Wednesday 30 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.
07/22/2014 | Comments 0

Commercial rock

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Downtown Tulsa 

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The Righs - Roses

None March 4th, 2010

The Righs sound like a bar brawl between a local laborer and a sailor on leave. Part pirate crooners and Celtic punk rockers, the metro sextet' singer/guitarists Nate Williams and Jackson Smith, mandolin player Omid Nowrouzi, fiddle player Jian Azimi, bassist John Slawson and drummer David Johnson"” recently released "Roses," a follow-up to its 2008 debut, "The Rivers Run Deep."

Most of "Roses" pops with double-time punk tracks, the best of which is rounded out by album-opener "Double Edged Sword," a rally against apathy in a country filled with "little lives of luxury." "Stand up and fight / Let your voices be heard," Williams sings. "Show them your might / And raise your glasses high."

Appropriately swaying with gruff double vocals, "You're Drunk You Limey Bastard!" swaggers with a shuffling drum march, plucky mandolins and flying fiddles, while another ode to alcohol, "The Day Booze Saved Humanity," is a more straightforward, bass line-led rocker that breaks in the middle for a drum/mandolin/fiddle jig.

"The Valley (Billy's Song)" uses crying fiddles, strummed acoustic and slide guitars for subdued departure that's a little folk country. Here, the vocal cadence doesn't quite line up with the music's, but it's unclear if the misstep was in the studio or an issue of hasty arrangement.

The echoing "A Dog Named Job," which combines deep, whispering vocals, tremolo guitars and random bass drum-pedaling, is the most playful and experimental song on the disc, but the effort is canceled out by including a take on "When Johnny Comes Home Marching Home."

"Roses" isn't completely fresh-cut, but it's pretty fun. The Righs (rhymes with "twigs") are like a bar buddy: You don't want to hang on every word, but you can count on them to raise a glass or drop an elbow.

"Roses" is $12. For more information, visit "”Joe Wertz
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