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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Young Lyons — Crash Course EP

Louis Fowler August 21st, 2013

The first time I heard Weezer was a magical moment. It was early-September 1994 and I was in the parking lot of a Catholic church making out with a girl I had desperately been trying to hook up with for weeks.

Just as things started to get really good, “Buddy Holly” came on the radio. I paused to turn it up, killing the moment and any chance of advancing my quest any further. After dropping my date off, I went to Wal-Mart, purchased The Blue Album and that, as they say, was that.

The experience filled me with a joyously dark sense of whimsical emo-loathing, which I’ve rarely felt again in an album — until Tulsa upstarts Young Lyons’ outstanding debut EP, Crash Course.

All those wonderful feelings of teenage alt-pop/ennui-quirk are once again present here, like the shredding “whoa-oh-ohs” of opening cut “My Own Town,” which transcend nostalgia and had me head-bobbing in time. “Kill” anxiously speeds up the beat, while “Away Tonight” and “I Give Up” are a Pinkerton-style emotional antidote.

But it’s the final track, “Girlfriend’s Got Me Down,” in which Young Lyons truly come into their own, portraying perfectly the utter desperation of being lost and adrift in a relationship you don’t want to be in. It’s the type of song I really could have used in high school; it would’ve made things so much easier. —Louis Fowler

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