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 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0
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Jay Z-Kingdom Come

None December 7th, 2006


Def Jam

So much ink has been spilled about Jay-Z's "comeback" that you'd be forgiven if you spin "Kingdom Come" expecting a blinding light of salvation to explode from your speakers. Breathless music writers nearly lost their collective mind when Jigga announced that his retirement ("casual hiatus" might be more accurate) was over and he was returning with his eighth studio album.
While Jay-Z wrestles with aging and his dual status as rap superstar and boardroom big shot, there's a fatal sense of ennui that drags down nearly every track. "Minority Report" and the limp Chris Martin-penned closer "Beach Chair" are thematic misfires, while "Do U Wanna Ride" should feel a lot more engaged than it does.
For as enthusiastically as he touted his retirement, Jay-Z is just as emphatically explaining that he'll "never say never again."  The question you have to ask yourself is: If all of Jigga's future records sound as labored and flat as "Kingdom Come," do we really need him back?
- Preston Jones

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