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
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. 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0

Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road
Free with park admission 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0
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Oklahoma Cloud Factory — Ancestral Ghosts

Joshua Boydston March 12th, 2014

There’s a cinematic quality to Oklahoma Cloud Factory’s debut album, Ancestral Ghosts, one that indie-bent folk-rock outfits always seem to be grasping at. But thanks to a fun set of sonic idiosyncrasies, OCF lands on a different terrain than that of Band of Horses or Lord Huron.

Like a Wes Anderson film set in the Sooner State or Belle & Sebastian scoring a Western, there’s something almost delightfully twee about the whole collection. It’s less plain-sweeping big and more playfully contained. It’s a story told while looking out the bedroom window at the wilderness outside, not while swallowed in the thick of it.

Ancestral Ghosts is a pretty, picturesque little chronicle, too. The peppy “Growing Old,” “Petroleum Rodeo” and “Love Everyone” are pleasant little twang pop takes that pitter and patter with just enough energy to feel dreamy but awake all the same.

It’s an extremely easygoing record (almost to a fault), but OCF drafts up just enough edge at key points. The bristled folk-rock riff that anchors the shaggy “Buffalo,” while the grand buildup to “Time Alone” and the Police-divined guitar delays of “Living in the Snow” are a treat, especially when woven into the traditional touchstones with which Oklahoma Cloud Factory builds the track up.

Those moments are vital to Ancestral Ghosts, which can hedge toward cyclical — especially with its climax, the adventurous “Harvest Season,” coming right at the top — but it’s a small price to pay for a consistently engaging set of songs begging for smiles. — Joshua Boydston

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