Monday 28 Jul

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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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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Hi-PoP! - The Duct Tapes

None October 1st, 2009

When a cheery, young and fresh-faced white kid approaches with a new rap album, it's a bit unnerving. Even amid understandable trepidation at the listening party debut for Spencer Livingston Gainey and Zach Miller's Norman rap outfit, Hi-PoP!, the 80-plus people in attendance and Gainey's amiable spirit didn't devolve the night into a bad rap stereotype, once the new disc started seeping through the speakers.

From track one of "The Duct Tapes," Gainey's sunny disposition beams through the tracks as he spits about optimism, backed by ethereal and jazzy beats more on par with early A Tribe Called Quest , Digital Underground and De La Soul than the modern ringtone studio gangsters. It would be equally easy for the project to slip into banality, occupied by embarrassingly upbeat (and usually white) Christian rap, but with tracks like "Gifts Like This," Gainey and Miller balance starry-eyed beats, earnestly introspective lyrics and a relaxed flow to establish their own curious musical identity.

The two got their start in high school, starting with blues, then progressing to psychedelic rock. After Gainey left for college, Miller started experimenting with beat-making, recording samples and cutting, tweaking and merging the snippets to create completely new sounds. When Gainey returned to Norman, he saw Miller's new direction as an opportunity to test his rap skills forged in drunken backyard freestyle sessions.

Gainey's breathy delivery swaggers like Snoop Dogg, but rather than existing in an urban world of crime and drugs, he occupies the brainy, conceptual world befitting of a college-town rapper. Miller's jazzy beats accompany perfectly, making "The Duct Tapes" an ideal rainy-day, headphone rap album."”Charles Martin

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