Monday 28 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. 

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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Common - Finding Forever

None August 30th, 2007

Common's latest release, "Finding Forever," is a pretty bland collection of soulful hip-hop tracks that makes you wish Common, who earned four 2006 Grammy nominations for his album "Be," would release something a little less common and a little more interesting.

To his credit, the Chicago hip-hop native's voice doesn't sound like anyone else, but this album doesn't show any songwriting progression or any spark that could put his unique sound and delivery to good use. Common doesn't produce party hip-hop or something that you would jam to while getting geared up for a night out, but rather soulful, more introspective rap tunes that, unless they chart new musical territory, sound like mall music.

A couple of songs rise above the boredom, namely "Drivin' Me Wild," which features the ever-bold and ever-dynamic Lily Allen. R&B-infused love songs like "So Far to Go" and "I Want You" are smooth and sexy, but sort of par-for-the-course, sensitive-rap-star songs. Common fails to bring any heat and leaves the record balmy at best.

"”Joe Wertz

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