Thursday 31 Jul

Sobering sounds

Copperheads with Depth & Current, Dudes of America and Oblivious

10 p.m. Saturday


113 N. Crawford Ave., Norman



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Pony expression

Wild Ponies

8 p.m. Sunday

The Blue Door

2805 N. McKinley Ave.



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Music Made Me: Josh Hogsett

Few, if any, Oklahoma bands have seen a rise as meteoric as Tallows over the past year, yet its seemingly overnight ascension didn’t happen by chance. The Oklahoma City four-piece is well-versed in the ways of modern pop songwriting, drawing from both glitchy electronica and cathartic indie rock in equal measure. Last year, the band pulled off a rare musical feat with its debut album, Memory Marrow, which was steeped heavily in the breadth of recent history yet managed to sound like nothing else before it.
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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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The Flaming Lips — Peace Sword

Zach Hale November 5th, 2013

The Flaming Lips’ longevity has allowed them to cover a lot of sonic terrain over the years. Yet they’ve arguably become more adventurous with age, jeopardizing a good portion of their fan base in favor of fascinatingly bleak experiments in sound, beginning with Embryonic in 2009 and, more recently, The Terror.

For those who have been clamoring for a return to the more optimistic, life-affirming version of The Lips (or, as some would call them, “songs”), Peace Sword ought to appease — albeit subtly.

The six-song EP was conceived after being asked to write music for the end credits of the recently released sci-fi flick Ender’s Game, a film based on the novel of the same name. Fittingly, the band’s more detached mechanical elements are retained but are often powered by a candy-coated jet pack.

“Peace Sword (Open Your Heart)” sounds like it could have been a Yoshimi outtake, and “Is the Black at the End Good” — maybe their prettiest song of the last decade — is fragile piano balladry, as Wayne Coyne coos existentially, “Cause everywhere the love is / That’s where I will be.” The Terror’s moody atmosphere still pervades throughout, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel that has seemingly been absent for the last several years. And depending on how you like your Lips, that can either be a good or bad thing.

Ultimately, whether Peace Sword is indicative of a transitory phase — and a somewhat uneven one at that — isn’t the question we should be asking. Rather, what’s next? — Zach Hale

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The Flaming Lips — The Terror review

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