Wednesday 30 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.
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Commercial rock

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

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Ponytail — Do Whatever You Want All the Time


Not as strong as other recent releases similar to it

Stephen Carradini April 19th, 2011

Having a singular vision is difficult, especially when it’s so singular that listeners don’t get it.

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Having a singular vision is difficult, especially when it’s so singular that listeners don’t get it.

Ponytail’s “Do Whatever You Want All The Time” follows its title a little too closely, featuring eccentric tunes that lost me.

While the dual guitar work here is impressive and occasionally interesting, it often takes a backseat to the yowling of lead singer Molly Siegel. She doesn’t sing melodies in the normal sense; she explodes with vocal emanations that fit into Ponytail’s complex, joyful tracks. Unfortunately, her “whoa” and “whaaa?” noises get so distracting that they nearly sink the whole ship.

The songwriting is solid, but it lacks the power of Fang Island, the intricacy of All Tiny Creatures and Delicate Steve’s innate sense of melody. The album has some very nice guitar work in it (“Easy Peasy,” “Tush”), but even the highlights don’t have the oomph necessary to get into the brain for long-term listening. Ponytail have been at this a while; they’re no amateurs. I just wasn’t enthused.

It is very clear that Ponytail is taking its title literally; this disc is cohesive, constructed with a particular idea in mind. I just don’t find that singular vision as interesting as other (wonder)visions similar to it. —Stephen Carradini

 
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