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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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Mack truckin’

9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 

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Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
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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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Dylan Hammett - 13 Steps

None December 3rd, 2009

ive=9325&creativeASIN=B001SAQVDQ">Green Day 's "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"' is stripped and sterile, as is "You Belong To Me," which would be ethereal if the lush, legato cello weren't masked by church-worship guitar work. "Good News" is a bad-news Juliana Hatfield , and "Supernova" collapses into a black hole of chorus effect and undulating percussion, but despite its struggles, "13 Steps" has two very worthy highlights that bookend the 12-song disc.

Album opener "It'll Be a While" is resolute' a skin- and history-shedding ode to new beginnings. It's perky and bittersweet, with double-tracked vocals and big choruses, where Hammett exclaims, "I wanna smell my coffee and say things like 'I swear' / I wanna run down the road and say, 'You had to be there' / To watch the sun come up and shake hands with the sky / It feels so much better to get to know why." The piano-peppered closer, "Someone Once Told Me of the Night," is a delight. Amid a twinkle of twangy keys, lively drums and driving bass, Hammett is a grand success at tapping a into a bit of Sara Bareilles and Vanessa Carlton.

Songs stem from stories spurred by experience, and while the 20-year-old's short history and struggles might be compelling, her voice isn't illustrative of her ideas. She has a bell-clear, confident voice that belies her age, but might be better served by songs that she's not the focus of; perhaps observations or stories cast with other characters and their experiences would better match her tone.

Hammett performs 8 p.m. Friday at Libby's Caf