Thursday 24 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
Friday-Saturday
Downtown Tulsa 
centeroftheuniversefestival.com 
$35-$50 

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Mack truckin’

Swizzymack
9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 
lndrnrs.com 
819-6004 
$10-$15 

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Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 
$20-$40 

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Rock steady

Tesla
7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
frontiercity.com
478-2140
Free with park admission 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0
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Tom Petty-Highway Companion


None August 31st, 2006

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Though Tom Petty's career with the Heartbreakers is legendary, his best work has arguably come on his solo outings, "Full Moon Fever" and "Wildflowers." His third solo album, "Highway Companion," is another finely crafted collection of songs, though it's noticeably more somber than the former two.
 
Petty's been through some rough times in the last decade' divorce, deaths, declining sales' and he sounds weary. Only the lead single, "Saving Grace," manages to romp, while the rest of the album finds a vulnerable Petty seeking solace in uncomplicated lyrics, melodies and chord progressions. This spare approach suits the songs, which employ travel as a metaphor for life. Highlights include "Damaged by Love," which is devastatingly beautiful in its simplicity, and "Square One," a folk song about redemption that actually delivers it.
 
While "Highway Companion" could use some variation, it's a testament to Petty's ridiculous ability to paint with few colors and still create a masterpiece. 
 
- Michael Franco

 
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