Saturday 19 Apr

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.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

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.
04/08/2014 | Comments 0

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.
04/01/2014 | Comments 0

Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

As titles go, Churches into Theaters is an apt descriptor for the debut album from Oklahoma City rockers Em and the MotherSuperiors. It’s a reverential record, one that shares the gospel of classic rock, blues and soul but embraces the need to refashion it for modern times, channeling The Dead Weather, Grace Potter and Cage the Elephant along the way.
03/25/2014 | Comments 0

Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
03/18/2014 | Comments 0
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Got milk?

It's a milkshake of bluegrass, classical and jazz.

Chris Parker February 23rd, 2011

More chamber quartet than string band, alt-folk act MilkDrive takes gallons of influence from bluegrass.

And why not? The Austin quartet features three champion childhood fiddlers — Brian Beken, Noah Jeffries and Dennis Ludiker — who met as children competing at Idaho’s annual National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest & Festival. That early connection would bloom years later in Austin, Texas, where the trio reconnected.

Two years ago, the three hooked up with upright bassist Matt Mefford and started MilkDrive, exploring instrumentals Jeffries had conceived. It’s an unusual sound; although inspired by traditional bluegrass, it’s played in a classical vein with a dash of jazz swing, as if “Hee Haw” had a show on NPR.

In the last six months, they’ve added vocals, a featured element of April’s forthcoming full-length studio debut, “Road From Home.”

“The reason we chose that name is where we are now’s a long way from where we started as far as being a band and our style,” said Beken.

For them, it really has been a journey; MilkDrive is really about exploration. For the first 18 months, the guys stuck to their instruments, but began switching during the recording of “Road,” and have been incorporating that into the live show, giving the material an extra spark. Check them out Tuesday at The Deli, 309 White in Norman.

“It totally makes for a whole new setting for whatever the song is,” Beken said. As for vocals, “All of us trying to sing is ... pretty much comedy.”

For more information, call 321-7048 or visit —Chris Parker

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