Thursday 31 Jul
 
 

Sobering sounds

Copperheads with Depth & Current, Dudes of America and Oblivious

10 p.m. Saturday

Opolis

113 N. Crawford Ave., Norman

opolis.org

447-3417

$7

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Pony expression

Wild Ponies

8 p.m. Sunday

The Blue Door

2805 N. McKinley Ave.

bluedoorokc.com

524-0738

$15

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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.
07/22/2014 | Comments 0

Commercial rock

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Friday-Saturday
Downtown Tulsa 
centeroftheuniversefestival.com 
$35-$50 

07/22/2014 | Comments 0
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Various artists — Reaching Out


Zach Hale June 4th, 2013

Like so many Oklahomans, the local music scene has responded with generosity and grace in the wake of last month’s tragedy in Moore. In the weeks since, droves of local musicians have banded together for benefit concerts and radio marathons to raise funds for the relief effort, and with extraordinary results.

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Much in the same vein, Reaching Out is a $7 compilation of 22 Oklahoma artists available on Bandcamp, with all proceeds going directly to the American Red Cross tornado-relief fund.

The music itself could easily be overlooked with an undertaking this significant, yet the diverse cast of musicians is more than enough to satisfy. Songs range from quieter, heartfelt ballads (Defining Times’ “Outlaw,” Stewart Whitmarsh’s “I Feel Like a Bad Place”) to the powerful and life-affirming (Tallows’ “Small Talk”). There are even some murkier electronic moments sprinkled in, with Norman upstarts Economy and Eureeka offering strong selections alongside Daniel Huffman’s New Fumes and Bird Flower projects.

That said, Reaching Out’s genre-hopping never impedes its flow. It’s a largely inviting listen, and the conglomeration of sounds serves not only as an introduction to a bevy of talented artists but an engaging collection of songs that typify the neighborly inclusiveness displayed by so many in the storm’s aftermath.

And with this variety comes a common, heartfelt purpose that is palpable throughout each track. For music fans seeking an opportunity to help a community in need, it’s hard to imagine $7 better spent.

Download the album at reachingout.bandcamp.com. —Zach Hale

Hey! Read This:
Defining Times at SXSW 2013    
Eureeka's Polysynthetic Fields album review   
Moore will be more: Dispatches from the May 20 tornado   
Tallows at SXSW 2013 



 
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