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Dustin Prinz - Eleven

Few musicians take the time to master their instrument in the way that Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Dustin Prinz has; he’s a guitar virtuoso in every sense of the word, and Eleven gives him the chance to show just how far he can push that skill.
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Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss

Listening to Horse Thief’s previous release — the haphazardly melodramatic Grow Deep, Grow Wild — felt like a chore. Whatever potential the Oklahoma City folk-pop act demonstrated on the EP was obscured behind a formulaic, contrived and ultimately hollow cloud. But it at least offered a glimmer of promise for a band consisting of, frankly, five pretty talented dudes. Critics saw it; the band’s management saw it; its current label, Bella Union, saw it; and its increasingly fervid fan base saw it.
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Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich

There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.
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Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

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Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
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Stint as a nanny fuels singer/songwriter's new record


Bryan Mangieri October 11th, 2007

The eclectic, roots-rock-flavored music of Derek James takes style notes from singer/songwriters like Jack Johnson and John Mayer, and rings of rock 'n' roll bands like Coldplay. Interestingly enough...

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The eclectic, roots-rock-flavored music of Derek James takes style notes from singer/songwriters like Jack Johnson and John Mayer, and rings of rock 'n' roll bands like Coldplay.

Interestingly enough, most of his new album "Stray" was written in the basement of a family's home in a New York City suburb, where James worked as a live-in nanny. James took the nanny gig after playing shows in southern Europe and returning home to NYC.

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He needed food and shelter. So when he came across a classified ad seeking a nanny for a boy, he met with the family and took the job.

"The parents worked all day, and they just wanted to make sure he wasn't getting into too much trouble "¦ and not putting fireworks in mailboxes and stuff like that," James said.

The situation worked out and James became more of a family member than family employee.

"They ended up getting more of a surrogate son than a nanny, and it worked out great," he said. "I named the album 'Stray' kind of partly because I felt like a stray while I was there, kind of taken in by this family to be a nanny, but it wasn't really exactly my place in the world." "Bryan Mangieri

 

 
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