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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Good Morning Grizzly — The Dirty EP

Zach Hale July 2nd, 2013

Tulsa’s Good Morning Grizzly has been playing together for a couple years now, and although The Dirty EP is technically its first proper release, the melodic alterna-rock quintet sounds nice and, well, grizzled on this five-song debut.

The band’s influences range from baroque post-rock, à la Explosions in the Sky, to more alternative metal sounds like A Perfect Circle or Chevelle, even approaching emo/screamo territory when guitarist/vocalist Tyler Slemp unleashes his fervent howl.

For some — particularly those offended by Muse-meets-Dashboard-style inflection — Slemp’s voice might be a deal-breaker. Thankfully, he proves to be more than capable as a lyricist, musing on such Gothic-tinged subject matter (mortality, demons, conflicted angst and anxiety, etc.) that the passion with which he sings is, at the very least, commendable.

Perhaps the band’s greatest asset, however, is its quick-witted arrangements.

Songs wind from swashes of ambient guitar to nü-metal riffage, with nimble time-signature variations and capricious shifts in atmosphere.

On “Lost in the Deep,” for example, we’re presented with a muted guitar lick, recalling some of Adam Jones’ work with Tool, as Slemp sings, “Give me your heart and I’ll show you my teeth” atop the baleful atmosphere. As tension builds, the quiet eventually yields to an explosion of sinister guitar and calamitous oblivion. And it’s intense.

Moments like these demonstrate the potential with which Good Morning Grizzly is operating, even if Dirty is, at times, frustratingly inconsistent. Trim some of the artificial fuss, and these strengths will become all the more potent. —Zach Hale

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