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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MilitantxMindz — #RIOT

Joshua Boydston May 1st, 2013

It's odd that in this hyperpolitical cross-section of American history, the voices of socially conscious rappers à la Public Enemy or A Tribe Called Quest are being drowned out over the sound of poppin’ bottles, smackin’ booties and the jangle of diamond jewelry.


It's times like this we need those enlightened messages more than ever, and yet, they’re exceedingly harder to find. Enter MilitantxMindz, a collective of “artists, freedom fighters and poets” who are starting a revolution right here in Oklahoma.

And the revolution sounds pretty damn good.

"Rebel Life" is right on par with the most choice selections of Mos Def and Talib Kweli; it's a soulful, gripping anthem that sounds like it was born out of Bed-Stuy, not the Sooner State. The Eastern-influenced "Exodus" shows shades of Eminem and Wu-Tang Clan, while "Compromise" and the title track recall modern tastemaker Kendrick Lamar.

There's nary a miss on #RIOT, and it's the sort of thoughtful product that doesn't sound like it could have been recorded in this decade or this state, but I'm sure glad it was. —Joshua Boydston

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