Tuesday 29 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
Friday-Saturday
Downtown Tulsa 
centeroftheuniversefestival.com 
$35-$50 

07/22/2014 | Comments 0

Mack truckin’

Swizzymack
9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 
lndrnrs.com 
819-6004 
$10-$15 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 
$20-$40 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0

Rock steady

Tesla
7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
frontiercity.com
478-2140
Free with park admission 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0
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The Bottle Rockets-Zoysia


None September 7th, 2006

zoysia

Bloodshot

Always melodic, never mundane, "Zoysia," the latest CD from Festus, Mo.'s The Bottle Rockets, finds the band adding political commentary to its usual humorous blue-collar anecdotes and anti-love songs. The result is an expansive Southern rock masterpiece that is both literate and homespun, with touches of irony throughout.
 
The first four tracks' "Better Than Broken," "Middle Man," "I Quit" and "Happy Anniversary"' harken back to the Seventies' heyday of Lynyrd Skynyrd. "Middle Man" is a particularly hard-edged political rocker about the underappreciated "company man," while "Happy Anniversary" is a sweeping, Southern-fried lost love narrative.
 
The remainder of the CD finds the band experimenting with its own brand of old-school country with the twangy, sarcastic "Blind" and the harmonious, largely acoustic "Feeling Down."

With its blend of hard rock and timely, incisive lyrics, "Zoysia" should appeal to those in red and blue states alike.
 
- Tracy M. Rogers

 
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