Wednesday 30 Jul

Sobering sounds

Copperheads with Depth & Current, Dudes of America and Oblivious

10 p.m. Saturday


113 N. Crawford Ave., Norman



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Pony expression

Wild Ponies

8 p.m. Sunday

The Blue Door

2805 N. McKinley Ave.



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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
Downtown Tulsa 

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Methotrexate — Camelpacks & Battlerapz

Joshua Boydston January 18th, 2012

Just in his early 20s, Oklahoma City’s Methotrexate is an original in a genre inundated with anyone having access to a mic and a MacBook.

While “Camelpacks & Battlerapz” is no doubt the creation of similarly humble production (albeit as professional and warmer), he digs deeper than your average upstart MC. This standout hip-hop record is seemingly the product of consuming just as many jazz records and cult films as mixtapes, and it’s as studious and labored over as a Grizzly Bear record ... just a hell of a lot more vicious.

Meth is clearly a disciple of the Odd Future set (doing proper tributes in the blazing “MethoKombat” and especially in the distorted 8-bit thump of “Starvin’”), but he doesn’t stop at skateboarding, vandalism and general destruction. The two-party “K.R.E.A.M.” subtly nods at Wu-Tang Clan; elsewhere, soulful beats wink at A Tribe Called Quest, Digable Planets and Thelonious Monk.

If nothing else, Methotrexate is the sharpest, most deliberate stoner around, fitting most snugly alongside the emerging class of whip-smart weed rappers like Curren$y and Smoke DZA. Even as he recalls any of the aforementioned talents through this eclectic, but cohesive collection of tracks, he rarely sounds even remotely like an imitator.

Rather, he crafts a signature style over the course of “Camelpacks” that’ll frustrate anyone trying to guess where he’ll go next. That is the charm of this victorious debut. —Joshua Boydston

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