Thursday 24 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 

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Jonquil — One Hundred Suns

Do you like Vampire Weekend?

Stephen Carradini February 22nd, 2011

Vampire Weekend may not have pioneered African rhythms and melodies in Western music, but they’ve certainly made it hip in the post-“Graceland” years.


Ezra Koenig and co. have inspired a whole bunch of people with their bright, shiny take on Africa, and Jonquil is one of those bands.

Jonquil’s “One Hundred Suns” EP features everything you’d expect from an Africa-minded indie band: quirky melodic structures, rumbling rhythms and airy guitar lines. Jonquil’s base genre is more dance-oriented indie than Vampire Weekend’s, meaning this recalls Yeasayer strongly as well. The songs are more grounded than Yeasayer’s fantastical work, while beefier than Vampire’s work.

The highlight here is “I Know I Don’t Know,” which uses some fleet bass work and an intricate full-band arrangement to float a vocal melody that sticks in my head. It feels the most fully formed of all the tunes here. The other highlight is “Lions (Bonus Track)” which is a Parisian street waltz for accordion and chanted voices. It has nothing to do with Africa, but it’s one of the most infectious tracks here.

“One Hundred Suns” is a good EP, and worth picking up if you’re into the African-influenced subgenre of indie rock.  —Stephen Carradini

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