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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Diamonds and Gasoline - Turnpike Troubadours

None February 11th, 2010

Turnpike Troubadours
Diamonds and Gasoline

Sparkly and fueled with fiery promise, the Turnpike Troubadours' aptly titled new album, "Diamonds & Gasoline," is a roots-rock gem that shines with bright songwriting and masterful musicianship.

Compared to "Bossier City," the Tahlequah sixpiece's 2007 debut, "Diamonds" shows significantly improved cut, color and clarity, but the 12-song disc is far from princess-cut pop-country.

Opening the record with banjos and fiddles, "Every Girl," written by front man Evan Felker and Oklahoma City singer/songwriter John Fullbright, pays tribute to the rare female who's both down-to-earth and down for anything' the kind of girl who'd "never fail to cut a trail whenever times are bad," a woman who's both "a flighty good-time buddy in a corner of a bar," and a companion that'd "fight the devil for ya just for being who you are."

"Kansas City Southern" and "The Funeral" are fun, upbeat and twangy, as is album closer "Long Hot Summer Days," a John Hartford cover that plods with fiddled flourish and harmonica accents. But despite the rowdy, plucking fun of such stormers, the Troubadours ramble the strongest when traveling the loneliest roads.

Unsettled and self-questioning, Felker's seams are frayed throughout the self-titled track, an album standout. Acknowledging to a lost love that he's not the "brightest bird that ever flew," the chorus is raw and exposed, restless on a bed of picked strings and steel guitar. "I would buy for you a diamond or myself some gasoline / If I can't afford you darlin', then I can't afford to dream," Felker sings. "Is it time I should be moving, is it time I settled down? / Will I sit still or will I feel the wheels spinning 'round?"

Turnpike Troubadours will debut "Diamonds & Gasoline" for audiences 10 p.m. Saturday at a CD release show with K.C. Clifford at The Blue Note, 2408 N. Robinson. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit"”Joe Wertz

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