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

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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.
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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John Legend-Once Again


None November 9th, 2006

onceagain

Sony Urban

 Soulful vocalist and ubiquitous music-video fixture John Legend follows his acclaimed debut "Get Lifted" with "Once Again," an equally mellow sophomore album and one which doesn't alter his proven formula so much as stretch it in subtle new directions.
 
Legend is understandably more visible this time around and his terrific first single, "Save Room," doesn't disappoint; riding a supple Seventies groove, complete with organ and flute, the spare instrumentation highlights Legend's high, smoky tenor to fantastic effect. The piercing "Stereo" is a bitter, resigned commentary on the ladies of the road while "P.D.A. (We Just Don't Care)" is a sun-dappled ode to suckin' face in public.
 
As the record progresses, you might want for something to interrupt the flow of smooth, competent R&B, but damned if Legend doesn't deviate; willfully treading this narrow path could result in diminished returns at some point, but if you already had three Grammys under your belt, would you necessarily be concerned about that? 
 
- Preston Jones

 
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