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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The Roots - Rising Down

None May 8th, 2008

Def Jam

The Roots have released "Rising Down," another progressively styled sampling of mastery from Philadelphia's hip-hop purveyors.

Less explosive than 2006's fiery "Game Theory," "Rising Down" utilizes new sounds and textures and fatalistic lyrics for an abrasive, often industrial rap grind that manages to be political lyrically, without being overtly charged.

Both "Singing Man" and "Lost Desire" start off at a boiling point, sobbing with frustration about affairs at home and abroad, juxtaposing school shootings with global outrage. Warm retro sounds and organs utilized through many Roots albums, notably "The Tipping Point" and "Things Fall Apart," are largely shelved in favor of harsher synthesizers in the grime-shellacked "The Show" and the digital static stomp down "Get Busy."

"Rising Down" has tons of guest vocalists and musicians, including Mos Def, DJ Jazzy Jeff (yo, Holmes!), Talib Kweli, Common and Styles P, and drummer/producer/leader Guestlove is still audibly pushing boundaries with his drum set and production vision.

Thumbs up for "Rising Down."

"”Joe Wertz

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