Tuesday 29 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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Gwen Stefani-The Sweet Escape

None December 7th, 2006



Surely no one could've predicted the force with which ska-pop sprite Gwen Stefani's 2004's solo debut, "Love.Angel.Music.Baby." would hit, loaded as it was with Eighties-shaded tunes, a devastating sense of style and a chart-smashing monster known as "Hollaback Girl." Two years later, Stefani is already dropping "The Sweet Escape," her erratic sophomore effort. Whereas "L.A.M.B." positioned Stefani as a Material Girl for the double aughts, "The Sweet Escape" finds her stumbling, eschewing slick Roxette homages for a polyglot pop sound that meshes a mélange of genres to middling effect.
The highs are undeniable' "Wind It Up," "Early Winter" and "4 in the Morning"' as are the lows: "Orange County Girl" opens with the line "Don't know what I'm doing in the studio" and "Yummy" was beaten to the punch by Fergie's execrable "Fergalicious." Perhaps Stefani needed to let "L.A.M.B." lie a bit longer before attempting to change it up again; "The Sweet Escape" is precisely what you'll need after spinning this one. 
- Preston Jones

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