Wednesday 30 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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Penny Hill - Unbutton Your Heart


None April 8th, 2010

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When Penny Hill trotted onstage for the first time to meet the metro listening public, she deftly chose members of Norman's phantom folksters Ghost of Monkshood as her backing band. Although she parted ways to craft her own identity before cutting her debut album, "Unbutton Your Heart," some residual psychedelia still drips from her music, giving her coffeehouse vibe a wandering darkness that sets it apart from other singer/songwriters currently plucking away around town.

Mutual respect exists between Hill and her former band; the members of Monkshood even covered "Waiting," off "Unbutton." Listening to the two somber versions back-to-back is an interesting call-and-response, with Hill sticking with a clean, straight-ahead folk delivery, and Monkshood straying off into a cloud of haunting reverb, emerging with something more akin to a dark and dreamy Stevie Nicks.

That isn't to say Hill is a chipper folksinger; a gloomy desperation pervades the record. Rather than getting bogged down in a depressive state, she settled into the mood as one would grab a cup of coffee to enjoy the looming darkness of an approaching thunderstorm.

"Unbutton Your Heart" is available on both on CD and cassette, thanks to another one of Hill's fans, The Evangelicals' Todd Jackson. He put her in touch with Slanty Shanty Records, which specializes in cassette releases. It was released last month.

Hill performs 8 p.m. Thursday at the Scissortail Social Space, 3012 N. Walker. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/pennyhillplays. "”Charles Martin
 
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