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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
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 

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Apocalyptic — Wisdom Mixtape Vol. 1


Louis Fowler December 23rd, 2013

In 2012, Robbie “Apocalyptic” Carpenter, former member of the legendary OKC rap collective Exodus, released the 20-track underground masterpiece Literary, a collection of sanctified hip-hop that was as rapid-fire with the rhymes as much as he is on fire for his Lord and Savior.

In 2012, Robbie “Apocalyptic” Carpenter, former member of the legendary OKC rap collective Exodus, released the 20-track underground masterpiece Literary, a collection of sanctified hip-hop that was as rapid-fire with the rhymes as much as he is on fire for his Lord and Savior.

It turns out it’s Carpenter’s mission to have the listener believe in both, a message he makes clear in his surprising recent release, the three-track The Wisdom Mixtape, Vol. 1. Like the best cuts of an album by A Tribe Called Quest, Apoc has crafted a beautifully produced, bite-sized taste of things to come that eschews typical beats and bumps in favor of a swirling jazz soundscape. But sadly, like all bites, it just leaves you wanting more.

Opener “Big Words (isms & ologies)” mingles over a hypnotic trumpet loop and shake-shake-shake percussion, spitting clever wordplays at Micro Machine speed, deconstructing total belief structures and schools of thought and then putting them back together again in a brilliant three minutes. It’s a perfect segue into the second cut, the short and sweet “eternal SONshine,” a total get-up and get-down take on Matthew 4:16-17 that inspires the heart as quickly as it fades out.

Finally, there is “From the Body of This Man (Mixtape Version)” that seems to be the entire purpose of this EP’s existence. It’s too bad that when that tune is over, so is the album, because the listener is left feeling that Apocalyptic has so much more to say.

Wisdom Mixtape Vol. 1 is available now at apocalyptic.bandcamp.com. — Louis Fowler

 
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