Thursday 31 Jul
 
 

Sobering sounds

Copperheads with Depth & Current, Dudes of America and Oblivious

10 p.m. Saturday

Opolis

113 N. Crawford Ave., Norman

opolis.org

447-3417

$7

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Pony expression

Wild Ponies

8 p.m. Sunday

The Blue Door

2805 N. McKinley Ave.

bluedoorokc.com

524-0738

$15

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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.
07/22/2014 | Comments 0

Commercial rock

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Friday-Saturday
Downtown Tulsa 
centeroftheuniversefestival.com 
$35-$50 

07/22/2014 | Comments 0
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Generationals — Actor-Caster


Glorious summer music

Stephen Carradini April 8th, 2011

Old cars don’t have MP3 hookups, and those radio receivers always dissolve into static.

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Old cars don’t have MP3 hookups, and those radio receivers always dissolve into static. Trusty steeds take CDs, and yours needs summer music. Short of burning yourself a copy of this mixtape, you need a new love.

Here it is: “Actor-Caster” by Generationals.

Generationals plays the sort of perky, bouncy indie pop that’s only applicable from April to September. As soon as the mercury hits 70˚, this goes in. As soon as the leaves start to turn, this will be out.

But in between? Goodness gracious.

This is glorious summer music. Ringing pianos, buzzing bass and tidy distorted guitars make this an exuberant experience. If you blast “Black and White” while driving on a county road, it’s as close to a movie as you’re going to get. “Ten-Twenty-Ten” is beginning-of-an-epic-road-trip music. “Greenleaf” is perky exit music for a rom-com. This whole album means little, but “depth” is a relatively unimportant concept when you’re hollering “You Say It Too” or “I Promise” at the top of your lungs. 

The one beef I have with “Actor-Caster” is that several times, the band could have gone for broke with the arrangement (don’t you have any friends with a trumpet?) and holds back. There’s no massive guitar-mashing moment, no triumphant crescendo. It’s just … I mean … it coulda been … oh, well. It’s still great.

But, hey, isn’t that what summer’s like, anyway? —Stephen Carradini

 
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