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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Ha Ha Tonka - Buckle in the Bible Belt

None October 4th, 2007




Springfield, Mo.'s Amsterband changed its name to Ha Ha Tonka when the act signed with the "insurgent country" label Bloodshot Records. Ha Ha Tonka is also a state park in Missouri, which gives you an idea of what these rowdy lads are all about.


Like fellow Missourians The Bottle Rockets, Ha Ha Tonka writes from a small-town perspective about fundamentalism, nationalism, meth addiction, poverty and getting along with neighbors. The lyrics tend to be choppy and a little oblique. In fact, it might be kind of a drag if it weren't so much fun to listen to.


The first single, "St. Nick on the Fourth in a Fervor," is a roaring bit of social criticism with wall-to-wall guitars, setting the tone for the rest of the disc. Encased in the virtual grooves are echoes of Marah and The Replacements, but gilded with four-part harmonies.


Rural desperation rarely sounds this ragged and right. 


 "”Tory Troutman

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