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Planting the seed

“We think about it as a team,” she said. “Watching so many bands for so long and standing in the audience, I was like, ‘I want to try that.’ After playing by yourself for so many years and seeing what level you can reach with so many musicians coming in, you pretty much have to.
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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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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

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