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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The Hitt Boyz — AlphaCat


Zach Hale March 27th, 2013

Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way: The band is called The Hitt Boyz, whose latest release is an EP titled AlphaCat, and, yes, the artwork is kind of amazing.

While it’s not exactly clear whether this Oklahoma City quartet is hopelessly self-aware or merely revels in modest drollery, what is clear is that AlphaCat sounds nothing like you’d expect — which is to say, it’s actually pretty damn good.

Clocking in at just under 11 minutes, it consists of only three tracks: “Best Catt,” “Alphabitz” and “Grandpa Song.” Given these circumstances, hitting “play” for the first time is likely to induce the same kind of inner turmoil that, say, scheduling a colonoscopy might. But whatever anxiety you might have experienced is quelled almost immediately through dueling, reverb-soaked guitars and a steadily off-kilter rhythm section.

Opting for instrumentation and melody over vocals, the math-rock band smartly omits any sort of lyrical depiction — which, given its affinity for the facetious, ultimately might have become a painstaking distraction. Instead, the guys display their wit through intelligent arrangements and cleverly placed tempo changes.

It’d have been easy for instrumentals like these to devolve into dull, self-congratulatory jam sessions, but all three songs are purposeful and concise, eliciting just the right amount of aural stimulation to maintain a firm grasp on your interest. So much so that, with a little more refinement, The Hitt Boyz potentially could shed some of the sillier fur to become something even more meaningful. —Zach Hale



 
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