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
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. 

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Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road
Free with park admission 

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Jeff Finlin - Ballad of a Plain Man

None December 3rd, 2008


Bent Wheel Records

Midwestern troubador Jeff Finlin affects a John Hiatt growl for "Ballad of a Plain Man," his stripped-down seventh album. The title is appropriate, for Finlin fronts a no-nonsense persona on this 12-track disc; "all I know is what I see," he sings. And what he sees is what you get.

With subtle backing instrumentation, the singer/songwriter lets his love-it-or-hate-it voice tell the stories more than the guitar he wields. He wraps his lungs around the lyrics in a rather unique manner, turning words like "beer" into two-syllable ones, and even sounds like Bob Dylan on the downbeat, moody blues number "What's the Big Idea."

Finlin achieves a mid-tempo drive across this collection of original tunes; he does so nicely, even if one wishes he'd allow himself to burst out in fourth gear more often. When he does' like "Jesus Was a Motorcycle Man "' "Ballad" finds its high points.

"My Rosy Crucifixion by the Sea" and "Is This Love" find nice shuffling grooves, but "Big Love Song" and "In My Masterpiece" fail to live up to their ambitious titles.

"”Rod Lott

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