Monday 28 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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The Electric Würms - "Heart of the Sunrise"

Joshua Boydston June 17th, 2014

For a band so prolific, ambitious and endearingly experimental, it’s a wonder that more Flaming Lips side projects haven’t emerged over the years. Several dozen collaborations have come and gone, but rarely anything that wasn’t released under the official Lips’ umbrella. It makes sense, given that the Oklahoma natives have never shied away from casting a wide net in its 30-odd years.


This makes The Electric Würms — a new offshoot featuring Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd — and its designation as a separate entity feel significant. Debut single (and Yes cover) “Heart of the Sunrise” reveals it is more a matter of role reversal than a drastic new sound.

The single strikes a happy balance between The Terror and Embryonic; the big difference is Drozd stepping into the foreground, singing (his voice not unlike Coyne’s, if pleasingly vulnerable) as Coyne and Nashville act Linear Downfall play behind.

Yes’ original was an exercise in technical skill, but The Electric Würms condense the more than 11-minute sprawl of prog indulgences into a softly pretty, three-minute ballad. It’s the most effective sort of cover, celebrating the spirit without devolving into a bar band rendition. It speaks to The Electric Würms itself: a new look for an old favorite. — Joshua Boydston

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