Friday 25 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
Friday-Saturday
Downtown Tulsa 
centeroftheuniversefestival.com 
$35-$50 

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Mack truckin’

Swizzymack
9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 
lndrnrs.com 
819-6004 
$10-$15 

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Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 
$20-$40 

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Rock steady

Tesla
7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
frontiercity.com
478-2140
Free with park admission 

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The Damn Quails — Down The Hatch


Matt Carney October 26th, 2011

“Down the Hatch” is an important debut release for more than just the duo of Gabriel Marshall and Bryon White, who go by The Damn Quails. It’s indie label 598 Recordings’ (Chance Sparkman and Mike McClure) first long player, and a product of a prodigious amount of homegrown talent.

Showcased front and center amid a backing band circus that includes John Fullbright and Joe Hardy, White and Marshall confidently steer their way through 14 songs set in smoky bars, busted-up relationships, bluegrass towns and even the pokey.

Despite their relative youth, the pair boasts many years’ experience, and it really shows in the strong sense of pondering and reflection in these songs: “You’ve got nothin’ to show except for the time you spent out on the road,” Marshall sings on “Better Place to Stop.” White hops in there, too, on “Another Story”: “My brain knows this isn’t real/ but my heart’s another story.” The only thing they’re missing are the really finite storytelling details, but those will come the more time they spend at their craft.

And like the Drive-By Truckers-inspired album art, they pull off bad-ass rock with ease. It comes so naturally between muffled harmonicas and Red Dirt licks on “Better Place to Stop.” I just wish they’d have pumped another song like “Midnight Swagger” somewhere into the middle of the record.

The Damn Quails perform Saturday at The Deli, 309 White St. in Norman.

 
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