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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.
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.
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Wayne McEvilly to improvise on Mozart's piano sonatas

Stephen Carradini April 20th, 2011

Pianist Wayne McEvilly has studied Mozart’s 17 piano sonatas since 1945. He plays each one every week, year in and year out. So if he takes a few liberties with the material, he’s well within the bounds of expertise to do so. His skill level helps, as well.

“The last time I did improvisation in public was in Carnegie Hall, a long, long, long time ago,” McEvilly said. As part of the Metropolitan Library System’s “Noon Tunes” series, he will bring his variations on Mozart’s works at 11:30 a.m. Thursday to the atrium of the Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.

If you’re interested in the endeavor, you’d better catch this performance.

“This is it for now,” McEvilly said. In lieu of improv, he will embark on a “Route 66 Tour of Oklahoma” in the next few months, where he plans to play more faithful renditions of Mozart and other classical composers’ works in libraries of rural Oklahoma towns. He has been performing similar programs in the metro for seven years, entertaining all ages with piano masterworks.

Although he will improvise from Mozart’s sonatas on Thursday, it’s not something he needs to do to keep interested in his repertoire’s well-traveled pieces.

“They are such that every time you play them, they seem real simple, but you see something new every time,” McEvilly said. —Stephen Carradini

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