Friday 25 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 

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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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Sonic Youth-Rather Ripped


None August 10th, 2006

ratherripped

Geffen

It's hard to hate an album when the hottest bassist in rock history tells her daughter "you keep me coming home again" while Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo tightly wind the baby's stationary with deft riffs, classic Sonic Youth guitar atmospherics  and drums that rumble and subdue with ease.
 
But this album isn't just baby pictures' "Rather Ripped" finds the members of SY distilling their noise-rock experimentation, iconoclast humor and general merrymaking into a lovely record that's better and more urgent than "Sonic Nurse." 
 
This is a complete balance of good taste, gentle noise, beating harmonics and melodic lingering that has inspired decades of work from Pearl Jam to Slint. At this point, there are plenty of smiles to be had, whether Ranaldo's down-tuned "Rats" rocks out or Moore crafts a hallmark ballad with "Do You Believe in Rapture?" wrapped in dissonant musings and tender vocals.
 
- Danny Marroquin

 
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