s remarkable such a challenging construction could make so much sense. I can’t wait to refill my prescription. —Joshua Boydston

Hey! Read This:
The young men behind Moore’s hip-hop act Purple Mouth Bandits have quite a mouth, for both rhymes and the ribald.

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