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.
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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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The Hold Steady-Boys and Girls in America

None November 30th, 2006



Who knew that tales of drug-addled teens could be so operatic? The Hold Steady's "Boys and Girls in America" is a blistering rock 'n' roll album that merges the storytelling of Bruce Springsteen, the riffs of Thin Lizzy and the bleary-eyed stomp of the Replacements.   
The album title references Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," but the generation chronicled by lead singer Craig Finn isn't so much Beat as beaten.
Finn's vocals are endearingly wobbly, but he is an uncanny songwriter who can wring exuberance from novocaine. Buoyed by crunching guitars and Wurlitzers, the record is a knockout, from the rollicking "Massive Nights" to the strung-out romance of "Chillout Tent." In "Chips Ahoy," Finn asks, "How am I supposed to know that you're high if you won't let me touch you?" There's no ambiguity with this record, though. It's high as a kite, and not coming down.
- Phil Bacharach

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