Saturday 26 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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Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Kevin Pickard March 18th, 2014

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.

The compilation wastes no time; it begins with a single guitar playing a classic rock riff and is soon accompanied by bass and drums and Brashear’s voice singing, “We push and pull, we push and pull, we push until the balance is uneven,” with tangible frustration.

The EP is filled with slicing, bluesy guitar riffs, while Brashear’s voice is at its best when languid and weary. The melodies and rhythms of her vocals are complex, yet she pulls it off with a seeming effortlessness that provides an important contrast for her music — even the fist-pumping guitar and drums on “Strength in Numbers” are tempered by her “been there before” vocals.

This style left me feeling that her sound could be improved if she hadn’t played the rock ’n’ roll as straightforwardly. Her mysterious voice would be better suited if paired with more psychedelic instrumentation. She does occasionally lean that direction, especially on the title track. With her voice multi-tracked into a disarming harmony, the song is smoky and cryptic but would have been improved with more musical experimentation. In other words, less Zeppelin, more Floyd.

However, Brashear proves a strong musical presence and doesn’t fail to make an impression. Paired with a stronger group of collaborators, she has the potential to make something remarkable. — Kevin Pickard

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