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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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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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James and Evander — Constellating EP + 2

Like the Postal Service. But not.

Stephen Carradini July 7th, 2011

I love The Postal Service. I’ve yearned for the day that their long-rumored second album comes out; I’ve pretty much resigned myself to it never appearing. In its stead, I’ve sought out other ge


In its stead, I’ve sought out other gentle electronica projects in hopes of filling my Gibbard/Tamborello-shaped hole. Most acts fall short by appropriating the sound, but not writing great pop songs to match.

Enter James and Evander. On the surface, it seems to be everything I want in a Postal Service replacement: two dudes churning out gentle electronica with an emphasis on actual songwriting. They even have sweet art for their release, “Constellating EP + 2.”

It holds up under further scrutiny as well, because James and Evander don’t seek to be a Postal Service copycat. I’d be fine if every one of the five tunes here had TPS’ clicking percussion and pulsing keys, as the title track and opener do. But the duo projects much hope for the future by using that undeniable influence as a jumping-off point and not a crutch.

“Slap Bracelets” proves this by roping in ’80s influences and synthesizing them with their calm vocals and beats. Instrumental “Really Real” shows they have some boom-bap hip-hop influences, as well as some genial ‘70s rock influences (Blues Traveler?). It’s pretty cool and very unexpected.

Two remixes make up the “+ 2” bit. Ander’s take on “Constellating” is chillwave with a bit of woozy dubsteb bass, while the shortcircles’ remix of “Slap Bracelets” is spaced out and terrible until the pulse comes in about halfway through. I prefer James and Evander’s vision of their own work.

This all-too-short EP shows great promise. I will be following the duo’s future offerings with interest ... even if The Postal Service never releases its sophomore effort. —Stephen Carradini
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