Thursday 31 Jul

Sobering sounds

Copperheads with Depth & Current, Dudes of America and Oblivious

10 p.m. Saturday


113 N. Crawford Ave., Norman



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Pony expression

Wild Ponies

8 p.m. Sunday

The Blue Door

2805 N. McKinley Ave.



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Music Made Me: Josh Hogsett

Few, if any, Oklahoma bands have seen a rise as meteoric as Tallows over the past year, yet its seemingly overnight ascension didn’t happen by chance. The Oklahoma City four-piece is well-versed in the ways of modern pop songwriting, drawing from both glitchy electronica and cathartic indie rock in equal measure. Last year, the band pulled off a rare musical feat with its debut album, Memory Marrow, which was steeped heavily in the breadth of recent history yet managed to sound like nothing else before it.
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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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Home · Articles · Reviews · Pop · Ringo Starr - Y Not

Ringo Starr - Y Not

None January 8th, 2010

Ringo Starr's post-Beatles work has been the least lauded of the four stars' solo efforts, and "Y Not" does nothing to change that assessment. "Y Not" is full of tunes that are thoroughly average, which results in a poor overall album.

What's even harder to digest is that these tracks are dated. Their deep adherence to 1960s and 1970s pop sound and structure makes them occasionally uncomfortable to hear. This is a style that has parodied relentlessly, but Starr still wants to use the genre seriously. It's a difficult problem to get over.

Even ignoring the retro quality, these songs just aren't very original. The songwriting is nothing impressive and the instrumentation is standard. The excellent Joe Walsh is the only bright spot, contributing guitar to "Fill in the Blanks" and "Peace Dream." It's not a surprise that those are the two opening tracks, or that they're far and away the best cuts. The ten songs of "Y Not" are sung by an average-at-best voice, proclaiming well-treaded themes like peace ("Peace Dream" rehashes John Lennon's "Imagine") carpe diem philosophy ("Time"), and optimism ("Can't Do It Wrong"). 

The last track on this album is a blues-inspired duet with Joss Stone called "Who's Your Daddy?" It is a testament to the poor quality of this album that not even the talented and sultry Stone can make this disc better. If you're a fan of Starr's work, you should cautiously check this out. All others should avoid.'Stephen Carradini
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