Wednesday 23 Jul

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 

07/22/2014 | Comments 0

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. 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0

Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road
Free with park admission 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0
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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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