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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Fountains of Wayne


None June 7th, 2007

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Traffic and Weather

Virgin

In the fourth and latest offering from the Fountains of Wayne, the band doles out more of the amusing storytelling and blimp-sized hooks that have made them America's reigning deities of power-pop. And yet the approach is starting to wear thin.

 

It starts out promising enough. "Someone to Love," a sugary gem powered by cheesy synthesizers, is a characteristically witty portrait of modern-day urban loneliness. And there is a smattering of like-minded snap, crackle and pop. "I-95" is an irresistibly whimsical portrait of a Stuckey's-type highway stop; "Yolanda Hayes" is a breezy trifle about a DMV clerk; and the title track, about horny TV news anchors, could be an outtake from Nick Lowe's "Pure Pop for Now People."

 

While the record is pleasant enough, ultimately the exercise feels a bit lifeless and synthetic. These guys need to shake things up before they wind up in the same rut as the New Jersey dudes that populate their songs.

 

"”Phil Bacharach

 
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