Thursday 31 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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Copperheads — Apocalyptic Behavior

Joshua Boydston November 7th, 2012

Oklahoma City’s Copperheads have remained relatively quiet this year — ironic, given that the punk outfit stands alongside The Boom Bang and Shitty/Awesome as the metro’s loudest rock bands.

Turns out they were just gently working out the kinks on their hellacious debut LP, Apocalyptic Behavior, on Okie Dope Records.

This is just as strong as anything like-minded contemporaries Ty Segall or Thee Oh Sees are pumping out, only truer to the wellspring of ’70s punk that inspired the garage revival in the first place. Whereas those bands sound as if they hail from the 21st century, you can’t be so sure with Copperheads. This is Raw Power-era Iggy & the Stooges (“Sewer Rat” and “Meat By-Product” especially), for you.

The songs rarely conclude how you think they will, but always as they should.

“Quality” goes from a sauntering garage ditty into a primal, feverish implosion by song’s end; similarly, “Windshield Wiper,” from fuzzy to spiked in the span of two minutes.

That constant surprise plays into Copperheads’ greatest strength: this slightest control and manipulation of an aggressive, chaotic and mesmerizing sound … like holding a shark with a dog leash.

Ever forceful, Apocalyptic Behavior never relents of the course of its 11 songs, racing like Crank before the album’s heart essentially explodes at its end with the title track.

The official release show is at 8 p.m. Saturday with The Boom Bang and Your Mom at VZD’s, 4200 N. Western. Admission is $5. For more information, visit —Joshua Boydston

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