Tuesday 29 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.
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

Mack truckin’

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

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Chevy cruisin’

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

07/16/2014 | Comments 0

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
Reviews
 
Top Articles from Reviews

Broncho - "Class Historian"


Rock

Joshua Boydston
Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Boare - "playdatshit"


Electronica

Joshua Boydston
The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"


Rock

Joshua Boydston

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Manmade Objects - Monuments


Indie

Joshua Boydston
No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Admirals - Amidst the Blue


Rock

Joshua Boydston

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs


Country

Joshua Boydston

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.

 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia


Indie

Zach Hale
"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Electric Würms - "Heart of the Sunrise"


Indie

Joshua Boydston
For a band so prolific, ambitious and endearingly experimental, it’s a wonder that more Flaming Lips side projects haven’t emerged over the years. Several dozen collaborations have come and gone, but rarely anything that wasn’t released under the official Lips’ umbrella. It makes sense, given that the Oklahoma natives have never shied away from casting a wide net in its 30-odd years.
 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Kyle Reid & the Low Swinging Chariots - “When I Was Young”


Jazz

Joshua Boydston
Every artist should be the star of their own creative life, which makes Kyle Reid’s steps out of the shadows of the many ensembles and supporting roles he has played in Oklahoma bands over the years to front and center on stage feel like a just journey.
 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Weak Knees - “IceBevo”


Indie

Joshua Boydston
Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Fiawna Forté - mi-MOH-suh-pud-EE-kuh: A Lo-Fi Album


Indie

Zach Hale
When you have a voice as brawny and potent as Fiawna Forté’s, it’s tempting to let loose at every opportunity — let your hair down, unleash your cathartic howl and capitalize on your unusual skill. The Tulsa singer-songwriter’s 2010 debut album, Transitusdid exactly that; guitars were amplified to the max, and its songs were progressive in the sense that they built toward an inevitable release. The record operated largely within this traditional indie-rock framework, to the point where even its quieter moments couldn’t help but boil over.
 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Milk Jr - Bad Things Don't Happen to Bad People


Rock

Joshua Boydston
As Harvey Dent would tell it, the night is darkest just before the dawn.

Judging by its debut album, Oklahoma City noise punks Milk Jr understand that sentiment all too well and built up seven songs using that concept as currency.
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Idre - Idre


Indie

Joshua Boydston
For a long time there, metal felt like it was on life support, relegated to the dankest of underground clubs and precious few high school loner iPods.
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Nuns - Opportunities


Rock

Joshua Boydston
Sometimes, you choose music. And other times, music chooses you.

The son of a producer who himself was the son of a songwriter, Tulsa’s Hank Hanewinkel III has it streaming through his veins. He dedicated much of his youth to The Red Alert, a now-laid-to-rest rock trio that employed his similarly afflicted sister and uncle to form a full-blown family affair.

 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

John Fullbright - "High Road"


Folk

Zach Hale
Like many of the artists his supporters have likened him to, John Fullbright is a storyteller at heart.
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
 
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