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

07/30/2014 | Comments 0

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.
07/30/2014 | Comments 0

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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Mon — Goodbye September


Joshua Boydston February 12th, 2014

Oklahoma City emcee Mon is a rapper at heart, but there’s a singer-songwriter in there too. His self-aware Goodbye September plays like an open diary of slinky and saddened beats ready-made to emote over and pour into.

A wellspring of introspection, Goodbye September is a subdued record, the Sunday morning hangover to Saturday’s wild night stemming from Drake’s Take Care blueprint.

If Mon is content to color within those lines, at least he does so adeptly.

He hits puree on this soul-baring hip-hop and R&B blend from the get-go. Its confident, sensual start is presented in the opening title track, quickly devolving into an anxious swirl of toxic head games, an exciting mode revisited in “What You Know,” “The City” and the especially absorbing “When It’s Slow.”

There’s more straightforward offerings in “Right Now” and “That Talk,” while “Eaze Up” finds Mon doing a pretty effective Frank Ocean. But even the more diverse sonic touches are uniformly compressed to a sort of monotone that hedges dreary the deeper it goes.

A welcome splash of color comes with standout “Open Cuts from Broken Promises,” a shape-shifting ball of reimagined College Dropout-era Kanye cuts smashed against a deconstructed winter ballad chorus. The song is a well-placed light in a dark but consistently striking collection of tracks featuring standout production from Blev, Dom $olo, Vercetti Lake and Van.

Goodbye September is available for free at soundcloud.com/musicbymon. — Joshua Boydston

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