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 

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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John Vanderslice - Emerald City

None July 19th, 2007




John Vanderslice has made another gorgeous, richly textured album that is quirky without being morose or depressing.


"EmeraldCity" has scores of instruments moving in and out of the nine-song album. The recording is done so well that you can hear the precious flaws in the piano parts and practically pick out snare drum wires on the percussion parts. Committed to old-school analog recording methods, Vanderslice manages to use the flaws of different instruments to develop a warm, authentic album.


"White Dove" combines distorted guitars, driven to the point of clipping with a warbling guitar and rock-steady drumming. "The Minaret" is a great song with a manic piano line and "Tablespoon of Codeine" is more experimental and electronic-sounding, with fragmented beeps and glitches spilling in and out of it.


Rather than take a keyboard and push a button to get a weird sound, it sounds like Vanderslice took normal instruments and found bizarre ways to play, tune or record them.


"” Joe Wertz

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