Saturday 26 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 

07/22/2014 | Comments 0

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. 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0

Rock steady

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

07/16/2014 | Comments 0
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The Sleepy Jackson-Personality(One Was a Spider, One Was a Bird)

None September 7th, 2006



If you've never heard the Sleepy Jackson before, your initial reaction is likely to be a long, slow shake of the head while wondering, "What the hell is this?"
This is because the band' Luke Steele and a circus of supporting musicians' sounds like a collaboration between Brian Wilson and ABBA or a young Elton John fronting Mercury Rev. Indeed, "Personality" is a very lush, very bizarre affair. Strings swell and angelic voices descend while Steele's glam croon fidgets and poses. The whole affair is equally pleasing and disturbing, but it's definitely original, despite its sometimes obvious influences.
Luckily, Steele's eccentricity is rooted in harmony and melody, making this collection a rewarding challenge. Like Mercury Rev's classic "Deserter's Songs," "Personality" is a strange little gem. At one point, Steele complains: "Witches in my swimming pool / Devils are in my brother's room "¦" Uh, yeah, man. If you've ever wondered what disco sounds like on acid, here you go.
- Michael Franco

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