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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Home · Articles · Reviews · Rock · Black Canyon — Black Canyon

Black Canyon — Black Canyon

Joshua Boydston February 6th, 2013

Black Canyon is a different alt-country band than the one you heard on its 2011 debut, Battlefield Darlins. Those songs were written by band leader Jake Morisse and Jordan Herrera, who has since split off and formed Young Readers, sounding as if The Decemberists had come from Enid instead of Portland.

Now, with Morisse joined by Riley Jantzen (ex-Mayola), Tyler Hopkins (The Nghiems) and Kurt Freudenberger (The Pretty Black Chains), a much louder Black Canyon comes across more like an Oklahoma-bred Gaslight Anthem. It’s a whiskey-chugging, cow-tipping rock record that wears its heart on its tattoo sleeve, and it’s a damn good one at that.

Morisse’s voice is an impassioned hoot and holler that perfectly suits the cowpunk fare of “I Had a Long Day at Work” and opener “Heap of Trouble.” Bar anthems “Degenerate” and “Weary Hands” do The Hold Steady proud, while tattered love ballad “Breaking in a Brand New Broken Heart” sees Black Canyon still more than capable of more delicate work.

Recorded at Blackwatch Studios, Black Canyon is a clear statement piece on what this band is and wants to do. While it may have taken some time for Black Canyon to find itself, it doesn’t take more than one listen to realize this is the one that was always meant to be.

Black Canyon celebrates the release of its self-titled second effort with Beau Jennings & the Tigers at 9 p.m. Saturday at VZD’s Restaurant & Club, 4200 N. Western. —Joshua Boydston

Hey! Read This:
Black Canyon interview  
Beau Jennings & the Tigers interview

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